The problem in this book is the alleged suicide of John Gillum, and the book falls into two parts: !u the first part, John Gill urn's mode cl lire is presented, with the various circumstances which established a probability of suicide, including an unknown blackmailer. The second part deals with an attempt to discover the identity of the blackmailer. But, as the investigation proceeds, certain other facts of an entirely unexpected character are brought to light and the investigation is turned into a new channel. It is with this that the remainder of the book is concerned, and the final result is the uncovering by Thorndyke of a most surprising plot; and this is done with such completeness that the plotter is eventually brought to justice.
R Austin Freeman
Classic Crime Fiction
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