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Bryce, Wireless. Wireless Bryce was created by “John Anstruther,” the pseudonym of Edgar Wallace (Ace High, Viola Beech, Brigand, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Dixon Hawke, Heine, Felix Jenks, Just Men, King Kong (I), Larry Loman, Superintendent Minter, Policy Sleuth, Oliver Rater, John G. Reeder, The Ringer, Sanders, York Symon, Tam o’the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger) and appeared in ten stories in The Sunday Post from 1920 to 1921, beginning with “The Man From ‘Down Under’” (The Sunday Post, Nov. 7, 1920); the stories were collected and revised in The Iron Grip (1929).
Wireless Bryce is a Rootless Veteran. Captain John “Jack” Richard Plantagenet “Wireless” Bryce is a decorated veteran of World War One. During the war he proved himself to be a fearless fighter and an exceptional officer, but with the end of the war he is left jobless and on the streets. However, rather than taking to crime, Bryce pawns his possessions and keeps job hunting. Finally, with no hope left, he applies for a job at Hemmer and Hemmer, a law firm of some note. They have a problem: their clientele is large and varied and they are often in troubles so dire that the police and private detectives cannot help them. Bryce has a problem: he’s out of a job. And so the twain meet, and Bryce is hired as a “bravo.” In addition to his other skills, Bryce has one other advantage that helps Hemmer & Hemmer: his strength. He is almost supernaturally strong, able to casually throw prize-fighters through windows. Bryce saves various women and helps Hemmer and Hemmer, and eventually saves a beautiful woman who he later marries.
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