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The Sword of Damocles

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

Anna Katharine Green is best known as one of the first women detective writers, and The Sword of Damocles, does indeed include several mysteries. There is a very brief appearance by her famous detective, Mr Gryce, but at the heart of the book, which is subtitled A Story of New York Life, are a number of very different love stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .th me and pursue her studies," were the first words that greeted his ears as an hour or so later he entered the parlor where his wife was entertaining what few guests had been anxious enough for a sight of Mrs. Sylvester's newly furnished drawing-room, to brave the now rapidly falling snow. "I hope that you and she will be friends."

Curious to see what sort of a companion his wife was thus somewhat prematurely providing for Paula, he hastily advanced towards the little group from which her voice had proceeded, and found himself face to face with a brown-haired girl whose appealing glance and somewhat infantile mouth were in striking contrast to the dignity with which she carried her small head and managed her whole somewhat petite person.

"Miss Stuyvesant! my husband!" came in musical tones from his wife, and somewhat surprised to hear a name that but a moment before had been the uppermost in his mind, he bowed with courtesy and then asked if he was so . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Don't read this book if you are expecting one of Anna Katharine Green's Mr. Gryce detective books. I'd skip to the next Mr. Gryce book in the series. The detective, Mr. Gryce, doesn't appear in this book until you've read 3/4 of the book - and only for a few pages! When I started reading this boo...more

AKG's true mystery books are excellent. However, this is the 2nd book that's been more like a drama to me. Yes, I wondered things like how the various story lines would come together and who were the people around the woods. The only real mysterious part to me was towards the end. The only real t...more

A love story about honour, repentance, and second chances. The mystery behind the main character's life makes the story intriguing, but I found the circumstances under which this mystery is solved too convenient for my liking. Poor description of some of the secondary characters that makes them u...more

This is my first Anna Katherine Green story. It is mostly a story of Mr. Sylvester, although it's told not from his point of view, but from the characters around him. Trapped in a loveless marriage, with a mystery of the past hanging over his head, wealthy Mr. Sylvester invites his wife's young,...more

Not her best, very l-o-n-g but ends well and narrator is pleasantly clear.

Anna Katharine Green is best known for her detective stories, but she first wanted to be a poet. This book is melodramatic and overstuffed with flowery prose. There is some mystery here, but it is primarily a love story. I much prefer her logical detective work.