Lawyer Lennox Kemp--his divorce, disgrace, and disbarment far behind him (This Blessed Plot, 1991, etc.)--is serenely practicing law in the London suburb of Newtown when he's informed of the death, in New York, of ex-wife Muriel. Remarried, rich and widowed, Muriel has left a fortune in gambling casinos to Preston Madison and Clive Horth, the shady partners who run them--or at least that's according to the will held by the impeccable firm of Eikenberg and Lazard, who now have evidence that a later will, duly executed but vanished, has left everything, including a raft of ruby jewels, to ex-husband Lennox Kemp. Those jewels have disappeared, too--in the possession of nurse Madeline Smith, now the hunted quarry of Madison and Horth, whose long reach extends even to the quiet environs of Newtown. A just-believable plot contrivance leads in time to a tense and neatly resolved windup that pushes Lennox's lawyerly skills to the limit. Vividly rounded characters and a literate, unpompous style add up to a warmly engrossing new chapter in the life and times of Lennox Kemp.