By Robert Bruce Stewart
In July 1900, hapless coverage investigator Harry Reese travels to Buffalo to appear right into a suspicious fireplace. but if Harry uncovers a smuggling ring, the case morphs into whatever extra sinister, and he’s confronted with a brand new set of questions. What’s develop into of the infamous ringleader? was once the lacking Charles Elwell killed for the coverage funds? Or is he alive and sharing within the proceeds? And is his comely niece in simple terms attempting to divert Harry’s attention—or is she really as eccentric as she appears?
To locate the solutions, Harry travels to Canada and again within the corporation of a political boss’s conniving stooge and the aforementioned nutty niece. It’s a byzantine odyssey, in which Harry can by no means determine of anyone’s loyalties, least of all these who’ve employed him. And whilst it’s far and wide, he unearths himself wedded to a brand new conundrum, which makes what went sooner than light in comparison….
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I reflected this for a section. “And then switched identities with him? ” “Yes. ” “Emmie, i feel you've got it. we have to return to the Colonel’s. ” “Why? ” Emmie requested. “Don’t you think that we will clear up this ourselves? ” “Well, he does have a police strength. that would come in useful. ” Emmie ultimately agreed and we walked again over to the police station. The Colonel stored us ready open air his workplace for fairly it slow. “Aren’t you comfortable now I compelled you to stick, Harry? If I’m correct, it potential Mason was once in Toronto in spite of everything. You wouldn’t have identified that if you’d left. ” “Yes, Emmie, I’m on your debt,” I granted. “But did you assert ‘forced’ me to stick? ” “Well, let’s say ‘persuaded. ’” while the Colonel did ultimately name us in, he didn’t look altogether happy to work out us. “I idea you’d be off to Buffalo by way of now,” he acknowledged. “I was hoping, besides. ” Emmie took no realize of his in poor health humor. “Colonel, i think Mason shot my uncle after which switched identities with him. It’s the one strategy to clarify why Uncle Charles used to be sporting Sedley’s papers. ” “How so? ” he requested. “You see,” Emmie defined, “Sedley have been Mason’s alias for numerous years, yet he should have made up our minds it were compromised. He knew Mr. Reese was once searching for him. He faced my uncle and threatened to show him except he got here via with a few genuine cash. ” “Isn’t reason behind Elwell to have shot Mason, instead of vice versa? ” the Colonel kind of requested. Emmie’s pause was once a bit lengthy, so I piped up: “Elwell knew Mason good sufficient to grasp he may by no means be left on my own so long as Mason used to be alive. So possibly he shot first, yet simply wounded him. That used to be the bullet you present in the sill, and the blood there has been Mason’s. Then Mason shot Elwell in safeguard. regrettably for Elwell, Mason used to be a greater marksman. Then Mason should have left with either weapons. ” The Colonel stared at me for it slow, after which acknowledged, “I believe that may clarify the second one shot, and the a number of identities, yet definitely that’s a very roundabout means of explaining it. I suggest, one guy touring below an alias kills one other guy touring lower than an alias, then switches aliases. It appears like a… I don’t know…. ” “Dime novel? ” Emmie prompt. “Yes, exactly,” he agreed. “Mrs. Redstone might be capable of be sure if her husband have been touring to Montreal,” I mentioned. “Sedley looked at of a resort there simply Friday morning. meanwhile, it's possible you'll placed out an alert on Robert Mason, touring as Lester Redstone. ” Emmie introduced out the picture and we proven which was once Mason. however the picture was once outdated and neither folks had ever met Mason. still, the Colonel despatched out what details he had. “What approximately Whitner, Colonel? ” I requested. “He stuck a morning teach to Montreal. i've got a guy at the teach with him. ” “Is there a Queen’s lodge in Montreal? ” “Yes, i feel there's. ” “Can you might have somebody there fee to determine if Mason or Sadie Parker has been there the day past or this present day? ” “Yes, yet why? ” This required a recounting of the tale of the postcards. Then I went over the entire attainable aliases Mason and Sadie may be utilizing.