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Tom Crowe, sheltering for the night in a disused windmill on a Sussex down overlooking the sea, witnesses a brutal murder, which he is powerless to prevent. A series of extraordinary and baffling mysteries follow, all springing from a dark and tragic crime committed forty years before.
Trawlerson, a mysterious seaman seeking for treasure; Chissick, an ex-convict; Preece, a village policeman; Halkin, the subtle and sly; are all mixed up in the plot. And Parkapple of the C.I.D., a man of fame and skill, handles the case. A story of sensations and thrills. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Fletcher, J. S. (Joseph Smith)
Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863—30 January 1935) was a British journalist and author. He wrote more than 230 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, and was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the "Golden Age".
Fletcher's first books published were poetry. He then moved on to write numerous works of historical fiction and history, many dealing with Yorkshire, which led to his selection as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Fletcher wrote several novels of rural life in imitation of Richard Jefferies, beginning with The Wonderful Wapentake (1894). Michael Sadleir stated that Fletcher's historical novel, When Charles I Was King (1892), was his best work.
In 1914, Fletcher wrote his first detective novel and went on to write over a hundred more, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell.--Wikipedia.
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