These thirteen stories prove that Sherlock Holmes stood by no means alone as a private detective in late Victorian and Edwardian London . there were other narrow-eyed sleuths who assumed disguises, ordered private trains, and showered sovereigns on hansom-drivers. Some of them, like Martin Hewitt and Dr. Thorndyke, were razor-sharp and utterly incorruptible. Others, such as Romney Pringle and the sinister Dorrington were equally acute but all out for themselves ... and the devil take the law.
Among the undeservedly forgotten authors are Max Pemberton, Arthur Morrison, Guy Boothby, and Ernest Braman - each successfully challenging Sir Arthur Conan Doye at his own game.
This work contains the following stories:
Max Pemberton: 'The Ripening Rubies'
Arthur Morrison: 'The Case of Laker, Absconded'
Guy Boothby: 'The Dutchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds'
Arthur Morrison: 'The Affair of the "Avalanche Bicycle and Tyre Co. Ltd"'
Clifford Ashdown: 'The Assyrian Rejuvenator'
L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace: 'Madame Sara'
Clifford Ashdown: 'The Submarine Boat'
William Le Queux: 'The Secret of the Fox Hunter'
Baroness Orczy: 'The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway'
R. Austin Freeman: 'The Moabite Cipher'
Baroness Orczy: 'The Woman in the Big Hat'
William Hope Hodgson: 'The Horse of the Invisible'
Ernest Bramah: 'The Game Played in the Dark'