Det. Murdoch investigates the shooting death of a New York City man on a Toronto streetcar. He was shot in the stomach but no one heard a shot. Back at the station, he's surprised to find his friend from Bristol, Anna Fulford, who has come to Toronto via New York city with her fiancé and are on their way to Niagara Falls to be married. He's vanished, however, and Anna is naturally worried. Soon after confirming that the dead man is not her fiancé, someone takes a shot at her. After making inquiries with the New York City police, Murdoch learns of a new kind of criminal organization known as the Black Hand. Insp. Brackeneid meanwhile is uncomfortable when his political backer orders him to get rid of a band of gypsies that are camping in the woods. Written by
Did You Know?
Murdoch ostensibly improvises the first gun silencer using iron filings in a metal tube. in order to explain the lethal gunshot on a trolley that evidently went unheard in this circa 1899 case. The actual first practical and commercially successful noise and flash suppressor for a gun barrel was invented by Hiram Percy Maxim, the son of Maxim gun inventor Hiram Stevens Maxim, in 1902. It was named the "Maxim Silencer" when it was ultimately patented in 1909. See more
A few months after you and I had our adventure in Bristol, I finally plucked up the courage to sail to New York. Joe was the best thing about that place. It's loud and filthy, and the people are horrible.