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Elk, Inspector. Inspector Elk was created by Edgar Wallace (Ace High, Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, 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 six novels and story serials from 1910 to 1931, beginning with Nine Bears.

Inspector Elk is an investigator for Scotland Yard. He is a clever detective, but for years is stuck at the rank of sergeant because he could not pass the standardized history test required for promotion to inspector. Elk is tall, thin, and stooped. He smokes cigars and is possessed of a permanently gloomy expression. He is generally depressed and depressing, but is relentless on the track of a criminal.

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