The Trial of Dr. Halliday Sutherland
At Christmas in 2013, I traveled from my home in Sydney, Australia to visit my mother in Britain. One morning, I was up early and decided to sort through a tea chest containing my belongings in the cellar below the kitchen.
I left the warmth of the kitchen and descended the worn stone steps to the cellar. I switched on the light, a single uncovered bulb in the ceiling, and noticed the vapor of my breath in the cold air.
My tea chest was in a dim corner, but what caught my eye was a brown leather suitcase lying on the floor