Fortune's Spear : The Story of the Blue-blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s, Hardback

Fortune's Spear : The Story of the Blue-blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s Hardback

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Gerard Lee Bevan was the model of an Edwardian swell - arrogant, smooth, well-connected and highly cultured.

He married money and influence - his wife Sophie Kenrick was a cousin of the future prime minister Neville Chamberlain - and over the years he kept a string of showgirl mistresses. But his was a success built on fraud and deception, and eventually Bevan could sustain the fiction no longer.

After a series of desperate swerves, he fled the country on 8 February 1922, abandoning his family and leaving his stockbroking and insurance empire in ruins.

Thus began an extraordinary flight across Europe - disguised as a Frenchman, using a stolen passport, with his mistress at his side.

His subsequent arrest in Vienna, and the Old Bailey trial that followed, would shock the entire country. 'Fortune's Spear' is a parable of the way in which the prospect of easy money draws risk-takers in every era into a spiral of greed and deceit.

Bevan may have been forgotten, but he richly deserves to be remembered.

Drawing on c ontemporary evidence and told with novelistic flair, Martin Vander Weyer's gripping biography brings him vividly to life.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
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  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9781907642319

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