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Albert W. Aiken - The Actress Detective (Dark Lantern Tales)

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.

New York City, 1889. Hilda Serene grew up rough in the mining camps of the American West, and became an experienced actress on stage. But the life of a detective looked like a better use of her talents. Hilda is described by others as muscular and masculine, and she demonstrates great skill as a fighter with both fists and weapons. Miss Serene describes herself as, “an accident of birth,” and as a “Man-Woman.” She feels that she should have been born as a man, and although not particularly interested in love, she declares, “I have had friends, both men and women, whom I have liked, but, as a rule, I have fancied the women a great deal more than I have the men.”

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