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A Study in Saffron

Chapter 1. It was in the rainy season of ’91 that I first met him. How often since have I reflected what a slender chance it was that brought me into contact with one of the most remarkable men it has been my privilege to encounter...

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Chapter 2

And so it transpired that I became acquainted with one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met, an individual of towering intellect and no mean scientific achievement, who lived by his wits in solving mysteries beyond the grasp of the official Yangon police...

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Chapter 3: Horror in the Death House

He finished his mohinga and pushed away the bowl. “This matter may be a mere trifle. I cannot decide whether to involve myself or not.” “But you must, surely! A man has met his death in bizarre circumstances..."

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Chapter 4: U Sha Lok sets his trap

Well there’s the clue to the whole thing, right there!” exclaimed U Lek Trey, pointing at the word inscribed on the dingy wall in a brownish tint that might have been dried blood...

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Chapter 5: Foiled in the Chase

Then, to my surprise, he flung open the window, stuck his head out and gave a sharp whistle. As the door burst open, half a dozen small boys, aged between eight and twelve, poured into the room, followed by a cross and flustered Daw Hat Sun. They lined up at attention in front of my friend, like little soldiers on parade.

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Chapter 6: The Trap is Sprung

“My congratulations on a job well done, my dear fellow. But has your man confessed?” At that moment there came a loud knock on the street door below...

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Chapter 7: An Astonishing Tale

“It was the summer of love,” he continued fondly. “You gentlemen may be too young to remember, but you must have heard what it was like in San Francisco and in Berkeley in those far-off days. Long hair, rock music, free drugs, free sex...

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Chapter 8: A Deadly Choice

But evil as he was, I could not bring myself to murder him in cold blood. Besides, revenge has no spice unless the victim understands his fate...

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