Audrey Chadwick's corpse is found on a church altar and, whilst she told her parents and landlady she was a nurse, the not so happily married Bacchus recognizes her as a hostess at a Playboy-style drinking club he has used, called Rakes, run by brash American Patrick Donovan. Audrey had had an abortion - news to her volatile boyfriend - and the doctor who performed it tells Gently it was because she had been raped. Margaret Bishop, an anti-abortionist, heads a group picketing to close Rakes but her husband is Donovan's lawyer and very much at odds with Margaret's views. He admits intimacy with Audrey but denies rape, nonetheless making him the prime suspect. After the murderer has been unmasked the club is shut down and Gently, having earlier accused Bacchus of being out of condition for his youth, bizarrely takes him on in a charity boxing match.- Written by don @ minifie-1
Inspector Gently and Det. John Bacchus investigate the murder of Audrey Chadwick who is found laid out on the altar of a local church. Her grieving parents inform them that she was a nurse and was about to move to London to take up a new job. Bacchus however remembers her as a scantily clad hostess at an upscale club and casino, Rakes, going by the name of Blaise. The club's owners, Patrick and Helen Donovan, says the dead woman was a good employee but that she had quit some three weeks before. A friend and fellow employee, Fawn Granger, tells them that Audrey's father and her boyfriend had learned she worked there. Gently learns from moral crusader Margaret Bishop that there is an abortionist in town and George is convinced that the dead woman was seeing someone, likely a customer at the club. When Fawn disappears Gently understands they have little time to solve the case.- Written by garykmcd
Gently and Bacchus hunt for the murderer of a woman whose body is discovered in a local church.- Written by Anonymous
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