By Bill Crider
Dr. Sally stable, head of the English and superb Arts department of the Hughes group university in Texas, has her fingers complete. On most sensible of facing the varied court cases from testy school individuals about the allocation of the department's finances, she should also behavior an inquiry into the hot misbehavior of the department's philandering paintings professor, Val Hurley, who stands accused of molesting a tender girl scholar. after which there's the criticism lodged opposed to the paintings department--and specifically Val--for exhibiting what a few humans see as a satanic painting.
When Val is located bludgeoned to demise in his workplace and the portray in query disappears, it's not lengthy sooner than the dept dissolves right into a kingdom of chaos and hysteria. Sally starts off to achieve that she can be in over her head while the scholar in query is located murdered almost immediately thereafter.
The police don't get very some distance with their research: Their merely tenuous suspect is the victim's husband, who has disappeared. while Sally makes a decision that her insider's wisdom of the dept offers her a special perception into the id of the assassin, her determination may well turn out deadly. With a bit sleuthing, Sally, aided by means of appealing fellow professor Jack Neville, uncovers much more than she bargained for.