This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
|Title:||Exit A Dictator|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
English Aristocracy takes on the Russian Revolution.
The book begins in New York. Prince Alexander, also known as Mr. Alexander is crossing the Atlantic and meets a young scenery designer from the Russian Ballet, Ms. Anna Prestnoff. Two operatives of the Soviet Russian OGPU (precursor of the KGB) are on the same ship, Grodin and Litvinoff. These two steal a small amount of a new drug called Texacon from the ship's doctor which makes people passive and willing victims. They attempt to use this as a gas on Alexander and Anna, who narrowly escape.
When the two reach London. Prince Alexander is revealed as the the head of a far flung publishing company, Europe House which also houses a spy agency and counterrevolutionary agents. It also appears that Anna is the head of the secret agents and she saves Alexander from attempts to kidnap him and return him to Russia for execution. [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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