By Grant Allen
An first-class addition to Penguin's crime classics: the tantalizing story of Colonel Clay, literature's first gentleman rogue.
Wealthy, convinced and good-looking, Sir Charles Van float spends his time jetting to unique locales along with his spouse and in-laws. yet on one fateful journey to the Riviera, Van go with the flow meets his fit in Colonel Clay. Posing alternately as a seer, a curate, and a German professor, the grasp of conceal swindles Van go with the flow via 3 continents and poses a significant danger to his South African diamond fortune. Colonel Clay, the infamous con artist and thief, has triumphed. yet who's this grasp of cover, really? First serialized in The Strand in 1896, the adventures that comprise An African Millionaire are largely considered as the 1st to add a felony protagonist and should be greeted enthusiastically by way of enthusiasts and students of vintage crime fiction.
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The road led southwest, toward the streak of pale, watery light that glimmered in the leaden sky. The light fell upon the two sad young faces that were turned mutely toward it: upon the eyes of the girl, who seemed to be looking with such anguished perplexity into the future; upon the sombre eyes of the boy, who seemed already to be looking into the past. The little town behind them had vanished as if it had never been, had fallen behind the swell of the prairie, and the stern frozen country received them into its bosom.
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An African Millionaire (Penguin Classics) by Grant Allen