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A Detective Story

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Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,244 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,910
Added to site: 2010.09.11 28964

s is ever a most fatal defect. His smile was without sunshine; his glance was an inquiry, a rebuke, a sarcasm, every thing but a revelation. As he rode away he carried with him the thought of all, yet I doubt if the admiration he undoubtedly inspired, was in a single case mixed with any warmer feeling than that of pride in a fellow townsman they could not understand. "Ice," thought I; "ice in all but its transparency!" So much for Benson the son.

The ball was to take place that very night; and the knowledge of this fact threw a different light over the letter I had read. The word mask had no longer any special significance, neither the word counterfeit, and yet such was the tenor of the note itself, and such the exaggerated nature of its phrases, I could not but feel that some plot of a reprehensible if not criminal nature was in the process of formation, which, as a rising young detective engaged in a mysterious and elusive search, it behooved me to know. And moved by this considerat

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Leah A. Zeldes

A Secret Serviceman following a counterfeiting gang stumbles on a family conspiracy in this rather tame short story.


A brief early American detective story. A young man investigating a counterfeiting case, stumbles into a family controversy - that eventuates in murder.



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