Following an intense fire at Cradbury College the murdered body of the Chemistry lecturer, Phillip Henry Blakeridge, is found in the burnt-out shell.
Blakeridge was a bon viveur, handsome and popular with women but dismissive of his staff. When he began a gay relationship, the antagonist felt compelled to exact revenge. Arson, murder, and rape follow as the powers of jealousy and vengeance take over.
Upon the discovery of DNA evidence a tense psychological battle ensues as DCI Broadly and DS Kindleyside close in. Broadly is viciously attacked and only an unorthodox counter-attack can save his skin.
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