CRIME: Retriever in Trouble

Noel Charles Scaffa, most famed of U. S. private detectives, specializes not in catching crooks but in retrieving the things they steal. Last week his specialty landed him, a handcuffed prisoner, in a Federal courtroom in Manhattan and in the thick of Federal racket charges.

Detective Scaffa, son of a Sicilian contractor, looks and acts as if he might have been invented by Dashiell Hammett. He is tall and dark, sleek, sad-eyed, softspoken, close-mouthed and elusive. The public has heard that he lives quietly with his mother in The Bronx, takes no...

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