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  •  "You read Dunbar?" (3+ / 0-)

    "Certainly.  I am not a barbarian."

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:38:52 AM PDT

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    •  Archie has some problems, though, (3+ / 0-)

      in the early novels with some language that would not be considered polite today.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:36:38 AM PDT

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    •  I loved that line (4+ / 0-)

      Then again, remember - Wolfe is not only a Northerner visiting the South, he's also an immigrant from the Balkans who saw first-hand the destruction caused by clashing ethnic groups.

      •  And... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...per Baring-Gould's biography, the illegitimate son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler.

        Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

        by WarrenS on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:28:20 AM PDT

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        •  I remember that theory (6+ / 0-)

          I've always been more partial to the idea that he's actually Mycroft's son, not Sherlock's.  

          Someday, copyright be damned, I want to see an ultimate 1930's crossover along these lines:

          Inspector Richard Queen, who's been temporarily assigned to Kings County instead of Manhattan, is called in when a scientist who worked for Clark Savage, Sr., is found dead in Red Hook.  The only witness, a scrawny little WPA artist named Steve Rogers, has several recent bruises and defensive wounds that square up with the scientist's attempt to defend himself with a knife against his murderer, so Inspector Queen reluctantly moves to arrest Rogers.

          Rogers, who was trying to enlist in the Army under a false name and thus has no alibi, manages to catch the A train into Manhattan one step ahead of Sergeant Velie and takes refuge in the coal chute of a townhouse rented by scientist Phineas Horton.  There he meets a confused young man named Jim Hammond, who sneaks him upstairs long enough for him to call madcap heiress Lily Rowan.  Lily Rowan's dad, a legendary Irish sewer tycoon, had known Rogers' father when they were both fresh off the boat from Ireland, so Lily, who's always liked this poor kid from Brooklyn, asks Archie to help save the son of the man who saved her father's life.  

          In the meantime, Clark Savage, Jr., aided by fellow scientist/experimental subject Violet Ray, pioneering astrophysicist Blackie DuQuesne, and investigative reporters Lois Lane and Clark Ient, sets out to solve the death of his company's former employee.  Along the way he crosses paths with Ellery Queen, Archie Goodwin, socialite Bruce Wayne, Themiscyran crown princess Diana, a mysterious English teenager named Thomas M. Riddle, a skid row bum named N. Moore McKenzie, and one of the cooks at Rusterman's Restaurant, who is more than he appears.

          Ultimately everyone ends up at Wolfe's brownstone, where the solution to the crime hinges on a drawing Rogers made of one of Wolfe's rarest orchids, which Clark Savage, Jr., gave him as a present for "favors rendered" after finding it on an expedition funded by the Quartermain Estate to South America, and....

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