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The Beetle

The Beetle by Richard Marsh
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A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh’s novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker’s Dracula, George du Maurier’s Trilby, and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels. Like Dracula and many of the sensation novels pioneered by Wilkie Collins and others in the 1860s, The Beetle is narrated from the perspectives of multiple characters, a technique used in many late nineteenth-century novels (those of Wilkie Collins and Stoker, for example) to create suspense

Richard Marsh was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldmann.

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THE BEETLE: A MYSTERY

BY

RICHARD MARSH

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN WILLIAMSON

CONTENTS

BOOK I

The House with the Open Window

CHAPTER I, OUTSIDE

CHAPTER II, INSIDE

CHAPTER III, THE MAN IN THE BED

CHAPTER IV, A LONELY VIGIL

CHAPTER V, AN INSTRUCTION TO COMMIT BURGLARY

CHAPTER VI, A SINGULAR FELONY

CHAPTER VII, THE GREAT PAUL LESSINGHAM

CHAPTER VIII, THE MAN IN THE STREET

CHAPTER IX, THE CONTENTS OF THE PACKET

BOOK II

The Haunted Man

CHAPTER X, REJECTED

CHAPTER XI, A MIDNIGHT EPISODE

CHAPTER XII, A MORNING VISITOR

CHAPTER XIII, THE PICTURE

CHAPTER XIV, THE DUCHESS' BALL

CHAPTER XV, MR LESSINGHAM SPEAKS

CHAPTER XVI, ATHERTON'S MAGIC VAPOUR

CHAPTER XVII, MAGIC? OR MIRACLE?

CHAPTER XVIII, THE APOTHEOSIS OF THE BEETLE

CHAPTER XIX, THE LADY RAGES

CHAPTER XX, A HEAVY FATHER

CHAPTER XXI, THE TERROR IN THE NIGHT

CHAPTER XXII, THE HAUNTED MAN

BOOK III

The Terror By Night and the Terror by Day

CHAPTER XXIII, THE WAY HE TOLD HER

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 20, 2015
Subject: The Beetle
A long book with several competent narrators who all read from a different character's viewpoint. A good story that ends a little abruptly in my opinion.


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