Chesterton’s finest achievement—at once a gripping thriller
and a powerful allegory
In a colorful neighborhood of West London, two poets are at each
other’s throats. Gregory is an anarchist who longs to upend
civilization with the power of his words, while Syme is a man of
reason, convinced his opponent’s beliefs are nothing but a
fashionable pose. To prove his seriousness, Gregory introduces Syme
to the central council of European radicals, where the newcomer is
given the codename “Thursday.” Though none will admit it, every man
in the council is a liar—and each is deadly in his own way.
Gregory has no inkling that his new comrade Syme is an undercover
detective, sent by Scotland Yard to destroy the council from
within. But as the other men reveal their secrets in turn, it
becomes clear that Thursday is not the enemy; it is the mysterious
figure named Sunday whom they all should fear.
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