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'Palma Harcourt belongs, with Helen MacInnes and Evelyn Anthony, to a recognisable category of female spy-story writers.' - DAILY TELEGRAPH. A year after the death of the government minister, Sir Simon Vermont, his son Peter is summoned to his father's lawyers. As requested by Sir Simon shortly before his death, Peter is given a key to a safe deposit box, the contents of which are an old watch and an unread typescript - Sir Simon's story of his life. The powerful and respected Simon Vermont reveals himself to have been an impostor, a cheat and a murderer. Peter is able to reassure himself that he is the only one who knows the terrible truth about his father - until a strange 'phone call leads him to suspect otherwise...
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