This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
|Title:||Floating Peril [The Bird of Paradise] [The Story Without a Title]|
|Publisher:||Triangle Books, Inc.|
|Description:||Mr Hamer Wildburn, a 25 year old American, graduate of Harvard, and sometime correspondant of a English Language Paris newspaper, is wintering on the Mediterranean coast of France in his newly purchased yacht "The Bird of Paradise." One night he is awoken at 3 am by the cries of a woman swimming alongside. Beautiful, dressed in an evening gown, and wearing priceless emeralds, she comes aboard his boat, undresses, and offers to buy the yacht for twice what he paid. The next day, the foreign minister of France drops anchor nearby and also makes an offer to buy the yacht at an outrageous price. Soon a known terrorist develops a bomb to utterly destroy the boat and all it's inhabitants.
First serialized in The New York Post as a competition to determine the best title for each chapter and the best title for the novel as a whole. [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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