In a small town like Chesterville, homicides are as rare as government grants. So, it's not surprising that the violent death of the richest man in town, J A Bussieres, shakes up the entire population: who could hate the man enough to murder him, one rainy night, in the local cemetery? Romeo Dubuc, the Chief of Police, heads up the investigation. Several suspects have motives. Is it just a coincidence that J A's son, who hated his father, escaped from the psychiatric hospital the very day his father died? Was Marguerita Bussieres tired of having a husband who cheated on her? Did Talbot, the grocer, a man with a violent temper, finally act on his threats against the man who was pursuing his young daughter? He had already told people he'd wring Bussieres's neck if he kept it up. And then, there's Jerrry Menard: did the small-time bar owner stand to make a handsome profit from his financeer's death? In this detective novel, Dubuc's nose is to the grindstone as he tries to sift through the clues.