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Elver, Horace. Horace Elver was created by George Dilnot (Crime Club, Val Emery, Jim Strang, Inspector Strickland) and appeared in four novels from 1934 to 1937, beginning with Crook’s Castle.

Horace Elver is a “loose, gangling figure” with “ingenuous” blue eyes and the general appearance of a “mammy’s boy.” But since leaving college “he had assisted his father in extending the activities of the Elver Detective Agency...with its hundreds of branches all over the United States.” Elver is now its vice-president, and is well-known to policemen both in the United States and in Scotland Yard. He has a powerful, quick memory, is appropriately hard (though not hard-boiled), and is active in the U.S., the U.K., and on the Continent.

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