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Cray, Joseph P. Joseph P. Cray was created by E. Phillips Oppenheim (Peter Benskin, General Besserley, Stanley Brooke, John Dickens, Nicholas Goade, Malcolm Gossett, Peter Hames, B. Jasen, Gerald Jennerton, Algernon Knox, Ambrose Lavendale, John T. Laxworthy, Baroness Claire Linz, Joseph Londe, Mannister, Lucie Mott, Sanford Quest, Aaron Rodd, Peter Ruff, Monsieur Sabin, Michael Sayers, Jasper Slane) and appeared in “The Adventures of Mr. Joseph P. Cray” (The Strand, Nov.1920-Aug. 1921); the stories were collected in The Adventures of Mr. Joseph P. Cray (1927).
Joseph P. Cray is a middle-aged American, his muscles beginning to turn to fat, who moves to England to be with his daughter Sara after serving in the Army in France for a year. He is wealthy, jolly, has huge appetites (especially when it comes to alcohol—he remains in England rather than return to the land of Prohibition) and enjoys adventure, and soon enough finds it, either by serving as an unofficial attorney in the defense of a friend of Sara’s, swindling a pair of con men who try to run a forged stock deal on him, or punishing the man who sent tins of spoiled and poisoned beef to the American soldiers at the front.
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