By Garner Buchanan
Before the S.S. Victoria completes her spring run to Nome. Stumpy, Andrew Macfarlane, ex wrestler, ship’s detective, and pianist on “Old Vic” needs to peel away layers of misunderstanding and fake results in convey the assassin to the captain.
Because of his seems to be, Stumpy’s shrewdness is generally underestimated. yet now not through Victoria’s captain, Thor Lundstrom. “Storm”, as his group name him, calls for the very unlikely from Stumpy and may get it.
“How can a lifeless guy be killed?” As he walks the seashore of the indian village, Hoonah, Alaska, this query is floated towards Stumpy through a girl shaman. most unlikely? Or is it? “You understand, or will know,” the shaman keeps, leaving Stumpy scratching his head, fairly his toupee--”time isn't a line, yet quite a circle.” This complicated enigma is just one of many impossibilities Stumpy faces as ship’s detective aboard the S.S. Victoria as he makes an attempt to plow through the flotsam of lies obscuring the 1st homicide. Then there are more.
Short legged, with fingers like an ape, Stumpy provides a gruesome appearance.
He is mocked through the passengers, until eventually they listen him play the piano, and are enthralled through his sensitivity. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is his set piece for the 1st category diners, but he can't make it earlier the 1st move. ugly homicide interrupts his functionality.
For aid, Stumpy depends Victoria’s staff: Bobby Burns, purser, alcoholic and terrified of the water; First Mate Smith, a pompous ingratiating boot licker; Matty, ship’s nurse who has ‘seen it all’. She is in love with Stumpy and may do something to assist him; As his eyes and ears, Stumpy depends the lads from steering who're touring to the gold fields of Nome. As excessive in personality as they're low in station they arrive to Stumpy’s rescue.
The Victoria, racing to be the 1st send of the season into Nome, is stopped lifeless within the water. Captain Lundstrom fumes whilst delays compound delays and strength detours. He desires to provide his detective a few slack, yet cannot.
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