Author: Leonard Gribble
A well-known amateur footballer drops dead shortly after half-time in a match between Arsenal Football Club and top amateur side The Trojans in front of 70,000 spectators-- every one a witness to murder.
Inspector Anthony Slade of Scotland Yard arrives at the Arsenal Stadium to investigate and is immediately faced with two questions: Who was the mysterious girl who inquired after the murdered player at the end of the match and who was the last person to leave the visiting team's dressing-room?
The key to the mystery is buried in the records of another football club and in the background of another mysterious death. Inspector Slade and his assistant, the reliable but not altogether bright, Sergeant Clinton, travel far and wide and find themselves with no shortage of likely suspects. Slade gradually pieces the puzzle together before finally catching his man with a lot of good old fashioned police-work and a sneaky trick.