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The Light Beyond

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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 Light Beyond
Oppenheim, E. Phillips   
(36 of 80 for author by title)
A Lost Leader
Last Train Out
Published:   1928
Publisher:Hodder and Stoughton Limited
Tags:fiction, mystery

In this remarkable 1927 novel by E. Phillips Oppenheim, a great conference has been called in London to renegotiate the war debt. It is clear that Germany is suffering, and all of Europe is affected. The great Financier Felix Dukane is in London with his beautiful daughter Estelle. It is rumored that he stands ready to loan Germany One Billion Pounds if the conference is able to limit the total debt.

The young American socialite Mark van Stratton has been living in Europe since the end of the war. He is close friends with English and French diplomats, but has done nothing useful with his life. A chance meeting between Mark and Estelle sets his life on a new course.

The outcome of the conference hinges on military and industrial secrets. The remarkable accuracy of Oppenheims depiction of German militarism (writing in 1927) and his predictions of the timing of World War 2 are uncanny. He describes the "Club of 1940" which is a German secret society dedicated to destroying France by [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:211 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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