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The Double Four

E. Phillips Oppenheim

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Monsieur is very kind," she answered. "I am afraid—I do not think that it would be possible. And now, if you please, you must go away. I am terrified lest my husband should return."

Bernadine bent low in a parting salute.

"Madame," he pleaded, "you will come?"

Bernadine was a handsome man, and he knew well enough how to use his soft and extraordinarily musical voice. He knew very well as he retired that somehow or other she would accept his invitation. Even then he felt dissatisfied and ill at ease as he left the place. He had made a little progress; but, after all, was it worth while? Supposing that the man with whom her husband was even at this moment closeted was the Baron de Grost! He called a taxi-cab and drove at once to the Embassy of his country.

Even at this moment de Grost and the Russian—Paul Hagon he called himself—were standing face to face in the latter's sitting-room. No conventional greetings of an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

As The Double Four opens country squire Peter Ruff is summoned to Paris to meet with the mysterious old woman heading the titular organization, with which he has previously been deeply involved. At the meeting he finds the leader on her deathbed, from which she tells him that he is to be her success

Series of episodes featuring upper class spy Peter Roff and his enemy.

Another Oppenheim book that I never really got into, I've read four this year I think I'm going to give him a rest for a while, I thought I would like him more than I do. This is a connected collection of short stories about the leader of a secret society (a bit of a rip off of Edgar Wallace's Four

Peter ruff and the double four is very good. It is more like short stories than a novel. I enjoyed it.