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Knox, Algernon. Algernon Knox 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, 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 “The Honourable Algernon Knox, Detective” (Hearst’s Magazine, Apr 1913-Apr 1914); the stories were collected in The Honourable Algernon Knox, Detective (1920).
Algernon Knox is the scion of a family of over-achieving English noblemen—Bar, Army, Church of England, and so on. But Knox is not overly-equipped with brains--indeed, he comes close to matching Bertie Wooster (see: Reginald Jeeves) in some respects--and most people think he looks like a fool. But quite coincidentally he foils the scheme of some foreign spies and decides that he is going to devote himself to helping people who are in trouble with blackmailers and the like. More by luck than design, Knox succeeds, and eventually finds love.
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