Malcolm Gossett is a Scotland Yard detective. Disillusioned by the endless conferences and hierarchy of The Yard, he resigns his position and establishes himself as a private investigator, specialising in helping hopeless cases - clients whom everyone believes to be guilty. There is a great sequence of mysterious cases; International commerce and politics, kidnapping and the international sex trade, Indian succession, jewel theft, and even romance.
One curious case "The Wise Man from the West" involves the financial gamble of an Asian Leather Consortium, and the beautiful Selah Nissim, daughter of a Singaporean merchant prince. Oppenheim spent many years in the wholesale leather industry, his description of the warehouses and factories is characteristically accurate.
Written in 1933, many of the stories in this collection focus on both personal and global financial problems. E. Phillips Oppenheim was a prolific author and his short stories, although dated, remain appealing to readers. Bound in light blue with the title and small vignette in black on the front cover: although there is a crack between the list of publications page and the title page, exposing the webbing, and text block edges are toned, the book is otherwise in VG- condition. All text is very clear.