The Man Who Knew Too Much

Author: G. K. Chesterton

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Chesterton relates in his book The Man Who Knew Too Much an extraordinary event that intertwines the lives of the two protagonists, Horne Fisher and Harold March.

The former is a cultured character with an extraordinary gift for solving mysteries and March is a young political journalist. While conversing near a stream as they wait to meet the Minister of Finance at a country house, they witness a bizarre car accident.

When they approach to check the damage, they find the body of the well-known English parliamentarian Humphrey Turnbull, who has not been killed in the accident but by a millimeter gunshot. This event links the paths of Fisher and March, who will be involved in different plots related to crime, espionage, the theft of historical relics and secret operations to hunt down a mythical thief.


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