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: Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) is author of novels of mystery and detection including The Forsaken Inn and The Millionaire Baby. The rising young detective known as "Q," acknowledged as the most astute man for mysterious and unprecedented cases in the polic force, finds himself confronted with the most puzzling of disappearances. What at first seemed a harmless affair, perhaps merely elopement, becomes more complicated by the moment. The household involved is that of one of the richest men of the city -- a man who seems strangely unconcerned at the girl's fate. The housekeeper brings the matter to the police, yet seems to know more than she is will to tell. And the disappearance, upon inspection, looks seriously worse than even the housekeeper believed -- for hidden in the rose-patterned carpet are drops of blood!