A further chapter in the life and psyche of Newton's once-disbarred lawyer Lennox Kemp (Hang the Consequences, etc). Oddly fascinated by Venetia Courtenay, who, with her twin brother Vivian, has just come into the long-awaited legacy of Courtenay Manor and its landholdings, Kemp is distracted from his mundane workload. The disappearance of farm worker Luciano Sorrento, reported by his dim, slatternly wife, is on the back burner until a body is found and identified as her husband. At this point Kemp begins to hear disquieting rumors--of a vanished American; of brash plans for Courtenay Manor; of some odd travels of the Sorrentos and a secret from recent Courtenay history. He manages to put together a viable scenario--one that leads him to get a near-suicidal trap, supposedly with the approval of police Inspector John Upshire. A too-predictable plot and a windup too far-fetched--but otherwise literate, moderately engrossing entertainment nicely laced with a sense of menace.