Tales of Murder, for readers with time to kill!
The Unbelievable by J. B. Hawley
Professional Sleuth

The Unbelievable

by J. B. Hawley

Black Mask | Nov. 1920 | Vol. 11, No. 2 THE RED FILE | Jan. 22, 2017 | Vol. 1 No. 4 Casefile No: 55ccf75fb3901011515aef34

"Then how," the coroner leaned over the desk to ask the question, "do you account for the undeniable fact that your fingerprints are on the handle of the dagger?"

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL Premium Short Stories are available for download — FREE — as ePub & Kindle ebooks, as part of your subscription to the free CaseFiles email list.

Subscribe to download, or scroll down to read a sample.

Your email address is secure and will only be used to communicate with you from this site. Your data will NEVER be sold, traded or given away.
UNSUBSCRIBE ANYTIME.

NOTE: After entering your email address, you'll get redirected to the download page. You'll also receive an email with links to redownload the story to a different device. Both ePub & Kindle formats are included in a .zip file.

 Your email will never be sold & only used to communicate directly with you.


Table of Contents
  1. The Inquest
  2. The Plea
  3. THE Evidence
  4. The Proof

Chapter 1

The Inquest

During his world tour, undertaken at the behest and at the expense of the Chinese Government, Song Kee found much to admire.

In this country, for example, he was impressed by a multitude of our ways and customs. And he frankly admitted their superiority over the Chinese equivalent or substitute of much that is distinctly American. In one respect, however, he contended that America was deficient in comparison with his own country. This was in the detection of crime.

“The Occidental detective,” he stated one night in his precise, smoothly-spoken English, “is quite competent to deal with crime of the ordinary variety. It is when he approaches the unusual, the delicately subtle, that he is lost.”

“And his inability,” he went on, “to handle successfully the extraordinary crime is due for the most part, I think, to his inability to believe in the unbelievable.”

Police Commissioner Oglethorpe, who was one of the half dozen men lounging in the smoking room of the Travelers, smiled.

“It would seem to me,” he said, and his voice was mildly sarcastic, “that detection of crime depends less upon the detective’s powers of belief than upon his powers of observation and his ability to uncover facts.”

Song Kee shrugged his shoulders.

“Facts, my dear Commissioner,” he replied, “are the bane of your Western civilization. You are a very young people. It will be several centuries before you learn that facts are not necessarily truths. Had I a secret, I would hide it —not under a bushel of lies—but under a bushel of facts.”

The Commissioner turned away.

“Yet Judges and juries have an odd predilection for facts,” he murmured.

“Which they, too, often mistake as sign posts towards Truth,” was Song Kee’s parting shot.

***

It was some weeks later that New York was startled by the murder of Irene Grenville. She was an actress who had attained an unusual prominence partly because of her real histrionic ability and partly because of the strange tales of her private life which circulated throughout the city.

Always there had been stories about her. Even in her early days, when she had played small parts in an uptown stock company, whispers about her wildness and depravity had crept to the ears of those who knew her.

As she climbed higher on the professional ladder the whispers had become louder and reached a greater audience. When at last she reached stardom she was known from the Battery to the Bronx as the wickedest woman on Broadway, that street popularly supposed to be a cesspool of iniquity.

Now she had been found dead in the public hall of the hotel she had called home. A knife had been thrust into her lovely bosom. And all New York clamored to know the identity of her murderer.

~ End of Sample ~


To read the rest of The Unbelievablesubscribe below & download your copy today!

Your email address is secure and will only be used to communicate with you from this site. Your data will NEVER be sold, traded or given away.
UNSUBSCRIBE ANYTIME.

NOTE: After entering your email address, you'll get redirected to the download page. You'll also receive an email with links to redownload the story to a different device. Both ePub & Kindle formats are included in a .zip file.

 Your email will never be sold & only used to communicate directly with you.