Canny, compassionate Inspector Roper on the move again (A Fox in the Night, etc., etc.) in the quiet country town of Upper Gorton, where elderly, intellectual, Polish bachelor Zygmunt Komarowski has been murdered by a shotgun blast in his shabby, clean trailer--which is situated on land owned by hard-drinking Austen Henneker and from which Zygrnunt was soon to be evicted. Meanwhile: Zygmunt and neighbor Enid Kingsley shared a decades-long romance thwarted by the needs of Enid's brother Jack, a paralyzed, disfigured wreck since WW II. And Zygmunt's ecology interests had led to a prison sentence for Charlie Allgrove, who was released just before the killing and is now a prime suspect. Red herrings abound in Henneker's feud with neighboring farmer Fred Jackson, who's taken in Henneker's conniving wife and unruly son, but Roper finds his way to the killer with his usual flair and grace--in a solid procedural that skillfully evokes its bleak wintertime setting and its diverse set of characters.