The Man with the Clubfoot

The Man with the Clubfoot

by Valentine Williams


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He shot a quick glance at me from under his reddened eyelids.
"The gentleman would doubtless like a German house?" he queried.
You may hardly credit it, but my interview with Dicky Allerton that afternoon had simply driven the war out of my mind. When one has lived much among foreign peoples, one's mentality slips automatically into their skin. I was now thinking in German-at least so it seems to me when I look back upon that night-and I answered without reflecting.
"I don't care where it is as long as I can get somewhere to sleep out of this infernal rain!"
"The gentleman can have a good, clean bed at the Hotel Sixt in the little street they call the Vos in't Tuintje, on the canal behind the Bourse. The proprietress is a good German, jawohl ... Frau Anna Schratt her name is. The gentleman need only say he comes from Franz at the Bopparder Hof."
I gave the man a gulden and bade him get me a cab.
It was still pouring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781722110055
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2018
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

About the Author
While convalescing from shell-shock suffered during the First World War, English journalist George Valentine Williams (1883-1946), who served as a captain in the Irish Guards, took up writing "shockers" on the advice of the prominent genre writer John Buchan. With The Man with the Clubfoot (1918), Williams introduced Dr. Adolph Grundt (or "Clubfoot"), who became one of the great "master criminal" villains of thriller fiction of the 1920s and 1930s and launched Williams on a lucrative career as a crime writer.

Between 1918 and 1946 Williams published 25 crime genre novels and two short story collections. Many of these works are master criminal thrillers in the Edgar Wallace/E. Phillips Oppenheim mode (some with Clubfoot, some not). Others are detective novels (or at least "mystery" yarns) as well.

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