Mr Reeder makes the acquaintance of 'Duke' Dorsey, a Chicago gangster come to England to claim his inheritance of a country estate. No sooner has he arrived, when someone tries to kill him. Reeder must discover who - and why?
Why should anyone wish to kill Mr Reeder? After a bomb arrives in his office, a car almost runs him down, and a piece of masonry narrowly misses him while walking home, the mild-mannered detective determines to find out.
When several Peers of the Realm appear to be implicated in the murder of Hetty Malone, a popular music hall star, Sir Jason Toovey gives Mr Reeder 48 hours to prove the men innocent of their involvement with the woman.
When someone attempts to kill a reformed safe-breaker, Mr Reeder must discover what lies behind the threats to the man's life. What he discovered leads him to suspect that a villain's word can't always be trusted.