Aurelius is a little town of just seven thousand souls. A minor crime rate and where everyone knows everyone and their business as well. The murder of a prostitute is the first thing that grips the town following which is the murder of each young girl. Trust and good feelings towards your neighbour turns to mistrust and suspicion. Everyone is suspect. It also shows how hysteria can change rational people into a mob of people intent on destruction. All small town get togetherness flies out of the window in the face of such hysteria.
An unusual read and one I liked.