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The Strong Arm   By: (1850-1912)

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The Strong Arm by Robert Barr is a thrilling crime novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Set in the gritty, dark underbelly of a bustling city, the story follows the life of Patrick Murphy, a former army officer who turns to a life of crime.

From the very first page, Barr's writing style grabs hold of the reader's attention and refuses to let go. The narrative is brimming with vivid descriptions that effortlessly bring the grim, urban setting to life. The author's attention to detail is astonishing, making the reader feel as if they are navigating the darkened streets alongside the characters.

The protagonist, Patrick Murphy, is a complex and intriguing character. Although initially portrayed as a tough and unfeeling criminal, Barr masterfully reveals the layers beneath Murphy's hardened exterior. As the story progresses, the reader is given glimpses into his troubled past, allowing them to empathize with his struggles. Murphy's character development is commendable, demonstrating Barr's skill at creating well-rounded and relatable protagonists.

The plot is fast-paced and full of unexpected twists and turns. Barr expertly weaves together multiple storylines, keeping readers guessing until the very end. The suspense is palpable, and each chapter leaves the reader eagerly turning the page, eager to discover what happens next. The author's ability to maintain a high level of tension throughout the book is truly remarkable.

One of the highlights of The Strong Arm is Barr's portrayal of the criminal underworld. His depiction feels authentic and provides a fascinating glimpse into a hidden world. The dialogue between the characters is sharp and engaging, further immersing the reader in the gritty reality of their lives.

However, the book does have a few minor flaws. There are moments where the pacing feels slightly rushed, and certain scenes could have benefitted from further development. Additionally, while the ending is satisfying, it may leave some readers craving a more conclusive resolution.

Overall, The Strong Arm is an enthralling crime novel that captivates readers with its gripping storyline, well-developed characters, and atmospheric setting. Barr's skillful writing and ability to continuously surprise the reader make this book a must-read for fans of the genre. Whether you are a longtime follower of crime fiction or simply looking for a thrilling read, The Strong Arm is a novel that will leave you eagerly awaiting Barr's next work.

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THE STRONG ARM

BY ROBERT BARR

CONTENTS

Chapter I. THE BEAUTIFUL JAILER OF GUDENFELS II. THE REVENGE OF THE OUTLAW III. A CITY OF FEAR IV. THE PERIL OF THE EMPEROR V. THE NEEDLE DAGGER VI. THE HOLY FEHM

THE COUNT'S APOLOGY CONVERTED AN INVITATION THE ARCHBISHOP'S GIFT COUNT KONRAD'S COURTSHIP THE LONG LADDER "GENTLEMEN: THE KING!" THE HOUR GLASS THE WARRIOR MAID OF SAN CARLOS THE AMBASSADOR'S PIGEONS

CHAPTER I

THE BEAUTIFUL JAILER OF GUDENFELS

The aged Emir Soldan sat in his tent and smiled; the crafty Oriental smile of an experienced man, deeply grounded in the wisdom of this world. He knew that there was incipient rebellion in his camp; that the young commanders under him thought their leader was becoming too old for the fray; caution overmastering courage. Here were these dogs of unbelievers setting their unhallowed feet on the sacred soil of Syria, and the Emir, instead of dashing against them, counselled coolness and prudence. Therefore impatience disintegrated the camp and resentment threatened discipline. When at last the murmurs could be no longer ignored the Emir gathered his impetuous young men together in his tent, and thus addressed them.

"It may well be that I am growing too old for the active field; it may be that, having met before this German boar who leads his herd of swine, I am fearful of risking my remnant of life against him, but I have ever been an indulgent general, and am now loath to let my inaction stand against your chance of distinction... Continue reading book >>




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