Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Man Without Nerves

byE. Phillips Oppenheim

Kobo ebook | March 14, 2015

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A Village, Murder, and a great game of Golf

Mr. Tyssen has come to the small, wealthy suburban village of Sandywayes to work on a mystery novel. Soon after he arrives, a prominant member of the community is found dead, an apparant suicide over unsuspected debts. Suspicion falls on the young Anthony Sarson, son of a wealthy wine merchant. Anthony's sister, Pauline, is attracted to the novelist despite his clumsiness and odd manners. The mysterious Madame de Sayal who lives in a secluded bungalow in the forest and speaks to no one is a cause for suspicion. The upstanding and precise Mr James Huitt, is the chairman of the local golf and tennis club, and a banker to most of the wealthy men of the village. He meets most challenges with an imperturbable calm, and the is model of probity in his personal life.

This novel focuses on the conduct of bankers, their clients, and wealthy merchants in the English suburbs surrounding London in the interwar period. The comfortable society of tennis and golf, private cars in trains, and unspoken secrets of money and privilege are the keys to unlocking the mystery. The role of games in British life and the exclusive precincts of golf are paramount. The denouement revolves around an annual golf championship at an exclusive golf course near the village.

The character of Christopher Tyssen is interesting because it is one of the rare appearances of an author in Oppenheim's work. The villagers poke fun at him and his novel writing in ways which must have been familiar to Oppenheim.

Title:Man Without NervesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 14, 2015Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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