The Evil Shepherd

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Author: E. Phillips Oppenheim (Anthony Partridge)
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,878 / 217 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,273 5360

A novel of English life of a melodramatic character, so fascinating and so stirring that the most hardened reader can hardly fail to receive a series of thrills.

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ter known to the world owing to the constant activities of the cartoonist. His reputation during the last few years had carried him, notwithstanding his comparative youth--he was only thirty-five years of age--into the very front ranks of his profession, and his income was one of which men spoke with bated breath. He came of a family of landed proprietors, whose younger sons for generations had drifted always either to the Bar or the Law, and his name was well known in the purlieus of Lincoln's Inn before he himself had made it famous. He was a persistent refuser of invitations, and his acquaintances in the fashionable world were comparatively few. Yet every now and then he felt a mild interest in the people whom his companion assiduously pointed out to him.

"A fashionable restaurant, Francis, is rather like your Law Courts--it levels people up," the latter remarked. "Louis, the head-waiter, is the judge, and the position allotted in the room is the sentence. I wonder who is going to have the little ta


Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
Dai Alanye

Oh, Phillips, Phillips, Phillips!

For once you create a fine villain and intriguing mystery but your penchant--indeed, your obsession--for endings where everyone lives happily after (except for minor characters) spoils the drama.

I fail to see how you obtained publishers for your 150 books, some of them quite paltry.

R Stephan

Similar page turner to the author's Amiable Charlatan, an intelligent man stumbles into a love affair with a girl, the father of whom presenting a mystery that is only resolved at the end.


A tale of debauchery and crime-for-thrills amongst the English aristocracy, cocktails in hand! A quite brilliant novel which is rather better than the usual pulp mystery/detective fiction from this period, pre-empting some of the themes beloved of Brett Ellis Easton and J.G. Ballard.

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