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Black Shadows by J. C. Kofoed
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Black Shadows

by J. C. Kofoed

When old man Guerney is found murdered in his locked study, then the prime suspect and a mysterious tattooed man are also found murdered, newspaperman Johnny Suggs is determined to prove Mildred Guerney's innocense and prove himself to his father.

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Chapter 1

Something’s Wrong

The limousine drew up beside the curb. A correctly garbed chauffeur leaped from his seat, opened the door, and stood stiffly at attention as J. Sylvester Jones stepped out. Jones was garbed in a manner that should have made the lilies of the field blush with shame at their shabbiness.

From thirty-dollar hat to forty-dollar shoes, he was impeccable.

“You may wait, Hawker,” he said, in a tone that meant, “Hawker, I graciously give you permission to continue living.”

He separated a key from the others on his ring, and languidly ascended the steps of Strickland Guerney’s ornate house. It was coming on to dusk, and the great hall was almost dark. Jones switched on the light and looked about curiously.

“Bradley,” he called.

A round shouldered, misty eyed little butler came pattering from somewhere in the rear of the house.

“I am astonished at this carelessness, Bradley,” reproved Jones. “Where are the servants?”

“Ah, Mr. Sylvester, sir, I’m glad you’ve come.” The old butler pointed a skinny, shaking hand toward the ceiling. “Something’s wrong, Mr. Sylvester; I know it in my bones.”

“Wrong? What could be wrong?”

The story continues … buy it today and find out “what could be wrong!”



Table of Contents
  1. Something’s Wrong
  2. An Impression Of The Lock
  3. A Mysterious Note From Bradley
  4. Two Dead Men
  5. Bradley’s Denial
  6. The Chauffer’s Alibi
  7. Guerney’s Daughter

Additional Info

  • MBIN No: 55ccf75fb3901011515aef28
  • Length: ~ 35 pages (depending on ereader font and font size)
  • Original Publication: The Black Mask | Sep. 1922 | Vol. 1, No. 6
  • Republication Date: Nov 15, 2016