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The Street Called Straight

Basil King

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It was not only the material resources under his control that he had overtaxed, but the spring of energy within himself, leaving him no more power of resilience.

An hour may have passed in this condition of dull suspense, when he was startled by the tinkle of his desk telephone. It was with some effort that he leaned forward to answer the call. Not that he was afraid—now; he only shrank from the necessity of doing anything.

"Mr. Davenant would like to see you," came the voice of the stenographer from the anteroom.

There was nothing to reply but, "Ask Mr. Davenant to come in." He uttered the words mechanically. He had not thought of Davenant since he talked with Olivia on the stairs—a conversation that now seemed a curiously long time ago.

"I hope I'm not disturbing you, Mr. Guion," the visitor said, apologetically, with a glance at the letters on the desk.

"Not at all, my dear fellow," Guion said, cordially, from force of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Forgettable. I've read it but can't for the life of me remember the plot.

This is a short story stretched to the breaking point to make it into a novel. Not much really happens, not even enough to make a decent novella.

Olivia Guion is an American heiress (or so she believes) who is preparing for her upcoming wedding to a British colonel. She learns that her father has bee