Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Evil That Men Do by M. P. Shiel

The Evil That Men Do - A Novel of Mystery.

The Evil That Men Do - A Novel of Mystery about Hartwell from birth, does he inherit his fathers traits? Do great men have great sons and how much does one's own life's experiences cause variance to this question?

Although Mr. Shiol as usual indulges in a fantastic situation, his book is at least free from the glaring faults of taste which have disfigured some of his former writings. To the ordinary reader there will seem (until his marvellously sudden " conversion ") very little in point of morality to choose between Robert Harts-ell and the villainous millionaire whom a strange facial resemblance enables him to impersonate. Mr. Shiel does not, and probably does not aspire to, draw pictures of everyday life as it is. But there is always something ingenious in his situations, and in this book, at any rate, he has contrived to avoid the developments which disfigured at least one of his earlier novels.

Matthew Phipps Shiel (1865–1947) was a prolific British writer of West Indian descent.

M. P. Shiel is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. His work published serials, novels, and short stories. The Purple Cloud (1901) remains his most famous and often reprinted novel.

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