When school girls begin to disappear on the West African coast, "troubleshooter" Bruce Medway tries to remain detached. Meanwhile, he reluctantly acquires a new job from former nemesis and mafia capo Franconelli. Franconelli gives Bruce forty-eight hours to find a French trader, Mariner, whom not even the mafia has been able to track.
Yet as Bruce sets out on his assignment, he is unable to remain disconnected from the mysterious school girl disappearances, and finds that girls, gold, and greed are all interconnected; corruption abounds everywhere. There are no safe havens for Bruce in this situation, and he must devise a scam that risks everything in order to stay alive.
Prim and proper Miss Jane Marple uses her razor-sharp mind and intuitive understanding of criminal behavior to solve murder mysteries. Vacationing at the golden Palm Hotel in the West Indies, she goes into action when Major Palgrave turns up dead.
Stone Barrington is back, and this time it will take all of the savvy New York investigator/lawyer's wits to stay afloat in this exciting, fast-paced tale of Caribbean island intrigue. The vacationing Barrington becomes embroiled in the local trial of beautiful young Allison Manning, who is about to be convicted of murder in the mysterious disappearance of her wealthy husband.