A rare week offwith his family is rudely interrupted when Slider is called in to investigatethe murder of an elderly man, bashed on the head with a bronze statuette, inwhat Doc Cameron describes as 'our old friend the Frenzied Attack'. Lionel Bygod, retired solicitor, was an old-fashioned gentleman, apillar of society, who gave advice and help to all, from the highest to thelowest. But as Slider and his team investigate, they discover dark secrets at the heart of thismild and kindly man's life. Shadows from the past - professionalenemies - long-incubated revenge: what was it that sparked such unquenchablefury? The trail is old and cold, and Slider's on the clock . . .