Martin Long's career has reflected his two main interests - writing and music. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney before becoming a journalist - a music and film critic, feature writer, features editor and leader writer. He has pursued musicological studies as a hobby and has published work on Elizabethan and Jacobean music.
A reluctant Wellington Cotter is summoned from retirement to investigate Bennington's death. As he quietly sifts the evidence, he finds someunexpected facts involving Bennington's strong-willed daughter, his philandering nephew, and a young man caught with his hand in the till of Bennington's company. Cotter must balance their motives and alibies to come up with the truth - which has unexpected consequences.