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The Past Master

The Past Master

(The sixth book in the Denton series)
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Henry James asks Denton to find some stolen letters that could ruin his reputation in the latest brilliant instalment in an acclaimed mystery series.

Denton and Henry James, though they had met on a number of occasions on the London literary scene, would seem to have little in common either as men or writers. But when a Florentine box is stolen from James's house, it is Denton he calls on to retrieve it - perhaps relying on the fact that, unlike the police, Denton combines the ability to unravel difficult puzzles with the sensitivity of a fellow artist. For among other things, the box contained three letters whose publication James fears will ruin his reputation.

As Denton tries to discover the mystery of the box's contents and who might have stolen them, the trail leads him to Paris, and a bizarre family of aristocrats; to Italy, where it appears someone is offering money to have Denton killed, and back to London, where a deadly shoot-out with a violent gang of East European anarchists prefigures the Siege of Sydney Street. But eventually it is in the apparently genteel confines of the literary world that the publication of a new novel provides the final clues to a crime of truly Jamesian subtlety.

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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Past Master
Author(s): Kenneth Cameron
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Past Master: Denton Mystery Book 6
Author(s): Kenneth Cameron
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   

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