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Cook, Barney. Barney Cook was created by Harvey J. O’Higgins (John Duff) and appeared in seven short stories, a play, and a movie, beginning with “The Blackmailers” (Colliers, 1912); the stories were collected in The Adventures of Detective Barney (1915).

Barney Cook is a sixteen-year-old telegram delivery boy, plump and with a disarming smile. He has been reading Nick Carter (I) stories for a long time, and they inspire him to apply for a job at the Babbing Bureau, a famous detective agency. Cook gets the job through a combination of enthusiasm and New York City guile. Cook is not a great detective--that is the job of Walter Babbing, a rather hard man with a clever mind--but Cook gets by on native cleverness.

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