The Mysterious Card Author:Harry Stephen Keeler A blank white card is at the center of a number of crimes: safe-cracking, thefts, extortion, even a murder. But when it is examined by a forensic expert, it is found to be just that: blank. No secret writing in invisible ink, not slight indentations visible under ultra-violet light, nothing. So why is it so valuable to so many people, and how do... more »es a man who inherits it wind up in prison on death row, and only the card can free him?« less
My second attempt at "getting into" Harry Stephen Keeler resulted in the same experience as I had reading "The Affair of the Bottled Duece," -- boredom. This is a disjointed story that only keeps your interest in case you want to learn the secret behind the seemingly blank, but very valuable, card everyone is after (and even then you'll feel cheated.) Most of the characters are unpleasant, there is no mystery to the murder (which is explained casually near the end, although by then, who cares?) I just don't get why some people think this writer deserves to be re-discovered as a mystery writer icon.