The Green Rust

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The Floating Press, Nov 1, 2012 - Fiction - 329 pages
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A brilliant but maniacal scientist is determined to unleash a virulent plague that threatens to drive humankind to the brink of extinction. The evil doctor matches wits with two top-notch detectives, one of whom happens to be a young woman. Fans of classic thrillers will relish every minute of The Green Rust.
 

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Contents

Chapter I The Passing of John Millinborn
5
Chapter II The Drunken Mr Beale
16
Chapter III Punsonbys Discharge an Employee
30
Chapter IV The Letters that Were Not There
45
Chapter V The Man with the Big Head
57
Chapter VI Mr Scobbs of Red Horse Valley
68
Chapter VII Plain Words from Mr Beale
78
Chapter VIII The Crime of the Grand Alliance
91
Chapter XVIII Bridgers Breaks Loose
207
Chapter XIX Oliva is Willing
218
Chapter XX The Marriage
229
Chapter XXI Beale Sees White
237
Chapter XXII Hilda Glaum Leads the Way
249
Chapter XXIII At the Doctors Flat
260
Chapter XXIV The Green Rust Factory
271
Chapter XXV The Last Man at the Bench
278

Chapter IX A Crime Against the World
103
Chapter X A Fruitless Search
118
Chapter XI The House Near Staines
130
Chapter XII Introducing Parson Homo
142
Chapter XIII At Deans Folly
153
Chapter XIV Mr Beale Suggests Marriage
162
Chapter XV The Good Herr Stardt
172
Chapter XVI The Pawn Ticket
184
Chapter XVII The Jew of Cracow
194
Chapter XXVI The Secret of the Green Rust
287
Chapter XXVII A Scheme to Starve the World
298
Chapter XXVIII The Coming of Dr Milsom
308
Chapter XXIX The Lost Code
320
Chapter XXX The Watch
329
Chapter XXXI A Corn Chandlers Bill
340
Chapter XXXII The End of van Heerden
345
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Among the most prolific of all authors of adventure fiction was the redoubtable Edgar Wallace. Born in London, Wallace received his early education at St. Peter's School and the Board School. Wallace served in the Royal West Kent Regiment in England and later as part of the Medical Staff Corps stationed in South Africa. During World War I, Wallace acted as a special interrogator for the War Office. As was the case with a number of successful popular authors, Wallace experienced a rich and diverse life before turning to professional writing. From 1886 to the 1930s, he worked in a printing shop, a shoe shop, and a rubber factory, and served as a merchant sailor and milk deliverer. Beginning in 1899, Wallace became a journalist and wrote variously for the London Daily Mail and the Rand Daily News, among others; he also worked with the racing periodicals, having founded two of them---Bibury's Weekly and R. E. Walton's Weekly. Like Sax Rohmer, Wallace earned a fortune from his writings, yet, because of a lack of business sense and a tendency to overspend, he died in debt. A prodigious writer of fiction, Wallace published, over the course of his professional life, some 173 books and wrote 17 plays. Many of his adventure narratives featured elements of crime or mystery, but they all thrived on action. Although Wallace's handling of plot was superb and he was respected for his ability to blend suspense with humor, he was less successful with his characters, who tended to be two-dimensional and stereotyped. One of his early crime adventures, The Four Just Men (1906), introduced what was to become a trademark for Wallace---lurid sensationalism coupled with dramatic violence. Wallace published in a wide range of genres, including poetry, short fiction, autobiography, and epic political history. Regrettably, much of what he wrote has lapsed into obscurity today. As sometimes is the problem with popular fiction, perhaps it was too hurriedly written---too intimately connected with its contemporary audience---to stand the ultimate test of time. But Wallace's work was highly influential, especially in the American pulp magazine markets of the Great Depression, and stands today, despite its many flaws, as some of the most effective literary adventures ever written.

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