एक बुक जर्नल: The Joker by Edgar Wallace

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Joker by Edgar Wallace

st date: 19th of april 2014
f date: 22nd of April 2014
Edition Details:
Format : e-book
source: manybooks.net
Page Count: 161 (approx)

First Sentence:
MR STRATFORD HARLOW was a gentleman with no particular call to hurry.

Mr Stratford Harlow is an eccentric businessman. He is a multimillionaire who inherited all his money from his relatives . But police believe that he's involved in schemes that cannot be termed legal.
He loves to put a joke on people. And here a joke has following meaning:

'It is a peculiar trait of the English criminal that he never describes his unlawful act or acts by grandiloquent terms. Crime of all kind, especially crime against the person, is a 'joke'. The man who holds up a cashier has 'had a joke with him'; the confidence swindler 'jokes' his victim; a warehouse theft would be modestly described in the same way.'

Now Harlow has planned a joke that may have disastrous consequences for England and the market all over the world. And the only guy that can stop him is Sub-Inspector James Carlton of Scotland yard. What is the plan of Harlow?Will James be able to stop him? Well , you'll get to know the answers of all the questions after reading the book.
The book is called third in the Inspector Elk series but Elk didn't had much of the role in the book. James Carlton is the protagonist of the book and he is pitted against Harlow,one of the greatest jokers England has ever seen. The book was an average thriller.It was an entertaining read and can be read once. 

Some quotes from the book:

He has a theory which is both admirable and baffling. Which means that he has the right theory. For rectitude is the most baffling of all human qualities, because you never know, if a man is doing right, what he will do next.
Accomplishment has its thrill, whether it is hitting a golf ball farther than the next fellow, or strewing the battle fields with the bodies of your enemies.

It is a peculiar trait of the English criminal that he never describes his unlawful act or acts by grandiloquent terms. Crime of all kind, especially crime against the person, is a 'joke'. The man who holds up a cashier has 'had a joke with him'; the confidence swindler 'jokes' his victim; a warehouse theft would be modestly described in the same way.

To employ that clever brain of yours in furthering my cause, in protecting me when I go--joking! I love a joke--a practical joke. To see the right man squirming makes me laugh.

Moral conduct isn't a matter of arithmetic, but a matter of proportion. You can't measure it with a yard-stick, but by its angle. 

The book is available in public domain so you can freely download it. The book can be downloaded from the following links:


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