Short summary - The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
The culprit promises the peaceful archaeologist more inheritance to remove him from the apartment where the machine that prints counterfeit money is hidden. Sherlock Holmes exposes and catches the criminal.
Sherlock Holmes seeks help from attorney John Garrydeb, an American living in London.
Alexander Garideb, his namesake from Kansas, made a great fortune. Having no relatives, he turned to John Garrideb as a man with such a rare surname, asking him to find someone else named Harrideb. He will share his entire fortune if he finds three men.
John Garrydeb combed the whole of America, but found no one. Finally, in England, he found Nathan Garrideb, who has no male relatives. John Garrydeb asks the great detective to help find a third.
Holmes agrees, but does not believe a single word of his client. He meets with Nathan Garrideb, an elderly archaeologist who rarely leaves the house. Nathan Garrideb became interested in the opportunity to receive a solid inheritance. Holmes inspects his collection, but there is nothing significant in it. Here appears John Garrideb with the news that a third heir has been found, and now all three need to go to Birmingham to receive an inheritance. Nathan does not want to make such a long trip, but Holmes persuades him to go.
The great detective finds that John Garrideb is the «Evans killer,» the most dangerous criminal. The great detective learns that earlier in the apartment that Nathan Garrideb rented, there lived a bandit killed by Evans.
The next day, Holmes lurking in an apartment catches a criminal who hid a printing press and fake money there. Evans made up the inheritance story to remove Mr. Garrideb from the apartment. Unfortunately, because of the shattered hopes of an inheritance, Nathan Garrideb ends up in a psychiatric hospital.