by Clay Boutwell
Kidnapped! An honorable man has gone missing and his wife is not in the least helpful. The sheriff dithers and every day brings death closer to a reality.
It is late 1865. After hostilities cease, the Agora Society, led by the indomitable Carl Brooke, sends a group to aid the reconstruction of Wilmington Port in North Carolina and to encourage its sister society, the Nec Temere.
Unknown to the volunteers, a heinous crime has been committed, creating a greater urgency for the Agora’s moreâ?¦ colorful services.
This is a story of a near death, a murder, and the letter that introduces Carl Brooke to “the figure that looms so vividly” in his nightmares.
Nec Temere, Nec Timide
Neither Rashly, Nor Timidly
In the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, Clay Boutwell brings back the Agora Society and its premier scholar, Carl Brooke. This is the third short story in the Agora Series, the others being: Two Tocks before Midnight and the Penitent Thief.
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