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Policy Sleuth. The Policy Sleuth was created by Edgar Wallace (Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Dixon Hawke, Heine, Felix Jenks, Just Men, King Kong (I), Larry Loman, Superintendent Minter, Oliver Rater, John G. Reeder, The Ringer, Sanders, York Symon, Tam o’the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger) and appeared in eight stories in The Sunday Post in 1919, beginning with “Crooks of Society” (The Sunday Post, Sept. 28, 1919); the stories were collected in The Big Four (1929).

Robert Brewer is the “Policy Sleuth,” the best agent of the Federated Assurance Corporation. He is a cunning and intelligent Scotsman who has foresight, aplomb, audacity, and an admirable wardrobe. He also has a photographic memory which he uses on the many crooks that prey on Federated Assurance and its clients. Brewer’s main enemy is the Big Four Syndicate, four groups of criminals who focus on jewels, most especially insured jewels.

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