Jessica narrates a case her dashing British friend, Dennis Stanton, former jewel thief turned insurance agent, solved. Langston 'Lanny' Douglas got his inherited business empire in financial trouble. When millionaire Oriental carpet's merchant Mahmoud Amini offers Lanny $200,000 commission, to convince his mother to sell him the rare 'Stuart Dollar', he accepts. She refuses, so Lanny stages a break-in to steal it, is surprised by the gardener Pedro and kills him. Dennis, well-known to less ingenious police Lieutenant Catalano, soon realizes the safe was opened with the combination and works his way to a trap for both crimes after Lanny Douglas is murdered.
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Well, as you might guess, Jessica, that was a singularly satisfying evening. The beautiful widow, having reverted back to married status, immediately heaped any and all available blame on her husband, poor fellow.
Last time I saw him, he was actually looking forward to prison. Well, that's all I have to report this time. I do hope you're planning a West Coast visit soon. It's been far too long. In fact, the ladies of San Francisco do not measure up to you in any ...