A mixture of fantasy, metaphysics, European politics and emotional entanglements make this neither fish nor flesh. There are interesting scenes and bits of good writing, but it is involved, symbolic and sometimes obscure. The setting is Munich, before and after the Nazi regime. An author, delving into the life of Mary Queen of Scots, identifies his secretary with her. They become involved in changing politics and the girl is killed, with an ax, for connection with an escaped spy, thus establishing in his mind proof of her identity with Mary... A first novel which gives evidence of an interesting mind and promise of better reading in future books.