By Mark Twain
America's maximum satirist units his points of interest on England's so much celebrated detective during this boisterous story of revenge, homicide, and the boundaries of logic
Tortured, humiliated, and deserted via her fiancé, a girl offers delivery to a boy with an strange reward. Blessed with a bloodhound's experience of scent, Archy Stillman can tune a guy transparent around the kingdom. His mom, who has spent 16 years dreaming of vengeance, eventually has the skill to accomplish it. She units her teenage son on his father's path with directions to damage the fellow as completely as he ruined her.
Years later, Archy has been swept up within the California Gold Rush whilst a perilous explosion rocks his mining camp. The accused, an English immigrant, begs the aid of his traveling uncle: the mythical sleuth Sherlock Holmes. however the incomparable investigator will locate that during the Wild West, his outstanding powers of deduction aren't any fit for Archy's superhuman nose.
A pleasant send-up of the secret style, A Double Barrelled Detective tale is exciting enjoyable from first web page to last.
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Sally’s patrol car pulled away. When I saw Lavinia still in the doorway, I approached her. We settled into her office, a small room off the front foyer. I’d never seen Lavinia in casual clothes. She habitually wore a dark pantsuit, conservative and businesslike, her makeup always fresh, her short hair always brushed. She looked like a corporate executive, which is what she considered herself. The quickest way to get on Lavinia’s shit list was to call her a madam. “Poor sonofabitch,” said Lavinia.
I was lucky. She wasn’t checking out until morning. She offered me a drink as soon as I stepped into the room, and I accepted. Bourbon, neat. “Gil told me about the autopsy,” I said. “It doesn’t prove a thing. If she died from suffocation, so what? ” “Anything could have happened. Something was slipped in her drink. ” She had a point. But I wasn’t interested in pursuing this possibility any more. I had another idea. “This may sound a bit strange,” I said, “since I really didn’t know your daughter very well.
Yes, she did. She could make anyone talk about anything. People would tell her their deepest secrets. ” I didn’t stay long after that. Anita was emotionally exhausted and had a long drive ahead of her in the morning. I left her to her private grief. On the way home I stopped for a nightcap at Danny’s but stayed for several. I probably shouldn’t have driven home but I had a short drive and Sogobia had no traffic after six in the evening. I made it all the way to the turn into my apartment before the flashing lights came on behind me.