Dead Reckoning Author:Francis Bonnamy When a young man's lifeless body is discovered at the bottom of a treacherous flight of spiral stairs in the Library of Congress it was thought an unfortunate accident. But an observant custodian notices something amiss and it looks like the death was deliberate. Enter Peter Shane, professor of criminology, who helps Police Chief McCullough unra... more »vel a motive that seems to point to buried pirate treasure.
SPOILER: Set in wartime Washington D.C., the mystery involves a series of murders committed by a person in search of buried treasure, and looking for a clue in a map filed away at the Library of Congress.
The writing is easy to follow, and the story plausible. It has a typical golden age cast of suspects, plus the ever-observent amateur detectiver and his young sidekick helping the police crack the case.
An okay way to spend a few hours in a less frenetic time.