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Quill's Window

George Barr McCutcheon

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He had no intention of descending to the cavern's mouth on this occasion. That feat was to be reserved for another day. Arriving at the gate, he was surprised and gratified to discover that it was unlocked. While it was latched, the padlock and chain hung loosely from the post to which the latter was attached. Without hesitation, he opened the gate and strode boldly into proscribed territory.

The ascent was gradual at first, then steep and abrupt for a matter of fifty or sixty feet to the bald summit of the hill. Once at the top, he sat down panting and exhausted upon the edge of the shallow fissure he had followed as a path up the rock, and again his thoughts went back to the night of the murder. This had been David Windom's route to the top of the hill. He found himself discrediting one feature at least of the man's confession. Only a fabled giant could have carried the body of a man up that steep, tortuous incline. Why, he was exhausted, and he had borne no heav. . . Read More

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I believe I found this book when I was first searching for books to put on my Kindle; as with many on my "to-read" list, I added it and promptly forgot about it in search of other things.

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The writing is a bit clunky to a modern reader, with an oddly endearing habit of putting words "in quotes" (like this) for no apparent reason. It's a good story, which builds up as the character of Courtney Thane is revealed to be more than he at first appears. Also an interesting look at small t...more