An intriguing case for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte begins on a calm October day in an Australian seaside town. Three men set out to sea for a day's fishing, and do not return. Despite intensive searches, no trace of the men or their boat is found, until, weeks later, a passing trawler hauls in a gruesome catch - the head of one of the missing fishermen.
- From the 1994 Hinkler edition
Readers Book Club, hardback 1963, good-Very good
Hinkler / Angus and Robertson paperback. 1994 Very good.
Pan Books 1970, paperback. Very good.
Scribner / Simon and Schuster paperback 1998, 2nd printing. Very good.