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Blackburn, Jeffery. Jeffery Blackburn was created by the Australian author Max Afford and appeared in five novels from 1936 to 1947, beginning with Blood on his Hands.

Jeffery Blackburn is a brilliant mathematician at a Melbourne university who solves crimes out of intellectual curiosity. He is assisted by Chief Inspector William Jamieson Read of the Victorian Criminal Investigation Department. Later in the series Blackburn gives up his university position and moves to London, with Chief Inspector Read being seconded to Scotland Yard. Blackburn is married to Elizabeth, a woman Blackburn met during World War Two when Blackburn worked as a private detective for “Moratti’s agency” in New York City and Elizabeth, the daughter of English nobility, was in charge of the British Intelligence’s cipher department.

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