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Five years after the "suicide" death of Roger Balfour in his London home, detective-inspector Burke is still investigating, unable to believe that Balfour committed suicide. Sir James Hamlin, Balfour's closest friend; Arthur Hibbs, Hamlin's nephew; Lucille, Balfour's daughter; and the butler: these are all still suspected. Inspector Burke, an accomplished hypnotist, solves the mystery by hypnotizing the primary suspects, Hibbs and Hamlin, placing them in the murder setting, and observing their reactions. Drawing a blank with Hibbs, who is in love with Lucille, Burke discovers that his man is Hamlin.