"The gallows in my garden, people say,
Is new and neat and adequately tall.
I tie the noose on in a knowing way
As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
But just as all the neighbors...on the wail...
Are drawing a long breath to shout 'Hurray!'
The strangest whim has seized me.... After all
I think I will not hang myself today.'' - From G. K. Chesterton’s "A Ballade of Suicide"
Young Donald Lawson was familiar with that poem...yet now his body hung dead on a crag. Murder or suicide, Manville Moon was already on the case, as bodyguard to Don's beautiful sister, Grace. For Grace's life was threatened, too. And to protect it Moon found himself crossing fists and guns with hired killers, and fencing desperately with Grace's friends, family, and fiancé, anyone of whom might have wanted to kill her.
I don't know who the audience for this book might be. The characters are trivial. The plot is ludicrous. The entire situation strains credulity to the point of shattering it.Joe Barrett has read a number of good book over the years, but this isn't one of them. I will quote Groucho Marx here: I've had a good evening. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.
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