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Carl Courlander, wealthy British financier, has thrown a dinner party to celebrate the unveiling of a special addition to the grounds of his vast estate. It is an enormous statue, so large that the celebration is held within its confines, towering so high above the surrounding landscape that an elevator is needed to reach the dining room. The guests include various notables among them the Prime Minister. But the evening ends amidst argument and denunciation.

Courlander is putting together a loan package to the Sultan of Morocco that everyone knows will eventually lead to war between France and Germany. Courlander feels this is inevitable and better that it happen now. His major detractors are his own son and his chief rival Abraham Crampiron. The party breaks up, but matters go from bad to worse. During the early hours of the morning Carl Courlander is murdered.

Suspicion falls on everyone but eventually it is found that the murderer is none other than Crampiron, who has discovered the secret of the statue. This causes complications because he is the father of the woman Courlander's son marries. When the son, Maurice, finds out, he shuns his wife and swears vengeance on her father.

Crampiron is convicted and sentence to hang. Because of his influence the sentence is commuted to life in prison. However to the shock of everyone he escapes, but still must face his vengeful son-in-law and deal with the only other person who knows what the statue hides.

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Hardback Editions

May 2000 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Statue (Collected Works of Arnold Bennett)
Author(s): Arnold Bennett
ISBN: 0-7426-2556-7 / 978-0-7426-2556-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Classic Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Statue
Author(s): Eden Phillpotts, Arnold Bennett
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July 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Statue (Prologue Science Fiction)
Author(s): Eden Phillpotts
Publisher: Prologue Books
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