This is Lere Glen Offord s third mystery set in Northern California and featuring the amateur sleuthing team of Georgine and Todd McKinn. It s 1949, and with the War well and truly in the past, Americans are relaxing into the warm bath of suburbia. Even groovy Northern California, even sharp-eyed Georgine and Todd McKinn (last seen in The Glass Mask and Skeleton Key) have largely succumbed to the lure of comfortable conformity. But the McKinns pleasant domesticity is shattered by the arrival of a distinctly nconformist young man, who arrives unanunced one night, tells a wild tale, and dies a short time later. Why did he choose the McKinns to hear him out? Sure, he hoped Todd would write a check, eager to turn the strange story into one of the thrillers he regularly sells to the pulps. But could there have been ather reason? One bizarre phone call, and Georgine is all too ready to believe there might have been
Lenore Glen Offord (1905-1991) was a writer and critic who wrote mysteries set in and around the San Francisco Bay area. She was the mystery reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle for over thirty years, winning an Edgar award for Outstanding Criticism in 1952. Offord published twelve novels, eight of them mysteries.