The discovery of a body in a quarry creates a baffling case for Detective Superintendent Wycliffe
Simon Meagor is a lonely middle-aged man. With a broken marriage behind him, his life is centred on his antiquarian bookshop. In his past is the memory of a murder trial where his evidence resulted in the conviction of a man who had subsequently killed himself. Now, to his horror, the daughter of that man is applying for a job in his shop and, almost mesmerised by her, Simon finds he has agreed to her employment. Cleverly, over a period of time, Morweena manipulates herself into his work, his life and finally into his flat above the shop. And then she disappears.
When her body is discovered in a flooded quarry, at first suicide is considered. Morweena was suffering from a fatal disease. But everything points to murder and inevitably, suspicion falls on Simon.
Wycliffe becomes increasingly disturbed by the case which grows more and more complicated as he explores the dark and murky secrets from the past.