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The Man Who Changed His Plea

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)

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Title:The Man Who Changed His Plea
Oppenheim, E. Phillips   
(41 of 80 for author by title)
The Man Without Nerves
The Man From Sing Sing [Moran Chambers Smiled]
Published:   1942
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Tags:England, fiction, mystery

Murder, Art, and Fine Dining

In the courtroom of Lord Malladene, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Richard Lebur stands accused of murdering his lover's lover. Lebur is convinced to change his plea to guilty to avoid a death sentence. At the last minute, as he is being taken to jail, he shouts out that he is innocent.

Six years later, Martin Campbell Brockenhurst, a policeman who has become wealthy, returns to London and, convinced that Lebur is innocent, he takes up the case. Brockenhurst is in love with Lebur's wife, the beautiful painter Diana.

This later novel by Oppenheim, written in 1941, is a mixture of the modern sensibility and the Victorian. There is more violence, scenes of abuse, and psychological anguish than in most of his writings. On the other hand, the moral dilemma of the leading characters is strictly 19th century. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:128 Info

Author Bio for Oppenheim, E. Phillips

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E. Phillips Oppenheim, in full Edward Phillips Oppenheim (born Oct. 22, 1866, London, Eng.—died Feb. 3, 1946, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, U.K.), internationally popular British author of novels and short stories dealing with international espionage and intrigue.

After leaving school at age 17 to help in his father's leather business, Oppenheim wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Expiation (1887), and subsequent thrillers caught the fancy of a wealthy New York businessman who bought out the leather business at the turn of the century and made Oppenheim a high-salaried director. He was thus freed to devote the major part of his time to writing. The novels, volumes of short stories, and plays that followed, totaling more than 150, were peopled with sophisticated heroes, adventurous spies, and dashing noblemen. Among his well-known works are The Long Arm of Mannister (1910), The Moving Finger (1911), and The Great Impersonation (1920).--Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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