2014.12.26Leah A. Zeldes***..In this 1905 romantic suspense novel, a young English tourist accidentally witnesses an odd encounter in Germany. Later, in Paris, he speaks of it in the wrong company. When his sister, who was to meet him, arrives, she finds his luggage at their hotel, but he has disappeared. The French police unhelpful, she naively persists in searching for him, but then she, too, va...
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ildhood friend of theirs, in love with her and unable to go himself, asks a friend of his to help. The latter becomes infatuated with her photo, and agrees to go seeking the pair. He finds no clue, but receives warnings on several fronts to stop searching, and finally goes home bewildered. Then the young woman's doppelgänger shows up in his neighborhood under another name.The story moves along well but there are several annoying issues: Other than the fact that there wouldn't be much story without it, we never find out the specific reason behind that particular masquerade. The lovesick friend of a friend is unbelievable, and especially when, after being very obtuse, he comes close to the whole story without much in the action to account for his sudden intuition. The childhood friend goes rather quickly from feeling belligerent and betrayed to philosophical.It becomes a little difficult to maintain suspension of disbelief. And my limited knowledge of the international relations of the period make me think one should consider the backstory as alternate history, at best.