First published in 1957 in Great Britain by Eyre and Spottiswoode in hardcover with dustjacket, 190pp; the storyline runs thus: The big house was a gloomy, sinister place. The woman inside was middle-aged, ailing and querulous. The woman outside was "going off her rocker," as the old lawyer insisted. "All those years of one idea eating away at her-to get her hands on some of that money and never succeeding-it's pushing her over the edge." The two women were sisters-in a deadlock of hatred and bitterness over a family will. Dana-young, attractive, and with a woman's inquisitiveness-was caught in the crossfire from both sides of the family quarrel. Was there something hidden, she wondered, behind this altercation, that might explain it all? Did the rambling old house and its ill-tempered owner veil some secret? Dana proposed to find out but what she actually discovered was murder-calculated and violent.
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