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Hell! Said the Duchess by Michael Arlen
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Hell! Said the Duchess (1934)

by Michael Arlen

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An unexpected gem of a novel that begins as a brittle comedy of manners and ends as supernatural noir, as deft as anything by Mike Carey. Midway it erupts with a survey of politics in Europe at the start of the 30s, and a love scene that’s still hot and that , at the time, must have been shocking. Nicely captures the idea that real evil was afoot on the continent before the start of the second world war. Long out of print and recently brought back by Valancourt books; well worth reading. Available as a paperback and an ebook. ( )
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Very creepy, one of the investigators fates is particularly unpleasant ( )
1 vote Georges_T._Dodds | Mar 29, 2013 |
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This book is inscribed affectionately by his friend and obedient servant the author to Valentine Browne commonly known as Viscount Castlerosse of London and Killarney soldier, dandy, banker, gossip, golfer, philosopher and a man of good will
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When the writer permits himself the familiarity of calling her Mary Dove it is not from any disrespect to a lady of rank, nor with any pretensions to the intimate condescension of a lady of fashion. It is written so merely because he finds it a pleasant thing to set down the name: Mary Dove.
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Walking in mufti down Piccadilly one morning, he was handed a white feather by a large woman with the cold eyes of one who is kind to animals but to no one else.

“And what,” said Wingless, “do we do then? Just ask him his views on birth control and if he doesn’t answer with charm tell him he’s a bastard?”
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