As brilliant as Sherlock Holmes. As daring as James Bond. Sexton Blake, the adventuring detective, is back! This first volume of a new series reinstates one of literatures greatest detectives - back in print for the first time in decades! 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 collection is comprised of three stories from UNION JACK magazine dating from World War 1 and the lead up to it: THE CASE OF THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES by Norman Goddard (1908). Sexton Blake catches the Kaiser spying on British naval manoeuvres, dangles from a Zeppelin, impersonates a German soldier, fights the Kaiser on top of a train, is thrown into the Thames by Anarchists, and forces the German Emperor into a confrontation with the British Prime Minister. ON WAR SERVICE by Cecil Hayter (1916). Sexton Blake ventures into occupied Holland to deliver a vital despatch to a secret agent, fights enemy spies, escapes from a burning house, is pursued by the German cavalry, disguises himself as a simple labourer, captures and impersonates enemy agents, faces a firing squad, and makes a daring escape through a secret tunnel. PRIVATE TINKER - A.S.C. by William Murray Graydon (1915). Tinker makes a mistake, joins up under an assumed name, is sent to the front line, evades enemy troops, and is blown up.
Blake enters a battle zone and gets shot. Tinker flies a reconnaissance mission, crash-lands behind enemy lines, causes an enemy supply train to crash into a German troop carrier, liberates French prisoners, rescues a colonel, foils attempted sabotage, and is declared a hero.