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Hawke, Dixon. Dixon Hawke appeared in over 5500 stories, in magazines, casebook collections, and novels from 1912 to 2000, beginning with "The Great Hotel Mystery" (The Saturday Post April 6, 1912). Dozens of authors wrote Dixon Hawke stories, including Edwy Searles Brooks (William Beeke, Sexton Blake, Norman Conquest, Ironsides Cromwell, Clive Derring, Carson Grey, Jimmy Harding, Invisible Speedman, Frank Kingston, Marko the Miracle Man, Falcon Swift, Umlosi, Waldo the Wonder Man), John Creasey (The Baron, Sexton Blake, Patrick Dawlish, Department Z, The Liberator, Bruce Murdoch, Doctor Palfrey, The Toff, Roger West), George Goodchild (Captain Crash, John Inch, Operator 19, Q33, Nigel Rix), Richard Goyne (The Padre, Paul Templeton), Rex Hardinge (Sexton Blake, Don Alvarado y Miraflo Smith), T.C.H. Jacobs (Chief Inspector Barnard, John Bellamy), “Anthony Skene” (Sexton Blake, Zenith the Albino), F. Addington Symonds (Curtis Carr, Gable Keen), Reginald Thomas (Gatunga), William Edward Vickers (Department of Dead Ends, Fidelity Dove, Sefton Kyle, Inspector J. Rason, James Segrove), and Edgar Wallace (Ace High, Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Heine, Felix Jenks, Just Men, King Kong (I), Larry Loman, Superintendent Minter, Policy Sleuth, Oliver Rater, John G. Reeder, The Ringer, Sanders, York Symon, Tam o’the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger).
Dixon Hawke is a Great Detective. When Hawke begins he is a Scottish detective, clearly modeled on Sherlock Holmes and living and working in Bath Street, Glasgow. He has a boy assistant named Nipper who sells papers in the street. Together the two fight crime and some very interesting criminals in Glasgow and around Scotland. In 1919 D.C. Thomson, the publisher of Dixon Hawke, decided to move Hawke into the "teenage and upwards" market. Hawke became a London detective, modeled on Sexton Blake, with a flat on Dover Street and an assistant named Tommy Burke. Hawke became tall and "aquiline," with a "clear cut face." He is around thirty-five years old and wears a dressing gown while lounging around his quarters. Hawke smokes a "blackened briar" and has a Mrs. Hudson-like housekeeper named Mrs. Martha Benvie. Hawke has a faithful and ferocious bloodhound named Solomon and drove a powerful Sunbeam roadster. In addition to Tommy Burke Hawke is assisted by a Japanese valet/chauffeur named Wong. In his Glasgow days Hawke’s Lestrade is Chief Detective Inspector Duncan. When Hawke moves to London, his police contact becomes Detective Chief Inspector Baxter of New Scotland Yard.
Hawke dines regularly with the Prime Minister and other highly-placed officials and has friends at the highest levels of society, as well as at New Scotland Yard. Hawke’s cases take him and Burke to New York, San Francisco, Yokohama, Tibet, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Berlin, Cairo, and most other major metropoli, as well as several hidden cities and Lost Races. Hawke spends time in the American West, fighting enemies who more properly belong in the 1870s; he spends time in Haiti, posing as a witch doctor and fighting voodoo-using villains. Hawke's enemies are violent and cruel; in addition to the traditional burglars and jewel thieves, there are international criminal syndicates, Mad Scientists, insane desert raiders and white slavers. Few of Hawke’s opponents appeared more than once–nearly all died at the end of the story–but a few became recurring adversaries and dogged Hawke for years on end. The most memorable is Marko the Miracle Man. Another is Nicollete Lazarre, the "Black Angel," Hawke’s Loving Enemy and an adventuress not unlike Sexton Blake's Mademoiselle Yvonne or Nelson Lee's Mademoiselle Miton, the Black Wolf.
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