Two Tocks before Midnight
The Strange Affair of October 24th, 1859
When a flurry of forgeries appear in museums and among collectors, the members of the Agora, a society dedicated to the betterment of man, take it upon themselves to stop the rogues.
But among the members, there is a traitor. Among the forgers, there is a murderer.
As friends betray their own and souls are sentenced to death, suspicions and tensions mount. Only one man, Carl Brooke, has the knowledge and expertise to stop the murderer. But will he succeed? Or will the night of October 24th, 1859 forever remain a unresolved mystery?
This 9,500 word novella is followed by the 500 word short story: The Handkerchief.
The total word count is 10,069.
- Clay Boutwell, January 2016
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