undercurrent of murderous possibilities!”—Argonaut
Asey Mayo “is a
source of much pleasure.”— The New York Times
“A spring tonic for
the most jaded literary appetite.”—The Milwaukee Journal
In front of a tall
tombstone lay a figure...a figure of a woman. An obviously recent corpse,
dressed like an Indian, lay in a storm-lashed cemetery. But the body was above
ground—with its skull bashed in! And to all appearances, the man who did it was
still bending over the dead woman as detective Asey Mayo came upon the scene!
It looked like he
had stumbled on a killer and had caught him with the murder weapon still in his
hand. But Asey wasn't sure. It looked too good—to his trained eye, it was too
And he was right!
In rapid-fire succession clue after clue pointed to someone else—from a scroll
clutched in the fingers of the corpse to a pink glass egg lying on the
rain-swept pavement of a country road. Asey Mayo found that instead of an
air-tight case, he had been plunged into one of his most baffling mysteries!
possesses more common sense and personal charm than any other detective in
fiction.” —The Times Literary Supplement
INTRODUCTION, by Shawn Garrett
QUEEN OF HEAVEN
THE MARK OF TAI FENG
HE PULLED A GUN
THE CASE OF THE HIDDEN BRIDE
PRUNE PICKING PATRIOT
THE DRAGON'S SHADOW
SCOURGE OF THE SILVER DRAGON
WHO KILLED GILBERT FOSTER?
REVOLT OF THE DAMNED
MUMMIES TO ORDER
THE BURDEN OF PROOF
THE LINE IS DEAD
A BURNING CLUE
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But this savage murder is only the first and Brady is soon trying to find the connection between these long ago friends and the savage murders dogging their family.
Brady Coyne, Walt's long-time friend and attorney, handles his routine legal affairs and is asked by Walt to deliver a set of Meriweather Lewis letters to a rare book dealer for authentication. Shortly after, responding to a call from Duffy, Coyne stops by after work only to find Walt dead - murdered - in his backyard. Robbery is dismissed as a motive when the only thing that turns up missing is Walt's laptop. Equally disturbing is the fact that Ethan, Walt's son, is missing without a trace, any sign of struggle, or any clue to where he may have gone. There is also evidence that Walt was somehow involved in a notorious eco-terrorist group that is currently taking deadly action around the Boston area.
With the FBI and the Boston police watching him closely, the eco-terrorists escalating dramatically, and Ethan still missing, Brady finds himself in the center of an increasingly dangerous plot. With the death toll mounting, Brady realizes he has to find the missing Ethan and unravel the complex puzzle before either of them becomes the latest victim.