I read this book about 25-Feb-2007. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1957. This note was last modified Wednesday, 20-Feb-2008 08:06:00 PST.
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A lawyer is stalked by a guy from his Army career who has been released from prison. The guy, it becomes clear, is intending to kill off the family one by one, possibly ending with the lawyer.
The lawyer comes to realize that the law won't be able to defend him, and he and his wife (and the police) conspire to set a trap for the crazy stalker (which involves his wife serving as bait). It works, and they kill him, though a policeman dies in the fight.