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Old 09-05-2011, 02:05 PM   #1
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Oppenheim, E. Phillips: Peter Ruff and the Double Four. V1. 5 Sep 2011

Edward Phillips Oppenheim (October 22, 1866 – February 3, 1946), was an English novelist, in his lifetime a major and successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers .A best-selling author of novels, short stories, magazine articles, translations, and plays, Oppenheim published over 150 books. He is considered one of the originators of the thriller genre, his novels also range from spy thrillers to romance, but all have an undertone of intrigue.

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THERE WAS nothing about the supper party on that particular Sunday evening in November at Daisy Villa, Green Street, Streatham, which seemed to indicate in any way that one of the most interesting careers connected with the world history of crime was to owe its very existence to the disaster which befell that little gathering.
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This is quite different from the other Oppenheim works that I've read. It's basically two collections of linked stories which originally appeared in Pearson's Magazine (which I've never heard of) between 1909 and 1911.

The protagonist, Peter Ruff, is a crook turned private investigator. The first group of stories are mostly self contained, but do have something of a story arc between them.

The second group is more of a serial novel, and deals more with intrigue (about the Double Four, a criminal organization) than mystery.

Quite like the first, not so much the second...
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