The Lamp That Went Out

The Lamp That Went Out

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The Lamp That Went Out by Grace Isabel Colbron and Auguste Groner

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The Lamp That Went Out

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Joseph Muller, Secret Service detective of the Imperial Austrian police, is one of the great experts in his profession. In personality he differs greatly from other famous detectives. He has neither the impressive authority of Sherlock Holmes, nor the keen brilliancy of Monsieur Lecoq.

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ok his head. "No," he said calmly, "it may be a case of robbery just the same. This pocket was not very easy to find, and the money in it was safer than the dead man's watch and purse would be. That is, if he had a watch and purse - and he very probably had a watch," he added more quickly.

For Muller had made a little discovery. On the lower hem of the left side of the dead man's waistcoat he saw a little lump, and feeling of it he discovered that it was a watch key which had slipped down out of the torn pocket between the lining and the material of the vest. A sure proof that the dead man had had a watch, which in all probability had been taken from him by his murderer. There was no loose change or small bills to be found in any of the pockets, so that it was more than likely that the dead man had had his money in a purse. It seemed to be a case of murder for the sake of robbery. At least Muller and the commissioner believed it to be one, from what they had discovered thus far.

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Yes, there's no doubt that Muller is different, as the authors take great pains to inform us. What makes these worth reading, though, is the difference in old Austrian society from our own, more than Muller's detecting. While ingenious, the clues too often fall into Muller's hands, and his initial hypothesies are too often right on the money.