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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : A SECRET SERVICE : BEING STRANGE TALES OF A NIHILIST.
London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1896. First edition in this form. His first novel having been banned in Russia, Le Queux dedicated his second to the Tzar – the sensational but highly sympathetic memoirs of a Jewish Russian nihilist activist. “That I have been compelled to bestow fictitious names upon the actors in these dramas, add and suppress certain incidents, and change the scene in more than one instance, is obvious; nevertheless, I anticipate that many will recognise in Anton Prèhznev’s stories solutions of more than one sensational mystery that has startled Europe”. Twelve of the fifteen extraordinary individual tales, many set in London, had earlier appeared in “Strange Tales of a Nihilist” (1892), but all have here been revised and to some extent re-written; two now appear under different titles, and three have been added, including “The Velvet Paw” – on a foggy December evening in London, Prèhznev is followed on to the underground at Temple tube station by a tall auburn-haired young woman, dressed all in black.
LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE INVASION OF 1910 : WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE SIEGE OF LONDON.
London : Eveleigh Nash, 1906. First edition. A fictional tour-de-force from Le Queux with an exhaustively researched account of an all too plausible German invasion – communication beyond Beccles cut off, further landings at Hull and Goole, desperate fighting in Essex, Colchester abandoned, the Battle of Epping, the Fall of London, revolts in Shoreditch and Islington, etc. Le Queux was aided by “a number of the highest authorities on strategy”, including Field Marshall Earl Roberts, former Commander in Chief, who provides an introductory letter, as well as the naval historian Herbert Wrigley Wilson, who contributes the chapters on the fighting at sea. Originally serialised in the “Daily Mail”, with questions asked in the House over the need to suppress it, the book became an extraordinary international success, translated into multiple languages.
LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.
London : Robert Holden & Co., . First edition. The usual Le Queux fare – Sir Hugh Sassari, criminal mastermind of Berkeley Square, Master of the World with strange and appalling powers – but some interesting and informed background on the very early days of broadcasting and the BBC. The action opens in the “artistic studio” of the British Broadcasting Company in York.
LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE DOUBLE SHADOW.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, [ca.1928]. An attractive paperback edition in Hodder’s ninepenny series. A story which opens on the night war is declared in 1914 – Roger Heronsgate has just become engaged earlier that day to Lady Enid Halliford. First published in 1915.
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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE FATAL FACE.
London : Hurst & Blackett, [ca.1930]. First paperback edition. First published in 1926 – “One has to take it from Mr Le Queux that the truth about the mystery around which this excellent story revolves was known only at Downing Street ... Lady Mignon of course, might have been poisoned by the drug that baffled the doctors ... But instead of that, she marries; and it is not the clever Paillard whom she marries; though she forgives him ...” (The Scotsman, 17th May 1926).
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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO.
London : George Newnes, . An attractive paperback edition in Newnes’ sixpenny series. Tales from the tables – “There are a good many secrets of Monte Carlo which are never allowed to reach the public”. First published in 1899.
LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE STOLEN STATESMAN.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [ca.1928]. A reprint of Le Queux’s sensational tale of a “hushed-up mystery”, which opens in Downing Street. Originally published in 1918.
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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.
London : Mellifont Press, . Second edition. Five Parisian mysteries – The Affair of the Blue Scarabs; The Clue of the Newspaper Paragraph; The Secret of the Gieboff Emerald; The Affair of the Avenue Malakoff, and The Holes in the Wall. Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1920. Mellifont 252.
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