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Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective

Frank Pinkerton

Book Overview: 

Dyke Darrel investigates an audacious train robbery that included the murder of a friend, and embarks on a man-hunt. High Victorian serial melodrama at its best!

Won By Crime was originally included with the published edition of Dyke Darell, but this is an unrelated novella. Portuguese Viceroy to Goa, Don Garcia brought his daughter and nephew to the wild island. Adventure and melodrama ensue!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The man we have met on a previous occasion, Professor Darlington Ruggles, settled himself beside the late comer.

"Ahem—fine evening."

A grunt answered the Professor's attempt to be sociable. At length, after casting a keen glance about the car, to find that but few passengers were present, and those of but little consequence, Professor Ruggles said:

"He's in the next car."

"Yes. I'd like to get my clutches onto him agin."

"You had him once?"

"Yes, but he had help, and escaped. Do you imagine he's on the trail?"

"Certainly," answered Professor Ruggles.

"Then he'll get off to-night."

"I hope so; but you must be cautious."

"Trust me for that."

"Have you formulated a plan?"


"Then let me help you."

"I'll be glad to do so."

"If we can get the fellow onto the platform . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was fairly good read. The thing I didn't realize when I started reading(listening to) it , was that it was written in 1886. That explained a lot of the strange dialog.

I liked this book. Very pulpish, very serial, and very much different from a detective novel of modern times, being written about 1886. Written by whom I understand was the son of the founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Not a deep book, not well suited for a lot of analysis, just a fun read,

Enjoyable Mystery.

This is a mystery with multiple underlying plots set around St Louis, Chicago and New York City. It involves many characters who keep the story busy. I had hoped by the title that there would be more railroad adventure but trains were mostly seen as a conveyance. Good book for Vict

This book is so tacky it's awesome! It is brimming with villainous villains laughing maniacally while plotting their villainous deeds (out loud, of course). Our main characters are thrown onto railroad tracks, and are generally murdered at the end of each chapter, only to be resurrected at the begin