(synopsis from independent bookseller)
When a very respectable man, a candidate for councilman on a reform ticket in fact, is picked up drunk as a hoot-owl and involved with a girl hitch-hiker, there are apt to be headlines. The Blade printed them in large, black type. That led to a libel suit and a secret investigation by a Blade reporter. At least it was supposed to be secret. But apparently the wrong person or persons unknown got wind of it, because the reporter soon became a corpse lying in a vacant lot. Sidney Griff, the criminologist, teamed with the Blade's publisher to track down missing girls, phony checks, and finally a long forgotten murder. The publisher threw his weight around with muscular abandon. Griff played human checkers with suspects, forcing them to move and reveal themselves. Between them, they wound up the case with a blast of gunfire and a shocking discovery. Later versions were published as "The Clue of . . ." or "The Case of . . ."
Original title: The Clew of the Forgotten Murder
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Legal Thriller