Fay Benson, a night-club dancer had been missing for 14 months but the police still didn't know if she was alive or dead. So when Chet Sladen, a journalist, began his own investigation, he didn't expect to find very much. Clues lead him to Tampa City which had the most inefficient, uncooperative police force in the country. The city was crawling with rackets, and the Commissioner was hand in glove with all of them. Sladen finds Fay Benson's body at the bottom of Lake Baldock, inside a barrel of cement. He follows clues which leads to numerous murders related to the Benson case but ultimately much to the detest of the Commissioner, Sladen solves the mystery.
- Bloom, Clive. Bestsellers: popular fiction since 1900. Palgrave MacMillan, 2002.