He is totally ruthless, gives no mercy, and is loyal to none, not even his own children. He is a master of disguise, always appearing under an assumed identity, often that of a person whom he has murdered. Fant^omas makes use of bizarre and improbable techniques in his crimes, such as plague-infested rats, giant snakes, and rooms that fill with sand.
First Page:THE HOUSE OF THE WHISPERING PINES
By ANNA KATHARINE GREEN
"The Leavenworth Case," "That Affair Next Door," "One o...
First Page:The Mystery of the Four Fingers
BY FRED M. WHITE
Author of "THE MIDNIGHT GUEST," "THE CRIMSON BLIND," Etc., Etc.
I. THE BLACK PATCH
II. THE FIRST FINGER
Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) born in Montreal, Quebec, was a Canadian novelist. Packard is credited with bridging the gap from the “cozy” style mysteries to the more gritty, hard-boiled style of such writers as Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler. Packard also wrote a series of novels, beginning in 1917, featuring Jimmie Dale. A wealthy playboy by day, at night, Jimmie becomes a crimefighter “The Gray Seal” complete with mask and secret hide-out, “The Sanctuary”. This character certainly influenced later crimefighting characters such as Batman a...
The account of some adventures in the professional experience of a member of the Imperial Austrian Police. (from the text)
First Page:THE CASE OF THE POCKET DIARY FOUND IN THE SNOW
By Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner
INTRODUCTION TO JOE MULLER
Joseph Muller, Secret Service detective of the Imperial Austrian police, is one of the great experts in his profession. In personality he differs greatly from other famous detectives. He has neither the impressive authority of Sherlock Holmes, nor the keen brilliancy of Monsieur Lecoq. Muller is a small, slight, plain l...
Ernest Bramah is mainly known for his ‘Kai Lung’ books – Dorothy L Sayers often used quotes from them for her chapter headings. In his lifetime however he was equally well known for his detective stories. Since Sherlock Holmes we have had French detectives, Belgian detectives, aristocratic detectives, royal detectives, ecclesiastical detectives, drunken detectives and even a (very) few quite normal happily married detectives. Max Carrados was however probably the first blind detective.
First Page:FOUR MAX CARRADOS DETECTIVE STORIES
Two writers, famous in their own countries for creating immortal characters: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in England and Maurice Leblanc in France. Their literary creations, Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin are at two ends of the criminal spectrum. Holmes is a sleuth while Lupin is a burglar. When Maurice Leblanc introduces Sherlock Holmes in one of his Arsene Lupin stories, Conan Doyle is outraged. He sues Leblanc, who promptly changes the character's name to “Herlock Sholmes” and continues featuring him in more stories with typical French insouciance!
The Extraordinary Adventu...
First Page:THE SUBSTITUTE PRISONER
Author of "Are You My Wife?" "Britz of Headquarters," etc.
Copyright, 1911, by Moffat, Yard and Company New York Published October, 1911
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Mrs. Collins ( Frontispiece )
He looked about him in a bewildered way
She felt herself seized with a desire to weep
She did not repel the arm
THE SUBSTITUTE PRISONER
Did she come to threaten or to plead?
The question, darting swiftly through his mind as his eyes took in the unfamiliar outline of her figure, produced a storm o...
First Page:A HUSBAND BY PROXY
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Copyright, 1909, by
Desmond FitzGerald, Inc.
I. THE PROPOSITION II. A SECOND EMPLOYMENT III. TWO ENCOUNTERS IV. UNSPOKEN ANTAGONISM V. THE "SHADOW" VI. THE CORONER VII. A STARTLING DISCOVERY VIII. WHERE CLEWS MAY POINT IX. A SUMMONS X. A COMPLICATION XI. THE SHOCK OF TRUTH XII. A DISTURBING LOSS XIII. A TRYST IN THE PARK XIV. A PACKAGE OF DEATH X...