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The Chief Witness

(1940)
(A book in the Roger Bennion series)
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an excerpt from chapter one: I. COINCIDENCE "I WONDER," said Sir Christopher Bennion, "how many of us really become what in our youths we hoped to be? Very few, I imagine." "You could not have a male population entirely of railway guards and airmen," his son Roger remarked. "I was not referring to nursery fancies," replied the father, "but to a young man's ideas when he begins to take life seriously." "I always wanted to be a millionaire-philanthropist," said Gordon Lisle. "I became a journalist. The next best thing, of course." "Better," said Roger. "Your millionaire-philanthropist can only give away what he himself possesses. The journalist can dispose of what everyone owns anywhere." "What is your experience, Inspector Goff?" asked the baronet, turning to the fourth of the party, a burly clean-shaven, full-faced man who was smoking a big pipe and enjoying his drink. "Well, Sir Christopher," he replied, removing his pipe from his mouth, "if few men become what they hoped to be, I am an exception. My father was a policeman; I always wanted to be a policeman; I am a policeman." "Born with a whistle in his mouth," murmured Roger, "and protesting loudly when his mother diluted the bottle with more than the statutory proportion of water." The others laughed. It is always funny to picture a very big man as a baby. Actually they had met together in Goff's honour. Sir Christopher, knowing that his son had worked with the eminent detective in several important cases, had expressed a desire to meet him. So Roger had arranged the little party at his Sloane Street flat, asking Gordon Lisle to complete the number. Lisle, a fair-haired young fellow of about his own age, was the "crime editor" on a popular Sunday newspaper. It was up to him to see that its readers got the fullest possible details of all the nastiest happenings of the week, and he did his job well. He and Goff had met before, though never perhaps on such amicable terms. "A policeman's life," Sir Christopher said, "must offer more interest and variety than most." "I don't know," drawled Lisle, "one drunk and disorderly must be very like another, and even smelling motorists' breath to swear they are incapable of driving must pall after a time."

    

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May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chief Witness: A Roger Bennion Mystery
Author(s): Herbert Adams
ISBN: 1-943403-29-5 / 978-1-943403-29-5 (USA edition)
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chief Witness
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ISBN: 1-60444-550-5 / 978-1-60444-550-3 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: The Chief Witness (World Cultural Heritage Library)
Author(s): Herbert Adams
ISBN: 1-4387-9408-8 / 978-1-4387-9408-2 (USA edition)
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Title: The Chief Witness: A Roger Bennion Mystery
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Title: The Chief Witness: A Roger Bennion Mystery
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Title: The Chief Witness
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