In Felix in the Underworld John Mortimer's grasp of character has never been so sure, and his characteristic humor and pathos sting with equal force. His hero, Felix Morsom--once a bestselling author dubbed the Chekhov of Coldsands-on-Sea--writes ...
sensitive, well-received novels of middle-class life and love in a seaside town. Separated after a childless marriage, Felix is obsessed with his publicist, Brenda Bodkin, and their unconsummated passion. But a bolt from the blue--a paternity suit hinted at in an anonymous tape received in the mail, and subsequently threatened at a bookstore signing--leads to murder, and an underworld of poverty and crime, in which Felix finds himself the chief suspect.