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The Golden Face A Great 'Crook' Romance   By: (1864-1927)

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The Golden Face A Great 'Crook' Romance by William Le Queux is a thrilling and suspenseful novel that takes readers on a riveting journey through the world of crime and mystery. Le Queux expertly combines elements of romance, action, and deception to create a captivating story that keeps readers engaged until the very last page.

The story revolves around a master criminal known as The Golden Face, whose meticulous planning and cunning have made him infamous in the criminal underworld. As the narrative unfolds, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing characters, including the beautiful but dangerous Elise, who becomes crucial to the development of the plot.

What sets this book apart from other crime novels is Le Queux's ability to create a morally ambiguous protagonist. While The Golden Face is a criminal, he is also portrayed as intelligent and resourceful, making readers both fear and admire him. This dualism adds depth and complexity to the character, making him more than just a typical "bad guy."

Another strength of the novel is its fast-paced narrative. Le Queux maintains a sense of tension and urgency throughout, ensuring that readers are constantly on the edge of their seats. The plot twists and turns, keeping readers guessing about the true motives and identities of the characters. The author's ability to sustain this level of suspense is commendable.

Moreover, the romantic subplot adds an extra layer of intrigue to the story. The relationship between The Golden Face and Elise is both passionate and dangerous, creating a sense of forbidden love that adds depth to the characters and the overall narrative.

However, one slight weakness of the book is the occasionally predictable nature of some plot developments. While the novel generally keeps readers guessing, there are moments where the resolution of certain situations becomes somewhat foreseeable. This does not significantly detract from the overall enjoyment of the story, but it does dampen the element of surprise in some instances.

In conclusion, The Golden Face A Great 'Crook' Romance is an enthralling crime novel that successfully blends romance, mystery, and suspense. William Le Queux's skillful storytelling and intriguing characters make for a gripping read that will captivate fans of the genre. Despite occasional predictability, the book's strengths far outweigh any minor flaws. For fans of crime fiction looking for a thrilling and emotionally charged tale, this book is definitely worth a read.

First Page:

THE GOLDEN FACE

A GREAT "CROOK" ROMANCE

BY

WILLIAM LE QUEUX

AUTHOR OF "MADEMOISELLE OF MONTE CARLO," "THE STRETTON STREET AFFAIR"

NEW YORK

THE MACAULAY COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY

THE MACAULAY COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

[Illustration: I slipped the pendant into Lady Lydbrook's soft hand as she stood in d├ęshabille at the half opened door of her bedroom.]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I PRIVATE AND PERSONAL 1

II ROOM NUMBER 88 16

III THE MAN WITH THE HUMP 30

IV THE FOUR FALSE FINGERS 43

V CONCERNS MR. BLUMENFELD 59

VI AT THREE EIGHTEEN A.M. 73

VII LITTLE LADY LYDBROOK 87

VIII THE CAT'S TOOTH 99

IX LOLA IS AGAIN SUSPICIOUS 113

X THE PAINTED ENVELOPE 127

XI THE GENTLEMAN FROM ROME 140

XII THE SILVER SPIDER 151

XIII ABDUL HAMID'S JEWELS 170

XIV THE VENGEANCE OF TAI K'AN 186

XV OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY 201

XVI THE MAN WHO WAS SHY 215

XVII THE SIGN OF NINETY NINE 232

THE GOLDEN FACE

CHAPTER I

PRIVATE AND PERSONAL

In order to ease my conscience and, further, to disclose certain facts which for the past year or two have, I know, greatly puzzled readers of our daily newspapers, I have decided to here reveal some very curious and, perhaps, sensational circumstances... Continue reading book >>




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