The Four Just Men

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A Spanish resistance leader's safety in England is threatened by the passage through Parliament of the Aliens Extradition Bill. The minister responsible receives a message from four mysterious figures warning him to withdraw the legislation or face death. The suspense grows as the police struggle to protect the minister before the conspirators' deadline is reached; the ingenious final puzzle was to mark out Edgar Wallace as an outstanding writer of detective thrillers. Included in this edition is his later novel,...
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A Spanish resistance leader's safety in England is threatened by the passage through Parliament of the Aliens Extradition Bill. The minister responsible receives a message from four mysterious figures warning him to withdraw the legislation or face death. The suspense grows as the police struggle to protect the minister before the conspirators' deadline is reached; the ingenious final puzzle was to mark out Edgar Wallace as an outstanding writer of detective thrillers. Included in this edition is his later novel, The Council of Justice, which forms a sequel.
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This is the first of the many thriller/adventure novels written by Wallace (1875–1932). It's the tale of four European vigilantes who intend to derail a threat to a Spanish resistance leader by dissuading members of the British Parliament from passing a certain extradition bill. Either the author of the legislation withdraws it, or he will be killed. A deadline is set, the police are called in, and a locked-room murder follows. Listeners who love melodramas like those involving Sherlock Holmes, the works of Rudyard Kipling, and other Edwardian writers will enjoy this production. Reader Bill Homewood has just the right pacing and vocal range for the victims, the police, and the villains. Perfect for taking along in the car on vacation, even if it was published in 1905. A wonderful postscript: Wallace was best known for writing the screenplay for the original 1933 film King Kong!—Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX
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  • ISBN-13: 9781843794554
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 - 10 February 1932) was an English writer.

Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at 12. Joining the army at 21, he was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War for Reuters and The Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books such as The Four Just Men (1905). Drawing on time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines, later publishing collections such as Sanders of the River (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author.

After a disastrous bid to stand as Liberal MP for Blackpool in the 1931 general election, Wallace moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a script writer for RKO studios. He died suddenly from undiagnosed diabetes, during the initial drafting of King Kong (1933).
A prolific writer, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books then read in England were written by him. As well as journalism, Wallace wrote screen plays, poetry, historical non-fiction, 18 stage plays, 957 short stories and over 170 novels, 12 in 1929 alone. More than 160 films have been made of Wallace's work. He is remembered for as a writer of 'the colonial imagination', for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, the Green Archer and creation of King Kong. Selling over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions, the Economist describes him as "one of the most prolific thriller writers of [the 20th] century", although few of his books are still in print in the UK.

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    excellent

    A real page turner. Quite a mystery. Good over evil.

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    Peace of crap it sucked could not read

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