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Sayers, Michael. Michael Sayers was created by E. Phillips Oppenheim (Peter Benskin, General Besserley, Stanley Brooke, Joseph P. Cray, John Dickens, Nicholas Goade, Malcolm Gossett, Peter Hames, B. Jasen, Gerald Jennerton, Algernon Knox, Ambrose Lavendale, John T. Laxworthy, Baroness Claire Linz, Joseph Londe, Mannister, Lucie Mott, Sanford Quest, Aaron Rodd, Peter Ruff, Monsieur Sabin, Jasper Slane) and appeared in eleven stories in Red Book Magazine in 1921 and 1922, beginning with “The Green-Eyed Accomplice” (Red Book Magazine, Dec. 1921); the stories were collected in Michael’s Evil Deeds (1922).
Michael Sayers is, in his own words, “the most accomplished and daring criminal of modern times.” In the words of his nemesis, retired Scotland Yard detective Norman Greyes, Sayers is a “super-criminal.” But Sayers is no gentleman thief or Lupin. Sayers is a hard man who is willing to use violence if it serves his purpose. His reflexive response to the arrival of policeman attempting to arrest him is to shoot the lead policeman in the shoulder and then flee. Sayers is careful, and maintains multiple identities, which his great skill at disguise and imitation help him render believable. And although Greyes is skilled and careful, Sayers proves himself to be more than capable of finally eluding Greyes, and justice.
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