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By Michael Innes

Ralph Dangerfield, an Edwardian playwright who belonged to the neatest younger set of his day, saved a scandalous diary recording the intimate info of his personal existence and people of his associates. After his loss of life, it used to be believed that his mom had burnt the incriminating facts, yet fifty years later, a well-known collector of literary curiosities claims to have the diary in his ownership and threatens to blackmail stylish London with belated secrets and techniques approximately humans now in decent outdated age. Sir John Appleby finds how he exposed this unscrupulous crime and talks approximately his key position in seventeen extra fascinating instances.

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The distant feminine voice pierced his consciousness like a sharp, thin wire. He rolled over and began treading water. A woman was standing on the beach, his beach, calling to him. She must have known it was him because of the cane on the sand, and because there was no other swimmer in sight. Despite the heat, she was dressed in dark clothing, what appeared to be a matching skirt and blazer. Poised with her hands on her hips, she was staring out at him in a patient, waiting attitude. Carver didn’t feel like talking to anyone.

Half a dozen male heads turned in her wake to stare at her as Carver was doing. He patted his stiff left leg. “Getting well,” he muttered to himself. “Getting well. . ” After carefully placing Edwina’s white business card beneath the cane, far enough up on the beach so it wouldn’t get wet, he turned again to the ocean. It was time to get back in the water. CHAPTER 3 CARVER WAS AWAKE at five-thirty the next morning, lying in bed in the dimness, turning over in his mind the day six months before when he’d been injured.

Carver stood up, leaned to the side, and got his cane from where he’d left it propped against the wall. He planted it firmly on the wood floor, squeezing its burnished walnut handle hard enough to whiten his knuckles. ” Edwina asked. “For another swim. ” He tap-tap-tapped to the door with his cane. “You don’t get around so bad,” Edwina said, following him outside. The screen door slapped shut behind them and reverberated. ” “I am,” Carver said, making for the beach. ” A gull wheeled in low and then soared away in an exquisite arc, screaming, as if taunting him with its limitless blue freedom.

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