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294 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1931
'I was looking for some suitable spot to interview a young lady who has been so grossly misinformed that she believes I'm a private detective.'
The Inspector knocked out his pipe against the boiler.'Funny how these ideas get about,' he said. 'What do you call yourself these days?'
Campion looked at him reprovingly. 'Deputy Adventurer,' he said. 'I thought of that the other day. I think it sums me up perfectly.'
"You see," he went on earnestly, "there's no vent to the suppressed hatreds, petty jealousies, desires and impulses of any living soul under that roof. The old lady holds the purse strings and is the first and final court of appeal. Not one of her dependents can get away without having to face starvation since not one of them is remotely qualified to earn a sixpence."Now in that atmosphere, although I don't like to think it, I can't help imagining that anything might happen,"
"You are certain, in fact," said Mr. Campion, "that it's one of the family.
I just finished the last sentence of this story and my mouth is agape! The first word that came to my mind was maniacal. How diabolically, insanely evil!!! Wow!