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Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories (no doubt assisted by her lawyer father). Born in Brooklyn, New York, her early ambition was to write romantic verse, and she corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson. W ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 9th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1903)
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Kevin
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always amazed how this author came up with so many different plots and all great reads this being no exception. Loved it!
Denise
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how this book got into my hands and the title in English sounds nothing like the one translated in my language. Now, seeing the original title, I feel like I have read the story of some real life conspiracy and I wasn't even aware of it.

It was pretty easy to read, interesting, lots of action but a little SF at the end (to be taken as a minus).
Kat
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who wants a mystery WITHOUT nightmares afterwards
My favorite of the 10 or so books by Green that I've read. Kind of creepy, and very clever plot though a bit unrealistic.
M.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mysteries
I had to think a bit before I wrote a review of The Filigree Ball. I wanted to be fair to the book considering the time it was written (1903). One early scene in the book comes to mind to demonstrate the time: the lead character, a policeman, blows his whistle on a darkened street in Washington, D.C. and another officer hears it and quickly arrives. At first I thought that was silly, but then it occurred to me how quiet even a city must have been at night in 1903 without the hum of electricity t ...more
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Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Born in Brooklyn, New York, her early ambition was to write romantic verse, and she corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson. When her poetry failed to gain recognition, she produced her first ...more
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