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The Angel of Terror

Edgar Wallace

Book Overview: 

Literary traditions still decree beauty to be the outward sign of inner saintliness, whereas evil characters tended to be “ugly as sin.” Jean Briggerland defies these expectations by being every bit as angelically beautiful as she is sociopathic. So lovely that all around her are blinded to her guilt no matter how blatant her crimes, only Jack Glover, best friend and lawyer of her most recent victim, is aware of her true nature. Can he stop her crime spree and bring her to justice before she murders her way to wealth and happiness? He really, really shouldn’t count on it. Despite the book’s outrageously implausible plot, it nevertheless manages to keep one in suspense from first page to last. Advisory: Antiquated attitudes and occasional profanity will add unintentional humor to the charms of the story for some listeners but might offend others.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Poor Miss Briggerland," he said softly. "She certainly is poorer than she expected to be."

"Nonsense," scoffed the girl. She was irritated, which was unusual in her. "My dear Mr. Glover, why do you pursue your vendetta against her? Do you think it is playing the game, honestly now? Isn't it a case of wounded vanity on your part?"

He stared at her in astonishment.

"Wounded vanity? Do you mean pique?"

She nodded.

"Why should I be piqued?" he asked slowly.

"You know best," replied Lydia, and then a light dawned on him.

"Have I been making love to Miss Briggerland by any chance?" he asked.

"You know best," she repeated.

"Good Lord!" and then he began to laugh, and she thought he would never stop.

"I suppose I made love to her, and she was angry because I dared to commit such an act of treachery to her fiancé! Yes, that was it. I made love to her behind poor Jim's back, and she . . . Read More

Community Reviews

While definitely not as great as his previous works but quite good nonetheless. I found the protagonist to be too naive almost on the verge of being stupid, but the character of the antagonist is indeed quite interesting especially her role as a provocateur of evil. I would definitely recommend t...more

I'm sorry I started on this book. I kept reading, hoping it would get better but it never did. The lead character, Lydia, was incredibly naive and stupid. How could everyone be deceived by the villaness, Jean? I do not recommend. I only give it two stars because there are some exciting scenes but...more

This is a 3.5 star read.
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The Angel of Terror also known as The Destroying Angel is a novel by Edgar Wallace published in 1922. I assume it was also written in 1922 since this guy must have been one of the fastest writers there ever was, which he'd have to be to write all the books he wrote. Not only did he have quite a f...more

Náhodný výber z domácej knižnice. Thriller či detektívka? Hm, skôr zvláštny mix oboch a dokonca nie veľmi oslnivý. Postačil však, ako oddychové rýchle čítanie. Mimochodom, "hrdinka" sa volá Lýdia. Je neuveriteľne naivná a hlúpa. Hodnoteniu to teda nepomohlo :-)

Exquisitely beautiful and thoroughly vile, Jean is a scheming murderer, who gets away with multiple murders because she is so so lovely, innocent looking, and a skilled liar. But lawyer Jack Glover has her pegged, and does his best to protect Jean's latest target, an unbelievably naive and debt-r...more

Did anyone else think Lydia deserved to die for being so stupid? Her stupidity nearly ruined the book for me. I actually wanted the "bad guys" to succeed. Nevertheless, three stars because this book was fun, I loved so much of it being set in the south of France, I was in suspense and Jane Brigge...more

I have been wanting to read one or two of Edgar Wallace's novels for some time to see what all the fuss was about in his day. This tale of an amoral but beautiful woman and her victims was surprisingly timeless and entertaining, just perfect for a day of airplane travel after days of fatiguing me...more

This is a riveting tale which sets out with a man being sentenced for murder and a beautiful, innocent woman having had to testify against him. Except, what everyone thinks is exactly opposite to the truth, according to the condemned man's friend and attorney, Jack Glover. He claims that his frie...more

Jack Glover saves Lydia from a life of penury. Written early in the century, this is a book by an author whose works have been translated to television and film. Lydia had taken on the debts of her late father, and could not reduce the amount that his creditors were owed. THe Angel of Terror is a...more

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