Title: The Avenger
Author: E. Phillips Oppenheim
Oppenheim, E. Phillips (1908). The Avenger. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company
Date Updated: April 28, 2015
A mystery story with a profusion of ingredients ranging from political intrigue to private revenge. The book differs from other of Mr. Oppenheim’s stories in that the man who takes life, the avenger, is a most reputable citizen of London, who can’t understand why, if on the battlefield one is held blameless while taking brave men’s lives, a man who rids society of lives that breed corruption should be condemned. He has the courage of his conviction and rids the world of three decadents, consoling himself with the belief that it is a moral act.