Under Three Flags: A Story of Mystery

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Rand, McNally, 1896 - 343 pages
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This tale begins conventionally: the bank cashier in a small Vermont town is found shot outside the empty vault, and a detective and a journalist from NYC team up to unravel the mystery. Inexplicably, the investigation languishes until midway through the book, when every single character we've met ends up in Cuba and embroiled in the Cuban War of Independence. It's almost as though one of the authors wanted to write a mystery, and the other wanted to write about Cuba, so they split the difference. It's an adequate mystery, but the machinations required to get everyone to Cuba are a bit over the top.
"This story - out of 816 competing - was awarded the fifth prize in the Chicago Record's '$30,000 to Authors' competition."
 

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Page 91 - ... white Cuban for the equal soul, the desire for education, the fervor of a free man, and the amiable character of his negro compatriot In the Spanish inhabitants of Cuba, instead of the hateful spite of the first war, the revolution, which does not flatter...
Page 295 - I love you. I have loved you ever since — I met you.
Page 44 - The wages of sin !" he groans, as he sinks back in his chair and buries his face in his hands. "Mr. Ralph Felton to the stand,
Page 46 - Deceased came to his death at the hands of some person unknown.
Page 193 - I shall do my duty, as well as I know how.
Page 265 - I was back drinking at a spring and your volante was out of sight before I had recovered from my surprise at seeing you.

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