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Red Masquerade [Kindle Edition]

Louis Joseph Vance
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406815330
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,654 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars very old-fashioned 'adventure' romance 17 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Vance was an American author (*died 1933) who wrote many novels, including eight books (as well as twenty-four movies!) on Michael Lanyard, a.k.a. the Lone Wolf, a jewel thief turned private detective. This book is the fourth in the series and dates from 1921.
Languid gentlemen, evil plots, women needing succour... shadows of The Saint and Edgar Wallace but oh so wordy and the adjectives laid on with a trowel... not really my cup of tea. But it is free, so sample to your own taste!

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The gentleman was not in the least bored who might have been and was seen on that wintry afternoon in Nineteen hundred, lounging with one shoulder to a wall of the dingy salesroom and idly thumbing a catalogue of effects about to be put up at auction; but his insouciance was so unaffected that the inevitable innocent bystander might have been pardoned for perceiving in him a pitiable victim of the utterest ennui.

Downstream from The Pool, a little way below Shadwell, an uncouth row of dilapidated dwellings in those days stood--or, better, squatted, like a mute company of draggletail crones--atop a river-wall whose ancient blocks, all ropy with the slime of centuries, peered dimly out through groups of crazy spiles at the restless pageant of Thames-life.

"I am sorry, my dear." Victor closed tender hands over those which the girl had lifted in appeal. "It is for your own good only I give myself this pain of warning you against your worst enemy, I mean yourself, the self that is so strange a compound of hereditary weaknesses.... Please remember always that, no matter what may happen, however far you may be led into transgression of the social codes, I shall never reproach you, on the contrary, you may count implicitly on my sympathetic understanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading - quick and easy. 16 Mar. 2014
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I enjoyed the interaction of characters and the situations they found themselves in. Finished it faster than I would have liked..
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Masquerade 23 Jun. 2014
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Well written, kept me in suspense and anticipation on turning to the next page. Highly recommend for easy light reading.
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Easy, cheesy, rather predictable but enjoyable
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