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From the back cover NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! Northmont, Connecticut during the 1920s. A sleepy New England community of shops, farms, white churches, and red schoolhouses. But when Sam Hawthorne became Northmont's doctor in 1922, he found an eerie town of ghosts and demons. Or so it seemed. Now, fortified with a "small-ah-libation," he tells visitors about how he used logic and reason to challenge the apparently impossible in twelve cases including-
13 short stories from mystery magazines, all involving thefts.
Nick Velvet is the choosey crook, who steals only the seeminglyvalueless - for a hefty fee of course. In The Velvet Touch, Nick steals a bald man's comb, a faded flag, an overdue library book, an ordinary playing card, a menu -- and 9 other items While engaged in pilfering, Nick finds that he often has to become a detective, sometimes in order to save Sandra Paris, the White Queen, who is also a thief -- a mistress of bizarre crimes, who does "Impossible Things Before Breakfast." Nick Velvet and Sandra Paris sometimes compete, sometimes work together - as in the theft of a snake-charmer's basket on the front cover.
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