PIRATE LAIR by Leon W. Dean


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This is a disappointing jumble of hackneyed plot situations and people without any balance in enlightening research to give freshness to the settings. From Vermont, hard-bitten, tough and honest, to foul Tripoli of vicious Turks and dank cisterns and man-eating dogs -- the story of double dealing, treachery and dark plots takes the reader. An ex-German mercenary of Revolutionary War days and his son betray their Vermont neighbors; Indian ore -- inspired by the traitors- break up the Tellier family; young Darius sets out on a series of Hairbreadth Harry adventure, with a mysterious companion, who eventually turns out to be a Tellier, and- with the wicked Bredt's deathbed confession, wins the right to his name and the and the hand of the girl he loves. Along with the questionable value of such elaborate plotting, there is the further undesirability of too evident sectional provincial arrogance, and the concept of white protestant superiority... Leon Dean has done better in earlier books.

Pub Date: March 27th, 1947
Publisher: Rinehart