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The Mystery of the Four Fingers

Fred M. White

Book Overview: 

A fabulously rich gold mine in Mexico is known by the picturesque and mysterious name of The Four Fingers. It originally belonged to an Aztec tribe, and its location is known to one surviving descendant. Surprises, strange and startling, are concealed in every chapter of this completely engrossing detective story. And through it runs the thread of a curious love story.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Presently a light flared out in one of the rooms, and then Gurdon could make out the dome of a large conservatory leading from the garden to the house.

"I shall find myself in the hands of the police, if I don't take care," Gurdon said to himself. "What an ass I am to embark on an adventure like this. It isn't as if I had the slightest chance of being of any use to the girl, seeing that I—"

He broke off, suddenly conscious of the fact that another of the rooms was lighted now—a large one, by the side of the conservatory. In the silence of the garden it seemed to him that he could hear voices raised angrily, and then a cry, as if of pain, from somebody inside.

Fairly interested at last, Gurdon advanced till he was close to the window. He could hear no more now, for the same tense silence had fallen over the place once more. Gurdon pressed close to the window; he felt something yield beneath his f. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not bad, although a bit hard to swallow at times. Mysterious Aztec magic-man in London, evil American millionaire, runaway bride, dashing barrister, and devil-may-care adventurer: Mr White gets everybody in there somewhere.

God protect us from the spurned husband and proletarian detective. When two friends are waiting in a restaurant to be served, they spend the time speculating about their fellow diners. This is an amusing pastime until a couple enters the room. The man appears to be accompanying his daughter. One...more

An exciting mystery classic with interesting characters and a host of other boredom dispelling elements...more

If the plot wouldn't have some potential, I'd give 1 star. White might have been a script writer for a low-budget movie where there's not money to shoot scenes so the plot has to develop through dialogs. But this is a book - and he just can't write.
First, the characters talk all the time, state...more

More of a Gothic adventure thriller than a mystery, so it will disappoint most modern readers looking for a detective novel. For its type, it's a reasonable example. Don't come expecting a great deal in the way of tying up loose ends, explicable behavior, or tight plotting! Come for the secret, t...more

Majorly jumps the shark after about the 70% point. I could barely be bothered finishing.

Fantastic, in it's truest definition. It is really imaginative, fanciful, and completely removed from reality. I didn't find any problems with the language, nor were there any unnecessary scenes, but there also wasn't anything to recommend it either.
All of the characters behaved in the most un...more