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In the novel And Then There Were None, Inspector Maine, of the Scotland Yard, is investigating the deaths on Soldier Island. He makes an appearance only near the end of the novel where he is seen discussing his findings with Assistant Commissioner Sir Thomas Legge. Maine did a thorough job in the investigation, speaking to the inhabitants of Sticklehaven and also looking into the background and activities of Isaac Morris, the lawyer who fronted the purchase of the island and made the logistical arrangements. Maine and Legge favoured the theory that one of the ten on the island killed the rest and then committed suicide. The first few deaths were well documented in various diaries and the sequence was well established. The problem with the theory was that the last three deaths, Philip Lombard, William Blore and Vera Claythorne all had features which showed that they were murders and not suicides.

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