Iris Murdoch explores the fragility of relationships. Thirty years is plenty of time for friends to change their opinions. Not least of each other.
A government official lies dead - but awkward questions around his supposed suicide remain in Iris Murdoch’s thriller-meets-romantic comedy.
On a hot summer day, a shot rings through a Whitehall office. An official has apparently shot himself, but the circumstances are questionable - prompting Octavian Gray, head of the department, to investigate. Lawyer John Ducane is charged with leading the task, while at the same time he attempts repeatedly - and unsuccessfully - to break up with his mistress. When Ducane travels to Gray’s Dorset home everything becomes even more mysterious. Because nothing is quite as it seems.
About the AuthorIris Murdoch was born in Dublin and made her writing debut with Under the Net in 1954. She wrote 26 novels and several books of philosophy.