By Grant Allen
An first-class addition to Penguin's crime classics: the tantalizing story of Colonel Clay, literature's first gentleman rogue.
Wealthy, convinced and good-looking, Sir Charles Van glide spends his time jetting to unique locales together with his spouse and in-laws. yet on one fateful journey to the Riviera, Van go with the flow meets his fit in Colonel Clay. Posing alternately as a seer, a curate, and a German professor, the grasp of hide swindles Van glide via 3 continents and poses a significant danger to his South African diamond fortune. Colonel Clay, the infamous con artist and thief, has triumphed. yet who's this grasp of cover, really? First serialized in The Strand in 1896, the adventures that comprise An African Millionaire are extensively considered as the 1st to add a felony protagonist and may be greeted enthusiastically via enthusiasts and students of vintage crime fiction.
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In the middle of the room stood a big square table littered with playing cards, and around it were grouped boxes for the players to sit on. At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars. The wooden latch raised. The door opened and a tall, stoop-shouldered old man came in. He was dressed in blue jeans and he carried a big push-broom in his left hand. Behind him came George, and behind George, Lennie.
He just don’t give a damn. ” George cut the cards and began turning them over, looking at each one and throwing it down on a pile. He said, “This guy Curley sounds like a son-of-a-bitch to me. ” “Seems to me like he’s worse lately,” said the swamper. “He got married a couple of weeks ago. Wife lives over in the boss’s house. ” The swamper warmed to his gossip. ” “Yeah. ” “Vaseline? ” George studied the cards absorbedly. “That’s a dirty thing to tell around,” he said. The old man was reassured. He had drawn a derogatory statement from George.
He stepped out the door into the brilliant sunshine. George laid down his cards thoughtfully, turned his piles of three. He built four clubs on his ace pile. The sun square was on the floor now, and the flies whipped through it like sparks. A sound of jingling harness and the croak of heavy-laden axles sounded from outside. From the distance came a clear call. ” George stared at his solitaire lay, and then he flounced the cards together and turned around to Lennie. Lennie was lying down on the bunk watching him.
An African Millionaire (Penguin Classics) by Grant Allen