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Dickens, John. John Dickens was created by E. Phillips Oppenheim (Peter Benskin, General Besserley, Stanley Brooke, Joseph P. Cray, 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, Michael Sayers, Jasper Slane) and appeared in ten stories in The Saturday Evening Post in 1929, beginning with “The Call of the Burning Mascot” (Saturday Evening Post, June 29, 1929); the stories were collected in Gangsters’ Glory (1931).
John Dickens is Peter Benskin’s replacement. Dickens is a high-ranking Scotland Yard detective routinely consulted by Subcommissioner Colonel Larwood on the toughest cases. Posing as the dangerous thief “Nick of New York,” Dickens successfully gulls and defeats a gang of eight aristocratic master thieves.
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