Emil Louba traded profitably in human souls. When he added Jane Martin to his stock-in-trade, he won the hatred of Hurley Brown-who was soon to be a Power at Scotland Yard. And for Louba, then, the sands were running out... This one’s a fairly standard murder mystery by Edgar Wallace mold. The murder is that of the nasty Louba, who’s made and lost a fortune. He’s also made lots of enemies over the years so, when he’s bumped off with the candlestick in his swanky London apartment, there’s no shortage of suspects – in fact, even people who aren’t suspects are offering to help the folk they think might have done it, on the basis that no one deserves to swing for ridding the world of a swine like Louba.