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The Doings of Raffles Haw

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The Doings of Raffles Haw

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Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Greenhill Books, 1986
Original English publication, 1891
Series: Greenhill Science Fiction Series: Book 4
Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Mundane SF
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Synopsis

This is scientific romance about a disenchanted gold maker who has discovered a way to turn lead into solid gold and uses his wealth to help people. But when he sees that his philanthropic activities don't benefit anyone, he becomes disillusioned.

Raffles Haw, a mysterious millionaire, moves to Staffordshire, England amid much gossip and speculation such is the grandeur of his new home. Upon his arrival, Haw befriends the McIntyre family. McIntyre senior was a wealthy gun merchant before going bankrupt and losing his sanity. But this is only the start of the mysterious family's tale and the deadly secrets they hold close.


Excerpt

"I'm afraid that he won't come," said Laura McIntyre, in a disconsolate voice. "Why not?" "Oh, look at the weather; it is something too awful." As she spoke a whirl of snow beat with a muffled patter against the cosy red-curtained window, while a long blast of wind shrieked and whistled through the branches of the great white-limbed elms which skirted the garden. Robert McIntyre rose from the sketch upon which he had been working, and taking one of the lamps in his hand peered out into the darkness.

Copyright © 1891 by Arthur Conan Doyle


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