Anthony Newton was a soldier at sixteen; at twenty-six he was a beggar of favours, a patient waiter in outer offices, a more or less meek respondent to questionnaires which bore a remarkable resemblance one to the other.
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Tony Newton struggled through eight years of odd jobs.
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And at the end of the eighth year he discussed the situation with himself and soberly elected for brigandage of a safe and more or less unobjectionable variety.

The dictionary defines a brigand as a robber or a bandit, particularly from an outlaw band. But that definition is perhaps too harsh for Tony Newton; he focuses on "the art of gentle robbery." And he succeeds, as he himself modestly admits.

The Brigand is a collection of twelve stories, each an escapade of Tony Newton as he moves from one adventure to another, one gullible rich man to another, escaping a detection here, a marriage to a "plum pudding girl" there, a murder attempt elsewhere, even becoming a successful member of the House of Commons in one delightful episode.

The Brigand is Edgar Wallace at his best - simple storylines, a lovable character with whom you empathise even though you know that he not quite on the straight path, a bit of crime, loads of humour, some deceptively simple philosophising. Among the lesser known one-book-only characters created by Edgar Wallace, Tony Newton would probably be right up there on the top

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November 2017 : Paperback
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Title: The Brigand
Author(s): Edgar Wallace
ISBN: 1-973376-65-2 / 978-1-973376-65-1
Publisher: Independently published
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September 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: The Brigand (World Cultural Heritage Library)
Author(s): Edgar Wallace
ISBN: 1-4387-9388-X / 978-1-4387-9388-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Intl Business Pubns USA
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brigand (Dodo Press)
Author(s): Edgar Wallace
ISBN: 1-4065-9992-1 / 978-1-4065-9992-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dodo Press
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October 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brigand
Author(s): Edgar Wallace
ISBN: 0-86299-191-9 / 978-0-86299-191-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd
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December 1964 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brigand
Author(s): Edgar Wallace
ISBN: 0-330-10688-0 / 978-0-330-10688-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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