Excerpt: “Like all sailors I believe in omens. It seems to me a hopeful one that the story was conceived and born in an American-built and American-engined M.L. Chaser in service on the Belgian Coast in 1918, about the time the Hun was beginning to get it in the spinal vertebrae. Though the book, I am thankful to say, has nothing to do with the War.”
Made into a silent film in 1925 with the same title, Goodwin being a screen writer for it.
What the story is about: Mrs Garth is the head of the last of the great private banks, Garth, Garth and Trelawnes. She has a genius for finance, and is also a great personage in the social world. Madame Vampire, the director of Gordon’s Limited, the notorious moneylenders, is also a power; but not for good. No one suspects the truth, that Mrs Garth and Madame Vampire are one and the same woman. Sir Melmouth Craven, of the sinister Sternberg Syndicate, desires to marry Mrs Garth’s beautiful daughter, Margaret. He is humiliated, and determines to be revenged upon the mother versus the daughter. The story is full of thrilling situations and exciting incidents.