Mystery-thriller set in motion when a woman receives a phone call allegedly from her young nephew who died 16 years earlier. A retired cop suspects the woman will be next after two townies are subsequently murdered. Meanwhile, the mystery itself founders on red herrings and ancillary action, until the whole thing is detailed in a sexist episode late in the book that has a man explaining psychology to a woman psychologist. With, in the cop, one of the genre's most unpleasant heroes. Implausible and contrived. Made into a film in 1972.
"Well--you won't hang up" - Kirkus Reviews, Nov. 13th, 1967