[Book 9, 1989:]blurb - This is the ninth in a series of mysteries set in Kent, England, and featuring the detective work of Inspector Luke Thanet. In this story, when Thanet drives through a snowstorm to investigate an apparent hit-and-run, he quickly finds that the people who knew the victim have a lot to hide. The victim, Leo Martindale, scion of a moderate family holding left the area years ago under strange circumstances, and after leading a dissolute life, returned to a less than enthusiastic welcome. Who killed Leo Martindale, and why? It's up to Inspector Thanet to find out!This is a laborious murder enquiry that hinges on the question of just who of the hundreds (what!?) who use .The.Van. is responsible for the well laid out body in the ditch at the side of the road just as the snow begins on a very chilly night.