Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesdays Tomes: The Brand of Silence by Harrington Strong

Tuesdays Tomes is a weekly book review of vintage books available free on-line.

The Brand of Silence by Harrington Strong

This mystery tale, published in 1919, reads like a serial…you know what I mean-cliff hanging endings to chapters, repeating information given in an earlier chapter in a new way, etc. I haven’t been able to find out if this was a serial but the author, Johnston McCulley here using one of his many pen names, was certainly a master of the genre. Johnston McCulley is best known for creating Zorro-first introduced in 1919 (yes, the same year as our tale) in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly but he wrote over 50 books and hundreds of stories-often using different pen names.

Sidney Prale is returning home to New York City after 10 years in Honduras making his fortune. Did he succeed? You bet! He started with $10,000 and now he’s returned with a cool million! He’s looking forward to seeing the city and meeting up with his old friends. But even before the boat docks, odd things start happening.

He goes to his stateroom to finish packing and realizes that someone has been in the room and messed with his things. Nothing is missing but there’s a note pinned to the pillow…”Retribution is inevitable and comes when you least expect it.” Whatever could this mean?

Odd things keep happening…he’s asked to leave his hotel, only one old friend, Detective Jim Farley, is glad to see him, the bank that received his money from Honduras doesn’t want to invest it for him. In fact it wants him to transfer the money that very day! (Now who ever heard of a bank refusing money!)

And then he’s accused of murder!

Besides the obvious murder/mystery plot there are some very interesting insights into finance and money…the value of money and who regards it as important and who doesn’t.

Read by the ever pleasant to listen to Roger Melin, you can download this free audio-book here or the free e-book in pdf. or Kindle format here.

1 comment:

Mamen said...

The detective novels are entertaining, I really like this author did not know him so thank you very much, I invite you to read a Spanish novelist named Moltalvo Vazquez died about 10 years and some of his novels were adapted for television, to me is one of the ones I like.
Sorry for not knowing your language and use a translator, it is harder to read
Kisses from Spain

Las novelas policiacas son entretenidas, me gustan mucho este autor no lo conocía así que muchas gracias, yo te invito a que leas a un novelista español que se llamaba Vazquez Moltalvan murío hace unos 10 años y algunas de sus novelas fueron adaptadas a la televisión, a mi es uno de los que más me gustan.
Perdona por no saber tu idioma y usar traductor, es más dificil de leer
Besos desde España