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The Crevice

William J. Burns and Isabel Ostrander

Book Overview: 

The sudden death of wealthy and prominent financier, Pennington Lawton from an apparent heart attack, followed by the shocking revelation of his impending bankruptcy, leaves his sole heir and only daughter, Anita, distraught and nearly penniless. Nonetheless, she is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s death and the loss of his great fortune. To this end she engages the famous detective, Henry Blaine who is determined to unravel the tangled web of deception and restore both her father’s reputation and Anita’s inheritance.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There is one thing now which I must most earnestly caution you against. Do not sign any paper, no matter who wishes it or orders it––no matter if it is the most trivial household receipt. Do not write any letters yourself, or notes to any one, even to Mr. Hamilton; you understand they might be intercepted. If anyone wishes you to sign a paper relating to the matter of your father’s estate, say you cannot do so until you have shown it in private to Mr. Hamilton––that you have promised you will not do so. Any other papers you can easily evade signing. As for your private correspondence, obtain a social secretary, and permit her to sign everything––one whom you can trust––say, one of your girls from here, that girl downstairs, for instance. What is her name?”

Anita Lawton rose, and a peculiar pained expression passed over her features.

“I am sorry, Mr. Blaine––really, really I am s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If you are in the mood for overly complicated yet transparently obvious conspiracy to defraud a helpless maiden, this is just the book for you. It’s full of inexplicable coincidences and lucky breaks, which might just be part of a greater scheme. Then there are the romances, three of them. Besides

Good mystery!

A plot that keeps you turning pages to find out what is next ....a good read

Good detective fiction. Not exactly a whodunnit since you learn the guilty parties pretty early. More like a systematic effort to prove the crime and to determine how it happened. Not the most memorable detective, but solid.