The Brand of Silence

Read by Roger Melin

(4.5 stars; 124 reviews)

Harrington Strong was a pseudonym used by author Johnston McCulley, creator of the character Zorro and many others. The Brand of Silence - A Detective Story finds Sidney Prale returning to New York after ten years during which he sought his fortune. But he finds New York a very changed place, and even more distressing, he finds that his old friends are now turning their backs on him, his old haunts no longer welcome him, and there seems to be a conspiracy against him.

Why can't he receive service in hotels, restaurants, and theaters that he once frequented? Who is working against him? And just as importantly, why? And what is the meaning of the notes he receives which remind him of "retribution"? (Summary by Roger Melin)

(6 hr 52 min)


01 - In the Harbor 16:47 Read by Roger Melin
02 - The Girl on the Ship 12:07 Read by Roger Melin
03 - Some Discourtesies 18:34 Read by Roger Melin
04 - A Foe and a Friend 15:02 Read by Roger Melin
05 - The Cousin 14:14 Read by Roger Melin
06 - Murk -- and Murder 19:35 Read by Roger Melin
07 - Evidence 19:03 Read by Roger Melin
08 - Lies and Liars 19:00 Read by Roger Melin
09 - Puzzled 16:12 Read by Roger Melin
10 - On the Trail 21:48 Read by Roger Melin
11 - Concerning Kate Gilbert 18:11 Read by Roger Melin
12 - Battered Keys 15:30 Read by Roger Melin
13 - A Plan of Campaign 15:54 Read by Roger Melin
14 - More Mystery 14:59 Read by Roger Melin
15 - A Moment of Violence 14:10 Read by Roger Melin
16 - Murk Receives a Blow 8:17 Read by Roger Melin
17 - Murk is Tempted 13:44 Read by Roger Melin
18 - A Woman's Way 19:09 Read by Roger Melin
19 - Coadley Quits 9:49 Read by Roger Melin
20 - Up the River 16:08 Read by Roger Melin
21 - Recognition 17:25 Read by Roger Melin
22 - An Unexpected Visitor 16:56 Read by Roger Melin
23 - A Startling Story 17:50 Read by Roger Melin
24 - High-Handed Methods 12:34 Read by Roger Melin
25 - An Accusation 17:53 Read by Roger Melin
26 - The Truth Comes Out 12:08 Read by Roger Melin


(5 stars)

The summary alone was so very intriguing to me. When listening I was kept in suspense all the way through. While I thought I knew who was behind the conspiracy, & was right, there was no way to figure out why. There's also a murder. Are both related or not? Is the main character really a good honest man or does he deserve the treatment he's been receiving? I rarely find books to rate over 4 stars. This deserves them all. As usual, Robert's reading is perfect. I hope he ends up reading the majority of Librivox books.

Thank You Roger

(5 stars)

I'd like to thank the reader (Roger Melin) for this book. It kept me company on a 2 day journey in the car. Roger is an excellent reader and the story keeps you engaged. I didn't get sleepy while listening. 5 Stars for a good book and a great reader.

Date of publication

(0 stars) Copyright 1919. :)

thoroughly entertaining

(4 stars)

The story was a fun read also it was rather predictable. The reader was excellent. I love listening to the story as it captured my attention while I was doing various tasks throughout the day. I would highly recommend listening to the story . I will look for other stories by these authors.

A well read plot

(5 stars)

A talented reader. Thank you. The traps and methods of escape are creative and merit study by the students of crime— think of the ingenious organization of the criminal group. I will say no more- “The game is afoot “. A good read-

very good book

(5 stars)

I was not real familiar with this author and chose the book because of the reader and the star rating. I am glad I did it was one of the better mystery stories I have heard in a while.

pretty good story

(4 stars)

This story was a little predictable to me but well written. Better than that is that it's clean and honoring of fairness and justice. And as always, Roger Melin gives a great reading.

5 is 2 too many

(3 stars)

First class reader interpreting a tight story line by one of the better Hollywood hacks. Clean prose without too many subordinate clauses. Must be 1950's? But no date is given...