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Recai. Recai was created by “Server Bedii,” the pseudonym of the Turkish author Peyami Safa (Kartal Ihsan, Imdad, Tilki Leman, Necati, Çekirge Zehra), and appeared in at least thirty-five dime novel stories and a number of novels and short story collections from 1925 to 1961, beginning with Cingöz Recai Kibar Serisi #1-10 (1925).
Recai is a Lupin. A Turk, he is known as "Cingöz Recai," "Wily Recai," and is a cunning, intuitive, and devious detective. He is a master of disguise, full of joie de vivre and good humor, and he does things as much for the thrill of the chase as for any desire for justice. But Recai begins as a detective and remains so throughout his long fictional life. In Cingöz Recâî Serlok Holmes’e Karsı #1-15 (1926) Recai jousts with Sherlock Holmes. In 1935, in Arsen Lüpen Istanbul'da, Recai duels with Arsène Lupin himself. In other novels Recai jousts with Kartal Ihsan and Çekirge Zehra. Recai appears in stories with titles like “The Evil Eye” and “A Kidnaped Girl.”
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