Detective Inspector Rafferty battles to set the world to rights Investigating the murder of wealthy widow Clara Mortimer, estranged from her family and living alone in an up-market sheltered apartment, Rafferty fears his own family estrangement. Because when Abra, his girlfriend, said she might be pregnant, his reaction wasn't exactly New Man . . . Between the grudges of Clara's estranged family and those of her adoptive family' the other apartment residents Rafferty had suspects and questions in plenty. Why had the sensible Clara Mortimer chosen to open her door to a burglar? Why had her daughter insisted Clara's husband was dead? And when he considered the other awful lies her family told, how could he not conclude they had something to hide? As Rafferty tries to get back into Abra's good books another tragedy ensues. But still he manages to fight his way past all the lies to find the sad truth a very modern murder.