By Geoffrey Household
A vintage mystery set in Dorset after the second one international warfare, jam-packed with Household's signature motion and suspense.
An afternoon's taking pictures within the state turns out a delightful prospect to Roger Taine, a revered kin guy with a unusual army checklist. but if he discovers a poacher on his land, he fires a caution blast that prevents the intruder lifeless in his tracks.
Investigating additional, Taine inadvertently uncovers a new-fascist plot which he's made up our minds to thwart. a chain of vehicle chases, aeroplane drops and cross-country scrambles sharpen the secret, however the event takes a brand new twist while Taine discovers that he himself is being pursued via the police.
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In the midst of this blinding mess, which should have excluded all other worries, I found time to be upset at the thought of returning home too late. My wife knew that I was up at the shoot, for I had telephoned from Dorchester after leaving my office. She would be anxious when I didn’t return at nightfall, and the children would catch her mood and refuse to go to sleep. I hated the thought of inventing some long and complicated lie. I never do lie to her. There’s no reason for it. That made me impatient, and over-anxious for a quick and temporary solution.
I hated it, but my chaps were about all in. Come, come, Mr. Taine, now what really happened after the man struck you? Well, no doubt I exaggerated. Perhaps some proofs could have been discovered by examination of the ground that my story was true. Perhaps I should never have been in the dock on a charge of murder. But most certainly I was guilty of manslaughter. Now, if I am to explain properly the panic I was in, and what I did, I must tell a little about myself. My name is Roger Taine. I am thirty-four, with a family and no capital.
Mention of a spade. ” “You did. ” “Yes,” I said. ” “Right! Seen it a dozen times. Just love and kisses, and a man’s a bloody hero. Give him a couple of children, and he’s got to know what he’s fighting for. ” I didn’t reply. The general’s intuition or judgment of character was far too dangerous. ” he went on. “Ever read state trials? ” “Don’t wonder you stopped! Think the evidence is all faked, ha? Well, it isn’t. Men who confess they are guilty are guilty. What of? There we have it! Guilty of muddle.