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The Sword of Damocles

A Story of New York Life

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Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 141,988 / 395 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,104
Added to site: 2010.07.31 28581

" 'The Sword of Damocles' is a book of great power, which far surpasses either of its predecessors from her pen, and places her high among American writers. The plot is complicated and is managed adroitly. ... In the delineation of characters she has shown both delicacy and vigor." --Congregationalist.

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rassing sickness, or lend their sympathy as they now yielded their praise, if instead of carrying off the honors of the day I had failed to do justice to my reputation. I was just smiling over the only exception I could make to this sweeping assertion, that of the pale-eyed youth you have sometimes observed dogging my steps, when Briggs came up to me.

"There is a woman here, sir, who insists on seeing you; she has been waiting through half the last piece. Shall I tell her you are coming out?"

"A woman!" exclaimed I, somewhat surprised, for my visitors are not apt to be of the gentler sex.

"Yes sir, an old one. She seems very anxious to speak to you. I could not get rid of her no how."

I hurried forward to the muffled figure which he pointed out cowering against the wall by the door. "Well, my good woman, what do you want?" I asked, bending towards her in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the face she held partly concealed from me.

"Are you Mr. Mandeville?" she inquired in a

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **

Knowing Anna Katherine Green from several great detective novels, this book was a disappointment to me.

There hardly is mystery in it and several of the story lines are rather old-fashioned to our modern minds.

So: not recommended to mystery lovers, but probably a must to Anna Katherine Green fans.



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