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Quest, Sanford. Sanford Quest 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, Algernon Knox, Ambrose Lavendale, John T. Laxworthy, Baroness Claire Linz, Joseph Londe, Mannister, Lucie Mott, Aaron Rodd, Peter Ruff, Monsieur Sabin, Michael Sayers, Jasper Slane) and appeared in the film serial The Black Box (1915).
Sanford Quest is a Scientific Detective. He is a smooth, unruffled criminologist who not only uses the latest science to solve crimes but, as an inventor, uses SCIENCE! to create new devices, including an “electric mind-reader," a view phone, a pocket bomb made of a super-powerful explosive, and a "pocket wireless telephone." Unfortunately, Quest has an opposite: the evil Lord Professor Ashleigh, who has created a suit which when charged with electricity leaves the wearer invisible. Between this suit and the murderous ape-like creature that he has raised and trained, Ashleigh begins a reign of terror which is only ended when Quest and Ashleigh duel to Ashleigh’s death.
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