Nelson Lee was one of the longest-running detectives of the British story papers. Throughout his thirty-year run in the Amalgamated Press papers, he was perhaps second only to Sexton Blake in popularity. Created by Maxwell Scott (the pseudonym of Dr. John Staniforth 1863-1927) he first appeared in A Dead Man’s Secret in The Halfpenny Marvel #46, 19 September 1894. For the next twenty years he appeared regularly in Boy’s Friend, Boy’s Realm, and Boy’s Herald. In 1915 he was given his own story-paper series, The Nelson Lee Library, which ran until 1933.
Lee appeared in over 2500 tales set in every corner of the globe. Scott eventually sold his rights to the character to the Amalgamated Press, which enabled new authors to pen Lee adventures, among them notable Sexton Blake authors A. C. Murray, W. M. Graydon, Edwy Searles Brooks and G. H. Teed. The Black Wolf, Nelson Lee’s greatest female adversary, first appeared in 1915. She would go on to clash with the great detective in 15 adventures, at times teaming up with other master criminals. Her adventures have been gathered for the first time in this anthology. We’ve also included The Last of the Genghis, The Man with Four Identities, The Crimson Disc, and The Mystery of the Closed Door, tales which do not feature her but that bring the story arc of her partners in crime to their conclusion. All her adventures were written by George Hamilton Teed (1886-1938) a Canadian writer who is regarded by fans as one of the best Sexton Blake authors of all time. The anthology includes: The Black Wolf, The Nelson Lee Library #17, October 2, 1915 The Secret of the Swamp, The Nelson Lee Library #19, October, 16, 1915 Edges of Steel; or, The Apaches of Paris, The Nelson Lee Library #22, November 6, 1915 The Case of the Tube of Radium, The Nelson Lee Library #24 November 20, 1915 The Crystal Urn, The Nelson Lee Library #26, December 4, 1915 A Mystery of Venice, The Nelson Lee Library #30, January 1, 1916 The Frozen Man, The Nelson Lee Library #31, January 8, 1916 Robbery Wholesale, The Nelson Lee Library #34 January 29, 1916 The Mystery Man of Lhassa, The Nelson Lee Library #36, February 12, 1916 The Red Menace, The Nelson Lee Library #40, March 11, 1916 The Last of the Genghis, The Nelson Lee Library #46, April 22, 1916 The Man with Four Identities, The Nelson Lee Library #55, June 24, 1916 The Crimson Disc, The Nelson Lee Library #58, July 15, 1916 The Golden Boomerang, The Nelson Lee Library #61, August 5, 1916 The Mystery of the Closed Door The Nelson Lee Library #79, December 9, 1916 Loot!, The Nelson Lee Library # 107, June 23, 1917 The Kidnapped Stockbroker, The Nelson Lee Library #108, June 30, 1917