Edward Leithen is a young British lawyer who learns that one of his Oxford contemporaries, Charles Pitt-Heron, has just disappeared. Leithen learns from Pitt-Heron's wife that he has been forced to flee. By a series of fortuitous accidents, Leithen links the mystery to a retired East India merchant Julius Pavia, the latter's sinister butler Tuke, and to Lumley, an art collector, bibliophile and Establishment figure.
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Lumley is also the head of an international organisation known as 'The Power-House' whose objective is to bring an end to civilization. Pitt-Heron, at first enthralled by the philosophy of this organisation, had to leave London in a hurry when he wanted to quit Lumley and his sinister objectives. When Lumley notices that Edward Leithen takes an interest in Pitt-Heron's disappearance, he threatens the lawyer and, later, tries to eliminate him by all possible means.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler