About this selection:
About the author: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction states: Pseudonym of US author William Levine (1881-? ), who seems to have been active in the late 1920s and 1930s, publishing several crime novels during this period, usually featuring the deductive exploits of the elderly Professor Herman Brierly. Seemingly unnatural events and murders are usually brought back to the mundane by the professor. He also authored For Sale - Murder in the Mystery League series.
- Jimmy Hale, star reporter for the New York Eagle
- Morris Miller, recently deceased
- August Schurman, recently deceased
- -- Wrigley, recently deceased
- Judge Isaac Higginbotham, camp owner
- Professor Herman Brierly, camp owner
- Amos Brown, the one veteran they have lost track of
Locale: Two remote camps (Higginbotham's and Brierly's) on Lake Memphremagog, which spans the Vermont/Quebec border
A group of war veterans has an annual reunion at a remote lakeside camp. When the war first ended, they entered into a Tontine investment plan - in which the last survivor gets all the premiums paid into it. Over the years, as each member passed away, the survivors get an anonymous note just signed "14". It seems that "14" is doing away with them one by one in order to be the last survivor.
As the annual reunion begins, only 11 members arrive. News comes that three of their group - Morris Miller, August Schurman, and Wrigley, have just died. The "14" message arrives soon after.
Jimmy Hale, star reporter for the New York Eagle, had been assigned to cover the reunion. He travels to his friend Professor Herman Brierly's nearby camp, and from there they attend the reunion at Higginbotham's camp. As news of the three deaths arrives, Hale and Brierly begin the investigation to see who "14" is, and if the deaths are related.