It is March 1938. A print worker petitions Holmes about the disappearance of a fellow worker at the Daily Mail.
Holmes investigates, and after interviews with the newspaper’s proprietor, Viscount Rothermere, and with Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German ambassador, it becomes clear the missing print worker has died fulfilling a commission for the German ambassador, although it is not clear what the commission is.
Diplomatic immunity and the pusillanimity of the British government prevent any further action being taken in 1938, and the mystery is only finally solved in the ruins of Vienna in the bitter winter of 1945-46.
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