Cairn is a pretty little town on the Hudson River a few miles north of
New York City. Long a haunt of artists, writers, and intellectuals,
Cairn has lately been discovered as prime real estate by such men as
Elysius Culhane, the hard-line conservative media superstar.
With Culhane came his brain trust and assorted toadies---and shortly
afterward, a crew of mysterious vigilantes dedicated to wiping out
suspected drug dealers, sexual deviants, and communists through the
use of violence and terror.
Dr. Robert Frederickson ("Mongo" to his friends) arrives in
Cairn to ask a few questions about the recent "accidental"
death of his friend, FBI man Michael Burana. He meets Police Chief
Mosely---a man firmly in the pocket of Culhane---and Mary Tree, a
1960s folk singer who now runs Cairn's pacifist Community of
Conciliation. The facts the provide to Mongo point to murder.
Now running a full-fledged investigation of his friend's death, Mongo
stirs the vigilante death squad---or is it someone working
independently?---into new and deadly action. The shadowy, murderous
powers lurking within the town of Cairn bring the ultimate challenge
to the redoubtable dwarf sleuth's personal philosophy and detective