The Sword of Damocles (Unabridged)
The Sword of Damocles by Anna Katharine Green.
Narrated by Kristina Rothe.
The Sword of Damocles is unusual in the output of Anna Katharine Green, being a melodramatic romance rather than a straight crime novel. Although her best-known detective, Ebenezer Gryce, does put in an appearance, his role is almost parenthetical.
A young man, Bertram Mandeville, confesses to his wealthy uncle Edward Sylvester his desire to abandon a career as a pianist in order to win the heart of a young woman whose father dislikes musicians. This leads Sylvester to review his own life during which he married for money rather than love. Paula, a poor but virtuous young woman, comes to stay with Sylvester and his wife and arouses long-dormant romantic feelings in him.
However, Edward Sylvester has a dark secret that will ruin his life if it comes to light.