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... inflicted the facial wound.  The monogram on the white linen handkerchief indicated that he was of aristocratic lineage, the famous crest of the Von Steuben family, originally of Bavaria, but in the last century and a half of a sprawling estate on Billionaires Row along the upper Hudson  The castle that was hidden behind the miles of wrought iron fence had been built with railroad money and the profits of bootleg whiskey.  

The ladies' purse was a classy, understated contrivance solely for the purpose of toting the bare essentials that a high-end dame would carry to some society ball.  But the undoing of the gold clasp...

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