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The Crevice

The Crevice by William J. Burns
By: (1861-1932)

The sudden death of wealthy and prominent financier, Pennington Lawton from an apparent heart attack, followed by the shocking revelation of his impending bankruptcy, leaves his sole heir and only daughter, Anita, distraught and nearly penniless. Nonetheless, she is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s death and the loss of his great fortune. To this end she engages the famous detective, Henry Blaine who is determined to unravel the tangled web of deception and restore both her father’s reputation and Anita’s inheritance.

Isabel Ostrander, who also wrote under the pseudonyms Christopher B. Booth, Robert Orr Chipperfield, David Fox, and Douglas Grant, was a prolific author of early American crime fiction. In The Crevice she collaborated with coauthor, William J. Burns, who served for three years as director of the Bureau of Investigation (a predecessor of the FBI)and was also famous for his exploits as a private detective. His cases served as material for the “true” crime stories he later wrote and published in detective magazines in the early 20th century.

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THE CREVICE

by

WILLIAM J. BURNS and ISABEL OSTRANDER

Illustrations by Will Grefé

[Illustration: "I supposed that father was working late over some papers and I knew that I must not disturb him."]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Copyright, 1915, by W. J. Watt & Company

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I PENNINGTON LAWTON AND THE GRIM REAPER 1 II REVELATIONS 16 III HENRY BLAINE TAKES A HAND 29 IV THE SEARCH 38 V THE WILL 53 VI THE FIRST COUNTER MOVE 66 VII THE LETTER 78 VIII GUY MORROW FACES A PROBLEM 98 IX GONE! 104 X MARGARET... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - July 18, 2015
Subject: The Crevice
A very good story, very well narrated throughout once you get used to the 'clipped' manner of pronunciation.


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