Sexton Blake versus the master crooks
Part of the The Sexton Blake library series
For nearly a century, Sexton Blake was the most written about character in British fiction.
He starred in approximately four thousand stories by nearly two hundred authors.
A cross between Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones, he was a publishing phenomenon, read by young and old alike. This second collection is comprised of three stories from UNION JACK featuring characters from the first wave of master crooks. THE CASE OF THE MAN IN MOTLEY by Anthony Skene (George N.
Philips) (1919). Sexton Blake literally crosses swords with the most stylish of his enemies; engages in a car chase; discovers a murdered clown; fights on the brink of an incinerator; and recovers a stolen diamond. PRINCE PRETENCE by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis) (1921) A labour leader is abducted and impersonated by Leon Kestrel; the French lottery is won; Sexton Blake's efforts are sabotaged and he is arrested; an imposter is exposed; a master crook is caught; a grotesque dwarf is visited; Tinker is kidnapped for ransom and threatened with being walled up in the Paris catacombs; Blake comes to the rescue; and the villains, though defeated, escape. THE WONDER MAN'S CHALLENGE by Edwy Searles Brooks (1921) Waldo the Wonder-Man robs a bank, climbs a sheer wall, walks a tightrope, steals a biplane and a necklace, and challenges Sexton Blake to catch him.
Blake puts Pedro on the trail, spots a deception, and has a confrontation in a pub.
Tinker picks a pocket. Waldo climbs up a chimney, swings onto a train, and flees defeated.