Bracknell's Law Author:Wallace Hildick Ron Bracknell was a successful traveling man, his business-strap steel. Ron and his wife Pat were English, but they now lived in the comfortable, social, American suburb of Palmers Point. — Peacefully. Until the day that a faucet dripped and Pat asked Mr. Jones, the carpenter who was fixing a window in the Bracknell kitchen, about the dripping ... more »tap, and he said if her husband had a F wrench he could fix it for her. Pat knew that Ron's tool box was locked (he took very good care of his tools), but the carpenter found a key that opened the tool box, and fixed the faucet for Mrs. Bracknell.
So far, fine. Until she returned the wrench to the tool box and idscovered the notebook. An old school notebook, but the writing in it was in her husband's recent hand-and the entries in it contained some "laws" about killing people.
In different ways. Which Pat noted in her diary. After reading his and thinking about it, she decided to keep one of her own because as she wrote, "Let's face it, Ron is sick."
The she added, "The best thing I can do is to get it all down."
Among Bracknell's laws were: "One would not have to kill those who had actually offended one, only those similar to those who had offended one."
And: There need never be a killing in high-risk circumstances, or in one's own neighborhood, or in any usual haunts."
Pat loved her husband-so, she had to believe the diary was just a game Ron was playing, a joke of some sort.
This in spite of the newpaper clippings-- out-of-town ones, about murders out-of-town --tucked into the diary alongside the appropriate entries.« less