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The Oakdale Affair

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Book Overview: 

The selfless, poetry-spouting, hobo character, Bridge, makes another appearance in the novel, The Oakdale Affair. Joining the poetic hobo in this gothic-like tale are many other unusual elements: dark mysterious nights, a deserted haunted farmhouse, a violent thunderstorm, the Oskalooska Kid, a nameless girl, thieves and murderers, Beppo the bear, and other surprises. The Oakdale Affair is a deep mystery.

Recommended for fans of John Grisham, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Scott Turow and David Baldacci.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Recollection of the screaming man sinking to the earthen floor of the hay barn haunted him. He was a murderer! He had slain a fellow man. He winced and shuddered, increasing his gait until again he almost ran —ran from the ghost pursuing him through the black night in greater terror than he felt for the flesh and blood pursuers upon his heels.

And Nature drew upon her sinister forces to add to the fear which the youth already felt. Black clouds obscured the moon blotting out the soft kindliness of the greening fields and transforming the budding branches of the trees to menacing and gloomy arms which appeared to hover with clawlike talons above the dark and forbidding road. The wind soughed with gloomy and increasing menace, a sudden light flared across the southern sky followed by the reverberation of distant thunder.

Presently a great rain drop was blown against the youth's face; the vividness of the lightning had increased; the rumbling of th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

ERB sure packed enough into this slim novella. Part murder mystery, part heist, part haunted house story, with a colorful cast of heroes and villains and a half a dozen twists. To give away details would spoil the surprises. Really fun.

No Mucker, but we do get an adventure with his pal Bridge, the poetry quoting hobo. And burglars, murderers and a ghost.

I'm not sure what ERB was striving for with this book. It's got gothic elements, horror elements, western type elements. He put everything AND the kitchen sink into this one. But it worked and I enjoyed it.

So who stole the jewels? Who is the ‘Oskaloosa Kid’? What has happened to the heiress? Who is this tramp? What is dragging chains about in the dark? What happened to the body? Who will save the youth from their folly?
Up until the very end I was really enjoying it. It was well plotted, delightfully

mistaken identity. throughout. bridge in his "disreputable soft hat" from the previous "mucker" story, "the return of the mucker," has another role in this one...lots of comic moments...some thing, it, clanging a chain on the steps, outside the door, while those within consider ghosts. and the story

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