St. Paul, Minnesota. October 1, 1917. High above the city, a renowned local financier named Artemis Dodge lies facedown on the floor of his armored penthouse sanctuary, a single bullet hole in his head. Thirty stories up, in the city\u2019s tallest building, and not a shred of evidence or sign pointing to anyone having broken into the wealthy man\u2019s fortress. It is-to all appearances-an impossible crime. Enter Shadwell Rafferty: Irishman, St. Paul saloonkeeper, sometime detective, and old friend of the celebrated sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Summoned by Louis B. Hill-son of railroad magnate James J. Hill-to investigate, Rafferty descends into a world dominated by greedy tycoons and awash in political intrigue and wartime fearmongering. Suspects lurk in every corner of the city-including Dodge\u2019s beautiful young widow, his slippery assistant, and a shadowy anarchist-and Rafferty pursues them from the streets of Ramsey Hill and the rooms of the Ryan Hotel to the labyrinthine caves under the Schmidt brewery. Matching wits with his foes at the police department and his unsavory rival, the St. Paul detective Mordecai Jones, Rafferty knows that in order to bring a killer to justice he must first unravel the riddle of a single bullet fired in a locked room, three hundred feet above the streets of St. Paul.Set during a bitter streetcar strike and amid the clandestine activities of a ruthless commission charged with enforcing wartime patriotism, Larry Millett has created a classic and perfectly executed locked-room mystery in the great tradition of John Dickson Carr. From locked rooms and civil unrest to murder and wartime paranoia, The Magic Bullet presents Rafferty\u2019s most challenging case, and its gripping conclusion-with a timely assist from Sherlock Holmes-finds both Rafferty and Millett at the top of their games.
Larry Millett was a reporter and architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for thirty years. He is the author of fifteen books, including five other mystery novels in the series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, all forthcoming in new editions from the University of Minnesota Press.
Introduction Book I. The Magic Bullet 1. "We Were Dead Wrong" 2. "May God Have Mercy on Our Poor Souls" 3. "I Need You Now More Than Ever" 4. "Wait until the Inspector Hears about This" 5. "This Will Save Me a Lot of Trouble" 6. "I Am Thinking He Is Up to No Good" 7. "These Men Have Business with Me" 8. "This Is a Rum Case All Around" 9. "I Wish You Good Luck" Book II. The Terrorist 10. "I'm Sure He'll Have Much to Tell Us" 11. "This Is a Thing I Do Not Like" 12. "We'll Talk Again Soon" 13. "Something about It Looks Familiar" 14. "Not Exactly" 15. "It Is a Matter of Life and Death" 16. "We'll Find Her" 17. "I Have Bad News" 18. "This Is War" 19. "Everything Is Going to Hell" Book III. The Dodge Fragment Book IV. Secrets of the Locked Room 20. "I Fear We Are Not Done with This Business Yet" 21. "Inside Job" 22. "Do You See What It Must Be?" 23. "There Could Be Blood on Our Hands" 24. "Come Meet the Murderer of Artemus Dodge" 25. "I Do the Best I Can" Epilogue: "The Best Saloonkeeper and Finest Detective" Author's Note