John Pellam is in Cleary, New York to line up locations to film a Hollywood movie. Some residents are excited, hoping to land a part in the film. Other residents - for reasons of their own - want John and his partner Marty to go away forever. Harassment ensues and before long Marty is dead in suspicious circumstances.
The town honchos expect John to pack up and leave but he insists on hanging around to investigate his partner's death. In the course of his investigation John meets a variety of people: a horny hippy, a pretty real estate agent and her family, a hostile mayor, a tough sheriff, some thugs, and so on.
The story has a rather mundane "secrets in a small town" theme but it has some interesting twists. Just an okay book.