Mystery set in the Florida everglades with pirate treasure, cryptograms and clues hidden in an old bible.
ientific research! There were a thousand things I wanted to do, a thousand journeys into unknown lands that haunted my dreams at night, but none of them were for the poor. The two hundred dollars Grover Nealman would pay me would not go far, yet I simply couldn't afford to pass it by. Of course I could continue my work for my alma mater at the same time.
Yet while I thought of these things, I knew that I was only lying to myself. They were subterfuges only, excuses to my own conscience. The instant she had opened her lips to speak I had known my answer.
To refuse meant to go back to my lonely camp in the cypress. I hoped I wasn't such a fool as that. To accept meant three weeks at Kastle Krags--and daily sight of this same lovely face that now held fast my eyes. Could there be any question which course I would choose?
"Go--I should say I will go," I told her. "I'll be there bright and early to-morrow."
I thought she looked pleased, but doubtless I was mistaken.
A nice book! The majority of the story happens just over two or three days. The author displays a very good ability of describing the surroundings of the characters as well as the thoughts, anxieties, and mood of the characters. So good in fact, that I could sense the cool sea breezes he describes and the warm humid nights of Florida. The only drawback from this is that he spends a lot of time in these descriptions and not as much on plot development. However, towards the end of the book he combines the two in a wonderful way that kept my undivided attention through the last two or three chapters.
A good story that keeps you guessing, and one that puts you in the room with the characters. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery and lost treasure.