Ashton-Kirk, Secret Agent

John Thomas MCINTYRE (1871 - 1951)

Those who have read "Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" will recall references to several affairs in which the United States government found the investigator's unusual powers of inestimable service. In such matters, tremendous interests often stand dangerously balanced, and the most delicate touch is required if they are not to be sent toppling. As Ashton-Kirk has said: "When a crisis arises between two of the giant modern nations, with their vast armies, their swift fleets, their dreadful engines of war, the hands which control their affairs must be steady, secret, and sure. Otherwise an unthinkable horror might be brought about." It frequently happens that such a crisis arises, the issue is joined and fought out to the bitter end, and the watchful public press never gets even a hint of it. Indeed, if the secret archives of the nations were thrown open for inspection, a long series of appalling dangers would be shown to have been passed by each—dangers arising from small and apparently remote things, but capable of swift and deadly growth. Experience, steady courage, and sure talent are required in dealing with such things; and these qualities Ashton-Kirk possesses in abundance. To be sure, the departments of the government have the "Secret Service" at their hand; but the specialist is called in when the general practitioner is at a loss, and he is as much a part of the structure as his regularly employed colleague. The adventure of the present story is only one of many to be told of Ashton-Kirk. (Summary by John Thomas McIntyre)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Introduction Pete Milan
00:03:01
Play 01 01 - Some Peculiar Circumstances Pete Milan
00:37:22
Play 02 02 - Ashton-Kirk Goes To Eastbury Pete Milan
00:30:45
Play 03 03 - An International Affair Pete Milan
00:22:45
Play 04 04 - The Taking Off of Dr. Morse Pete Milan
00:17:34
Play 05 05 - The Hound Strikes The Trail Pete Milan
00:21:25
Play 06 06 - The Visit of Okiu Pete Milan
00:20:42
Play 07 07 - The Methylene Stain Pete Milan
00:22:49
Play 08 08 - The House on Fordham Road Pete Milan
00:15:31
Play 09 09 - Okiu Once More Pete Milan
00:14:03
Play 10 10 - Some Startling Intelligence Pete Milan
00:13:15
Play 11 11 - A Ray of Light Pete Milan
00:19:28
Play 12 12 - Karkowsky Gets Some Attention Pete Milan
00:14:25
Play 13 13 - Old Nanon Speaks Pete Milan
00:15:33
Play 14 14 - Okiu Writes A Letter Pete Milan
00:07:17
Play 15 15 - Almost! Pete Milan
00:23:52
Play 16 16 - In The Dark Pete Milan
00:16:42
Play 17 17 - The Silhouettes Pete Milan
00:16:41
Play 18 18 - Gone! Pete Milan
00:14:29
Play 19 19 - The Taxi-Cab Pete Milan
00:26:23
Play 20 20 - Fresh Developments Pete Milan
00:10:21
Play 21 21 - The Man with the Decoration Pete Milan
00:14:27
Play 22 22 - The German Embassy Ball Pete Milan
00:31:27
Play 23 23 - What Von Stunnenberg Thought Pete Milan
00:13:14
Play 24 24 - Surprised! Pete Milan
00:17:20
Play 25 25 - Caught! Pete Milan
00:20:22
Play 26 26 - The Truth Pete Milan
00:20:36
Play 27 27 - Conclusion Pete Milan
00:19:23