In the novel, Thomas Pitt is called in to investigate the death of a psychic who is killed after a séance. It appears that the most likely suspects, those at the séance and other clients of hers, were politically connected. The outcome of the investigation and even rumors of it may affect the national elections which will be held in days.
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Once you have made up your mind to do something that you know will be difficult and unpleasant, it is better to do it immediately, before too much thinking of it can fill your mind with the fears of all that can hurt and go wrong.