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The Vanishing Man

A Detective Romance

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Author: R. Austin Freeman (Clifford Ashdown)
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 95,997 / 281 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.8
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 2,985
Added to site: 2005.09.25
mnybks.net#: 11455
Origin: gutenberg.org

An ingenious and entertaining detective romance. (Published in the U.K. as The Eye of Osiris.)

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reet, I was in an old-fashioned garden enclosed by high walls and, now that the gate was shut, cut off from all sight and knowledge of the urban world that seethed without. I stood and gazed in delighted astonishment. Sun-gilded trees and flower-beds gay with blossom; lupins, snap-dragons, nasturtiums, spiry foxgloves, and mighty hollyhocks formed the foreground; over which a pair of sulphur-tinted butterflies flitted, unmindful of a buxom and miraculously clean white cat which pursued them, dancing across the borders and clapping her snowy paws fruitlessly in mid-air. And the background was no less wonderful: a grand old house, dark-eaved and venerable, that must have looked down on this garden when ruffled dandies were borne in sedan chairs through the court, and gentle Izaak Walton, stealing forth from his shop in Fleet Street, strolled up Fetter Lane to "go a-angling" at Temple Mills.

So overpowered was I by this unexpected vision that my hand was on the bottom knob of a row of bell-pulls before I reco

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