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The Great Impersonation (E. Phillips Oppenheim)

As Europe teeters on the edge of WWII, the Germans decide to take advantage of the similarity in appearance between a German spy and a disgraced British aristocrat; the man Britain believes is Sir Everard returned with an African fortune is funded by the Nazis to set up a network in the UK and Ireland.

I wonder about one thing SPOILERS did anyone else expect that once Sir Everard's wife came to accept that the man she thought was a stranger posing as her husband was in fact her husband posing as a stranger posing as her husband that she would follow through on her old vow to kill him?

Date: 2014-04-07 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] james-nicoll.livejournal.com
God damn it. Just let me go fix that.

Date: 2014-04-07 02:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] fridgepunk.livejournal.com
Catbus' spouse.

Date: 2014-04-07 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-trombone.livejournal.com
The lack of ... anything between the impersonator and Sir Edward's wife was an issue I had with the book, even given that nineteen-twenties mores were quite different from what I'd be used to ninety years later when I read the book.

Also, I don't know how the audio treatment handled it, but as a reader one of the problems with the book is that the reveal was pretty much what I expected, having grown up on twentieth-century television.

Date: 2014-04-07 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doc-lemming.livejournal.com
Ah, the endless search for novelty...all stories must surprise (or, at least, surprise the first time; it's other qualities that can make them re-readable).

There is some virtue in the murder being committed under the pretext that he's a spy impersonating her husband, even with the truth being that he was impersonating a spy who was etc. "Of course I killed him! He was a spy for the nasty Jerries!" Heh-heh-heh. The story would be structured differently, I suspect.

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