A Prince of Swindlers


Author: Guy Boothby

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101614382

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 783

One of literature’s first, greatest, and most dastardly gentleman rogues finally joins the Penguin Classics crime list First published in 1900, A Prince of Swindlers introduces Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating both E. W. Hornung’s A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first meets Carne while traveling in India. Charmed, he invites the reclusive hunchbacked scholar to London, little suspecting that his guest is actually an adventurer and a master of disguise. Carne—aided by his loyal butler, Belton—embarks on a crime spree, stealing from London’s richest citizens and then making fools of them by posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Now back in print after over a century, Guy Boothby’s tale promises to delight a new generation of crime fans. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Prince of Swindlers


Author: Guy Boothby

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548918132


Page: 192

View: 3975

Introducing Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating both E. W. Hornung's A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first meets Carne while traveling in India. Charmed, he invites the reclusive hunchbacked scholar to London, little suspecting that his guest is actually an adventurer and a master of disguise. Carne-aided by his loyal butler, Belton-embarks on a crime spree, stealing from London's richest citizens and then making fools of them by posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Boothby was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. He lived mainly in England and is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series; about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian. Rudyard Kipling was his friend and mentor and his books were remembered with affection by George Orwell.

Criminal Rogues, Volume 1

The Exploits of Danby Croker / a Prince of Swindlers


Author: R. Austin Freeman,Guy Boothby

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781616461409

Category: Fiction

Page: 394

View: 7919

R. Austin Freeman's The Exploits of Danby Croker (1916) involves mistaken identities, art forgery, antique swindles, and even a little cross-dressing. There's a price to be paid for breaking the law, but who's going to pay it? This rare collection of stories is an enjoyable romp through crime and romance. Guy Boothby's A Prince of Swindlers (1900) follows the criminal adventures of Simon Carne, charming gentleman rogue and master of disguise, as he spends a season in England stealing as much loot as he can from the upper crust. Diamonds, gold, and even a racehorse, vanish without a trace. And what does the eccentric detective Klimo have to do with all of this?

Shadows of Sherlock Holmes


Author: David Stuart Davies

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853267444

Category: Fiction

Page: 357

View: 6655

A collection of stories featuring detectives, criminal agents and debonair crooks from the golden age of crime fiction: a time when Sherlock Holmes was esconsced in his rooms at 221B Baker Street and London was permanently wreathed in a sinister fog.

Prince of Swindlers

John Sadleir, M.P. 1813-1856


Author: James O'Shea

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ireland

Page: 510

View: 1462

Dr. Nikola Returns


Author: Guy Newell Boothby

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781985294806


Page: 222

View: 2080

In this second of Boothby's Dr. Nikola novels, adventurer Wilfred Bruce meets Dr. Nokola, who wants to hire Bruce to help him penetrate a secluded Chinese monastic society to obtain the occult secret for immortality. Dr. Nikola demonstrates to Bruce that he and his black cat have magical powers. He learned of the Chinese society from a disgraced Oxford don who spent many years in China and from an old Buddhist priest. He tells Bruce: "I will confess that the prospect of what I am about to attempt almost frightens me. It is neither more nor less than to penetrate, with the help of certain Chinese secret societies, into the most extraordinary seat of learning that you or any other men ever heard of, and when there to beg, borrow, or steal the marvelous secrets they possess. I cannot go alone, for a hundred reasons, therefore I must find a man to accompany me; that man must be one in a thousand, and he must also necessarily be a consummate Chinese scholar. He must be plucky beyond the average, he must be capable of disguising himself so that his nationality shall never for a moment be suspected, and he must go fully convinced in his own mind that he will never return. If he is prepared to undertake so much I am prepared to be generous." He is convinced that Bruce is the right man for the task. After consideration of the risks and reward, Bruce joins Dr. Nicola on his quest.

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton


Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590174364

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 6685

A New York Review Books Original Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops’ nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as rigid as it is precarious. What fascinates Wharton are the points of weakness in the structure of Old New York: the artists and writers at its fringes, the free-love advocates testing its limits, widows and divorcées struggling to hold their own. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton gathers twenty stories of the city, written over the course of Wharton’s career. From her first published story, “Mrs. Manstey’s View,” to one of her last and most celebrated, “Roman Fever,” this new collection charts the growth of an American master and enriches our understanding of the central themes of her work, among them the meaning of marriage, the struggle for artistic integrity, the bonds between parent and child, and the plight of the aged. Illuminated by Roxana Robinson’s Introduction, these stories showcase Wharton’s astonishing insight into the turbulent inner lives of the men and women caught up in a rapidly changing society.

The Emperor's New Clothes


Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Publisher: Scandinavia Publishing House

ISBN: 8771326707

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 27

View: 6117

Thirty of Hans Christian Andersen's most cherished stories in single volumes Illustrator various artists. Known all over the world, these fairytales hold stories of great value and are a source of inspiration for both young and old.

Ultimate Folly

The Rises and Falls of Whitaker Wright


Author: Henry MacRory

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785903926

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 356

View: 3268

A gripping story of greed, treachery and ruthless ambition. Few people have led such an extraordinary life as Whitaker Wright. Few have died in such sensational circumstances. Beginning his career as an impoverished preacher, Wright crossed the Atlantic to prospect for gold, surviving a Native American massacre before he made his fortune. Then the bubble burst. Leaving behind a string of angry investors, he fled to England to start again. Soon he was one of the world’s richest men. At his 10,000-acre estate in Surrey, he employed an entourage of seventy-seven staff, moved a hill that blocked his view and built an underwater glass smoking room. On his vast steam yacht, he entertained the Prince of Wales, the Kaiser and half of Britain’s aristocracy. His downfall was as dramatic as his ascent. On the last trading day of the nineteenth century, his financial empire – which he had propped up by cooking the books – went belly up. This time, the trail of furious investors stretched all the way to the Prime Minister. With the police in hot pursuit, Wright fled to New York, but his escape was short-lived. At the end of what the press dubbed ‘the most dramatic trial of modern times’ he was sentenced to seven years in jail. Minutes later, he sprang a last dreadful surprise... Other great swindlers have followed in Wright’s footsteps, but none have surpassed him in daring and shamelessness. Drawing on family papers and archives from around the world, this compelling account of Wright’s life reads like a thriller and offers an insight into the mind of the ultimate gambler and conman.

Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock


Author: C. Clarke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230390544

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

View: 901

This book investigates the development of crime fiction in the 1880s and 1890s, challenging studies of late-Victorian crime fiction which have given undue prominence to a handful of key figures and have offered an over-simplified analytical framework, thereby overlooking the generic, moral, and formal complexities of the nascent genre.

A Cabinet Secret


Author: Guy Boothby

Publisher: Litres

ISBN: 504051865X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 3350

The Patriarch

The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy


Author: David Nasaw

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143124072

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 868

View: 3780

Draws on exclusive access to the subject's records to offer insight into his shrewd financial talents and considerable ambition for his family, discussing the controversies surrounding his character and his role in several mainstream political events.

The Kidnapped President


Author: Guy Newell Boothby

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465528326

Category: Fantasy fiction, Australian

Page: 191

View: 3547

The Confidence Game

Why We Fall for It ... Every Time


Author: Maria Konnikova

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143109871


Page: 352

View: 9829

A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artistsand the people who fall for their cons over and over again.


The Psychology of Manipulation


Author: Tamás Bereczkei

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351605585

Category: Psychology

Page: 158

View: 1655

The world abounds with tricksters, swindlers, and impostors. Many of them may well be described with the term Machiavellian. Such individuals disrespect moral principles, deceive their fellow beings, and take advantage of others’ frailty and gullibility. They have a penetrating, rational, and sober mind undisturbed by emotions. At times we cannot help but be enchanted by their talent even though we know they misuse it. Recent studies have revealed that Machiavellians possess a complex set of abilities and motivations. This insightful book examines the complexities of the Machiavellian trait, in relation to attitude, behaviour, and personality. By integrating results and experiences from social, personality, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology, Tamás Bereczkei explores the characteristics of Machiavellianism (such as social intelligence, deception, manipulation, and lack of empathy), and the causes and motives guiding Machiavellian behaviour. The author also demonstrates how Machiavellianism is related to strategic thinking and flexible long-term decisions rather than to a short-term perspective, as previously thought, and explores Machiavellianism in relation to the construct of the Dark Triad. The first comprehensive psychological book on Machiavellianism since Christie and Geis’ pioneering work in 1970, Machiavellianism summarises the most important research findings over the last few decades. This book is fascinating reading for students and researchers of psychology and related courses, as well as professionals dealing with Machiavellians in their work and practice.