London : Michael Joseph, 1987.
277 pages ; 24 cm

Wealthy gold trader Malcolm Pembroke has five ex-wives and nine children between them, all fighting among themselves. But when violent death strikes the least likeable of his former spouses, Malcolm himself feels threatened, and he calls on his most capable son, Ian, to protect him from his nearest and dearest. While he's at it, Ian is also commissioned to delve for the final, critical clue in the darkly buried Pembroke past, simmering with the greed, hate, and vengefulness that could motivate blood to strike against blood.