Accompanied by his trusty and beautiful companion Violet Brown, Peter Ruff decides to turn his back on his former life of crime and become a private investigator. With his established links to the criminal underworld and his skilful disguises, Ruff is hugely successful in his new venture. However, along with success comes jealousy, and Ruff soon finds himself with a wealth of enemies thanks to his new career. A thrilling tale of sleuths and crime from E. Phillips Oppenheim, which readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will enjoy.
E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) was a hugely prolific and highly popular British author of novels and short stories. Born in Tottenham, London, Oppenheim left school as a teenager and worked for his leather-merchant father for 20 years prior to launching his literary career. Oppenheim published five novels under the pseudonym ‘Anthony Partridge’ before establishing his reputation as a writer under his own name. An internationally successful author, Oppenheim’s stories revolved mainly around glamourous characters, luxurious settings, and themes of espionage, suspense, and crime. He is widely regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of the thriller and spy-fiction genre as it is recognised today. Oppenheim’s incredible literary success meant that his own life soon began to mirror that of his opulent characters. He held lavish, Gatsby-style parties at his French Villa and was rumoured to have had frequent love affairs aboard his luxury yacht. Oppenheim’s success earned him the cover of Time magazine in 1927. Some of his most well-known novels include ‘The Great Impersonation’, ‘The Long Arm of Mannister’ and ‘The Moving Finger’.