Jan 19 2019: Please check back. I fill this out as I go along in the book.
Note: I have a little tradition of reading this once a year, whenever the first big snowstorm hits; since this book is set during a big blizzard.
About the author: Frederick Clyde Davis (1902-1977) was an American pulp writer. He was educated at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and became a professional writer at the age of 22. Davis wrote several novels featuring his series detective, Professor Cy Hatch. He also wrote as Murdo Coombs, Stephen Ransome and Curtis Steele. (gadetection) ( more )
- Rigby Webb
- Dr. Duncan Chandler, our host
- Claire Chandler, his wife
- Jill Chandler, their daughter
- Tom Stowell, lawyer
- Nick Winston, having an affair with Claire Chandler?
- Tony Raye - gambler and dancer
- Erica Kerrington, Tony's girlfriend
- Max Harwick, pianist until his unfortunate accident
- Ross Harwick, his son, a lawyer
- Arnold Barclay, host of The Midnight Tattler radio show
- Mary Peacock, nurse
- Emma, cook
Synopsis: World War II is in progress, and mathematics professor Rigby Webb receives a mysterious call to take a job with a physician, Duncan Chandler, in rural Pennsylvania. He heads there as a major snowstorm sets in.
Chandler has turned his home medical office into a secure room to work on a secret government project - creating an unbreakable cipher for war communications. Webb is an expert on codes and ciphers, having written academic papers on them. Webb accepts the job offer.
He meets a bitter Max Harwick, a famous pianist, who has just lost two fingers after a hunting accident. Chandler had to amputate them to save his life, but Harwick's career is ruined. Attorney Ross Harwick, his son, wants an out-of-court settlement, but Chandler insists on going to trial to prove his good intentions.