THE PRELUDE TO ADVENTURE (A MURDER MYSTERY)by Hugh Walpole
• This volume includes a “Detailed Biography” of our author, Sir Hugh
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THE PRELUDE TO ADVENTURE.... So excellent is the versatility of Hugh Walpole that this writer of dignified and realistic and always beautiful pictures of life has among his books one with all the tension and strange plot of a Poe masterpiece. 326 Pages In Paperback!
• This volume includes a “Detailed Biography” of our author, Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole.
It starts with a murder. Dune the silent, the cleverest yet laziest and most snobbish man in his class at Cambridge, has struck down a red-faced, silly, ignoble, beast of an undergraduate who has been boasting of his conquest over a poor little shopgirl. He did not mean to do murder, but there lay the man dead, where the gray Druids' Wood dripped with rain and gray twilight.
He calmly went back to his rooms and kept silent. What happened is so filled with suspense that, very real and human though it is, the plot comes to have all the unexpectedness of the cleverest detective story.
And Dune's vision of God, as a great gray spirit standing gigantic there on the campus, waiting, waiting, is a revelation in spiritual motives. Dune's love story, too, is fascinating and his victory.
Suspense, color of life, love, fear and triumph they all mingle in an atmosphere as effective as the Cornish sea.
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