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Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces

Thomas W. Hanshew

Book Overview: 

Meet Hamilton Cleek – man of mystery, and master of disguise and do-derring.

Cleek’s exploits are, to say the least, highly improbable, but the book is enormous fun. The goodies are good and the baddies are very bad indeed, but beware – things are not always what they seem. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy a rattling good yarn!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Dollops, and then fairly jumped into his clothes. Ten minutes later, he was out of the house, and—the end of the riddle was in sight.


On the morrow, Mrs. Bawdrey made known the rather surprising piece of news that Mr. Rickaby had written her a note to say that he had received a communication of such vital importance that he had been obliged to leave the house that morning before anybody was up, and might not be able to return to it for several days.

"No very great hardship in that, my dear," commented Mrs. Somerby-Miles, "for a more stupid and uninteresting person I never encountered. Fancy! he never even offered to assist the gentlemen to get poor Mr. Bawdrey upstairs last night. How is the poor old dear this morning, darling? Better?"

"Yes—much," said Mrs. Bawdrey, in reply. "Doctor Phillipson came to the house before four o'clock, and brought some wonderful new medicine that has simply worked wonde. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was a recommendation from my wife, who listens to a lot of older books on Librevox.

Cleek is a classic pulp hero: he has an unlikely power, which is to be able to reshape his face without using makeup or prosthetics so that he can look completely different (and can even look like other people,

“It takes one to know one” and “It takes a thief to catch a thief” can literally be applied to this super snoop spoof from the dawn of the twentieth century. The mysterious Cleek turns away from crime and offers his invaluable services to Scotland Yard after meeting the beautiful Ailsa. This story’s

Series of adventures and mysteries loosely strung together in a book. Too many are the same story but a couple are very clever.

This is the story of Cleek, a man who was born with the ability of face shifting, he used his talent for a life of crime and did not turn away until he met Mrs. Lorne, during one of his heists, at once he gave up his life of crime and determined to become a man worthy of her, he joined the police as

Although this is a lovely beginning to this great detective. I have to give it four stars.
Reasons for the low rating?
Dollops reaction to Cleek swimming. That was so uncomfortable to listen to.
What happens in the epilogue. First of all, he starves a dog. Secondly, it tells who Cleek is.

It's got some great phrases, and cases that mostly seem fair to me. It's also got casual racism and animal abuse. 2.75 stars, and only seeing it in the context of its age.

Unusually for me I abandoned this one two thirds of the way through. This is basically a collection of short stories loosely joined together to form a novel. The stories are very formulaic and become boring after a while. Cleek is just too clever to be true. Won't be rushing to read any more.

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