The Secret House

Author: Edgar Wallace
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,965 / 177 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PR
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Scandalous periodical "The Gossip's Corner" is run by a supposed blackmailer whose identity has baffled the police -- until T.B. Smith, a singlularly acute Assistant Commisioner, gradually tracks the man to the Secret House.

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He was chuckling, partly at Poltavo's surprise, partly at some amusing thought.

"Well done, Poltavo," he said; "excellently fenced."

"Did you hear?" asked the Pole, surprised in spite of himself.

"Every word," said the other. "Well, what do you think of it?"

Poltavo pulled a chair from the wall and sat down facing his chief.

"I think it is very clever," he said admiringly, "but I also think I am not getting sufficient salary."

The veiled man nodded.

"I think you are right," he agreed, "and I will see that it is increased. What a fool the woman was to come here!"

"Either a fool or a bad actress," said Poltavo.

"What do you mean?" asked the other quickly.

Poltavo shrugged his shoulders.

"To my mind," he said after a moment's thought, "there is no doubt that I have witnessed a very clever comedy. An effective one, I grant, because it has accomplished all that was intended."

"And what was intended?" asked Mr. Brown curiously.

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Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
2010.06.26
Leah A. Zeldes
***..

A long and complicated procedural story about a diabolical blackmailer and master criminal; his henchman, an Italian count; T.B. Smith, the Scotland Yard detective who tracks them; and assorted bystanders. It goes off on a variety of tangents, and although Wallace eventually weaves all the bits together, the novel suffers from the lack of a strong central character.

2010.05.02
egbertinad
****.

A fun read, although the ending is a bit abrupt.


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