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Albert W. Aiken - Kate Scott, the Decoy Detective (Dark Lantern Tales)

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Dark Lantern is a new publishing company devoted to reissuing 19th-century crime fiction. If you thought the late 1800s were all about ice cream parlors, straw hats, and bicycles built for two, brace yourself to be immersed in the darker world of Vintage Detective Fiction. We have several titles that we hope you will find interesting. For more information about these books, click on this link: All books are produced on high quality paper. Here are some titles. We soon will have more.

Detective Joe Phenix encountered the woman who will be his new assistant when the first serial installment of Kate Scott, The Decoy Detective, hit the streets on February 9, 1884 in Beadle’s Weekly. And, Kate Scott turns out to be quite a sturdy character. Self-possessed and bold, Kate outwits and escapes from a mastermind of crime, shoots an attacker, and works as a disguised “spy” (undercover agent) for Joe Phenix. As the title page promises, this is a tale that takes the reader from the highest to the lowest reaches of New York society. Now, join Kate Scott for a stroll on the recently opened “New York and Brooklyn Bridge” for a breath of fresh air in novel surroundings. Her evening is not destined to remain peaceful!

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