From Ghouls to Gangsters: The Career of Arthur B. Reeve: Vol. 1


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Edited by John Locke

When journalist Arthur B. Reeve (1880-1936) turned his talents to fiction, he couldnメt have foreseen the results. His “scientific detective,” Craig Kennedy, took the world by storm in 1911. Kennedy was labeled “the American Sherlock Holmes” while Reeve quickly became the most popular American detective-story author. For the next quarter- century, Reeve worked tirelessly at the writing game. His stories were published in a variety of magazines, slick and pulp, then turned into bestselling books. His newspaper serials were read in homes across the country. He wrote hit movies; reported on the notorious crimes of the day; hosted a national radio program. He was friend to police chiefs and presidents. Kennedy appeared in print, on stage, in films, comic strips and, eventually, television. By the time of his death, Reeve–and his famous detective–were American institutions. But the astonishing breadth of his career has never been fully explored–until this two-volume set, a major advance in what has previously been known about Reeve and his works.

Volume 1 collects stories from all phases of Reeve’s career. Included are tales of Craig Kennedy, and Reeveメs lesser-known detectives. The early stories that made Reeve famous are here, as well as stories written for specialized markets, and obscure works written for pulps and newspapers; all taken from their original appearances. Since Reeveメs early stories were rewritten for book publication, and his later stories were never reprinted, the stories here are freely available for the first time.

  • 7×10
  • 268 pages
  • Published: 11/07
  • Off Trail Publications

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × .6 in