|About the Book|
Ernest Ralph Gorse is a few years older in this book than in the first, The West Pier, and has become more accomplished as a con man.Here his victim is the unsympathetic widow, Mrs. Plumleigh-Bruce. I did not feel in the least sorry for her and thought she got off quite lightly from her brush with the manipulative Gorse. This does undermine the book to some extent.There are a few beautifully observed highlights, such as Mr. Stimpson and Mr. Gorses night out in London, which show Hamiltons skill. There is also a rather odd non-sequitur at the end, when he has a rant about cars as beetles enslaving their human owners.