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On Secret Service

William Nelson Taft

Book Overview: 

Detective-Mystery stories based on real cases solved by government agents. Created initially in 1865, the U.S. Secret Service continued to expand over the years, particularly following the assassination of President McKinley in 1901. The episodes in this compilation are comprised of authentic stories, dramatized, while remaining true to the actual incidences.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .wasn't a thing about the bombs themselves that would provide any indication of where they came from."

"The man who made them must have had a pretty thorough knowledge of chemistry," Mary mused.

"Mighty near perfect," admitted Walters. "At least six exploded on time, and, from what I understand, they were loaded to the muzzle with a mixture that no one but an expert would dare handle."[51]

"And," continued Mary, with just a hint of excitement in her voice, "the bomb-maker would continue to investigate the subject. He would want to get the latest information, the most recent books, the—"

"What are you driving at?" Walters interrupted.

"Just this," and Mary leaned across the table so that there was no possibility of being overheard. "We girls have a good deal of time on our hands, so we get into the habit of making conjectures and forming theories about the 'regulars'—the people who come into the Library often enough. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fascinating stories for lovers of crime stories

So many stories from long ago crimes perpetrated in or against the United States in this book. What is appealing is that you can read as much or as little as you want to read at a time. So pace yourself and enjoy the crime solving genius of our gover...more

Enjoyable read, each episode slightly leading to another, but the author writes clearly, and has a distinct ability to dramatize actual events. Sure it shows its age, but carries fairly well nevertheless into current affairs, at least in some regards.