(#172459) THE STORY OF LOUIE. Oliver Onions, George Oliver.

THE STORY OF LOUIE. London: Martin Secker, [1913]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7 [8] 9-336 + 12-page publisher's catalogue dated 1913 inserted at rear, publisher's decorated black cloth, front panel stamped in white and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in white and gold, rear panel ruled in blind, top edge stained black, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The third volume of Oliver Onions' highly regarded trilogy of psychological thrillers featuring James Jeffries. "Readers of Oliver Onion's novel, 'In Accordance with the Evidence,' and its sequel, 'The Debit Account,' will remember the tragic story of Louie Causton, who by her love for Jeffries awakens the jealousy of his wife, and thereby precipitates the tragedy which ends in the death of both husband and wife. Louie is the most interesting of the women characters, but she is only sketched in those two books. Her life history is now told in 'The Story of Louie' ... The story now traverses the events of the former novels, but they are related from the stand point of Louie, whereas it is Jeffries who tells the other stories in his shorthand journal. It is Louie who guesses that Jeffries killed Archie Merridew, and the scene in 'The Debit Account' where she reveals her knowledge to him, as they pass through the London streets one night, is repeated here ... Louie is a thoroughly selfish woman; indeed, there is not a lovable character throughout the story, but the book inspires a feeling of pity for the incapacity of any of the characters to get away from their own selves, and it is, perhaps, this power to awaken pity that is Oliver Onions' strongest claim to be considered one of our best modern novelists" (THE ARGUS 19 September 1913. p. 6). Owner's signature on the front free endpaper. Lower corner tips a bit turned, some loss of perishable white title lettering on front panel, a very good copy. (#172459).

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"First published 1913" on copyright page.