Louis Tracy (1863 - 1928) was a British journalist, and prolific writer of fiction. He used the pseudonyms Gordon Holmes and Robert Fraser, which were at times shared with M. P. Shiel, a collaborator from the start of the twentieth century. Around 1884 he became a reporter for a local paper - 'The Northern Echo' at Darlington, circulating in parts of Durham and North Yorkshire; later he worked for papers in Cardiff and Allahabad. During 1892-1894 he was closely associated with Arthur Harmsworth, in 'The Sun' and 'The Evening News and Post'.
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This 1908 tale travels from England to Europe to colonial Africa, chock full of adventure, suspense, mystery, intrigue, romance, jealousy, good luck and bad, and the ol'-fashioned racism you would have to expect from an early 20th century English book about colonial Africa. Sigh. If not for that, it might have earned a higher rating. As it is, though, it reads a little like a text version of a B-movie adventure serial from the 1940s or something.