He was an immense creature. He sat in an upright chair that seemed to have been provided especially for him. The great bulk of him flowed out and filled the chair. It did not seem to be fat that enveloped him. It seemed rather to be some soft, tough fiber, like the pudgy mass making up the body of a deep-sea thing. One got an impression of strength.
The country was before the open window; the clusters of cultivated shrub on the sweep of velvet lawn extending to the great wall that inclosed the place, then the bend of the river and beyond the distant mountains, blue and mysterious, blending indiscernibly into the sky. A soft sun, clouded with the haze of autumn, shone over it.
"You know how the faint moisture in the bare foot will make an impression."
He paused as though there was some compelling force in the reflection. It was impossible to say, with accuracy, to what race the man belonged. He came from some queer blend of Eastern peoples. His body and the cast of his features were Mongolian. But one got always, before him, a feeling of the hot East lying low down against the stagnant Suez. One felt that he had risen slowly into our world of hard air and sun out of the vast sweltering ooze of it.
Abner's adventures are populated with peculiar characters and intriguing adventures set in the rough but fascinating land 'where men concealed their feelings as one conceals the practice of a crime; and one would have stolen his neighbor's goods before he would have intruded upon the secrecy of his emotions.'
This collection of eighteen stories, first published in 1918, with the pivotal character of justice-dispensing Uncle Abner connecting them all, is often considered among the most important American detective and crime fiction.
In this collection of detective stories, first published in 1922, Melville Davisson Post creates some truly entertaining characters; among them there is distinguished Sir Henry Marquis, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department of Scotland Yard, with his remarkable deductive skills, and Sir Godfrey Simon, the greatest alienist in England … together, they can solve the hardest of mysteries.
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The Thing on the Hearth, The Reward, The Lost Lady, The Cambered Foot, The Man in the Green Hat, The Wrong Sign, The Fortune Teller, The Hole in the Mahogany Panel, The End of the Road, The Last Adventure, American Horses, The Spread Rails, The Pumpkin Coach, The Yellow Flower, Satire of the Sea & The House by the Loch.
This collection of mystery and crime adventures featuring skilled and eloquent French detective, Monsieur Jonquelle, written by Mellville Davisson Post, was first published in 1923.
"`The American is destroyed, and his accursed work is destroyed with him. Send the news to Bangkok and west to Burma. The treasures of India are saved."'
So begins, "The Sleuth of St. James Street" - a riveting Victorian mystery adventure by Melville Post. Can you solve the crime before time runs out?
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