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Ruggles. Ruggles was created by Walter Frost (Jim Bannister, Jim Clavering) and appeared in nineteen stories and serials in Flynn’s and Detective Fiction Weekly from 1926 to 1929, beginning with “The Garlic Bulbs” (Flynn’s Weekly, Sept. 18, 1926).

Ruggles is a Great Detective. He had been a criminal mastermind, but something caused him to change his ways and to fight for good rather than greed. This change did not come without cost, however. Ruggles is hated by his former comrades in crime, and the two automatics Ruggles carries are for use, not for show. He is known as the criminal's "most dreaded enemy," for he seems to know everything about crime, not just in the United States but in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.

In the stories Ruggles’ profession is "amateur detective or volunteer criminologist." He works from an office on 86th Street in New York City, assisted by his admiring friend Dan Crane. He is stocky and powerful and seems to be physically modeled on Professor Challenger. Mentally he is closer to Sherlock Holmes, down to extrapolating truths about people based on slim visual evidence. Ruggles is well educated and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. Indeed, there seems to be nothing that Ruggles does not know about. The stories put his mental and physical abilities to the test, as Ruggles travels around the world, from the depths of Gotham to West Virginia to Java, and confronts a wide variety of crimes and criminals, from Indian cultists to vicious prison guards in league with escaped convicts to a Malay assassin to Chinese pirates.

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