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The Angel of Terror

The Angel of Terror by Edgar Wallace
By: (1875-1932)

Conventional ideas of beauty are typically associate it with goodness and kindness. However, appearances can be deceptive. Jean Briggerland is exquisitely lovely, but few know that this ethereal, angelic facade hides an utterly immoral and cruel heart within. Her insatiable lust for power and money claim many an innocent victim till one day, a lawyer named Jack Glover is called upon to defend his best friend and cousin, James Meredith in a murder trial. Meredith is alleged to have murdered a young man in a fit of jealous rage because he objected to the man's friendship with Meredith's lovely fiancée. The lady in question turns out to be Jean Briggerland.

The Angel of Terror by Edgar Wallace was published in 1922. Like almost all of Wallace's novels, it was an immediate bestseller. The exciting plot, impeccable writing style and memorable characters make his books timeless classics that are still enjoyed by modern readers the world over. Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace came from an extremely deprived background, but rose to become one of the richest and most widely read English writers of his time. He was also one of the most prolific writers in English, having produced more than 120 novels, nearly a thousand short stories, 18 stage plays and innumerable poems and non-fiction articles.

He developed an extremely efficient writing style which consisted of dictating his works into wax cylinders (Dictaphones) which were then transcribed by a team of secretaries. He would lock himself up in his bedroom with cigarettes and pots of scalding hot, sweet tea for up to 72 hours, continuously dictating his stories. This gave his work the tight plots, their almost seamless narrative quality and their ambiance. Though critics slammed him for churning out endless potboilers, Wallace remained unfazed. His continuous financial problems compelled him to adopt this style, but his unerring eye for detail, dialog and well researched knowledge of police methods and crime investigation set him apart from ordinary pulp writers of the day.

Wallace is also famous for being the creator of the screenplay of King Kong and other characters like Sanders of the River, JG Reeder and Smithy. He also produced a host of sci-fi stories, The Four Just Men series, the Inspector Elk series and hundreds of screenplays for Hollywood films.

The Angel of Terror is an almost formulaic crime thriller, but the brilliant characterization and unusual twists and turns make it a gripping read for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 20, 2016
Subject: Angel of Terror
Just like 'dg' I couldn't stand to listen, the 'try hard' melodrama narration was too much for me.
Reviewer: - January 2, 2016
Subject: Angel of Terror
Really the book itself is great but my opinion of the reader could have done without the drama. It would have been easier to understand. Being hard of hearing makes female voices harder to understand. Was a very interesting book and a little surprise at the end.
Reviewer: - June 13, 2015
Subject: angel
Well, it takes all kinds of readers to please all kinds of people, but, I couldn't stand to listen.
Reviewer: - November 25, 2014
Subject: The Angel of Terror
An intriguing book which was very well read. I really enjoyed this audio version.
Reviewer: - November 14, 2013
Subject: Lovely narration
I love this narration! She could be reading the telephone directory and it would entertain. Great accent which makes, to my British ears, the text sound bouncier than it probably is.

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