'The Avenger' (1908)
- THE AVENGER.
By E. Phillips Oppenheim.
Little, Brown & Co.
1908. 297 pages. $1.50
An addendum to:
- Message #30544
"Modern improvements multiply. When upon a London
murder and mystery story is grafted the plight of a
queen of Mexonia, with its appeal to chivalry, one
recognizes the fusion of two schools of fiction. The
combination has its advantages. For what more natural
than that royalty from one of the 'i-a' countries should
have a following, male and female, as devoted as ever
were adherents of the Stuarts? And what more
consequent than that when the man who stole the letters
is found dead with a silken cord drawn tightly around
his neck, suspicion should fall on the group, on their
friends, and their friends' friends, while the London
neighbors of the murdered one, knowing no queen, no
Mexonia, no plot, no stolen letters, make precisely the
right medium for mystery and conjecture? The long list
of dramatis personae thus provided is made up of
figures unusually well defined and well projected for a
mystery story, where characters too frequently allow
themselves to be mere pegs on which to hang testimony.
'The Avenger's folk are nicely alive -- all who are not
killed. Its manner places it in the class of novels of
comfortable manslaughter -- smooth-running, readable,
pleasantly puzzling. When it comes to the identification
of the murderer we take frank issue with the author, and
tell him we do not believe it! Either the little boy lied who
told Mr. Oppenheim, or the proof-reader was careless."
- "Current Fiction"
- THE NATION
- June 4, 1908
- [Jump To page 516]
- On 19 July 2013 06:33, miketooney49 <miketooney49@...> wrote:
> THE AVENGER.I'm a huge fan of Oppenheim's spy thrillers. I haven't read this one though.
> By E. Phillips Oppenheim.
> Little, Brown & Co.
> 1908. 297 pages. $1.50
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