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The Shadow of a Man

E. W. Hornung

Book Overview: 

Set in rural Australia, this mystery novel follows a pair of newlyweds who are determined to make their improbable marriage work, no matter the odds. But little do they know exactly how high the odds are stacked against them -- and the lengths that some will go to sabotage their love. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles and live happily ever after?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There were the turkeys which a child could have hit with a pop-gun; there were the emus which the Queen's Prizeman could not have brought down with his Lee-Metford. But Theodore had discovered that there was no medium in the bush. Look at the heat! He had been through the Red Sea at its worst, but it had not fetched the skin from his hands as this one day in Riverina. Riverina, forsooth! Where were their rivers? Lucus a non lucendo.

The storekeeper winked; he was a humorist himself, of a lower order.

"No good coming it in Greek up here, mister."

The jackeroo was the storekeeper's hourly butt. The jackeroo was a new chum who had done pretty badly at his public school, and was going to do worse in the bush, but he still knew Latin from Greek when he heard it, and he perceived his chance of scoring off the storekeeper.[Pg 43]

"Greek is good," said the jackeroo. "Greek is great!"

"Ah, now we have it!" cried the storekeeper, who was. . . Read More