A pretty good hard-boiled detective story. The dialogue is rather stilted, but the plot and characters work well, with a decent resolution. An enjoyable read.
It's only a short story, but it is a true classic of detective fiction, and a clear precursor to Sherlock Holmes. Well worthwhile!
A favorite book that I read and loved as a kid. Burgess delineates definite characters and their little adventures, both humorous and serious. Unc' Billy Possum is almost too smart for his own good. The moralizing doesn't detract from the story. The whole series by Burgess is good for any pre-teen, and these are good for reading to younger children.
A fast-paced, rollicking action story. Dorgan is your typical REH hero--not necessarily smart, but a heck of a fighter.