The Missing Witness Sensation
Ernest Bramah (1868-1942) was an English author of 21 novels and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works have been ranked with Jerome K. Jerome and W. W. Jacobs, his detective stories with Conan Doyle, his politico-science fiction with H. G. Wells, and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood. In his stories of detection, Bramah hit on the idea of a blind detective, Max Carrados, whose triumphs are all the more amazing because of his disability. In The Missing Witness Sensation, Max Carrados finds himself an unusual witness in what on the surface appears to be an ordinary Post Office robbery. But before the case comes to court, Max Carrados has mysteriously disappeared. Even when the accused is found guilty, the missing witness does not return. The story behind the disappearance is far stranger than any normal detective case.