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.