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."
They are six handsomely cut cameos, half the set having the profile head of Juliet, and the others a similar face of Romeo."
"That is immaterial. Suppose that I should plan a robbery in order to decide this wager. As necessity would not urge me either as to time or place, I should choose my opportunity, let us say when but one person guarded the treasure. That one I should chloroform and also tie. Next, I should help myself to the designated plunder. Suppose that as I were about to depart a sleeping, uncalculated-for pet dog should jump out and bark furiously? I reach for it and it snaps at me, biting my hand. I grapple it by the throat and strangle it, but in its death throes it bites my vest, and a button falls to the ground and rolls away. The dog is at last silenced. Your ordinary burglar by this time would be so unnerved that he would hasten off, not even realizing that he had been bitten, that blood had flowed, or that the button was lost. Mr. Barnes is sent to the house the
One of those artificial puzzlers that needs a more human touch, and a better writer.
Man plans a perfect crime simply to befuddle a great detective, and succeeds. Who is the hero in this story? Hard to be sure.
A detective overhears his abilities degraded by an unseen man.
As an added insult, the unseen voice says he can perform a perfect crime, that the famous detective cannot solve.
With foreknowledge, it should be a simple case to prevent or solve the crime.
But, where and when, and is it enough with which to really work.