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Final Proof

or, The Value of Evidence

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Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,721 / 272 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.3
LoC Category: PS
Series: Queen's Quorum
Downloads: 2,696
Added to site: 2009.12.22 26092

These stories are worked out with great ingenuity, and will interest all who enjoy following the devious ways of the students of crime as fine art.

The Phoenix of Crime
The Missing Link
The Nameless Man
The Montezuma Emerald
A Singular Abduction
The Aztec Opal
The Duplicate Harlequin
The Pearls of Isis
A Promissory Note
A Novel Forgery
A Frosty Morning
A Shadow of Proof

Show Excerpt

d especially the face. We think that we know a man by the contour of his face, whereas we often depend, during life, upon the habitual expressions which the face ever carries. For example, suppose that we know a young girl, full of life and happiness, with a sunny disposition undimmed by care or the world's worry. She is ever smiling, or ready to smile. Thus we know her. Let that girl suffer a sudden and perhaps painful death. In terror and agony as she dies, the features are distorted, and in death the resultant expression is somewhat stamped upon the features. Let that body lie in the water for a time, and when recovered it is doubtful whether all of her friends would identify her. Some would, but others would with equal positiveness declare that these were mistaken. Yet you observe the physical contours would still be present."

"I am pleased, Doctor, by what you say," said Mr. Barnes, "because with such appreciation of the changes caused by death and exposure in the water, I must lay greater relianc

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***

"A Singular Abduction" is maybe almost "Final Proof" or "The Value of Evidence" of what happened on typebars in up-strike typewriter age.


A collection of detective short stories, I found at least a third of the book lacking. The first short story was deficient on descriptive narrative that could have made the story enjoyable. It seemed to be all "question asked, answer given". It was very boring.

The second short story was wretched! I almost put the book aside after this one. However, the remained of the book was a pleasure to read. Some stories building off the others. Humor, seriousness and good challenging stories.



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