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Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces

Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
By: (1857-1914)

Meet Hamilton Cleek – man of mystery, and master of disguise and derring-do.

Cleek’s exploits are, to say the least, highly improbable, but the book is enormous fun. The goodies are good and the baddies are very bad indeed, but beware – things are not always what they seem. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy a rattling good yarn!

Cleek is the central figure in dozens of short stories that began to appear in 1910 and were subsequently collected in a series of books.

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CLEEK: The Man of the Forty Faces

By THOMAS W. HANSHEW

AUTHOR OF "Cleek of Scotland Yard," "The Riddle of the Night," Etc.

1912

CLEEK: THE MAN OF THE FORTY FACES

PROLOGUE

THE AFFAIR OF THE MAN WHO CALLED HIMSELF HAMILTON CLEEK

The thing wouldn't have happened if any other constable than Collins had been put on point duty at Blackfriars Bridge that morning. For Collins was young, good looking, and knew it. Nature had gifted him with a susceptible heart and a fond eye for the beauties of femininity. So when he looked round and saw the woman threading her way through the maze of vehicles at "Dead Man's Corner," with her skirt held up just enough to show two twinkling little feet in French shoes, and over them a graceful, willowy figure, and over that an enchanting, if rather too highly tinted face, with almond eyes and a fluff of shining hair under the screen of a big Parisian hat that did for him on the spot.

He saw at a glance that she was French exceedingly French and he preferred English beauty, as a rule... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 20, 2015
Subject: leek: The Man of the Forty Faces
A clever story though not exceptional. Ruth Golding does an excellent and consistent narration, enjoyable throughout.
Reviewer: - October 27, 2014
Subject: Cleek the man of the forty faces
Golding the woman of the forty voices! Ruth is a first class reader. The main character draws heavily on Lupin with the love of a good women reforming the master thief I personally prefered the bad woman as Ailsa cried a bit to readily and often for me Good tales extremely well told
Reviewer: - August 22, 2014
Subject: Cleek
Fantastic reader! So professional and entertaining. I liked the characters in the book. Really Fun to listen to.Thank you sooo much!
Reviewer: - June 1, 2013
Wonderful book! Drawn into the character very quickly. A mix of Sherlock Holmes and the T.V. show White Collar (but much more entertaining).


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