The reader is placed in Australia in the 1930’s with a fierce Depression gripping the country and the world. However the Sinclairs are removed from the tough times by virtue of their wealth, Rowly Sinclair is an artist and has surrounded himself with left thinking men and the delightful Edna. The story is well developed with the murder of Rowley’s uncle as the centrepiece. The backdrop is the unrest bought about in Australia by the advancement of Socialist ideas and propaganda from Russia during this period. The research done is fascinating for one who did not experience these times.
The characters are interesting, if rather shallow and we are left to wonder at the intricacies of Rowley’s feeling for his uncle, Edna and life in general. The story is slow but builds to a gripping finale.
A good read.