The characters here are not easily classified as either private detectives, cops, crooks or spies. They include lawyer Perry Mason who is assisted by the long-suffering private detective Paul Drake, Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie vs Dr. Fu Manchu and Monsieur Pamplemousse with his associate Pommes Frites. All are interesting protagonists and the books are well written although Fu Manchu is now quite dated. Dennis Wheatley gave us the very readable Roger Brook series where the hero is a combination spy (for Prime Minister Pitt) and adventurer (Roger spans the globe from Europe, through Asia, the Americas and Africa) and soldier for Napoleon (as Chevalier Breuc).
Perhaps the most famous of these adventurers was the Saint who at the beginning of his long career delighted in thumbing his nose at Scotland Yard and mercilessly teasing Inspector Claude Eustace Teal (who was not a crooked cop – in later books they almost became friends). Citizen righters-of-wrongs included the Bulldog Drummond, the Saint, Wallace’s Four Just Men, occasionally A.J. Raffles and others.
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