By Michael Moorcock
Having escaped the perils of the Russian civil conflict, Pyat discovers that the risks of Europe are as not anything to the perils that watch for him in the United States. traveling the rustic as a speaker for the Ku Klux Klan, he's presently all for scandals. merely the reappearance of his enduring love, his femme fatale, Mrs. Cornelius, deals him an opportunity of break out.
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