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 by means of her fiancé, a girl offers delivery to a boy with an strange reward. Blessed with a bloodhound's experience of odor, Archy Stillman can music a guy transparent around the kingdom. His mom, who has spent 16 years dreaming of vengeance, ultimately has the skill to accomplish it. She units her teenage son on his father's path with directions to wreck the fellow as completely as he ruined her.
Years later, Archy has been swept up within the California Gold Rush while a dangerous 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 fabulous 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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Detective Superintendent Carter swung himself out of the passenger seat and saluted the Governor. " And, turning to McLeery: "Christ! " But McLeery cut across whatever explanation the Governor might have given. "Elsfield Way, officer! I know where Evans .. " He was breathing heavily, and leaned for support against the side of the car, where the imprint of his hand was left in tarnished crimson. In bewilderment Carter looked to the Governor for guidance. " "Take him with you, if you think he'll be all right.
McLeery: "Now. " Silence. McLeery: "In the top right-hand corner write your index number 313. And in the box just below that, write your centre number 271. " Silence. m. " McLeery: "I don't know about that. I ' Stephens: "Mr. Jackson's given me strict instructions to ' Evans: "Ow the 'ell am I supposed to concentrate on me exam with a bleedin' screw breathin' down me neck? Christ! Sorry, sir, I didn't mean ' The Governor reached for the phone. "Jackson? Ah, good. Get Stephens out of that cell, will you?
Stephens personally was to make absolutely sure that the door was locked on Evans after McLeery had left the cell. Understood? Understood. m. the Governor heard the final exchanges. " Silence. " Silence. Scraping of chairs and tables. " McLeery: "Good .. Mr. " (Very loud) The Governor heard the door clang to for the last time. The examination was over. " asked Stephens as he walked beside McLeery to the main gates. "Och. " His Scots accent seemed broader than ever, and his long black overcoat, reaching almost to his knees, fostered the illusion that he had suddenly grown slimmer.
A Double Barrelled Detective Story by Mark Twain