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The Crimson Circle

Edgar Wallace

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The Crimson Circle gang spreads fear by extortion and murder. Its members range from rich, powerful bankers to petty criminals, and none of them know each other. A beautiful young woman named Thalia Drummond appears to be involved in the gang too. But who is the leader of the gang, known only as The Crimson Circle? Chief Inspector Parr is on the case, as well as private detective Derrick Yale.

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The Crimson Circle is a secret criminal society run along the lines of the Black Hand and other such organizations. Its leader demands that prominent business men and wealthy aristocrats pay up or be killed. The vast organization includes ruined men of business and petty thieves--none of them kno...more

Really this book deserves 2 1/2 stars... It was a servicable mystery but I figured out who The Crimson Circle was about 2/3 in & also deduced most of the other twist as well. Generally I am not good at solving mysteries before the detective, so I view my ability to solve this one as a sign th...more

A very nicely plotted and well-written book of its type - it's not literature, and doesn't pretend to be. I am reading books of this kind as research, to discover little social details (though this is set post-WW1, there are many points in common with Holmes' world), and to get a feel for the cha...more

Δεύτερο βιβλίο του Έντγκαρ Γουάλας που διαβάζω, μετά το "Οι Τέσσερις Δίκαιοι" που διάβασα και απόλαυσα τον Ιούνιο του 2017, και δηλώνω και πάλι αρκετά ικανοποιημένος και ψυχαγωγημένος, γνωρίζοντας πριν το πιάσω στα χέρια μου ότι θα διάβαζα ένας παλαιάς κοπής αστυνομικό θρίλερ, με τα θετικά και τα...more

This is one of Edgar Wallace's best mysteries, largely because of how he wrote Thalia Drummond. I really couldn't figure out if she was good or evil until the very end. I thought I had a line on the Crimson Circle's identity only to find I was off by a few degrees. A lot of fun.

Quite typical of Edgar Wallace but definitely one his better works. I used to read a lot of him when I was a teenager and this bought back quite a few memories. More thriller than detective story but none the worse for that. It wasn't difficult to spot who was the villain but there was an interes...more

A rather exciting classic murder mystery, I'll recommend it to any reader inclined to such...more

A Classic British Crime Novel

Edgar Wallace was England's famous King of the Thrillers, churning out almost 200 novels in his career. They say in the 20's and 30's, one in every four books read in England was a Wallace novel. Written in 1922, The Crimson Circle was one of his more famous works...more

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