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Issue Details: First known date: 1983... 1983 Upfield's Pre-Osteomantic Novel
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The House of Cain is placed in the context of Upfield's writing. After he had submitted The Barrakee Mystery, the first 'Bony' novel, to a literary agent and delayed recommended rewriting, he wrote The House of Cain , published in 1928. Farmer describes The House of Cain as 'a straight thriller', which contains 'the seeds of the latter and better books'. In particular, the Australian Outback setting that dominates many Upfield books is used for the first time. Another 'first' by Farmer's reckoning is Upfield's thematic interest in 'curing' a criminal by medical intervention to excise a lesion of the brain. Farmer devotes several paragraphs to theorising about the 'real life' origins of Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony), a 'hybrid of two peoples and cultures'.

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    y separately published work icon The House of Cain Arthur W. Upfield , 6093433 1928 single work novel mystery 'In the heart of the Australian Bush stands the House of Cain, owned by an American millionaire. Himself a threefold murderer, he has opened this strange institution as a haven for murderers whom, with his vast resources, he rescues from the hands of the law! It is with this man that Austiline Thorpe, the beautiful fiancee of Martin Sherwood, becomes inolved. How this happens, and the final dissolution of the murder settlement, is recounted in a vivid and breathless story. In the culminating scene, Monty, famous explorer and brother to Martin, appears as a great character. A man of action and utterly fearless, he sweeps all before him, thus permitting a happy conclusion to an intensely dramatic mystery novel of love and crime in a vivid Australian setting' (from the cover note, first American edition). San Francisco : Dennis McMillan , 1983 pg. 1-4
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