Frank Theydon leaves the theatre one rainy night and finds himself in a taxi queue with a man and his beautiful daughter, overhearing the man making excuses for putting his daughter in a taxi and walking home on his own. After being delayed on the way home by a minor accident he realises the man is visiting the block of flats he lives in - Mrs Lester in flat 17, his neighbour. The following day, Mrs Lester is found strangled to death and Frank is forced to give evidence to the police.
It turns out Mrs Lester's late husband had worked in China and fallen foul of a political conspiracy, ending up dead. The conspirators have followed her to England to complete their revenge, and Theydon and the man who visited her are caught up in it.
This story was written in 1916 and is definitely 'of its time' in the way it refers to race, while Tracy himself tends to be negative at best about foreigners. Throughout, the way the Chinese are referred to is stereotyped and negative. The plot is dramatic, but this modern reader found the racism very uncomfortable.
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About the Author
Louis Tracy (1863-1928) was a British journalist and prolific author of more than twenty-five novels, most of which involve adventure, mystery, and romance. He lived in Whitby, England. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00LAI3DSW
- Publisher : Start Classics (20 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 685 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
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A good adventure story but a lot of outdated attitudesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2012
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Another fabulous Louis Tracy mystery including White & FurneauxReviewed in the United States on 23 October 2014
I adore Louis Tracy books and cannot get enough of them; and while he did not write as many White & Furneaux (the two detectives in the novel) fortunately he was prolific. This is a fabulous tale of evil, danger, intrigue and, in the end, love where the writer finds himself immersed in a murder after overhearing a man and his daughter speak outside of a theater. The man says that he's going one place but later the hero, Francis Theydon, sees the same man in the street below his apartment, and the man goes into #17. And the next day the owner of the flat is found murdered! Francis has been invited for dinner the following evening and to his surprise he is meeting that same man. White and Furneaux are a curious pair, each balancing their skills off each other. There's plenty of danger and intrigue as those on a death list receive little ivory skulls....who will be next! If you love the stories and language of the early 20th century, try this nifty mystery. I'm sure you'll love it!
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Chris in NM
Dated but compellingReviewed in the United States on 1 June 2019
The style of this book holds up well, despite a somewhat old-fashioned omniscient narrator, and some telling rather than showing. Women and Asians are portrayed with the prejudices of the time. At least the characters don't assume that all Chinese are evil, but they do use racist language. Ultimately, I found the book quite readable, with plenty of action and interesting characters.
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Wonderful listeningReviewed in the United States on 21 March 2021
Due to eye issues Alexa reads to me. This Is a will written romantic international thriller mystery in London. The characters are interesting and will developed. The story line is fast moving as murder at apartment seventeen is the beginning. The characters race across London trying to keep murder of happening again to the conclusion. I would recommend this novella to readers of mysteries. Enjoy reading 🔰2021👑🎩
Story of international intrigue before WWIReviewed in the United States on 11 June 2018
A Chinese plot to overthrow the government by eliminating the man in England who is financing the reform. It's an exciting story of trying to preserve the names of the men who are struggling for reform in China without the methods of detection we have today. It's an exciting story and I recommend it.
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