Part detective story, part analysis of a writer s urge to place real people in his fiction, this is a Christmas fireside tale that examines the horrors of The Turn of the Screw while revealing those of today. We read Henry James s unfinished tale, The Beautiful Child, with its chilling depiction of cruelty and neglect, which he abandoned in 1902. And we learn about the terrifying scandal behind James s inability to proceed with his story of a couple who beseech a fashionable artist to paint the child they never had a scandal involving the alcoholic Mr and Mrs Smith who had served James for many years. Will the chief guest at a house party, an English professor, solve the mystery of the hauntings at James s home, Lamb House, in Rye? This book fills out the unfinished story and ends on a note of terror that would surely have been appreciated by the master himself.