- By C. St. John Sprigg
- First published: UK, 1933
Newspaper magnate stabbed in his office just before he’s about to start a major war with Russia. It’s technically science fiction: set in November 1939, then six years in the future; Stalin is dead, and his successors have introduced a gentler Communism. Most of this is excellent – lively telling, a good spread of suspicion, a trial scene à la Clouds of Witness. I’m not mad about the solution; in principle, it’s clever enough (although used by Henry Wade and Christopher Bush), but lacks oomph.