The Albert Gate Mystery

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This high-quality volume includes the complete text of Louis Tracy's vintage mystery tale in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition. With a generous 6"x9" page size, this Summit Classic Press edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and footers, an original biographical sketch of the enigmatic Louis Tracy, and original annotations exemplify the ...
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This high-quality volume includes the complete text of Louis Tracy's vintage mystery tale in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition. With a generous 6"x9" page size, this Summit Classic Press edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and footers, an original biographical sketch of the enigmatic Louis Tracy, and original annotations exemplify the attention to detail given this volume.

The Albert Gate Mystery...

The newspaper account of police activity at an Albert Gate mansion was so vague that Reginald Brett, prominent barrister and amateur detective, knew Scotland Yard was keeping the reporter in the dark for some good reason. When Lord
Fairholme appeared at Brett's door seeking his help, he quickly understood why.

Three members of a special delegation from the Turkish sultan had been found murdered, and a large collection of uncut diamonds had disappeared, along with Jack Talbot, designated by the Home Office to watch over the envoys...and Lord Fairholme's prospective brother-in-law.

Despite the evidence, Brett has doubts about the official theory that Talbot orchestrated the murders and theft and has fled with the diamonds. Taking up the investigation, Brett applies his powers of observation and deduction, pursuing a complex web of intrigue and deception from London to Paris and beyond, racing to round up the conspirators and recover the diamonds in time to avert an international incident.

Louis Tracy (1863-1928) was a prolific British writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Despite his large body of work, comparatively little is known about Tracy's life. The author of numerous mysteries, Tracy's works are characterized by a straightforward narrative style, well-developed background stories, interesting characters and complex plots.

Around 1884 Tracy sent a letter to a local paper opposing a railroad planned for a "beautiful Yorkshire valley." Offered a job as a reporter, Tracy became a newspaperman, first at Darlington, and later as editor of the English-language Morning Post in Allahabad, India.

Returning to England in 1892, Tracy helped found The Sun, then, with the future Lord Northcliffe, purchased The Evening News and Post. Tracy became editor of the Evening News but shortly thereafter sold his shares, missing out on a huge fortune when the value of the paper skyrocketed. But it was the money from this sale that allowed Tracy to carry out what he considered his finest accomplishment. In 1894, with England in the grip of a depression, Tracy personally set-up, ran and funded a network of 23 soup kitchens, which fed an estimated three and a half million of London's starving poor.

Between 1885 and 1895 Tracy wrote and edited a series of nonfiction books and short stories, based for the most part on his experiences in India. In 1895 his first novel, about a European conflict in which America would come to the aid of Britain in a great war which would be the end of all war, was published as a serial in "Pearson's Weekly" and later in book form. The Final War was quite successful and is a pioneering example of the "Future War" or "Future History" sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy literature. Tracy actually wrote this novel in separate episodes as they became due, rather than submitting portions of a finished work.

By 1900 Tracy was producing straightforward mystery novels on a regular basis, and with the exception of 1917-1919, when he was rousing support for the war effort in America, he continued to publish an average two or three novels per year through the 1920's, and a collection of his works was reissued after his death. A few of his novels are still fairly well-known, and many of his mysteries, especially those featuring Reginald Brett and Winter & Furneaux, are still read and enjoyed by mystery fans today.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781483991030
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Love

    Good classic mystery read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Typos

    Typos everywhere!

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Find an edited version

    Although some of the language and attitudes are somewhate dated, this is great story telling. The free versions are difficult to read, but when edited, its a page turner. Find a 99? version and read it. Would make a great movie. The lawyer/detective/hero is a forerunner to Lord Peter Wimsey. Written as a contempory piece it is now a 'historical novel' This author writes in several different genre, and this one is one of my favorites.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    dont buy it

    ehm, the text doesn't even show up... how am i supposed to read it?!!

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