Engineer Matt Brady went through hardship to take on a construction project in the Middle East just to earn money needed to be with his German girlfriend. It was understandable that he would be half-dazed on the Thames Embankment at night when he finished his work and returned to find his girlfriend gone with all his hard earned money. What was not understandable was he being charged with murder of a girl he just met briefly at the Embankment, escorted home and got knocked out after a drink. His only clue was a face he saw vaguely.
Sentenced to life imprisonment, Matt Brady knew he was set up and planned to escape. Serendipitously, he did not manage to escape before another prisoner was hired to kill him, thus giving him the first real solid lead when Matt persuaded the would-be killer that confession was healthy for the soul, and his body.
After a clever but risky escape, Matt went on to track down the people who wanted him dead, presumably the same who framed him for murder. From one sex joint to another, Matt applied the only persuasion he had on the leads he tracked down, the fact that he had nothing to lose.
Though similar to The Fugitive, Higgins' novel focused more on the action of Matt Brady risking his life, foolishly walking into traps and coming out alive through sheer bravado.
This was a fairly short story, straight forward with little complications. The only hitch was when Matt discovered the truth and realised that there may be no way he could ever clear himself legally - what was a man to do in such circumstances?