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Three Thousand Dollars

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

“I was, perhaps, the plainest girl in the room that night. I was also the happiest—up to one o’clock. Then my whole world crumbled, or, at least, suffered an eclipse. Why and how, I am about to relate.” Thus begins this mystery told by Anna Katharine Green, writer of detective fiction in America and renowned for writing well plotted, legally accurate stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We'll take its contents for granted. How does it stand? On a platform?"

"Yes, one foot from the floor. The platform runs all the way across the room and holds other things; a table[27] which nobody uses, a revolving bookcase and a series of shelves, fitted with boxes containing old receipts and such junk. Sometimes I go through these; but nothing ever comes of it." He paused, as if the subject were distasteful.

"And the safe is opened?"

"Almost every week. I'm ashamed to tell you the old duffer's methods; they're loony. But he isn't a lunatic. At any rate, they don't think so in Wall Street."

"I'll make a guess at his name."

"Not yet. You'll have to swear——"

"Oh, we're both in it. Never mind the heroics. It's too good a thing to peach on. Me and the manager! I like that. Take it easy till the job's done, anyway. And now I'll take a fly at the name. It's——"

He had the grace to whisper.[. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I enjoyed and I do recommend!

Whats in Mr. Stoughton's vault, is it thousands of dollars there, how could one get in if there is no key, how is it that the owner doesn't even have a clue to its access, whats the strange singing about, whats the stenographer up to, so someone wants to get married huh...

An interesting mystery shor

One of my favorites of Green’s shorter stories and one I’ll definitely be rereading. It’s a story about planning a theft of an unbreakable safe and how the bad guys go about setting their trap for the one person who knows the secret of opening it. Also, Grace is a delightful character. :)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, AKG is an underrated author.

Her mystery and detective stories are on par with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Her stories are well-thought out and intelligent. Her plots are usually intricate. There is often a surprise. Her detectives are competent. Her characters

An interesting short story. The owner of a bank requires each employee to spend five minutes inside the vault. Coded messages are sent and pinned up, but who is carrying out the orders, and how is the safe being opened, when there's no visible lock? The manager employs a private detective to find ou

This was a fun, quick read. This author came to my attention via my friends updates, though it was for a different title. Anna Katharine Green is credited with being the first author to feature a woman detective - Amelia Butterworth. I chose a different title, but will be more than willing to explor

Good story! Good ending!