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Inside the Lines

Earl Derr Biggers

Book Overview: 

As World War I commences, a plucky young American woman in Europe on a business trip begins to realize that she may have remained too long. She and others anxious to leave for home are caught up in events swirling about them. A mysterious British officer becomes involved. This romance-tinged spy thriller begins on a train in Calais bound for Paris and ends in Gibraltar.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Her hands groped blindly and she was calling—calling, with none to come in aid. Jane Gerson alone in the face of Europe's burning!

Strive as he would, Woodhouse could not screen this picture from his eyes. He tried to hope that ere this, discretion had conquered her resolution to "make good," and that she had fled from Paris, one of the great army of refugees who had already begun to pour out of the gates of France when he passed through the war-stunned capital a few days before. But, no; there was no mistaking the determination he had read in those brown eyes that day on the express from Calais. "I couldn't go scampering back to New York just because somebody starts a war over here." Brave, yes; but hers was the bravery of ignorance. This little person from the States, on her first venture into the complex life of the Continent, could not know what war there would mean; the terror and magnitude of it. And now where was she? In Paris, caug. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very exciting WWI spy novel.

World War I drama, based on the Broadway play by Earl Derr Biggers.

Opens on the eve of the outbreak of WWI. A young New York City business woman, Jane Gerson, is on her first trip as a buyer for her department store. She is independent minded and out to prove she can do a good job. She meets Cap...more

I've enjoyed everything I've read by this author - not just the Charlie Chan books - and this novel is no exception. Here he shares the credit with another man but since the novel based on Biggers' play I'm assuming he had the larger role in its creation. The story is set in the Summer of 1914 as...more