A Master of Deception by Richard Marsh
By Richard Marsh
Rodney Elmore has inherited legal traits from his father, yet his allure continuously wins via. He provides to his source of revenue via quite a few capacity, together with swindling and robbery, and is at the same time relationship 4 ladies: the wealthy one (Stella) he offers to marry, his bubbly cousin (Gladys) is meant for a unfastened union, the mischievous one (Mary) he plans to marry when they have either secured a few cash, and his landlady’s daughter (Mabel) is pregnant. while his uncle, who is aware of Rodney’s kinfolk history, will get tricky, Rodney poisons him on a teach. because the specialists start to shut in, Rodney vanishes including a great deal of cash and Mary. incorporates a biography of the writer
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