Inspector Marriott asks the Beresfords to assist him in rounding up a gang of upper class forgers. Forged notes have been showing up in the West End and the police feel they don't have the class of individuals needed to infiltrate this type of group. The police suspect Major Laidlaw and his French wife Marguerite but have little evidence to go on. They focus on the goings on at a posh private club but Tuppence correctly concludes that this case is far more dangerous that they imagined. Written by
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Agatha Christie's rival, Edgar Wallace, is mentioned several times. Tommy puts up bookshelves to house the works of the prolific Wallace and other detective fiction. Tuppence bemoans that they have never had an "Edgar Wakllace case" and says that this new assignment will be their first. Tommy mentions that the security man at the gambling house looks like King Kong, a reference to the author's last work, the screen story for the 1933 fantasy/horror classic. Many aficionados consider the plotting of "The Crackler" as intended by Christie to satirize Wallace's slapdash style. See more
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References King Kong