The invention of a cheap and easy to use anti-gravity harness revolutionises society. Humanity takes to the skies in its millions, with huge resultant problems for governments and police. Airborne delinquents and criminals are practically impossible to control, and the danger they pose to other flyers are immense.
A near-fatal brush with a psychotic criminal leaves policeman Robert Hasson shattered both physically and mentally. He is sent to Canada to recuperate, but his stay turns out to be anything but the peaceful rest that was intended. His host, local police chief Al Werry, has a major problem on his hands in the shape of a towering unfinished hotel, The Chinook, whose upper levels are inaccessible from the ground, and are used as a meeting place by local gangs of flyers. Worse, the owner of the hotel, Buck Morlacher, intends to take the law into his own hands to deal with them. The developing conflicts gradually involves Hasson and forces him to face his psycological problems. Vertigo is a typical Bob Shaw novel, intelligent, perceptive and immensely readable.
Published as a 1978 hardcover by Victor Gollancz Ltd.