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The Brass Bowl

Louis Joseph Vance

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The glare was blinding, momentarily; but the flash and report for which Maitland waited did not come. When his eyes had adjusted themselves to the suddenly altered conditions, he saw, directly before him and some six feet distant, a woman's slight figure, dark cloaked, resolute upon its two feet, head framed in veiling, features effectually disguised in a motor mask whose round, staring goggles shone blankly in the warm white light.

On her part, she seemed to recognize him instantaneously. On his…. It may as well be admitted that Maitland's wits were gone wool-gathering, temporarily at least: a state of mind not unpardonable when it is taken into consideration that he was called upon to grapple with and simultaneously to assimilate three momentous facts. For the first time in his life he found himself nose to nose with a revolver, and that one of able bodied and respect-compelling proportions. For the first time in his life, again, he was under necessity of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Hmm. I don't know that I'd read Vance again. I have some complaints about his writing style. For exposition, he doesn't seem to vary his sentence lengths, which causes fatigue. And he almost seems to write with a thesaurus at his elbow, choosing formal or archaic words when simple ones would be more

This is a piece of period fiction, set in a New York City with horse drawn cabs and primative elevators, sky scrapers and ladies who wear gloves out of habit. The heroine, the lady in grey, goes unnamed for most of the book and has the same tarnished independence we see in early Nancy Drew books- sh

Interesting premise. Two problems: I didn't like the swooning female character, and I thought there was frequently far too much verbiage, e.g.: "She was then more beautiful than aught that ever he had dreamed of. Such hair as was hers, woven seemingly of dull flames, lambent, witching!" You mileage