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Officer 666

Barton Wood Currie and Augustin McHugh

Book Overview: 

Bored with his life as a wealthy businessman's only son, Travers Gladwin learns of a plot by a renowned art burglar to rob his house, so rather than thwart the planned burglary, he borrows a police uniform from a friend and decides to confront the robber by posing as an officer. When the burglar arrives at the house, he tries to pass himself off as Travers Gladwin. From there, things only get more complicated, including the arrival of the burglar's girlfriend who believes that her beau is the wealthy man's son. Comical and timely, the book was made into a movie multiple times, each hugely successful.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .marked before, you’ve got a wonderful collection here.”

“Yes,” assented the young millionaire without animation, “but, as I said before, I soon got tired of it. The pastime of collecting pictures became a burden, and I was glad to get abroad and forget it.”

“Well,” said Barnes, “I guess the only thing for you to do is to go to work at something.”

“I know it,” grumbled Gladwin, “but what’s the incentive? I don’t want any more money––what I 66 have now is the biggest sort of a nuisance. Just see the trouble I’m in for with my lawyer and that man Watkins, though to tell you the truth I am beginning to enjoy the novelty of that.”

The young man got up and assumed a more lively expression.

“Do you know, Whitney,” he ran on, “this travelling incognito isn’t half bad. They are really getting suspicious of. . . Read More

Community Reviews

from an audiobook... the humor itself hasn't aged well and can be a bit racist. The story is all about a bunch of mix-ups and confusion and while somewhat funny in places was also just plain, staight-up infuriating in places. Overall this was just okay.

Much to do about nothing….. This 1912 publication takes the reader through a maze of disguises, mysteries and deceptions that will leave their heads spinning. When all the dust has settled you have a basic love story. This one differs only in the fact that the heroine isn’t quite sure whom she loves

This books reminds me of P.G. Wodehose - crazy mix-ups that get increasingly more and more surprising.
The use of the word Jap (with the very un-Japanese name on top of it) is a serious detraction to the humor of the book.