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The Evil Shepherd Paperback – September 20, 2009

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Edward Phillips Oppenheim (1866 1946), an English novelist, was a major and successful writer of genre fiction, particularly thrillers. Among his books are The Betrayal, The Avenger, The Double Life of Mr. Alfred Burton, The Devil's Paw, and The Evil Shepherd. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (September 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111393137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1113931375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The book is only 161 pages long, and yet it took me a few days to read it. With formal, stately language using arcane terms such as myrmidons, oubliettes, cynosure, discoursive and latitudinarian, the going was a little slow. But the underlying story is fascinating, the characters vividly drawn. The soft, romantic ending was a mild surprise. The book made a nice change of pace from my usual rapid fire mystery reading.
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Story is exciting. Characters are well developed. Plot unravels in many different directions. Descriptions are exciting and graphic. You won't always know who to trust so the suspense is well done.
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I liked it very much. Of course it was kind of old-fashioned and it took the characters forever to put their thoughts into words, but I am sure English people probably talked like that back then. I can't say that it was the kind of book I could'nt put down, but I enjoyed it.
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This book sucks. It should be renamed A Long Day's Journey Into Nothingness. It is the slowest piece of erudite pulp I have had the misfortune to read, and I didn't come close to finishing it. Don't waste your time. It's a novel filled with hollow characters involved in the pursuit of nothing: a book about nothing. It may have worked for Jerry Seinfeld but not here.
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A freebie book courtesy of Project Gutenberg for my 1922 contribution to Past Offences – Crimes of the Century meme. See what others have read for 1922 here.

Francis Ledsam is a defence barrister and is congratulating himself on a brilliant performance which has just seen Oliver Hilditch acquitted of murder. His ego is pricked by Margaret Hilditch confessing to him that Hilditch was guilty. The man himself boasts of it to Ledsam a day or two later.

Cue moral crisis and a vow never to defend anyone again unless he is sure of their innocence.

Hilditch himself then dies and Ledsam believes he perjures himself in giving evidence at the inquest. He believes Margaret has killed her husband. Margaret is withdrawn and indifferent towards life, taking advantage of the things money can provide her, but enjoying none of them. Ledsam feels the stirring of an attraction.

We then cross paths with Sir Timothy Brast, who openly mocks Francis when he declares war on criminals….”I am not going to be content with a negative position as regards evildoers. I am going to set my heel on as many of the human vermin of this city as I can find.” Brast is Margaret Hilditch’s father. After an argument of sorts, Brast prophesises that within a few yards of the bar they are in, later tonight a crime will be committed.

As if by magic, a murder occurs and Ledsam factoring in Brast’s seedy reputation on some quarters…..he’s murdered someone abroad, he holds lavish orgies at the walled mansion on the banks of the river…. gets it into his head that Brast is a criminal mastermind.

While still pursuing Margaret, we obviously cross paths frequently with Brast during the course of the book. Both men enjoy each other’s company but are mistrustful.
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It was a fascinating story. I could hardly put the book down!
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