By H. Beam Piper
The Lane Fleming collection of early pistols and revolvers was one of the best in the country. When Fleming was found dead on the floor of his locked gunroom, a revolver in his hand, the coroner’s verdict was “death by accident.”
But Gladys Fleming had her doubts. Enough at any rate to engage Colonel Jefferson Davis Rand–better known just as Jeff–private detective and a pistol-collector himself, to catalogue, appraise, and negotiate the sale of her late husband’s collection.
By Anne Austin
“Suddenly Dundee stooped and stared with eyes that were widened with excitement and a certain amount of horror. Then he rose, and, standing far to one side, picked up the fat volume which lay on the shelf. As he had expected, a bullet whizzed noiselessly across the room and buried itself in the plaster of the wall opposite–a bullet which would have ploughed through his own heart if he had obeyed his first impulse and gone directly to the shelf to obey the instructions in the note.”
A whodunit from the 1930’s. Special Investigator Bonnie Dundee has to investigate a case of murder on actress Nita Selim during a game of bridge. Not only does he have to work through a number of suspects, but he also needs to find the murder weapon, a gun equipped with a silencer.