THE TUMBLED HOUSE by Winston Graham


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Neither a period nor a suspense drama, though there are elements of the latter, this is a proficient popular novel of a double-gauged story line. On the one hand, it involves the son, Don, and daughter, Bennie, of Sir John Marlowe, a noted barrister and philosopher who had died. Then Roger Shorn, otherwise known as Moonraker, writes some defamatory articles suggesting that Sir John's best-selling book had been a plagiarism, and that there had been dubious factors behind his resignation. On the other hand, it concerns Bennie and her love for Shorn's son, Michael, -- Michael who becomes involved in a jewel theft, is shot, and dies. When Shorn is brought to trial as Don Marlowe attempts to clear his father's name, this is achieved through the testimony of the until then unknown woman in Sir John's life and the revelation of the fatal illness which had led to his sudden retirement.... Easy to read- this should also reach an entertainment minded audience, partially established by his earlier, on the whole better, romantic dramas.

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 1959
Publisher: Doubleday