In a town dominated by conservative old families, Mrs. Tyler's husband was unique. A former carnival knife thrower covered with tattoos, he presented a fantastic social problem. To make things more desperate, his daughter -- on the verge of a concert debut --jilted one of the town’s favorite sons...and showed marked interest in a handsome, somewhat sinister, newcomer.
The situation became literally deadly when the body of a murdered man was found in the driveway of the Tyler home -- and what had been scandal grew into horror!
Miriam Lake found herself in an alarming situation the night she came aboard the luxury yacht Donna Louise for an interview with a "Mrs. Murchison" who was seeking a governess for a backwards child. First, Mrs. Murchison turned out to be a man -- Donald Murchison. Then, Miriam learned that everyone on board believed her to be Murchison's long-lost niece and a victim of schizophrenia, causing her to adopt a strange new personality. By the time Miriam realized it was no honest mistake in identity, and that murder was part of the evil design, the yacht was heading out to sea!
A tense novel in which Rufus King is at his scintilating best!
Alan had just married wealthy and eccentric Christine Belder, who was old enough to be his mother. It was a pleasant setup for Alan -- until Joe Inbrun saw in it a way to collect an old debt. Then suddenly Christine cut Alan out of her will and Alan now had to try desperately to keep her alive.
But the Dove was at work. Not even Joe could stop him. Alan waited in terror for the deadly blow that would leave him penniless when, without warning, murder struck in the Belder mansion.
But the victim was not Christine...
There, death struck with slashing suddenness while Valcour was talking to young Arthur Willett, who was sprawled on a sofa smoking a cigarette. Listening to the crackling roar of flames in the fireplace, Valcour detected the odor of burning cloth. He glanced at Arthur to find the cigarette lying in Arthur's lap and Arthur's chin slumped on his chest. Valcour rushed to his side and in stunned amazement stared at the dark mark where a bullet had entered Arthur's skull!
A fast-moving drama of multiple murder, featuring Lieutenant Valcour at top form!
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Rufus King (1893-1966) was an American author of Whodunit crime novels. He created four series of detective stories, the most famous being Lieutenant Valcour. Modern critics are rediscovering Rufus King's work. Mike Grost, on Golden Age Detective, features a long writeup of King, stating: "King had a vivid writing style, with colorful characters, events, and images. He was clearly a born writer."