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The Wire Devils

Frank L. Packard

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . though the problem were entirely beyond him.

MacVightie hesitated.

“Well—no,” he acknowledged, after a moment. “I guess you’re straight all right, and I’ll admit I didn’t see him come in; but I’d have pretty near taken an oath on it.”

“Then I guess he must have ducked somewhere else,” submitted the Hawk sapiently. “There wasn’t no one went by that door—I’m giving it to you on the level.”

MacVightie’s reluctant smile was a wry grimace.

“Yes, I reckon it’s my mistake.” His voice lost its snarl, and his fingers groped down into his vest pocket. “Here, have a cigar,” he invited placatingly.

“Why, say—thanks”—the Hawk beamed radiantly. &ld. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Pulp from the creator of the Gray Seal.

A ruthless gang is robbing trains and banks, and every other depository of riches using the telegraph as a tool. The authorities try to track them down but get nowhere. A gentleman crook, known as The Hawk starts in on the gang, bigfooting their robberies. The

The Wire Devils

A Mystery and Adventure Tale of the Masters of the Wires and of Secret Codes

They were experts in telegraphy—masters of the art of cipher codes. With every avenue of escape watched and every method of detection practised, “The Wire Devils” moved from one astounding e

This is one of Frank Packard’s finest novels. Master safe-cracker Harry Maul, AKA the Hawk, apparently learned nothing from a five year prison term in Sing-Sing. Almost immediately after his release from custody is reported in the newspapers he is pegged as the leader of a ruthless gang of criminals

My girlfriend picked this up for me from a yard sale or something. Old book, undated, unlikely a 1st ed or anything but probably published close to the original date. Not bad for what it is. Follows a robber/criminal around as he follows another band of criminals, cracks their communication code, an

A rollicking novel, full of unexpected twists and turns that tickle the fancy as much as they defy the imagination. Harry Maul is one audacious and lucky guy!

The ending, though, was a real letdown and totally uncharacteristic, just like the Big Reveal of a second-rate Hollywood movie. Sigh.