The Crevice

William J. BURNS (1861 - 1932) and Isabel OSTRANDER (1883 - 1924)

The sudden death of wealthy and prominent financier, Pennington Lawton from an apparent heart attack, followed by the shocking revelation of his impending bankruptcy, leaves his sole heir and only daughter, Anita, distraught and nearly penniless. Nonetheless, she is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s death and the loss of his great fortune. To this end she engages the famous detective, Henry Blaine who is determined to unravel the tangled web of deception and restore both her father’s reputation and Anita’s inheritance. Isabel Ostrander, who also wrote under the pseudonyms Christopher B. Booth, Robert Orr Chipperfield, David Fox, and Douglas Grant, was a prolific author of early American crime fiction. In The Crevice she collaborated with coauthor, William J. Burns, who served for three years as director of the Bureau of Investigation (a predecessor of the FBI)and was also famous for his exploits as a private detective. His cases served as material for the “true” crime stories he later wrote and published in detective magazines in the early 20th century. (summary by J. M. Smallheer)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Pennington Lawton and the Grim Reaper J. M. Smallheer
00:23:54
Play 02 02 - Revelations J. M. Smallheer
00:21:10
Play 03 03 - Henry Blaine Takes a Hand J. M. Smallheer
00:14:27
Play 04 04 - The Search J. M. Smallheer
00:23:25
Play 05 05 - The Will J. M. Smallheer
00:21:20
Play 06 06 - The First Counter-Move J. M. Smallheer
00:17:58
Play 07 07 - The Letter J. M. Smallheer
00:30:33
Play 08 08 - Guy Morrow Faces a Problem J. M. Smallheer
00:08:33
Play 09 09 - Gone! J. M. Smallheer
00:18:44
Play 10 10 - Margaret Hefferman's Failure J. M. Smallheer
00:29:01
Play 11 11 - The Confidence of Emily J. M. Smallheer
00:31:50
Play 12 12 - The Cipher J. M. Smallheer
00:26:32
Play 13 13 - The Empty House J. M. Smallheer
00:32:40
Play 14 14 - In the Open J. M. Smallheer
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Play 15 15 - Checkmate! J. M. Smallheer
00:26:55
Play 16 16 - The Library Chair J. M. Smallheer
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Play 17 17 - The Rescue J. M. Smallheer
00:23:39
Play 18 18 - The Trap J. M. Smallheer
00:29:24
Play 19 19 - The Unseen Listener J. M. Smallheer
00:31:02
Play 20 20 - The Crevice J. M. Smallheer
00:27:08
Play 21 21 - Cleared Skies J. M. Smallheer
00:12:15