I read this book about 26-Feb-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1936. This note was last modified Monday, 28-Feb-2005 21:09:16 PST.
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The third Wolfe novel. Events long ago in a frontier mining settlement come home to roost in New York City when a British peer comes to town on a diplomatic mission.
An attempt to create an alibi by faking the sound of a gunshot over the phone fools everybody, but Wolfe deduces the murder couldn't have occurred then and is willing to consider a trick.