“…When he had to deal with fools, or when scent was keen, or the enemy near, he would become as fierce and eager as any terrier.”
When the book came out in 1907, the New York Review of Books wrote that “Here is a good story of a most atrocious murder — with much interwoven love interest and the eventual triumph of strict justice … undeniably good reading! It is the sort of story that the average man will finish at one sitting, and the perusal of which could be interrupted only by some dire extremity.”
Griffiths is in a long line of mystery writers that makes for essential reading for anyone interested in the history of genre fiction. A prolific writer, he wrote many a popular book while working as a prison bureaucrat.