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The Colossus of Arcadia

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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 Colossus of Arcadia
Oppenheim, E. Phillips   
(11 of 80 for author by title)
Crooks in the Sunshine
Chronicles of Melhampton
Published:   1938
Publisher:P. F. Collier & Son Corporation
Tags:fiction, mystery

This late novel of E. Phillips Oppenheim begins as the "Train Bleu" pulls into the railroad station in Monaco. A variety of individuals disembark: Stephen Ardrossen, quiet and punctilious spy; Joan Haskell, a beautiful young American secretary who is spending her small inheritance on a month in Monaco; and Lord Henry Lancaster, a sporting gentleman of England. These three, along with several other prominent guests and personalities, occupy the Hotel De Paris in a city which is beset by economic pressures, and the rumors of war. Into this mix, add the Baron Domiloff, who is the de facto ruler of the principality, and young Rudolf Sagastrada, scion of the wealthiest German banking families, who is escaping from the fascist government of his country.

As the party grows, cocktails are liberally drunk, banquets are prolific, murders and duels abound, and the flirtation and repartee never cease. The German government wants Sagastrada to return, no matter the cost in lives or conflict. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:239 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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