Pat and Jean Abbott, visiting relatives in a rich oil town, are
called on to clear a pretty air-line hostess, Sally Carroll, who is suspected
of having murdered her old beau. By the time the Abbotts arrive on the scene,
there has been a curious change of policy: nobody wants them on the case, not
the cousin and heir of the dead man, not his widow, and especially not the
sheriff. Perversely, they decide to stay.
Pat is shot at by a man who is
supposed to be helping them, and Jean is buried in an abandoned well by a woman
who claims to be on their side. Then a car they think is a friend’s crashes
them into a ditch. Nevertheless they stick with the job until they come up with
a solution that is both surprising and satisfying—but they cannot prevent the
killer from claiming a second victim.
“Pro Handling”—The Saturday
“Congenial and confiding.”—Kirkus