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Title:
The bright face of danger : a James Geraldi trio
Author:
Brand, Max, 1892-1944.
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2002.

©2000
Physical Description:
421 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The golden Horus -- The bright face of danger -- Through steel and stone.
ISBN:
9780786221356
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The saga of James Geraldi, one of Max Brand's most intriguing characters, continues in this trio of adventures centered on the pursuit of a priceless ancient Egyptian treasure. Dubbed the "Frigate Bird" because of his penchant for stealing from thieves, Geraldi is now approached by one of them for help. Edgar Asprey's objective is the Golden Horus, fashioned from four perfect emeralds and a large, flawless, yellow diamond, which was smuggled to America by archeologist Robert Ingall. But some international jewel thieves are also on its trail, complicating Asprey's plans.


Author Notes

Max Brand is the best-known pen name of Frederick Faust, who was born in Seattle, Washington in 1882, and orphaned early. Faust grew up in the rural San Joaquin Valley of California. At the University of California, Berkeley, he became a student rebel and a one-man literary movement, contributing to campus publications. He was denied his degree because of his unconventional conduct. He then traveled, ending up in New York City where he received simultaneous recognition as a serious poet and successful popular-prose writer. Later, he traveled further, making his home in New York, then in Florence, Italy, and finally Los Angeles. He much preferred Italy, where he lived from 1926 to 1938, and where much of his writing was done.

Faust, who wrote under more than a dozen pseudonyms, was a prolific writer, not only of westerns, but also of hundreds of other novels and books, including the popular Dr. Kildare series. Faust's first novel The Untamed (1918) was a success and introduced a semimythical character, Whistlin' Dan Barry, who travels the West following the wild geese, accompanied by a black wolf. His characters, who often have a mythic quality, are memorable, and his books are always entertaining.

Faust was also a screenwriter for several Hollywood studios, including MGM, Warner Brothers, and Columbia. Once the United States entered the Second World War, Faust abandoned his lucrative writing career and his work as a screenwriter to serve as a war correspondent with the infantry in Italy, despite his fifty-one years and a bad heart.

Faust died in 1944, killed during a night attack on a hilltop village held by the German army. Even after his death, new books based on magazine serials, unpublished manuscripts, or restored versions continue to appear so that he has averaged a new book every four months for seventy-five years.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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