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Banacek: The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack
A security guard boards an elevator carrying plates which may be used to engrave stock certificates. He'll carry it to the eighth floor where the presses are located. Between the vault floor and that floor this elevator has no external doors. It cannot go to the lower levels because of a series of steel bars that physically block its passage. The doors close and moments later they open on the eight floor – and only the case remains. Of the guard, the plates and the blank certificates there is no trace. For the usual ten percent, Banacek agrees to discover who stole the plates and how they did it. But he's got a deadline: if he can't find the plates in 48 hours it won't matter. The thieves will produce millions worth of fraudulent certificates, for sale or simply as collateral.
DeWitt: How do you convince a man like Mr. Morgan that you're a combination of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Humphrey Bogart and Sherlock Holmes all rolled into one?
Banacek: Elementary, my dear Penniman... that's who I am! Only you left out the Green Hornet.
A character refers to Banacek as a combination of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Humphrey Bogart and Sherlock Holmes. Banacek adds in the Green Hornet. These refer to Banacek's skills at uncovering deception and solving problems. The Scarlet Pimpernel is an adventure novel set during the French Reign of Terror; the title character spirited French aristocrats out from under Robespierre and his revolutionaries, who desired to shorten them by a head. Humphrey Bogart was an American actor famous for no-nonsense tough guy roles. Sherlock Holmes, the fictional creation of Englishman Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, may have been the first detective to apply observation and intellect to solving crimes, as Banacek does. Like Banacek, the solutions to Doyle's mysteries frequently depended on the fact that Holmes noticed something no one else did, and realized its significance. Finally, the Green Hornet is a fictional “mystery man”, a vigilante who poses as a criminal to bring other criminals to justice. Like Banacek, he is chauffeur driven in an expensive car – but his chauffeur Kato is much more useful than Banacek's Jay Drury.