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Heine. Heine was created by Edgar Wallace (Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Dixon Hawke, 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 eighteen stories which were collected in The Adventures of Heine (1919).
Heine is a highly-placed member of the German Secret Service who has skillfully organized a network of operatives in America and England, and looks forward to the start of World War One so that he can cripple England, inflame rebellion in Ireland, devastate France, and put paid to America, all toward the end of ensuring Germany’s triumph. Heine is a patriot, heartily dislikes the French, has contempt for the English, is generally a good and efficient spy, and believes that his efforts toward the end of victory will not be difficult. And yet, wouldn’t you know, the English turn out to be a good deal more clever than Heine anticipated, and the English Secret Service, which Heine believes doesn’t exist, turns out to be better at counter-espionage than Heine is at espionage, and one of its officers, Major Haynes, is a positive nemesis to Heine. In the end Heine works with Haynes rather than let Germany fall into the hands of the Bolsheviks, and then goes to the United States as a retired and dispirited failure.
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