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The Diamond Master

Jacques Futrelle

Book Overview: 

A perfect diamond worth millions is mailed, in a plain package, to a diamond dealer. Then he finds that identical diamonds were delivered to other diamond dealers. Where did the gems come from? Who sent them? And why?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .able with a sweeping gesture of his hand, colorless, inert pebbles, ranging in size from a pea to a peanut. "And now, you ask, where do they come from?"

The others nodded unanimously.

"I'll have to state a fact that you all know, as part answer to that question," replied Mr. Wynne. "A perfect diamond is a perfect diamond, no matter where it comes from—Africa, Brazil, India or New Jersey. There is not the slightest variation in value if the stone is perfect. That being true, it is a matter of no concern to you, as dealers, where these come from—sufficient it is that they are here, and, being here, they bring home to you the necessity of concerted action to uphold the diamond as a thing of value."

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Community Reviews

This book by Jacques Futrelle is a treat to read. It was roughly written in the same period of time in which the Sherlock Holmes stories were written. No DNA, no fingerprints, but deduction only. The story is not very surprising, but nevertheless it contains some surprising elements. The writing...more

A diamond is delivered to a jeweller in quite an unusual manner and he soon finds out that four other jewellers received similar packages. There's then a quest to find out the source of these gems and much adventure is involved; murder, love, science, engineering, and even homing pigeons...more

This novella/long-ish short story shares a macguffin with F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'Diamond as Big as the Ritz', namely that a sudden glut of diamonds in the world will potentially ruin all those with a vested interest in that market.

In Futrelle's version, we have a neat tale of extortion and murder...more

Decent beginning, with a bit of suspense and wonder, but the ending totally sucked. It’s like the author didn’t quite know what to do so just ended it as quickly as possible.

3.25 stars (liked it)

A simply written but enjoyable 1909 story that nicely blends the study of gemology and the economics of diamond market with a classic mystery as several jewellers receive identical diamonds by mail.

I am a big fan of Jacques Futrelle's Thinking Machine stories but this short novel wasn't nearly as enjoyable for me. The premise is quite intriguing - a process is invented to artificially create diamonds - but Futrelle doesn't carry out that concept very effectively. The cast is divided into tw...more

A young self-assured businessman shows up and makes a proposition to the top diamond jewelers in New York City. He wants them to come up with a $100 million to buy his special diamonds. But there is a catch. There are no records on where these beautiful, unusual diamonds came from after they chec...more

The book begins with a gem merchant being sent, anonymously, a very large and flawless diamond; shortly thereafter, he discovers that several of his colleagues received identical gifts. The mystery of who sent them is swiftly resolved, and for the rest of the book we are left to wonder where thes...more

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