Prophetic and chilling at once, Edgar Wallace’s alternate history crime novel “Private Selby” deals with the author’s fear of a potential German invasion Britain shortly before outbreak Great War. Credited being one writers who predicted First World War, follows life young rascal Dick Selby, enters British military whose spins into unexpected disarray as result sudden invasion. From that moment on, his becomes an arena conflicting feelings emotions, reflecting traumatic wartime experience. A true page-turner, short combines best fiction, love-filled drama is must-read for fans both classic fiction history. Wallace (1875-1932) was prolific English mystery writer such impressive output publishers claimed he behind quarter all books sold in England time. An author, journalist poet, wrote countless novels, stories, screen plays, stage plays historical non-fiction. Over 160 films inspired by work have been made worldwide, more than any other author ever over 50 million copies were during lifetime. He died suddenly Hollywood 1932, initial drafting stages most famous enduring work, “King Kong”.