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Reeder, John G. John G. Reeder 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, Policy Sleuth, Oliver Rater, The Ringer, Sanders, York Symon, Tam o’the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger) and appeared in twenty-eight stories and story serials and five novels and story collections from 1924 to 1933, beginning with Room 13.
John G. Reeder is in his fifties and has a long, sad face, prominent side whiskers, and the clothes of a proper Edwardian gentleman. He appears to be old, fumbling, and slow, with an interrupted speech pattern and a hesitant manner. It’s a ruse, of course. He is the Chief Investigator for the Public Prosecutor’s Office and a welcome ally of Scotland Yard. He has been an officer of the Yard in the past as well as a private eye and a Secret Service agent. Reeder is politically connected and is exceptionally well-informed in every field imaginable that might bear on crime. He has surprising strength, especially for a man of his age, is always armed (a Browning automatic in his pocket, a sword concealed in his umbrella), and is quite capable in a fight. He has a photographic memory.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, he has a “criminal mind;” he sees evil in everything, “in dying rose bushes, in horseshoes—in poetry even.”
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