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Against Odds

Lawrence L. Lynch

Book Overview: 

Believed to have been written by Chicago socialite, Emma Murdock Van Deventer, this detective story set at the World's Fair follows Carl Masters as he is in pursuit of international criminals Greenback Bob and Delbras. Conmen, lost handbags, jewel robberies, an adventuress... not to mention two missing young men and a murder, all come under the detective's eye.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . a little hair, a'most tan-colour, on his upper lip. His mouth was quite big, and I noticed he had two front teeth with gold fillin' into 'em. He had gloves on his hands when we see him first, but when we met him afterward they was off.'[59]

'Afterward, you say—did you meet him after you had discovered that you had been swindled?' I broke in.


'You see,' broke in Adam Camp, 'it was this way: we was comin' out of Midway, for we'd been out a'most to the end a-seein' the sights, an' when we got hungry we went into a place a blue-coat said was good, the Vienny Caffy, he called it. Well, it was there we had the fuss about the money, and they told us to come here right away and make a complaint. We started, and was jest comin' past that menagerie place, when M'riar wanted to stop jest afore the place and look at the big lion over the door.'

'A live one,' interpolated M'riar.

'Yes, a live one. Well,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I'm afraid I found this very long-winded. It could have been shortened a good deal with no loss to the story.

The World's Columbian Exposition or world's fair Chicago in 1893 (400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World) is the setting for a slow book - you can skim lots of pages - but its okay for a wet afternoon read.

This book started a bit stiff, but shortly entered a fascinating world with many interesting sights that has set me on the watch for other books centered at the Chicago World's Fair.

All in all, the book could have been compressed about 30 pages, but certainly a story worth reading and an author I'll

...I really don't even know what to say. It was really slow and confusing. I'm pretty sure it was supposed to take place during one of the first World's Fair, but it really didn't mention anything else. Also pretty sure it was written by a Brit with no sense of how Americans acted.