The Black

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Overview

This early work by Edgar Wallace was originally published in 1926 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Black' is a mystery novel about a Londoner named James Morlake who has many secrets and an interesting set of skills. Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born in London, England in 1875. He received his early education at St. Peter's School and the Board School, but after a frenetic teens involving a rash engagement and frequently changing employment circumstances, Wallace ...
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Overview

This early work by Edgar Wallace was originally published in 1926 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Black' is a mystery novel about a Londoner named James Morlake who has many secrets and an interesting set of skills. Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born in London, England in 1875. He received his early education at St. Peter's School and the Board School, but after a frenetic teens involving a rash engagement and frequently changing employment circumstances, Wallace went into the military. He served in the Royal West Kent Regiment in England and then as part of the Medical Staff Corps stationed in South Africa. Whilst in the Balkans covering the Russo-Japanese War, Wallace found the inspiration for The Four Just Men, published in 1905. Over the rest of his life, Wallace produced some 173 books and wrote 17 plays. These were largely adventure narratives with elements of crime or mystery, and usually combined a bombastic sensationalism with hammy violence.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781473303171
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 4/12/2013
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875 – February 10, 1932) was an English crime writer, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and numerous articles in newspapers and journals.
Over 160 films have been made of his novels. In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.[1] He is most famous today as the co-creator of King Kong, writing the early screenplay and story for the movie, as well as a short story "King Kong" (1933) credited to him and Draycott Dell. He was known for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, The Four Just Men, The Ringer, and for creating the Green Archer character during his lifetime.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    My favorite Edgar Wallace book

    I love this novel. I had never heard of Edgar Wallace until, while looking up Agatha Christie books for my Nook I looked at the other books purchased by those who had purchased books by Dame Agatha. When I discovered that Mr. Wallace had also written "King Kong," I decided to give his mysteries a go. (I eventually tried his non-fiction as well, but I had less luck with those works.) When I got to "The Black," I have to admit that though the general plot/ending is mostly predictable (as with many of his novels [and, admittedly with many of Mrs. Christies' stories, as well]; Mr. Wallace did manage to throw some unexpected twists into this story), I did stay up all night reading "The Black." It is a mystery, but more accurately it is a romantic thriller. There's no real horror or other such modern ideas of "thrill." Rather, this story relies on the characters, the plot, and twists and turns along the way to keep readers wondering what is going on and how things will work out. Edgar Wallace was quite good at portraying romance, especially with situations where none should be (penniless, homeless people - even those with titles - do not usually go for an annual holiday to the French Riveria; and thievery is not usually considered such an honourable profession; I could continue but I would rather not spoil the story for future readers). There is romance of the traditional type - that is, amongst the characters - as well, but what Mr. Wallace truly excels at is setting a scene and, no matter how terrible or scary or raw and perhaps even grimy such a situation would be in the real and modern world, making it seem glamourous.
    I reserve a five star rating for those rare, practically perfect works so for me four stars represents a wonderful (and recommended) book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Awesome 1920s mystery

    This book entertained me so mucg. It wasn't gard to figure out, but I enjoyed the story all the more because I could just relax and let the story 'take me along for the ride.'

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