When a famous, but hated, movie producer seems to have been killed by the very film technique he claimed to have invented, journalist Peter Caridman turns detective. The tightly woven plot, against a glamorous Canberra background, moves to a brilliant conclusion.
Murder, blackmail and drug-dealing on the Tiber combine in one of Ngaio Marsh's liveliest and most evocative novels. When their guide disappears mysteriously in the depths of a Roman Basilica, the members of Mr Sebastian Mailer's tour group seem strangely unperturbed. But when a body is discovered in an Etruscan sarcophagus, Superintendent Alleyn, in Rome incognito on the trail of an international drug racket, is very much concerned.