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Elegant Edward. Elegant Edward was created by Edgar Wallace (Ace High, Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, 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 five stories in The Sunday Post in 1924, beginning with “The Amateur Detective” (The Sunday Post, July 20, 1924); the stories were collected in Elegant Edward (1928).

Elegant Edward is a Con Man. Edward Farthindale, better known as "Elegant Edward," is an English grifter who makes his money by selling bad stock. However, he has the bad luck and judgment to pick the wrong targets in whom to place his trust, and inevitably he ends up being victimized by more clever and wily con men or simply by citizens who are too canny to be caught up in his plots.

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