FOLLOW THE SEVENTH MAN by Robert Standish

FOLLOW THE SEVENTH MAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another exotic setting for the story of two upright Britons, Peter and his wife, Sue, and the conflict in their lives with the Sultan of Zimbatan, Selim, their childhood playmate and adult charge. For Peter has become Selim's Advisor and is fervent in his attempts to balance the economic life of the country between Chinese prosperity and the disappearing Malay population, to modernize the state and to make Selim a good ruler...Selim for all his English education and European background still clings to his Eastern power and when his displays become too scandalous, looks to Peter to redeem his reputation. Sue manages to withstand the threat to their marriage when Peter one night succumbs to his avid ex-fiancee, but never loses her mistrust of Selim which is justified when he is no longer unable to try to possess her and plots for Peter's death. Peter and Sue are saved by the hatred and vengeance of Selim's secretary who executes a fiendish justice... More than a little Hichens' derivative here, this is neither better nor worse than the recent Elephant's Walk.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1950
Publisher: Macmillan