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The Ex-Detective

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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 Ex-Detective
Oppenheim, E. Phillips   
(17 of 80 for author by title)
Exit A Dictator
Envoy Extraordinary
Published:   1933
Tags:adventure, fiction

From Scotland Yard to International Intrigue

Malcolm Gossett is a Scotland Yard detective, fed up by the endless conferences and hierarchy of The Yard, he resigns his position and establishes himself as a private investigator, specializing in helping hopeless cases. Clients whom everyone believes to be guilty. There is a great sequence of mysterious cases; International commerce and politics, kidnapping and the international sex trade, Indian succession, jewel theft, and romance.

One curious case "The Wise Man from the West" involves the financial gamble of an Asian Leather Consortium, and the beautiful Selah Nissim, daughter of a Singaporean merchant prince. Oppenheim spent many years in the wholesale leather industry, and his description of the warehouses and factories is characteristically accurate.

Written in 1933, many of the stories in this collection focus on both personal and global financial problems.—Dharma on goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:149 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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