By Mark Twain
America's maximum satirist units his attractions on England's so much celebrated detective during this boisterous story of revenge, homicide, and the bounds of logic
Tortured, humiliated, and deserted by way of her fiancé, a lady supplies start to a boy with an strange present. Blessed with a bloodhound's feel of odor, Archy Stillman can tune a guy transparent around the kingdom. His mom, who has spent 16 years dreaming of vengeance, ultimately has the ability to accomplish it. She units her teenage son on his father's path with directions to wreck the fellow as completely as he ruined her.
Years later, Archy has been swept up within the California Gold Rush while a perilous explosion rocks his mining camp. The accused, an English immigrant, begs assistance from his vacationing uncle: the mythical sleuth Sherlock Holmes. however the incomparable investigator will locate that during the Wild West, his great powers of deduction aren't any fit for Archy's superhuman nose.
A pleasant send-up of the secret style, A Double Barrelled Detective tale is exciting enjoyable from first web page to last.
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Probably just wandered over to see what was going on. I’ve noticed people are pretty casual about the affairs over there. ” “Well keep our plan,” Rick decided. ” By the time the Sons of the Old Dominion started to arrive for the annual feast, the boys were in their chosen position, upstream from the mine at a point where they couldn’t fail to see all who traveled the road, but where no one could see them through the thick screen of foliage.
Must be they weresearchin ’ for their dead. ” A man of real courage, Rick thought. Believed in ghosts, but had the nerve to watch them in action. “Mr. Belsely, you said none of them shone like the Blue Ghost. ” “Theywere dark shadows, that’s all. No moon to seeby, or at least not enough. ” Scotty wanted to know. ” The tenant farmer paused,then asked a question of his own. ” Back considered. “He interested us,” he said finally. “He’s not a Virginian. ” Belsely’s comment broughtBack’s carefully built up assumptions tumbling down around his ears.
If Miller wants to talk business he can come see me. ” The boys lingered. “You must admit that it was an unusual offer, sir. ” Piggish eyes surveyed them. ” They went. There was nothing else to do. Scotty started to get into the car, but Rick stopped him. “Let’s go to the drugstore. ” Scotty chuckled. “You can see why Dr. Miller is not fond of Mr. ” “I’m going to join the anti-Collins club as soon as we get back. Look, druggists know everything about their town. ” Rick opened the screen door and they went into a drugstore that had not changed substantially for half a century, except for the addition of modern sales items.
A Double Barrelled Detective Story by Mark Twain