||The Modern Publishing Company, London [193?]
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The novel was well received. The reviewer in The Glasgow Herald praised it warmly, outlining the story but
courteously not disclosing its ending:
"Cyril Melrose was a Sydney banker whose financial genius had made him at a comparatively early age one of
the most trusted men in Australia. He had done great things for the bank, and the directors had done great
things for him. He had a charming wife, as good as she was beautiful, two fine children, a crack yacht, and
a splendid house. In an evil hour he took to horse-racing and gambling, with their inevitable consequences.
He appropriated the bank's money, and ultimately found himself in jail. It need not be said that this
consummation was achieved by the aid of extraordinary villainy on the part of some of Mr Melrose's
acquaintances, and that what reparation was possible was made by a platonic friend of the victim's wife.
How it all ended we must not say, but the book can be heartily commended to those who like stirring
incident, and who prefer a story of the good old-fashioned kind, in which the sun of ultimate success
shone with rigorous partiality upon the just alone, to the modern variety in which that sun is made to
shine impartially upon the just and on the unjust." (The Glasgow Herald Thursday 27 July 1893)
||First published by Routledge.