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My Friend The Murderer

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Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,324 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,570
Added to site: 2007.10.18 18573
Genre: Short Story

out of sight of Dunedin. I loafed about for a couple of hours, and when the sun got well up some of the other passengers came on deck and joined me. One of them, a little perky sort of fellow, took a good long look at me, and then came over and began talking.

"Mining, I suppose?" says he.

"Yes," I says.

"Made your pile?" he asks.

"Pretty fair," says I.

"I was at it myself," he says; "I worked at the Nelson fields for three months, and spent all I made in buying a salted claim which busted up the second day. I went at it again, though, and struck it rich; but when the gold wagon was going down to the settlements, it was stuck up by those cursed rangers, and not a red cent left."

"That was a bad job," I says.

"Broke me--ruined me clean. Never mind, I've seen them all hanged for it; that makes it easier to bear. There's only one left--the villain that gave the evidence. I'd die happy if I could come across him. There are two things I have to do if I meet him."

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.7 from 3 reviews: ***
Lisa Carr

An Australian prison doctor makes friends with a notorious prisoner who was part of a murderous gang, then ratted out his fellow gang members. Surprisingly little happens, there is no mystery. The daily newspaper is more interesting.


I was expecting something a lot more interesting from Arthur Conan Doyle. I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. But this story was just plain boring. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did.


it's good



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