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Avni. Avni was created by Ebüssüreyya Sami and appeared in Amanvermez Avni #1-10 (1913-1914) and a number of stories from 1913 to 1920, beginning with “Yanmis Adam” (1913).
Avni is a Great Detective influenced by Sherlock Holmes and Nick Carter (I). "Amanvermez Avni" (Merciless Avni) is a master detective who solves crimes in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II (1876-1909). Avni began as a pickpocket and street urchin, but through hard work and cleverness became a successful and wealthy private detective. Avni is literate, level-headed, reads the papers daily, and can speak and read Turkish, French, Russian, Greek and Armenian like a native. He never fails, and is known to one and all as “the Turkish Sherlock Holmes.” (He is also favorably compared to Emile Gaboriau’s Monsieur Lecoq). Avni is so insightful and such a master of disguise that one doctor calls him a “djinn.” Avni is Watsoned by the faithful Arif, who is much more helpful to Avni than Watson is to Holmes. (In a later story Avni takes on a second apprentice, Andreya). Avni confronts Lupins, murderers, kidnapers, Russian nihilists, and counterfeiters, and appears in stories with titles like “Among Skeletons,” “The Silent Gun,” and “Blind Man’s Bluff.”
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