The Gaol Breaker (US title) / We Shall See! (UK title)
- Det. Sergeant Mont of Scotland Yard, narrator
- Billington "Billy" Stabbat, private detective
- Levy Jones, operative for Billy Stabbat
- Mary Ferrera, bank clerk and gambler, a.k.a. Miss Hicks and Miss X
- Thomson Dawkes, man-about-town, a gambler
- Sir Philip Frampton, bank owner and Mary Ferrera's uncle
- George Briscoe, a thief
Won't these P.I.s ever learn to not leave adversaries together unsupervised? The first time a client gets shot and wounded, and then they go right ahead and set it up again, this time with a client getting killed. Oh well, leaving the two shootings a mystery to the reader is the plot, as the reader is not privy to what really occurred in the room each time.
Stabbat is exactly the wrong type to be a P.I., constantly getting personally involved with clients and acting out of sympathy to them. However, this makes a good story line as he delegates most of the client contact to Levy.
Levy is an orthodox Jew and is constantly telling self-deprecating jokes and amusing (but stereotypical) stories about Jews, which is unnecessary and detracts from the story line. That aside, he makes a good Archie Goodwin to Stabbat.
The jail break episode is unique and amusing and worthy of a Manning Coles.
*The date 1924 is uncertain. My copy is an omnibus (The Mammoth Mystery Book), and it unclear which story has which publication date.