Monday, 20 November 2017

The Dark Spot

THE DARK SPOT  (In Canada known as 
The Stalking Death)

'LUKE ALLAN'
 W. Lacey Amy

LONDON ; ARROWSMITH

SEVEN jewellers—a collection of Chinese jade carvings of prodigious value—a young man who suspects a crooked deal— a cool and efficient Inspector of Police—and the beautiful wife of Adolph Aulinloch—these are the principal characters in the story.
One by one the jewellers die— and their deaths provide an increasingly difficult problem for the police, and create an ever­growing atmosphere of terror and distrust among the dwindling survivors, until the final dramatic disclosure.
This is a first-class Luke Allan thriller, written in his best style; suspense and excitement are well maintained throughout, and finally intensified to a startling conclusion.

FIRST PUBLISHED IN I932
SECOND EDITION, MARCH, 1934

Seven Jewellers and Gem Experts :
Adolph Aulinloch, quiet and shrewd.
Jenifred Freyseng, huge and coarse.
Simon Kalmberg, fat and wheezy.
Gideon McElheren, gaunt and cowardly.
Zachary Zaharoff.
Fergus Stirling.
Austin Earned.
Phyliss Aulinloch, Adolph’s wife.
Miss Stromberg, Adolph’s secretary.
Mrs. Ciiarlesworth.
Brander Charlesworth, her son.
Inspector Broughton, of the Detective Department.
Arnold Platt and Falkner, two detectives.
A Sergeant of Detectives.
Callaghan, a neighbour of Aulinloch’s.
Aaron Goldstein, a costume dealer.
Tubby Peters, a professional crack.
Maids, a doctor, a Pullman porter, an elevator attendant and a dispatcher.

In Canada, The Canadian Magazine featured serially, The Stalking Death, as a monthly feature for months in 1932 and 1933. The story was profusely illustrated by Carl Shreve.
This is the edition that Stillwoods has made available here!



CHAPTER
I.          DEATH !
II.        UNEASINESS
Ill         UNIMPORTANT EVIDENCE
IV.       IMPORTANT EVIDENCE
V.        SURPRISING EVIDENCE
VI.       THE STOLEN CAR
VII.     THE JADE CARVINGS
VIII.    A THREAT
IX.       SECRECY
X.        REFLECTIONS
XI.       INSPECTOR BROUGHTON AT WORK
XII.     CALLING A MEETING
XIII.    ANOTHER DEATH !
XIV.    HALF A MILLION
XV.     A CHINAMAN !
XVI.    CHASING CLUES
XVII.  MURDER AGAIN
XVIII. THE YELLOW PERIL
XIX.    A PAIR OF ROGUES
XX.     A PLOT OVERHEARD
XXI.    A DISGUISE
XXII.  A HOLD-UP
CHAPTER
XXIII. A CHINAMAN AGAIN
XXIV. A ROBBER ROBBED
XXV.  FOILED
XXVI. A LOYAL WIFE
XXVII.           HUSBAND AND WIFE
XXVIII.          A CHINESE PROWLER
XXIX. SHIFTING SCENES
XXX.  CHINESE VENGEANCE
XXXI. AN ATTACK IN THE DARK
XXXII.           THE CHINAMAN MISSES
XXXIII.          TERROR!
XXXIV.          THE INSPECTOR SPEAKS
XXXV.           ANOTHER HUSBAND—ANOTHER WIFE
XXXVI.          BLOOD !
XXXVII.        DEDUCTIONS
XXXVIII.       MOTHER AND SON
XXXIX.          PLOT AGAINST PLOT
XL.      TARDY PURSUIT
XLI.    A DOUBLE TRAGEDY
XLII.   EMBARRASSING EMOTIONS
XLIII. THREATS AND DEFIANCE
XLIV. MORE DEFIANCE
XLV    LIGHT
XLVI. IN SIX MONTHS

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As an armed forces brat, we lived in Rockcliff (Ottawa), Namao (Edmonton), Southport (Portage La Prairie), Manitoba, and Dad retired to St. Margaret's Bay, NS.
Working with the Federal Govenment for 25 years, Canadian Hydrographic Service, mostly. Now married to Gail Kelly, with two grown children, Luke and Denyse. Retired to my woodlot at Stillwater Lake, NS, on the rainy days I study the life and work of A. Hyatt Verrill 1871-1954.