Overview

Though the Great War is over it seems that the hostilities are not, and when Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond discovers that bribery and blackmail is undermining England's democratic tradition, he forms the Black Gang to track down the perpetrators of such plots.
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The Black Gang

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Overview

Though the Great War is over it seems that the hostilities are not, and when Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond discovers that bribery and blackmail is undermining England's democratic tradition, he forms the Black Gang to track down the perpetrators of such plots.
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Library Journal
What ho, old bean! Pseudonymous author Herman Cyril McNeile's (1888–1937) second entry in this widely adapted series, following Bulldog Drummond (1920)—also available from Naxos AudioBooks and read by Roy McMillan—relies heavily on listeners' tolerance for English genre literature of the early 20th century. A by-the-numbers mystery with archetypal characters, it concerns a group of "dirty Reds" trying to disrupt English society. As noted in the introduction, this is very much a book of its time; the English aristocracy's appallingly casual anti-Semitism is glaringly apparent, and all the Jewish characters are villains. Narrator McMillan successfully alternates BBC-like English with accents for characters from outside London and the aristocracy. Younger listeners may not understand some of the Britishisms; consider this the adult equivalent of a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys genre mystery. Because of its negative if historically accurate attitude toward certain populations and its stock characters, it is strictly an optional purchase.—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Branch, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781627938433
  • Publisher: Start Classics
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 194
  • File size: 274 KB

Meet the Author

Sapper' is the pen name of Herman Cyril McNeile, born in 1888 at the Naval Prison in Bodmin, Cornwall, where his father was Governor. He served in the Royal Engineers (popularly known as ‘sappers’) from 1907-19, being awarded the Military Cross during World War 1.

McNeile started writing in France, adopting the pen name because serving officers were not allowed to write under their own names. When his first stories, about life in the trenches, were published in 1915 they were an enormous success. But it was his first thriller, ‘Bulldog Drummond’ (1920) that launched him as one of the most popular novelists of his generation. It had several amazingly successful sequels, including ‘The Black Gang’, ‘The Third Round’ and ‘The Final Count’.

Another great success was ‘Jim Maitland’, featuring a footloose English sahib in foreign lands.

Sapper published nearly thirty books in total, and a vast public mourned his death in 1937, at the early age of forty-eight. There are several feature films of his work.

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