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Doors of the Night   By: (1877-1942)

Doors of the Night by Frank L. (Frank Lucius) Packard

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DOORS OF THE NIGHT

BY FRANK L. PACKARD

AUTHOR OF "Pawned," "The Night Operator," "The Adventures of Jimmie Dale," "The Wire Devils," etc.

A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York

Published by arrangement with George H. Doran Company Printed in U. S. A.

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

I ACROSS THE THRESHOLD

II THE CRIME

III INTO THE UNDERWORLD

IV ALIAS THE RAT

V THE SECOND HAND DEALER

VI A MIDNIGHT VISITOR

VII WHISPERING SHADOWS

VIII A LEASH IS SLIPPED

IX BEHIND THE DOOR

X THE PIECES OF A PUZZLE

XI THE BACK ROOM AT JERRY'S

XII A CLUE

XIII THE CIPHER MESSAGE

XIV THE ROBBERY

XV THE ALIBI

XVI TWENTY FOUR HOURS LATER

XVII THE MAN WITH THE CRUTCH

XVIII MIRRORED YEARS

XIX A HOLE IN THE WALL

XX THE CAT'S PAW

XXI WITHOUT MERCY

XXII THE FIGHT

XXIII THE RENDEZVOUS

XXIV AGAINST TIME

XXV THE OLD WAREHOUSE

XXVI THE LAST PORTAL

DOORS OF THE NIGHT

I ACROSS THE THRESHOLD

Billy Kane paused for an instant in the doorway of the room before him, as his dark, steady eyes travelled over the appointments in a sort of measured approval such as a connoisseur who knew his art might bestow upon a canvas in which he found no flaw. The apartment was quite in keeping with everything else that pertained to the palatial residence in that upper Fifth Avenue section of New York. The indirect lighting fell soft and mellow upon the priceless Oriental rug, the massive desk of dark, carved wood, the wide, inviting leather upholstered chairs, the heavy portières that filled the window spaces and hung before the doors, the bookshelves that lined the walls almost ceiling high and that were of the same dark, polished wood as the desk and chairs. There was luxury here, and wealth; but it was luxury without ostentation, and wealth that typified only good taste and refinement.

He closed the door behind him, and began to pace slowly up and down the room. And now he frowned a little. He had dined alone with his employer as usual, for Mrs. Ellsworth being an invalid was rarely in evidence, and David Ellsworth usually so genial an old gentleman, had not been entirely himself. From the pocket of his dinner jacket Billy Kane took out his cigarette case, selected a cigarette, and lighted it. Mr. Ellsworth had lingered in the dining room, and had said that he would come presently to the library that there was a little matter he wished to attend to. There was nothing strange in that, for they often worked together here in this room in the evenings, and yet Billy Kane's puzzled frown deepened. There was something certainly amiss with the old multi millionaire tonight, and that anything should disturb the old philanthropist's tranquillity, except when his sympathies had been aroused and the man's heart, that was softer than a woman's, had been touched by some pathetic appeal, was decidedly strange.

Billy Kane continued his pacing up and down the room in long, athletic strides, the great, broad shoulders squared back as his hands were thrust into the pockets of his jacket. It was far more than a feeling of respect or mere liking that he held for his employer, for there had come esteem for the old gentleman's sterling qualities, and with the esteem a sincere affection, and out of it all, very curiously, a sort of fathering, or protecting interest for this man of millions.

The frown passed away, and Billy Kane smiled a little whimsically at the somewhat quaint conceit. Fathering! Nevertheless, it was true! There was scarcely an hour of the day that some appeal for charity, ranging from a few cents to many thousands of dollars, was not made upon David Ellsworth too many of them spurious, and it was his, Billy Kane's, self appointed task to stand between his employer and these fraudulent attempts... Continue reading book >>




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