When Sam Clemens finds his name on the ‘wanted list’ on Murders Wall in San Francisco’s Chinatown, he knows the hatchet men will be coming after him. He turns to Charles Goodfoote, the senior operative of Pinkerton’s Detective agency. Goodfoote heads into Chinatown to learn who was after the muckraking reporter. While there, he is also tasked with protecting a beautiful young missionary. What seems like routine assignments become more serious when the body of a politician is found, minus his head, in a sealed hotel room, a Chinese Triad thought extinct comes after Goodfoote, and a price is put on his head. The mysteries come together as Charles runs the twisted, foggy labyrinth of Chinatown, aided by an Apache woman warrior on a Hero’s Journey, a gun-toting Coroner, a Chinese spy, and an assorted cast of characters.
When a brutal murder brings the teen-aged Sherlock Holmes to America, Charles Goodfoote, "the jewel in the crown of the Pinkerton Detective Agency" is assigned as his bodyguard. The two sleuths solve a locked room murder, break a cipher, and foil an assassination attempt on President Grant.
Charles Goodfoote, jewel in the crown of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, solves a locked door murder of a notorious blackmailer. And lets the guilty walk free.
In The Curious Incident at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in the Civil War, a young Charles Goodfoote, is tasked with protecting his foster brother who has signed up to fight in the American Civil War. Although not a soldier, Goodfoote shows his skill and daring in rescuing the young man from a Confederate charge, a man who will someday become a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Goodfoote and the Chicago Cipher pits Charles Goodfoote against a devious murderer in the city of Chicago, and he solves the case by breaking a difficult cipher. He seeks help from a mathematical savant, a brilliant pianist with extraordinary calculating abilities.