The tidy office of Los Angeles-based decoding expert Sydney Silchester is disrupted by an unexpected visit from veteran supermind detective Mr. Mycroft, who drags the reluctant, complaining Silchester into the hot Southern California desert in search of clues. Along the way they stumble upon corpses, uncover a corrupt psychic, follow an overly curious guide, and track an ingenious but ultimately careless murderer. Hoping to foil the villain before he can hatch his dastardly scheme, our intrepid duo race against time to stop him at all costs.
Reply Paid finds its startling climax in the barren Utah wilderness. There Mr. Mycroft reveals the chesslike motives of the players and the grand shocking design of the evil mastermind.
"that rare type of crime story which combines pure detection with pure fantasy." Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
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