The Council of Justice

Edgar Wallace, read by Bill Homewood. Naxos AudioBooks, four CDs, 5.5 hrs., $28.98 ISBN 978-1-84379-457-8
Wallace’s classic crime novel—which marks the second appearance of his “Four Just Men” and was first published in 1908—is given a distinguished reading by narrator Bill Homewood. The Council (as the Four Just Men are also known) is a group of wealthy, like-minded gentlemen who band together to deal out their own harsh and deadly judgments to criminals outside the reach of the law. This time around, the Council turns its attention to a dangerous group of anarchists called the Red Hundred, and its most captivating member, the mysterious Woman of Gratz. Homewood’s rich, eloquent narration fits perfectly with Wallace’s tale of post-Victorian intrigue. His dignified delivery of the book’s descriptive passages perfectly captures the era’s drawing rooms and gentlemen’s clubs where stories are shared over brandy and cigars. At the same time, Homewood manages to embody a wide range of characters, giving each its own distinctive voice. Although the story can be melodramatic and over the top, Homewood does such an entertaining job that the listener can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fun. A Kessinger Publishing paperback. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
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