But the judge finds Jeffrey Storr guilty, not Stedland. As Storr's wife Grace leaves the court a foreign-looking gentleman introduces himself. He and his companion are friends of her husband. Justice has failed and THE FOUR JUST MEN have stepped in. They will use their own laws to protect the innocent and will impose their own verdicts. There can be no appeal.
It is a time when the world's most powerful nations are vying for colonial honour, a time of trading steamers and tribal chiefs. In the mysterious African territories administered by Commissioner Sanders, Bones persistently manages to create his own unique style of innocent and endearing mischief.
Another breathless pause and he groped beneath the desk and brought out a small square of black silk and carefully laid it over his white wig. Then he spoke:
"James Meredith, you have been convicted after a long and patient trial of the awful crime of wilful murder. With the verdict of the jury I am in complete agreement. There is little doubt, after hearing the evidence of the unfortunate lady to whom you were engaged, and whose evidence you attempted in the most brutal manner to refute, that, instigated by your jealousy, you shot Ferdinand Bulford. The evidence of Miss Briggerland that you had threatened this poor young man, and that you left her presence in a temper, is unshaken. By a terrible coincidence, Mr. Bulford was in the street outside your fiancée's door when you left, and maddened by your insane jealousy, you shot him dead....
He was not looking at her face. His eyes were running approvingly over her perfect figure, noting the straightness of the back, the fine poise of the head, the shapeliness of the slender hands.
He pushed back his long black hair from his forehead and smiled. It pleased him to believe that his face was cast in an intellectual mould, and that the somewhat unhealthy pastiness of his skin might be described as the "pallor of thought."
Presently he looked away from her through the big bay window which overlooked the crowded floor of Lyne's Stores.
He had had this office built in the entresol and the big windows had been put in so that he might at any time overlook the most important department which it was his good fortune to control.
Now and again, as he saw, a head would be turned in his direction, and he knew that the attention of all the girls was concentrated upon the little scene, plainly visible from the floor below, in which an unwilling employee was engaged.
She, too, was conscious of the fact, and her discomfort and dismay increased. She made a little movement as if to go, but he stopped her.
"You don't understand, Odette," he said. His voice was soft and melodious, and held the hint of a caress. "Did you read my little book?" he asked suddenly.
The 4.15 from Victoria to Lewes had been held up at Three Bridges in consequence of a derailment and, though John Lexman was fortunate enough to catch a belated connection to Beston Tracey, the wagonette which was the sole communication between the village and the outside world had gone.
"If you can wait half an hour, Mr. Lexman," said the station-master, "I will telephone up to the village and get Briggs to come down for you."
John Lexman looked out upon the dripping landscape and shrugged his shoulders.
"I'll walk," he said shortly and, leaving his bag in the station-master's care and buttoning his mackintosh to his chin, he stepped forth resolutely into the rain to negotiate the two miles which separated the tiny railway station from Little Tracey.
The downpour was incessant and likely to last through the night. The high hedges on either side of the narrow road were so many leafy cascades; the road itself was in places ankle deep in mud. He stopped under the protecting cover of a big tree to fill and light his pipe and with its bowl turned downwards continued his walk. But for the driving rain which searched every crevice and found every chink in his waterproof armor, he preferred, indeed welcomed, the walk.
The road from Beston Tracey to Little Beston was associated in his mind with some of the finest situations in his novels. It was on this road that he had conceived "The Tilbury Mystery." Between the station and the house he had woven the plot which had made "Gregory Standish" the most popular detective story of the year. For John Lexman was a maker of cunning plots....
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Four Just Men Series
THE FOUR JUST MEN (1905)
THE COUNCIL OF JUSTICE (1908)
THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA (1917)
THE LAW OF THE FOUR JUST MEN (1921)
Smithy and Nobby Series
ARMY REFORM OPINIONS OF PRIVATE SMITH (1906)
SMITHY ABROAD (1909)
SMITHY AND THE HUN (1915)
SMITHY, NOBBY & CO. (1904-1918)
Detective Sgt. Elk Series
THE NINE BEARS (1910)
SANDERS OF THE RIVER (1911)
THE PEOPLE OF THE RIVER (1911)
THE RIVER OF STARS (1913)
BOSAMBO OF THE RIVER (1914)
THE KEEPERS OF THE KING’S PEACE (1917)
LIEUTENANT BONES (1918)
BONES IN LONDON (1921)
SANDI THE KINGMAKER (1922)
ANGEL ESQUIRE (1908)
THE FOURTH PLAGUE (1913)
GREY TIMOTHY (1913)
THE MAN WHO BOUGHT LONDON (1915)
THE MELODY OF DEATH (1915)
A DEBT DISCHARGED (1916)
THE TOMB OF T’SIN (1916)
THE SECRET HOUSE (1917)
THE CLUE OF THE TWISTED CANDLE (1918)
DOWN UNDER DONOVAN (1918)
THE MAN WHO KNEW (1918)
THE STRANGE LAPSES OF LARRY LOMAN (1918)
THE GREEN RUST (1919)
KATE PLUS TEN (1919)
THE DAFFODIL MYSTERY (1920)
JACK O’JUDGMENT (1920)
THE ANGEL OF TERROR (1922)
THE CRIMSON CIRCLE (1922)
MR. JUSTICE MAXELL (1922)
THE VALLEY OF GHOSTS (1922)
CAPTAIN TATHAM OF TATHAM ISLAND (1909)
THE DUKE IN THE SUBURBS (1909)
PRIVATE SELBY (1912)
“1925”: THE STORY OF A FATAL PEACE (1915)
THOSE FOLK OF BULBORO (1918)
THE BOOK OF ALL POWER (1921)
FLYING FIFTY-FIVE (1922)
Short Story Collections
THE ADMIRABLE CARFEW (1914)
GOSPEL-TRUTH MORTIMER (1914)
THE ADVENTURES OF HEINE (1917)
TAM O’ THE SCOUTS (1918)
THE COMPANIONS OF THE ACE HIGH (1918)
THE FIGHTING SCOUTS (1919)
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE MISSION THAT FAILED (1898)
WAR AND OTHER POEMS (1900)
WRIT IN BARRACKS (1900)
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
REPORTS FROM THE BOER WAR (1901)
THE STANDARD HISTORY OF THE WAR (1914)
KITCHENER’S ARMY AND THE TERRITORIAL FORCES (1915)
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Unexpected things happen in the territories of the Belgian Congo where Commissioner Sanders keeps an uneasy peace, aided by his trusty assistant Lieutenant Hamilton and hindered, unintentionally, by the trouble-prone Bones. He must deal with 'ju-ju', 'religious-palava', lost vials of virulent disease...and all the while Bosambo, the magnificent king of the Ochori, watches on.
Included in this volume:
PALLBEARER, by Robert Reed
PANDEMIC, by J. F. Bone
WINGS OF THE BLACK DEATH, by Norvell Page
THE MAN WHO LIVED, by Raymond F. O'Kelley
THE UNPARALLELED INVASION, by Jack London
THE 4TH PLAGUE, by Edgar Wallace
THE GERM GROWERS, by Robert Potter
THE ANIMALS SICK OF THE PLAGUE, by Jean de La Fontaine
THOTH, by Joseph Shield Nicholson
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE GREAT GRAY PLAGUE, by Raymond F. Jones
THE SCARLET PLAGUE, by Jack London
THE PLAGUE IN BERGAMO, by Jens Peter Jacobsen
THE PLAGUE, by Teddy Keller
THE LAST MAN, by Mary Shelley
A LEGEND, by Lafcadio Hearn
THE DUST OF DEATH, by Fred M. White
THE COFFIN CURE, by Alan E. Nourse
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Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at 12. He joined the army at 21 and was a war correspondentduring the Second Boer War for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men (1905).
Another excellent story based on British attempts to bring their administration to darkest Africa. Always with tongue in cheek, Edgar Wallace nevertheless provides insights into the period of history at the same time. Wonderful characters, enthralling stories, never a dull moment.
When her father died, Lydia lost her closest friend in the world and inherited a mountain of debt. Though she works tirelessly, she doubts she will ever be able to pay it all off. She is near despair when a lawyer comes to her with a most unusual proposal that could save her finances—and cost her life.
The lawyer’s client is James Meredith, a wealthy young man who has been sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor for a murder he did not commit. The witness who put him away was his fiancée, Miss Briggerland, whose icy beauty conceals a heart that burns with rage. The lawyer asks Lydia to marry James in order to keep the psychotic woman away from his fortune, but Miss Briggerland is not one to be crossed lightly. She will take her revenge on Lydia, and she will take it in blood.
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