The Devious Ones Author:Frances and Richard Lockridge When Loren Hartley wakes up on a bench in Bryant Park late one Friday afternoon, several hours of her life have vanished and she can in no way account for them. Nor can she explain why or how she arrived on the park bench. It soon becomes vital that she account for her actions, because at some moment during that lost afternoon her wealthy uncle... more », for whom she worked as secretary, has been murdered, stabbed through the throat with a letter opener.
Loren herself has been framed. A chance encounter on Fifth Avenue with an old schoolmate . . . a luncheon drink . . . a pretty yellow coat ... such are the innocuous materials of the frame-up. In the circumstances they spell doom, and the girl's own account of what happened is so unlikely that she hardly believes it herself. Even with the help of a cousin from California and her old friend Peter Sayres, it looks as if Loren is hooked.
This crisp story of hidden intrigue and sudden menace reaches a climax in an old house overlooking the Hudson, where-even as the police close in-the killers are up to their old, devious tricks, with Loren as the patsy in their setup.« less