The Stretton Street Affair

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Mr. Le Queux breaks all records for speed and thrills. And he tells you, too, about orosin, that newly discovered poison, a drop of which, on cigar or cigarette, renders the smoker unconscious. A gripping detective and mystery story. Every page presents a baffling situation, and all lead to the most unusual climax of the times.
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Simon and Schuster
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Jan 1, 2014
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Polo leaves his San Francisco home base to do a favor for an old friend. It sounds simple enough: Fly to London to hand deliver a letter, a check, and a cassette tape to a distant cousin of Polo's friend Raymond Singh. With first-class plane tickets, a hefty expense account, and reservations at the Ritz, how can he refuse?

Raymond's cousin Gurbeep Singh proves elusive, though, and in the process of tracking him down, the persistent detective runs into several nasty situations. As Polo delves deeper into Gurbeep's affairs, a dark picture emerges. Undeterred, he continues an investigation that takes him from London to San Francisco and Canada and into the vicious underworld of pornography, smuggling, kidnapping, and murder.

Praise for Jerry Kennealy and the Nick Polo series

Green With Envy

"The sixth Nick Polo story again blends the Pi's wry commentary on modern society—especially as experienced in San Francisco—with fast- paced adventure to create a thoroughly entertaining romp."—Publishers Weekly

"A fine entry in this underrated series."—Kirkus Reviews

Polo's Wild Card "Kennealy has a knack for weaving local scandal with San Francisco topography... Add to this the latest methods in picking locks, buying burglar gloves, computer hacking (private-eye style), and use of criminal indexes... we get quite a bit for our money from ex-con and ex-cop Polo."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Polo's at his most raffishly amusing throughout... Highly recommended for people who read mysteries for the detective's company...."—Kirkus Reviews

Polo in the Rough

"Diverting caper featuring PI Nick Polo... Kennealy, a PI himself, weaves a series of twists and turns that reveal a sure-handed knowledge of detective work."—Publishers Weekly

"Kennealy's finely crafted stories always hold my interest. Never a wasted word."—San Francisco Examiner

Queen of the Unknown.

Let me gaze down the vista of the tristful past.

Ah! there are things that cannot be uttered; there are scenes that still entrance me, and incidents so unexpected and terrible that they cause me even now to hold my breath in horror.

The prologue of this extraordinary drama of London life was enacted three years ago; its astounding dénouement occurred quite recently. During those three weary, anxious years the days have glided on as they glide even with those who suffer most, but alas! I have the sense of having trodden a veritable Via Dolorosa during a century, the tragedy of my life, with its ever-present sorrow, pressing heavily upon me perpetually. Yet my life’s journey has not always been along the barren shore of the sea of Despair. During brief moments, when, with the sweet childlike angel of my solitude, heaven and earth have seemed to glide slowly into space, I have found peace in the supreme joy of happiness. My gaze has been lost in the azure immensity of a woman’s eyes.

In this strange story, this astounding record of chastity of affection and bitter hatred, of vile scheming, of secret sins and astounding facts, I, Stuart Ridgeway, younger son of Sir Francis Ridgeway, Member for Barmouth and banker of the City of London, am compelled to speak of myself. It is indeed a relief to be able to reason out one’s misfortunes; confession is the lancet-stroke that empties the abscess. The Devil has thrown his dice and the game is up. I can now lay bare the secret of my sorrow.
William Le Queux (1864-1927) was a famous and incredibly visionary writer who wrote in the genres of mystery, thriller, and espionage - in the years leading up to World War I. His best-known works are the invasion thrillers "The Great War in England in 1897” and the anti-German invasion fantasy "The Invasion of 1910.” – all written before the war… Novels The Great War in England in 1897 The Invasion of 1910 Guilty Bonds Zoraida The Temptress The Great White Queen Devil's Dice Whoso Findeth a Wife The Eye of Istar If Sinners Entice Thee The Bond of Black The Day of Temptation The Veiled Man The Wiles of the Wicked An Eye for an Eye In White Raiment Of Royal Blood Her Majesty's Minister The Under-Secretary The Seven Secrets As We Forgive Them The Sign of the Stranger The Hunchback of Westminster The Closed Book The Czar's Spy Behind the Throne The Pauper of Park Lane The Mysterious Mr. Miller Whatsoever a Man Soweth The Great Court Scandal The Lady in the Car The House of Whispers The Red Room Spies of the Kaiser The Great God Gold (Treasure of Israel) Hushed Up! A Mystery of London The Death-Doctor The Lost Million The Price of Power Her Royal Highness The White Lie The Four Faces The Sign of Silence The Mysterious Three At the Sign of the Sword The Mystery of the Green Ray Number 70, Berlin The Way to Win The Broken Thread The Place of Dragons The Zeppelin Destroyer Sant of the Secret Service The Stolen Statesman The Doctor of Pimlico Whither Thou Goest The Intriguers The Red Widow (The Death-Dealers of London) Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo This House to Let The Golden Face The Stretton Street Affair The Voice from the Void Short Story Collections Stolen Souls The Count's Chauffeur The Bomb-Makers The Gay Triangle
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