The Avenger (Oppenheim)

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The Avenger  (1908) 
by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Illustrated by Alec Ball. Also published as The Conspirators. An audiobook is available at LibriVox.


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"There flashed across her face a quiver, as though of pain."
(Page 52)

[Frontispiece

The Avenger


By
E. Phillips Oppenheim

Author of "The Matter Mummer," "A Maker of Hiitory,"
"The Malefactor," "The Lost Leader,"
"The Great Secret," Etc.


Illustrated by
ALEC BALL


Boston
Little, Brown, and Company
1908

Copyright, 1907, 1908,
By Little, Brown, and Company.


All rights reserved


Published May, 1908

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

PAGE

I.
A Mysterious Visitor
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
1
II.
The Horror of the Hansom
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
9
III.
Discussing the Crime
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
15
IV.
Under a Cloud
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
24
V.
On the Telephone
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
28
VI.
One Thousand Pounds' Reward
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
36
VII.
The Colonel's Daughter
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
42
VIII.
The Baroness Intervenes
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
50
IX.
A Box at the Alhambra
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
57
X.
Outcast
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
64
XI.
False Sentiment
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
71
XII.
Tidings From the Cape
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
79
XIII.
Searching the Chambers
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
86
XIV.
The Dead Man's Brother
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
92
XV.
The Lawyer's Suggestion
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
100
XVI.
A Dinner in the Strand
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
108
XVII.
A Confession of Love
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
117
XVIII.
An Amateur Detective
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
124
XIX.
Desperate Wooing
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
129
XX.
Stabbed through the Heart
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
136
XXI.
The Flight of Louise
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
143
XXII.
The Château of Étarpe
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
150
XXIII.
A Passionate Pilgrim
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
157
XXIV.
An Invitation to Dinner
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
163
XXV.
The Man in the Yellow Boots
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
171
XXVI.
Madame De Melbain
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
179
XXVII.
The Spy
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
186
XXVIII.
The Scene in the Avenue
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
193
XXIX.
A Substantial Ghost
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
199
XXX.
The Queen of Mexonia
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
206
XXXI.
Returned From the Tomb
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
213
XXXII.
At the Hôtel Splendide
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
220
XXXIII.
A Hand in the Game
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
227
XXXIV.
An Ill-Assorted Couple
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
234
XXXV.
His Wife
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
242
XXXVI.
The Murdered Man's Effects
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
249
XXXVII.
The Widow's Ultimatum
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
256
XXXVIII.
Ineffectual Wooing
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
265
XXXIX.
The Colonel's Mission
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
271
XL.
Blackmail
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
278
XLI.
The Colonel Speaks
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
284
XLII.
Love Remains
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
293

ILLUSTRATIONS

"There flashed across her face a quiver, as though of pain"
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Frontispiece

PAGE

"At the sight of the two men, the Baroness stopped short"
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92
"He was there on his knees, with his arms around the terrified woman"
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212
"'To the nearest police station! That's where I'm off.'"
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289


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.