The kidnapping of an American millionaire's infant son in Paris, in broad daylight, from a field in the Bois de Boulogne, seems inexplicable until Richard Duvall applies "the inexorable laws of logic and deduction . . . to arrive at a solution as astonishing as it is simple, when once it has been reached."
but, it is Mr. Stapleton's only child--a boy of six. You can understand how he must feel."
Grace nodded. "Yes, I can understand," she said, slowly, then turned to her husband.
"What do you think, dear?" he asked her.
"I think, Richard, that you had better go."
Mr. Hodgman sprang to his feet', and, coming over to Grace, took her hand. He knew that his battle was won. "I thank you, Mrs. Duvall," he said, "on Mr. Stapleton's account, as well as on my own. He will appreciate deeply what you have done, the sacrifice you are making, and he will not forget It." He looked again at his watch nervously, the anxiety he felt clearly evident in his every movement. "We had best start at once, Mr. Duvall."
Duvall rose. "I will join you in a short while, Mr. Hodgman. I wish to say a few words to my wife." He took Grace's arm and drew her within the house, leaving Mr. Hodgman pacing nervously up and down the veranda.
The conference between Grace and her husband was short. Each realiz
Good book. Full of action, and this us the same detective that was in the Ivory snuffbox. The Ivory Snuff box was made into a movie, however that was back in the silent film days.The author went on to have a busy career writing scripts for movies and shows. In this book the weakness of the French police is displayed by the use of the detectives wife to do the work of the french police. Why would you have to put a foreign woman in danger to do YOUR job? Any way...good book.
I found the beginning of this book very good and would have loved to continue reading it but for the fact that large parts of the content were missing or swapped with other parts. There has obviously not been any proof reading done. However what I have read makes me want to try to get a better copy of the book.
Great detective novel, showing true consequences of failiure, luck, fortune and conflict of arousing emotions going in the minds of a real detective almost all the time who faces a challenge to perform a three fold task of securing both the ransome, the kidnapped child and preventing the kidnappers from escaping. I am a reader of very selective nature and not many novels appeal to me so much. The detectives depicted in this story are like real human beings, no JAMES BOND sort of stuff. Also, the writer has done justice to the kidnappers by making their character very sharp and focused, their actions very well planned to keep the detectives and the police struggling till the last moment making it more interesting. The description of places are so detailed that I felt my self as one of the characters of the story, wandering in the streets of Paris. A must read story and a very addictive one. I can bet it will bind you till the last words.