|Title:||The Melody of Death|
|Author:||Wallace, (Richard Horatio) Edgar|
|Publisher:||A. L. Burt Company|
|Description:||The smashing of the great jewel safe of Gilderheim, Pascoe and Company was plainly the work of skilled professionals. At nine-forty in the eveing Gilderheim, after classifying the stones, had locked 60,000 worth of diamonds in the safe. But in spite of the precautions taken against cracksmen, when the office was opened the following morning it was found that the safe had been forced and that is valuable contents were missing. Gilbert Standerton, nephew of irascible old General Standerton, might have cleared up the matter by telling what he knew of the affair to the police. For reasons of his own he preferred not to, and for even better reasons George Wallis, a criminal well-known to Scotland Yard, kept his knowledge of the affair secret. And then begins a long series of extraordinary crimes, so baffling that they defy detection until, in a startling manner, the dual mystery is unexpectedly solved. [Suggest a different description.]|
Author Bio for Wallace, (Richard Horatio) Edgar
Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932) was an English writer.
Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at 12. He joined the army at 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men (1905). Drawing on time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines, later publishing collections such as Sanders of the River (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author.
A prolific writer, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books then read in England were written by him. As well as journalism, Wallace wrote screen plays, poetry, historical non-fiction, 18 stage plays, 957 short stories and over 170 novels, 12 in 1929 alone. More than 160 films have been made of Wallace's work. He is remembered for the creation of King Kong, as a writer of 'the colonial imagination', for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, and the Green Archer. He sold over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions and The Economist describes him as "one of the most prolific thriller writers of [the 20th] century", although few of his books are still in print in the UK.
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