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The Malefactor   By: (1866-1946)

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In Edward Phillips Oppenheim's gripping novel, The Malefactor, readers are taken on a thrilling journey through the dark underbelly of the criminal world. With his trademark skill in crafting intricate plots and multifaceted characters, Oppenheim delivers a captivating story that is sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats.

The Malefactor follows the life of Gilbert Larose, a former British intelligence officer turned private detective. Larose is known for his keen intellect, relentless determination, and unwavering commitment to justice. When presented with a seemingly unsolvable case involving the disappearance of a renowned scientist, Larose dives headfirst into the investigation, determined to uncover the truth, no matter the cost.

Oppenheim's writing is nothing short of mesmerizing, effortlessly capturing the reader's attention from the very first page. His descriptive prose creates vivid imagery, transporting readers to the gritty streets of London and the lavish drawing rooms of the elite. With each page, the tension escalates as Larose delves deeper into the case, navigating through a web of deceit and betrayal.

What truly sets The Malefactor apart is Oppenheim's ability to develop complex characters that feel strikingly authentic. Larose is a flawed yet charismatic protagonist, and his moral ambiguity adds depth to the story. Oppenheim expertly weaves together the lives of the various characters, each with their motivations and secrets, creating a tapestry of intertwining storylines that keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Furthermore, Oppenheim's exploration of societal themes adds layers of complexity to the narrative. From the stark contrast between the rich and the poor to the moral dilemma of what constitutes justice, The Malefactor raises thought-provoking questions that linger long after the final page.

While The Malefactor is undeniably a thrilling read, some readers might find certain plot twists and revelations slightly predictable. However, Oppenheim's masterful storytelling and meticulous attention to detail make up for any minor shortcomings, ensuring a truly engaging experience.

In conclusion, The Malefactor is a compelling tale that will keep readers hooked until the last word. Edward Phillips Oppenheim showcases his exceptional talent for crafting intricate mysteries and memorable characters, resulting in a novel that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Whether you are a fan of crime fiction or simply enjoy a riveting page-turner, The Malefactor is an excellent choice that delivers on all fronts.

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by E. Phillips Oppenheim


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I. A Society Scandal II. Outside the Pale III. A Student of Character IV. A Delicate Mission V. The Gospel of Hate VI. "Hast Thou Found Me, O Mine Enemy?" VII. Lord of the Manor VIII. The Heart of a Child IX. The Sword of Damocles X. A Forlorn Hope XI. Professor Sinclair's Dancing Academy XII. Mephistopheles on a Steamer XIII. A Cockney Conspirator XIV. The Moth and the Candle XV. "Devil Take the Hindmost" XVI. The Hidden Hand


I. "Mr. Wingrave, From America" II. The Shadow of a Fear III. Juliet Asks Questions IV. Lady Ruth's Last Card V. Guardian and Ward VI. Ghosts of Dead Things. VII. Spreading the Net VIII. In the Toils IX. The Indiscretion of the Marchioness X. "I am Misanthropos, and Hate Mankind" XI. Juliet Gains Experience XII. Nemesis at Work XIII. Richardson Tries Again XIV. "It Was an Accident" XV. Aynesworth Plans a Love Story XVI. A Deed of Gift XVII. For Pity's Sake XVIII. A Dream of Paradise XIX... Continue reading book >>

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