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The Green Rust

Edgar Wallace

Book Overview: 

A millionaire is taken suddenly ill, and sensing his mortality, he asks his attorney to do him one last favor—to find and secretly watch over his missing niece, the daughter of his profligate deceased sister. This niece at the appropriate time would become heir to his millions. However, the millionaire is mysteriously murdered, stabbed to death in his sick bed. Oliva Cresswell, the unsuspecting niece, has been a cashier in a large West End store for five years when she meets a Mr. Beale, a self-described wheat merchant, is attacked in her flat and rescued by this Mr. Beale, is offered a job as his confidential secretary, refuses him, is unexplainably sacked and finds herself in need of his offer. The mysteries multiply and deepen as the story proceeds.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There was a light in the fanlight of Oliva's flat, for she had brought some of her work home to finish, but Mr. Beale's flat was dark.

This the doctor noted before he closed his own door, and switched on the light.

"Well, White, have you made up your mind?" he demanded without preliminary.

"I—ah—have and I—ah—have not," said the cautious adventurer. "Forty thousand is a lot of money—a fortune, one might say—yes, a fortune."

"Have you raised it?"

Mr. White sniffed his objection to this direct examination.

"My broker has very kindly realized the debentures—I am—ah—somewhat indebted to him, and it was necessary to secure his permission and—yes, I have the money at my bank."

He gazed benignly at the other, as one who conferred a favour by the mere bestowal of his confidences.

"First, doctor—forgive me if I am a little cautious; first I sa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ahh, I love Edgar Wallace in sci-fi mode. Evil German (it's set--and was written--shortly after WWI) scientist trying to destroy humanity? Check. Beautiful, innocent girl with a mysterious past? Check. Dashing young man who is much more than he seems? Check. Last-minute foiling of the evil scientist

"The Green Rust" is a Radium-Age scifi thriller about bioterrorism by Edgar Wallace, who these days is better known as one of the creators of "King Kong." This is only the second novel of his I've read, and he has written over 170! Unfortunately, this was not as good as the first title I tried, whic

An international conspiracy enlivened with a mysterious heiress. Written soon after WW I, it is not surprising at all that the Germans are the bad guys.

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Interesting take on biological warfare. Takes a while to get going, and the plot is kind of pbvious -- but still a good read...more

Rust never sleeps!

This was great fun to read. German anger over their loss in the Great War causes a bold attempt at early biological warfare. A mad German scientist plots the destruction of Europe and the US wjile an intrepid American detective and a damsal in distress struggle to thwart his plan.

I like Edgar Wallace, I really do. But this book is awful. The main character behaves with such arrant foolishness that it is a miracle that she ever managed to walk out the door in the morning without tripping over. The supposed detective misses the most obvious clues and blunders around like an ut

The plot is a little farfetched as are most of Wallace's books, but it is a good read. It begins with the murder of a very rich man who has just written his will leaving his money to his poor niece who is not supposed to know about the legacy until the day she is married (to prevent treasure seekers

3.5 stars
This 1919 thriller was suspenseful even though the plot is dated in some technical aspects (such as (view spoiler)[ sending coded messages by pigeon to avoid government surveillance of the telegraph offices (hide spoiler)]). The main portion of this though seemed surprisingly modern -(view spoiler)[ an attempt by a terrorist to create (hide spoiler)]

This is the kind of bestseller you would find in the 1920s. Edgar Wallace is sometimes called the "James Patterson of his time", and for good reason. Both are extremely prolific. As many as 25% of books sold in Britain at the time were written by Wallace, and I see posters for a new Patterson book e

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