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The House of Cain

Narrated by: John Derum
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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A first-rate thriller about an American millionaire who owns the House of Cain, a haven for murderers wanted by the law. 

Austilene Thorpe is accused of murder but then disappears from gaol. Her fiance, Martin Sherwood, goes blind from shock. His famous adventuring brother Monty learns that Austilene is in a refuge for murderers in the far north-east corner of South Australia, and together the Sherwoods set out to find her and bring her back to Melbourne....

©1929, 2013 William Upfield (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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  • Joanne Park
  • 08-22-19

Thrilling great yarn

This is Upfield's first novel published in 1929. The story is a thrilling yarn with newly engaged Austilene Thorpe accused of murder and while in prison, spirited away to a house in the North-East corner of South Australia. Her fiance, Martin Sherwood, is shocked at her sudden disappearance and becomes very ill, and unfortunately goes blind. Fortunately help is at hand, his brother Monty who is an ANZAC hero and experienced bushman. Together the brothers set out bush, traveling via camel to find Austilene.
The story unfolds with Upfield’s wonderful descriptive prose, so characteristic of his novels.
The narration by the talented John Derum is the icing on the cake.