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Von Kaz, Baron. Baron von Kaz was created by Darwin L. Teilhet (George St. Amand) and appeared in four novels from 1935 to 1940, beginning with The Ticking Terrors Murder.

Baron Franz Maximilian Karagôz von Kaz was “formerly a high figure in Austrian detective circles, who for political reasons has had to flee Austria for his life. He arrives ‘in the barbaric states of North America’ in possession of nothing but his wits” and is immediately retained by a Hollywood writer to investigate the death of a movie star. Baron von Kaz is gentlemanly, polite, and generally looks “innocent and guileless,” but he is self-confident (not to say vain), accomplished as a detective, and uses his “redoubtable and terrible green umbrella” as a symbol of justice.

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