Detective Jack Barnes is pitted against a would-be "gentleman" criminal in this thriller by "one of the most neglected authors in the entire history of the detective story."
hree trains upon which he might have started, one at seven o'clock, one at eleven, and this one. One in three is not long odds."
"But even if he is on this train, there are ten coaches."
"Again you are wrong. After his hard work on this Pettingill case he would be sure to take a sleeper. Now if you recall the fact, I did not decide to go to New York to-night till the last minute. Then we found that we could not get a whole section, and were about to bunk together in a lower berth when, several more people applying, they determined to put on another coach. Therefore, unless Mr. Barnes secured his ticket during the day, he would inevitably have been assigned to this coach."
"Had you any special reason for suggesting Number Ten?"
"Yes. I know that Number Six is unoccupied. But just as we started some one came in, and I think took the upper berth of Number Ten."
"Mr. Barnes began to think that he would have exceedingly difficult work to detect this man in crime, were he really t
A good and complex intrigue, good personages, an action well constructed, fast, with good surprises but also with a good "contemplative" passages. And a very tense and amiable general atmosphere.