Another of Faulkner's detective stories, featuring Gavin Stevens as the detective and narrated by his unnamed nephew (elsewhere identified as Chick Mallison). The narrator seems to be studying for a legal career under Uncle Gavin's instruction. Based on the larger history of the Stevenses, this might have furnished an occasion to explore the significance of family traditions. But the only time the narrator mentions his grandfather and his deceased father is to set up the way the murderer's identity is exposed by not knowing how Southern men make "cold toddies."

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