An African Millionaire: Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay

Grant ALLEN (1848 - 1899)

"My name is Seymour Wilbraham Wentworth. I am brother-in-law and secretary to Sir Charles Vandrift, the South African millionaire and famous financier. Many years ago, when Charlie Vandrift was a small lawyer in Cape Town, I had the (qualified) good fortune to marry his sister. Much later, when the Vandrift estate and farm near Kimberley developed by degrees into the Cloetedorp Golcondas, Limited, my brother-in-law offered me the not unremunerative post of secretary; in which capacity I have ever since been his constant and attached companion." An illustrious scientist, Allen came to fiction as a more lucrative avenue than more serious writing. As well as writing ghost and detective stories, he introduced us to the illustrious Colonel Clay, a precursor of other gentleman rogue characters; he notably bears a strong resemblance to Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin, introduced some years later. - Summary by Lynne Thompson, quote from the first chapter

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Episode of the Mexican Seer L0ki
00:35:15
Play 02 The Episode of the Diamond Links Kirsten Wever
00:44:27
Play 03 The Episode of the Old Master Kirsten Wever
00:40:31
Play 04 The Episode of the Tyrolean Castle L0ki
00:36:57
Play 05 The Episode of the Drawn Game Kirsten Wever
00:42:24
Play 06 The Episode of the German Professor Kirsten Wever
00:35:01
Play 07 The Episode of the Arrest of the Colonel Micfairy252
00:39:48
Play 08 The Episode of the Seldon Goldmine L0ki
00:35:27
Play 09 The Episode of the Japanned Dispatch-Box Availle
00:38:20
Play 10 The Episode of the Game of Poker Kirsten Wever
00:36:48
Play 11 The Episode of the Bertillon Method Kirsten Wever
00:35:45
Play 12 The Episode of the Old Bailey Kirsten Wever
00:42:34