Plagued by the threat of mental illness, bereaved, deeply comical, grisly-humoured best-selling author, Joshua Flinton, takes refuge in creating his greatest character yet and by doing so bringing his beloved Aunt Rita back to life. What begins as therapy soon dissolves into a dangerous obsession, and Joshua realizes too late that he cannot control the fictitious Lucinda Maloney; she controls him. His brother Charles knows that without help from a couple of shrinks, and suitable distractions, namely two hilarious jobs, Joshua will succumb permanently to insanity.
However even Charles underestimates the power of Lucinda, whose reach extends far beyond the printed page and invades the lives of anyone aware of her existence. As things reach crisis point, it comes down to one simple question: will Joshua kill Lucinda or will Lucinda end up by killing Joshua? Despite its weighty portent, this story is a laugh from start to finish, black comedy at its best.