When he arrives at a Wells Fargo office, Hardie witnesses the murder of its agent by a sniper bullet. Hardie quickly focuses on a number of suspects, including two Wells Fargo employees who have dark secrets they wish to keep hidden.
Jim Hardie has been requested to go to Rock City to investigate the theft of $4,000 from the Wells Fargo office there by agent Bob Benton, an old friend of Hardie. Jim enters Bob's office followed by them renewing their friendship;. However, Bob showing how worried he is closes the door and starts to pull the shades on the windows as a shot rings out crashing the window and killing Bob. Jim looking out the window spots an open window in the hotel across the street that may be the source of the sniper bullet. As he runs to check it out, the other two Wells Fargo employees, Harriet Parnell and Clem Withers, run into the room with Jim telling them not to touch anything. Jim crosses the street into the hotel, up the stairs past the clerk, and into the room finding it empty. The clerk and hotel owner, Roy Dorcas, walks in with a cane asking Jim what he is doing. Jim explains that Benton is dead. Dorcas says they were close friends and fought together in the war. Hardie starts his ...Written by
The hotel manager says that the murdered agent saved his life "at the second Battle of Bull Run" by staying with him after he had been injured, and that both were held as prisoners for three years. Later, he says that he played cards with the same man "right after Antietam." Second Bull Run occurred in August, 1862; the Battle of Antietam was fought in September, 1862. He couldn't have been imprisoned after Bull Run and still played cards right after Antietam. See more »