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A really fantastic book, less so for the mystery/adventure, moreso for the fascinating snapshot of the underground of NY in 1916. It takes you on a whirlwind tour of the life of gangsters, district attorneys, sufferegettes, the city morgue and black and tan joints.
The author was apparently a reporter and his eye for detail shines through. I love books like this, written during the actual time period, rather than an author imagining they were there. If this were written by a contemporay author, the author would feel the need to encourage the heroines the sufferegette movement, or comment on the wonderful mixing of whites and blacks at a black and tan joint, in order to be "on the right side of history", rather than just reporting the conditions without judgement, just using them to add colour to the atmosphere.
The enthusiasm for the lastest technological advances in listening devices such as a "detectograph"would also be missed.
A true gem that deserves to be celebrated and not passed into obscurity. Much better than any modern writer could do with the time period.
11/20/2019
Set in the year 1900, this is a reasonable mystery about the murder of a south african millionarie in london.
11/17/2019
Wilford's stuff is good, particularly if you like scoundrals as main characters. Much more interesting than the usual straightforward protagonists.
11/14/2019
Wilford is really good at writing unlikeable characters whom it is easy to root against, yet still feel sympathy for. Its a fine trait for a writer.
09/07/2019
A fun, late genre crime noir. quite a page turner with lots of colourful characters. At this point, Wilford isn't afraid to make all the characters scoundrals and buck some of the genre tropes.
09/07/2019
GA Henty's take on the American civil war. Unsurprisingly, Henty chooses the Confederates as his "good guys" making his protagonist a young English boy, Ned, who is heir to a plantation in Virginia. The British were sympathetic to the south in the war.
While Henty has some scenes of a slave owner beating a slave and Ned helps one slave escape to England, he also speaks up in favour of the institution, pointing out that most slaves are "happy" and depicts a picture of the Unionists as the evil rabble rousers.
It has the typical Henty fomula of a uber-competent English boy who joins the army, gets captured, escapes, etc.
08/31/2019
So, another Henty snoozer. In this the protagonist is an unrealistic uber-competent Dutch boy who fights against the spaniards. Though he's from Holland he constantly reminds everyone that his father is English so he's only half-dutch, ad nausium, because only the english are flawless.
typical Henty, the Protestant Dutch (supported by the English ) are all good and the catholic Spaniards are all evil.
ust replace Spaniards for any other opponent of the english and you have the template for every henty book. As always you learn ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the cultures he writes about. how can anyone spill so much ink and include no local colour?
08/29/2019
I was very disappointed to learn Henty wrote about this topic. I only got a few chapters in.

Don't bother with this. Instead read the Geoffery Trease book "Follow my Black Plume" which deals with the same topic but in a brilliant way. (Trease wrote specifically to counter Henty's overly jingoistic style)
08/12/2019
A cute little standard Burroughs tale. Its ok but "Jungle girl" and "Monster men" are more interesting.
07/28/2019