If you want to understand today, with its fears of wars, disasters and global warming, look back fifty years. The abiding image of the 1960s is of a new communal freedom, accompanied by revolutionary music and fashion, i.e. the “permissive society”. But the decade had its sinister side, just like today. “Beyond the Last Hill” is a mystery novel, but it’s also a delve into the insecurities that always accompany humankind’s endeavors.