Ashton-Kirk, Investigator

John Thomas MCINTYRE (1871 - 1951)

Ashton-Kirk, who has solved so many mysteries, is himself something of a problem even to those who know him best. Although young, wealthy, and of high social position, he is nevertheless an indefatigable worker in his chosen field. He smiles when men call him a detective. "No; only an investigator," he says. He has never courted notoriety; indeed, his life has been more or less secluded. However, let a man do remarkable work in any line and, as Emerson has observed, "the world will make a beaten path to his door." Those who have found their way to Ashton-Kirk's door have been of many races and interests. Men of science have often been surprised to find him in touch with the latest discoveries, scholars searching among strange tongues and dialects, and others deep in tattered scrolls, ancient tablets and forgotten books have been his frequent visitors. But among them come many who seek his help in solving problems in crime. "I'm more curious than some other fellows, that's all," is the way he accounts for himself. "If a puzzle is put in front of me I can't rest till I know the answer." At any rate his natural bent has always been to make plain the mysterious; each well hidden step in the perpetration of a crime has always been for him an exciting lure; and to follow a thread, snarled by circumstances or by another intelligence has been, he admits, his chief delight. There are many strange things to be written of this remarkable man--but this, the case of the numismatist Hume, has been selected as the first because it is one of the simplest, and yet clearly illustrates Ashton-Kirk's peculiar talents. It will also throw some light on the question, often asked, as to how his cases come to him. (Summary by John T. McIntyre)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 INTRODUCTION Pete Milan
00:02:58
Play 01 PENDLETON CALLS UPON ASHTON-KIRK Pete Milan
00:17:39
Play 02 MISS EDYTH VALE STATES HER CASE Pete Milan
00:21:41
Play 03 THE PORTRAITS OF GENERAL WAYNE Pete Milan
00:33:29
Play 04 STILLMAN'S THEORY Pete Milan
00:20:08
Play 05 STILLMAN ASKS QUESTIONS Pete Milan
00:26:56
Play 06 ASHTON-KIRK LOOKS ABOUT Pete Milan
00:25:49
Play 07 THE SCHWARTZ-MICHAEL BAYONET Pete Milan
00:13:30
Play 08 THE NEWSPAPERS BEGIN TO PLAY THEIR PART Pete Milan
00:10:14
Play 09 MISS VALE TELLS WHAT SHE KNOWS Pete Milan
00:18:35
Play 10 ASHTON-KIRK ASKS QUESTIONS Pete Milan
00:15:36
Play 11 PENDLETON IS VASTLY ENLIGHTENED Pete Milan
00:21:53
Play 12 ANTONIO SPATOLA APPEARS Pete Milan
00:12:07
Play 13 A NEW LIGHT ON ALLAN MORRIS Pete Milan
00:19:44
Play 14 MISS VALE UNEXPECTEDLY APPEARS Pete Milan
00:25:16
Play 15 MISS VALE DEPARTS SUDDENLY Pete Milan
00:12:15
Play 16 STEEL AGAINST STEEL Pete Milan
00:12:45
Play 17 WHAT HAPPENED ON THE ROAD Pete Milan
00:14:38
Play 18 ASHTON-KIRK TELLS WHY Pete Milan
00:15:34
Play 19 THE TWO REPORTS Pete Milan
00:14:08
Play 20 ONE OF THE OLD SORT Pete Milan
00:17:19
Play 21 ASHTON-KIRK BEGINS TO PLAN Pete Milan
00:10:34
Play 22 ASHTON-KIRK IS ANNOYED Pete Milan
00:17:54
Play 23 THE SECRET OF THE PORTRAIT Pete Milan
00:19:36
Play 24 THE SECOND NIGHT Pete Milan
00:18:16
Play 25 APPROACHING THE FINISH Pete Milan
00:21:25
Play 26 THE FINISH Pete Milan
00:29:43