When the body of Canfield Adams, a professor of Middle Eastern culture, is found on the pavement seven stories below his open office window, the police see no evidence of foul play. But university officials know that Adams was not one to have jumped out of a window, and there were numerous people - on campus and off - who would have relished pushing him. If the mystery is not resolved, the school may face a hefty lawsuit from the grieving widow.
And so they have asked Kate Fansler to investigate.
The trouble is Kate suspects that the administration is setting her up to fail, and she herself is not sure she wants to succeed. For the murderer may well be a student she cares about . . . or a colleague . . . or even a friend.