This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
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On a riverboat in China, a pirate holds a young Englishman captive, Gregory Ballaston. He defiled an ancient temple, and stole two mysterious idols which may contain a hidden treasure. One of the idols represents the Body, and all of the corruption and evil of Mankind, the other represents the Soul, and all that is good. Ballaston has stolen the idols to bring back to England, where his noble family has become impoverished, despite large holdings of land, and many wonderful works of art. Rescued by a traveling Chinese merchant, Wu Ling, of the wealthy trading firm, Johnson and company, Ballaston is brought back to Pekin, where he meets Mr Endacott. Endicott is a partner in the trading firm, a former professor of Oriental Art and language at Oxford, and the uncle of the beautiful young American girl, Miss Claire Endacott. They travel to England where the plot unfolds on the Ballaston Estates. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Oppenheim, E. Phillips
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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