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Ronald, Earl of Matresser, global traveler and dilettante, returns home to his Norfolk estates after several years hunting, exploring and spying in Africa and Asia. His wealth is enormous, but his heart is empty. On the night of his arrival, a mysterious messenger is assaulted just outside the gates of his estate. Also, a gigantic Dutchman sails a small yacht into the local harbor amidst a furious gale. Matresser finds that the beautiful Baroness Elizabeth Stamier, niece of the Austrian ambassador has joined his household as the companion of his sister.
Most of the first half of this 1937 novel takes place on the extensive estates of Matresser during the fall hunting season. Much attention is paid to shooting and social life. Eventually the action escapes to the forests of Germany, where more hunting and feasting is done while an astounding collection of nations gathers to plot the return of Monarchy to the disturbed countries of Europe. [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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