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First PB: Guild 112 (1941, British)

First US: Bestseller 45 (1943)-abridged
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First US unabridged: Dell 108 (1946)
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Synopsis:

Persons this mystery is about:

Sir Henry Merrivale,
of the Secret Service, is a tremendous, bald-headed Englishman who curses with a vengeance, looks malevolently over his spectacles, and is known and respected by the whole London Police Force as H.M.

Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters,
is ruddy of face, bland as a car-sharper, and wears his grizzled hair carefully brushed to hid his bald spot. He has shrewd eyes and a disconcerting way of using them. To be suspicious of everything and take nothing for granted is his simple code.

Doctor John Sanders,
a serious-faced young man who is so wrapped up in forensic medicine that he hasn't had time to look at life. There is not a suspicious bone in his body, but he hates bluff with a scientist's hatred.

Peter Ferguson,
the queer old blighter who is interested in Egyptian art, is clerkly in appearance - with a fringe of gray hair on his bald head, and a look of dour tolerance on his face. He once received the Egyptian Order of Merit, and is duly proud of it.

Charles Drake,
junior partner in the law firm of Drake, Rogers & Drake, is a brisk man of fifty-odd, with a rolling walk like a sailor, and a pince-nez which pushes the bridge of his nose up into a hump and makes his eyes look big and gray.

Sir Dennis Blystone,
tall and impressive, has a personality which seems at once forceful and hesitant. He is a famous London surgeon whose carefully tailored clothes and fine hands inspire confidence and ease.

Marcia Blysonte,
a very pretty girl of twenty-one, has brown hair, a short, straight nose, and eyebrows that turn up at the corners. There is a particularly luminous quality about her fine brown eyes, and she is terribly curious about everything.

Bernard Schumman,
old and mild-tempered, has something of the air of a clergyman or a minor statesman. His eyes are candid, pale blue and troubled. His hands, very delicate, are obviously the hands of a scholar.

Felix Haye,
an immense, jovial-looking man, wears a tonsure of red hair that gives him the look of a dissipated monk He is an investment broker, a bachelor, and an authority on parlor tricks.

Bonita Sinclair,
soft, sleek and long of limb, has very dark, glossy hair and a face that is full of great beauty and sensitiveness. Her small mouth and strong round chin give her a humorless look of earnestness and imagination.