Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951
A brief, but tightly-plotted short with murder, blackmail and revenge tangled together just like its cast of characters. Nathaniel Weyl (pronounced “while”) was an economist and author of two books, Treason (1950) and Red Star Over Cuba (1962). In his youth, a member of the Communist Party of the United States (1933–1939), he later leaned conservative and became a vocal anti-communist. In 1952, he testified against Alger Hiss, a former State Department official, convicted of perjury, who served 44 months in prison. Weyl died in 2005 at the age of 94 in California.