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Wow! This book could have been written today instead of one hundred years ago.
Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) wrote many novels across numerous genre and under a variety of pseudonyms such as Harrington Strong, Raley Bries, George Drayne, Monic Morton, Rowena Raley, Walter Pierson and so on. McCulley also was a prolific screen writer of film and television. He is also famous for creating Zorro.
This book will soon be one hundred years old. It was originally published in 1923. This book is one he wrote in the detective genre using the nom-de-plum of Harrington Strong. Our protagonist is Sidney Prale. He has returned to New York after making a fortune. He is surprised to find everyone hates him and that he was framed for murder. The plot is most interesting and the suspense keeps building throughout the story. The characters are realistic. I sort of figured out right away who and why Prale was being set up; but the excitement was could he figure it out with two different groups after him with different goals. Nothing points to this book being written almost one hundred years ago except one million dollars is no longer a lot of money. I am going to keep my eye open for more of McCulley’s books.
The book is almost seven hours. Jack Brown does a good job narrating the book.
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