The "Greatest American Detective" and More! Meet the greatest American detective and the first great detective to follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes! If you enjoy mysteries set on foggy, gaslit streets with hansom cabs and horseless carriages rattling past, you will want to read all three of these unabridged reprintings of classic detective novels still unequaled today. First you'll meet the man the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection hails as "one of the greatest American detectives," Uncle Abner, as created by the man the Encyclopedia calls "the best American detective short story writer since Edgar Allan Poe," Melville Davisson Post. Uncle Abner is a tall, gangling backwoods figure of unflinching integrity and profound sagacity, who Post modeled on his hero Abraham Lincoln. Set in the backwoods during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, you'll find the Uncle Abner stories every bit the "fast moving suspenseful tales" the Encyclopedia calls them. Next, meet 1910s Hamilton Cleek, created by Thomas W. Hanshew. Cleek was once the cat burglar London knew as "the man of forty faces" due to his unusual gift for disguise. But, love soon traps Cleek in a way Scotland Yard never could, and he is reborn as a foe of evil-doers, putting his vast knowledge of crime and the criminal world to use on cases that baffle the police. Finally, meet 1894's Martin Hewitt, who the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection celebrates as "the first popular detective to follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes." Though the appearance of the short, rotund Hewitt, the creation of attorney Arthur Morrison, is the polar opposite of Holmes, the two detectives' gifts for ratiocination and approach to solving crimes are identical. Don't miss this trio of full-length classics, over eleven hundred pages in the original hardcover editions, for one bargain price.
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