The Definite Object

A Romance of New York

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Author: Jeffery Farnol
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 100,913 / 307 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,929
Added to site: 2005.06.16
mnybks.net#: 10601
Origin: gutenberg.org

A bored millionaire poses as safecracker "Gentleman George" in this crime-comedy set in New York's Hell's Kitchen.

We do not hesitate to say that Mr. Farnol has here produced not merely his own best work but also one of the best works of fiction that any one has put forward this season. We have read none in which so many and so very different characters stand out more vital and distinct.-- New York Tribune.

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eebly with one white hand towards the tall, carved cabinet in an adjacent corner.

Mr. Brimberly coughed softly behind plump fingers.

"The--the key, sir?" he suggested.

"Oh, not at all necessary, Brimberly; the lock is faulty, you know."

"Sir?" said Brimberly, soothing a twitching whisker.

"If you are familiar with the life of the Fourteenth Louis, Brimberly, you will remember that the Grand Monarch hated to be kept waiting--so do I. A cigar--in the cabinet yonder."

With his whiskers in a high state of agitation, Mr. Brimberly laid by the garments he held clutched in one arm and coming to the cabinet, opened it, and taking thence a box of cigars, very much at random, came back, carrying it rather as though it were a box of highly dangerous explosives, and setting it at his master's elbow, struck a match.

As Mr. Brimberly watched his master select and light his cigar, it chanced that Young R. raised his eyes and looked at him, and to be sure those eyes were surprisingly piercing and quick f

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2012.09.20
gibel
*****

The basic plot was the same as the his book The Money Moon which is the only other book by Farnol I have read so far - A rich bachelor relocates to a poorer neighborhood and falls in love with a poverty stricken girl without identifying he is a millionaire. All ends well with the marriage to the poor girl rescuing her, and all her close acquaintances, from their money problems. Despite the redundant plot, the story setting was totally different, captivating, and a pleasure to read. I am looking forward to reading his other books.


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