Alarums Excursions Author:Virginia Perdue The fate of the allies rests in the lost mind of an oil company owner. Gasoline is in short supply as WWII wages on. Ultimate victory requires a reliable source of gasoline and Nick Matheny's company might have the answer in nicoline, a cheap synthetic fuel. — On the eve of his flight to Washington to turn over the secret formula to the governmen... more »t Nick is attacked and wakes up in a sanitarium with partial memory loss. As his memory returns he relives the night of the attack and begins to piece together what happened and who might have been behind it.
Originally published in 1944. Chosen as one of the 50 best mysteries from the first half of the 20th century by critics Jacques Barzum and Wendell Hertig Taylor.« less
Interesting story told by a man who doesn't quite remember much about how he wound up in a sanitarium. As his memory returns he snatches bits and pieces of his recent life and tries to figure out his relationship with his younger wife, his daughter-in-law, son, and business associates. You never quite know who is telling the truth, because the narrator doesn't know whom to trust; he just knows someone tried to kill him and maybe succeeded in killing his partner in the plan to produce cheap fuel.