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The Fourth Plague

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On the Terzo de Citta stands the Palazzo Festini in gloomy, dilapidated magnificence. Here in grandeur dwell the Festinis, a family not afraid to resurrect feuds first begun in the Middle Ages. This is a tale of the Red-Hand, a criminal organization that makes Count Festini, its secret head, the most dangerous man in Europe. But for his hated eldest son, the Red-Hand's ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published May 14th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1913)
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Oliver
Sep 29, 2016 Oliver rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Variation des zwei Jahre früher erschienene ‚The Nine Bears‘. Wieder jagt ein Superermittler eine mächtige Verbrecherbande namens The Red Hand, diesmal mit italienischem Hintergrund. Temporeich, mangels gelungener Figuren aber leerlaufendet Thriller, dessen Katz-und Mausspiel um Schmuck, eine schöne Frau und am Ende einen biologischen Kampfstoff nicht richtig fesseln kann. Musste Wallace sich wirklich schon so früh in seinem Werk wiederholen?

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Kathy
May 31, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Quintessential Wallace. A secret society, a bad guy in love with a good girl, a kidnapping, an unorthodox crime-fighter, London, a "surprise" revelation at the end. (Although I did figure out the "surprise" fairly early on.) Well done and a great read.
Neil
Dec 18, 2011 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Italian secret society, burglary, kidnapping, detectives, mysterious artefacts, remarkable coincidences! That's right it's Wallace and here at his best.
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Mar 14, 2014 Polly rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, adult
An ancient Tuscan family divided, a historic plague reborn, and lots of Italian villains--despite being set in England.
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Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875-February 10, 1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals.

Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author.

In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.

He i
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