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The Winning Clue   By: (1881-1936)

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In James Hay's compelling novel, readers are taken on an exhilarating journey of mystery and deception in "The Winning Clue". Set in a luxurious mansion, the story follows a diverse cast of characters who find themselves entangled in a thrilling murder investigation.

From the very beginning, Hay masterfully sets the tone of suspense and intrigue. The central plot revolves around a high-stakes card game gone wrong, as tensions rise and secrets come to light. With each turn of the page, readers are kept on the edge of their seats, desperately trying to piece together the puzzle and identify the culprit.

The author's strength lies in his ability to craft vivid, multi-dimensional characters. Each individual brings a unique perspective to the storyline, adding depth and complexity to the narrative. From the enigmatic host of the mansion to the conniving players around the card table, Hay expertly weaves together a web of motives and hidden agendas.

The pacing of the novel is relentless, propelling readers forward at a breakneck speed. As the investigation unfolds, the tension ratchets up, resulting in unexpected twists and turns that will leave readers gasping for breath. Hay's writing style is fluid and engaging, effortlessly drawing readers into a world where nothing is as it seems.

One aspect that particularly stands out is the author's attention to detail. The rich descriptions of the opulent mansion, with its dark corners and hidden passageways, serve as the perfect backdrop for the mysterious events that take place. Additionally, the dialogue is sharp and realistic, adding authenticity to the characters' interactions and lending an air of authenticity to the plot.

However, amidst the suspense and excitement, the resolution of the mystery falls slightly flat. While Hay succeeds in keeping readers guessing until the final pages, the ultimate reveal fails to pack the punch that the story promises. Though it may not fully satisfy all readers' expectations, the journey towards the truth is undeniably captivating.

Overall, "The Winning Clue" is a gripping tale of murder and intrigue that will have readers eagerly turning the pages. James Hay masterfully combines complex characters, a thrilling plot, and meticulous attention to detail to create a captivating mystery. Despite a slightly underwhelming climax, this novel is a solid choice for fans of the genre and those looking for a suspenseful and enjoyable read.

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Author of The Man Who Forgot, Etc.

Grosset & Dunlap Publishers New York Copyright, 1919 By Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc.




I. Strangled

II. "Something Big in It"

III. The Ruby Ring

IV. Two Trails

V. The Husband's Story

VI. Morley Is in a Hurry

VII. Miss Fulton Is Hysterical

VIII. The Breath of Scandal

IX. Women's Nerves

X. Eyes of Accusation

XI. The $1,000 Check

XII. The Man with the Gold Tooth

XIII. Lucy Thomas Talks

XIV. The Pawn Broker Takes the Trail

XV. Braceway Sees a Light

XVI. A Message from Miss Fulton

XVII. Miss Fulton's Revelation

XVIII. What's Braceway's Game?

XIX. At the Anderson National Bank

XX. The Discovery of the Jewels

XXI. Bristow Solves a Problem

XXII. A Confession

XXIII. On the Rack

XXIV. Miss Fulton Writes a Letter

XXV. A Mystifying Telegram

XXVI. Wanted: Vengeance

XXVII. The Revelation

XXVIII. Confession Voluntary

XXIX. The Last Card




When a woman's voice, pitched to the high note of utter terror, rang out on the late morning quiet of Manniston Road, Lawrence Bristow looked up from his newspaper quickly but vaguely, as if he doubted his own ears... Continue reading book >>

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