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The Mucker

Edgar Rice Burroughs


Billy Byrne, a rough and unpolished young man, finds himself entangled in a series of unexpected events that lead him from the urban jungle of early 20th century Chicago to the high seas and, eventually, to revolutionary Mexico.

When he and a wealthy heiress named Barbara Harding become shipwrecked on a remote island, the harsh realities of survival force Billy to reevaluate his values and confront his own identity. He undergoes a profound transformation, discovering hidden depths of courage, compassion, and integrity within himself. As Billy’s character evolves, so does the dynamic between him and Barbara, creating a captivating narrative that explores themes of identity, redemption, and the impact of one’s past choices.

Edgar Rice Burroughs weaves a compelling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, blending elements of action, suspense, and introspection. Billy’s internal conflict adds depth to the story, making it more than just a typical adventure tale.

“The Mucker” was first serialized in 1914 in All-Story Cavalier Weekly 1914; “Return of The Mucker” appeared in All-Story Weekly in 1916. The two stories were combined into a book by A. C. McClurg & Co. in 1921.

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