In their second explosive adventure, the Four Just Men must sacrifice one of their own
Her rise through the ranks of the Red Hundred was swift and inexorable. From scraps of conversation overheard in her father’s kitchen, she crafted speeches that brought men to tears. When the time came for bloodshed, she did not hesitate—generals and princes died by her hand. As her beauty grew, so did her influence. Now the Woman of Gratz and the anarchist horde in her thrall are ready to declare war—on London, whose streets and tube stations they want to sow with fear, and on the Four Just Men, the only organization powerful enough to stop them.
Of course, Manfred, Gonsalez, and Poiccart—aided in this adventure by the mysterious and wealthy Bernard Courtlander—are still wanted by Scotland Yard for the assassination of the foreign secretary. Recognizing her advantage, the Woman of Gratz pounces—even though it means betraying her ideals, and her heart. To the gallows goes one of the four, a smile on his face.
The second installment in the Four Just Men series established Edgar Wallace as one of the most dedicated and popular thriller writers of the early twentieth century.
This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. read more
As is often the case with Edgar Wallace, not a lot of the plot really makes a hell of a lot of sense in this follow up to THE FOUR JUST MEN. It is, however, an interesting read as the story features a well organised group of terrorists threatening the safety of one of the most important cities of the world at the time, London, through an airborn attack by Zeppelin. Does that sound surprisingly familiar for a book written in 1908? The Zeppelins end up getting defeated by nothing more mundane than a bunch of well trained falcons. Also of interest: The story takes place in 1910, i.e. 2 years after the book was published, so a point could be made that we are dealing with a modest attempt at Science Fiction here.read more
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