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The Talleyrand Maxim [Formato Kindle]

Joseph Smith Fletcher

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DEATH BRINGS OPPORTUNITY Linford Pratt, senior clerk to Eldrick & Pascoe, solicitors, of Barford, a young man who earnestly desired to get on in life, by hook or by crook, with no objection whatever to crookedness, so long as it could be performed in safety and secrecy, had once during one of his periodical visits to the town Reference Library, lighted on a maxim of that other unscrupulous person, Prince Talleyrand, which had pleased him greatly. "With time and patience," said Talleyrand, "the mulberry leaf is turned into satin." This seemed to Linford Pratt one of the finest and soundest pieces of wisdom which he had ever known put into words. A mulberry leaf is a very insignificant thing, but a piece of satin is a highly marketable commodity, with money in it. Henceforth, he regarded himself as a mulberry leaf which his own wit and skill must transform into satin: at the same time he knew that there is another thing, in addition to time and patience, which is valuable to young men of his peculiar qualities, a thing also much beloved by Talleyrand—opportunity. He could find the patience, and he had the time—but it would give him great happiness if opportunity came along to help in the work. In everyday language, Linford Pratt wanted a chance—he waited the arrival of the tide in his affairs which would lead him on to fortune. Leave him alone—he said to himself—to be sure to take it at the flood. If Pratt had only known it, as he stood in the outer office of Eldrick & Pascoe at the end of a certain winter afternoon, opportunity was slowly climbing the staircase outside—not only opportunity, but temptation, both assisted by the Devil. They came at the right moment, for Pratt was alone; the partners had gone: the other clerks had gone: the office-boy had gone: in another minute Pratt would have gone, too: he was only looking round before locking up for the night. Then these things came—combined in the person of an old man, Antony Bartle, who opened the door, pushed in a queer, wrinkled face, and asked in a quavering voice if anybody was in. "I'm in, Mr. Bartle," answered Pratt, turning up a gas jet which he had just lowered. "Come in, sir. What can I do for you


Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863-1935) was a journalist and the author of over 200 books. Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, he studied law before turning to journalism. His earlier works were either histories or historical fiction, and he was made a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He didn’t start writing mysteries until 1914, though before he died he had written over 100 in the genre.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 182
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1406941115
  • Editore: Library of Alexandria (27 dicembre 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00B0XJCT6
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6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle A world-class schemer dominates this 1920 mystery 10 gennaio 2013
Di Patto - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Linford Pratt is a suave and clever law clerk looking for a chance to better himself. Opportunity knocks when he gets possession of a rich man's will that would mean the ruin of the present heirs. His thoughts turn to blackmail, since he assumes the wrongful heirs would pay a high price to hang onto their wealth.

Pratt's personal hero is the subtle, wily diplomat Talleyrand. Self-interest is Pratt's guiding principle. We watch him pondering, planning and scheming his way through one complication after another. I was a little uncomfortable at first at spending so much time inside Pratt's unpleasant head. But we sense from the start that Pratt will get his comeuppance (since this is a mystery, not a tragedy). Watching Pratt's gradual and complex downfall is fun.

There's a love story that thrives in the midst of Pratt's machinations. There are suspicious deaths and disappearances to keep things lively. And there are plenty of interesting characters. The investigators include a nice mix of amateurs and professionals - a clever old lawyer, a detective, a private inquiry agent, and a young man in love.

The Talleyrand Maxim was first published in 1920. I enjoyed this book, although it's not my favorite J. S. Fletcher mystery. But Fletcher can always be counted on to tell a gripping tale. His mysteries were so popular in his day that they were stocked in abundance in railway bookstalls. A Fletcher mystery was the ideal quick read then, and still is.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The best J. S. Fletcher 4 ottobre 2010
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Set in an English town in the early 1910's. Lots of twists and turns. Blackmail, murder and romance.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Complex, twisty plotting 23 gennaio 2014
Di Khirul - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The more I read Fletcher the more I like him. Here multiple sleuths come together and unravel the snarls made by multiple villains. In the end, at least one villain gets off far too lightly, but overall satisfying.
5.0 su 5 stelle Ronnie A. 18 agosto 2014
Di linda albritton - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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A very fast moving and intriguing story with all the necessary requirements to captivate a reader from start to finish. I highly applaud it. Try Baby Blue by Lloyd Albritton....

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