Tim Brennan is an occasional consultant with the Philadelphia Police Department. Captain Henry Donaldson has called on his expertise a few times. This time, however, the crime is a puzzler. A fifty-year-old man, by the name of James Jameson, is found dead in a trash bin in an alley at the back of a downtown restaurant. He was wearing an expensive tailored suit and had an extremely valuable ring on each finger. At the issue of his autopsy, Dr. Ashton, M.E., finds out that all James’s fingers and toes were broken before death. He was drugged with a lethal dose of sedative. The investigation only takes a decisive turn when Tim discovers a photo album displaying a picture of each of the ten ladies James has either married or dated over the years. Each lady wears one of the rings found on James’s fingers. The ladies’ interviews do not lead to any valid conclusion. The case is dying until Tim realizes that some of these women must have had children with James. Yes, one of them – a daughter and James’s latest conquest – is the woman who engineered a terrible revenge on her father. But is she the one who ultimately killed him?
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James Kipling is a mystery author.