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Publication Order of The Four Just Men Books

The Four Just Men (1905)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Council of Justice (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Just Men of Cordova (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Law of the Four Just Men / Again the Three Just Men (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Three Just Men (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of T.B. Smith Books

The Nine Bears / The Other Man / The Cheaters / Silinski, Master Criminal (1910)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Admirable Carfew (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Commissioner Sanders Books

Sanders of the River (1911)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The People of the River (1912)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River of Stars (1913)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bosambo of the River (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sandi the King-Maker (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sanders / Mr. Commissioner Sanders (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Again Sanders (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Keepers of the King's Peace (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lieutenant Bones Books

Bones (1915)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bones in London (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bones of the River (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of J.G. Reeder Books

Room 13 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mind of Mr. J G Reeder / The Murder Book of J.G. Reeder (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Casefiles of Mr. J.G. Reeder (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terror Keep (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guv'nor / Mr. Reeder Returns (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr J G Reeder Returns (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Aces (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Elk Books

The Fellowship of the Frog (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Joker / The Colossus (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Twister (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Face (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Educated Evans Books

More Educated Evans (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Evans / The Educated Man (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Supt. Minter Books

Big Foot (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lone House Mystery (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Ringer Books

The Ringer (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Again the Ringer / The Ringer Returns (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Smithy Books

Smithy, Nobby and Co. (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mystery League Books

with F. Van Wyck Mason, Miles Burton
The Day of Uniting (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hand of Power (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hardway Diamonds Mystery (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House Of Terror (By: ) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bungalow on the Roof (By: Achmed Abdullah) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The African Millionaire (1904)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel Esquire (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Duke In The Suburbs (1909)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eve's Island (1909)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Plague (1913)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grey Timothy (1913)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Bought London (1915)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of the Twisted Candle (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret House (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kate Plus Ten (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Knew (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of Heine (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Rust (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack O' Judgment (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Daffodil Mystery / The Daffodil Murder (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of All-Power (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Angel of Terror / The Destroying Angel (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr Justice Maxell (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flying Fifty-Five (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crimson Circle (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of the New Pin (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Missing Million (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captains of Souls (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Archer (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Face in the Night (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Three Oak Mystery (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Eyes Of London (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sinister Man (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Dan aka Diana of Kara-Kara (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Daughters of the Night (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Strange Countess (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Avons / How They Feared in the Times of the Tudors (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A King by Night (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Hand (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hairy Arm / The Avenger (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor's Gate (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barbara on Her Own (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Abbot (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Door with Seven Locks (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow Snake (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Square Emerald / The Girl from Scotland Yard (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Debt Discharged (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Shall See! / The Gaol Breaker (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Northing Tramp / The Tramp (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Feathered Serpent (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flat 2 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Hand (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Forger / The Clever One (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Square Jane (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Was Nobody (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Squeaker / The Squealer (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flying Squad (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunner / Gunman's Bluff (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Terrible People (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Double (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Ribbon (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Iron Grip (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Terror (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The India-Rubber Men (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Hades (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planetoid 127 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost of Down Hill (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of The Silver Key / The Silver Key (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down Under Donovan (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Thief in the Night (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Flack (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil Man (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Spot (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Coat Of Arms (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Gangs Came to London (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Sir Peter / Sergeant Dunn, C.I.D. (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frightened Lady / The Mystery of the Frightened Lady (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frightened Lady (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Kong (By: Mark Cotta Vaz) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Pack (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Calendar (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Packs a Suitcase (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brigand (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from Morocco (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mission That Failed (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mixer (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to London (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Writ In Barracks (1900)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heroes All Gallant Deeds of the War (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trial of the Seddons (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Circumstantial Evidence and Other Stories (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Humorous Stories (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fighting Snub Reilly and Other Stories (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sooper and Others (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Room (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vampire of Wembley (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapbooks

The Orator (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Famous Scottish Regiments (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Standard History of the War (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
People: A Short Autobiography (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This England (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kitchener's Army (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Pocket Book of Mystery Stories(1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
World's Great Mystery Stories(1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifty Famous Detectives of Fiction(1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Crooked Little Crime Stories(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Short Stories: After Dark Classics(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Cat Weekly #47(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Edgar Wallace was a British writer and one of the most popular and prolific writers of the 20th century. Doubling up as a crime writer, playwright, and journalist, he wrote over 175 novels, 40 short story collections, 24 plays, and numerous articles in journals and newspapers in less than 3 decades of writing. At the height of his powers, a popular claim was that he penned a quarter of all the books read in England. Over 85 years after his death, his name is often invoked as he still towers like a colossus in the mystery genre. Wallace was born a bastard in Greenwich, London in 1875, the product of a union between two actors. His mother christened him Richard Horatio Edgar Freeman and put him in foster care when he was just a week old. Despite living with a foster family, his extrovert nature meant he had a relatively enjoyable childhood. He worked a number of odd jobs in his youth before joining up with the army that sent him to South Africa. He soon found out that soldiering was not for him and was soon back in London, where he got a job as a crime reporter for the newly established Daily Mail. It was as a reporter that he shortened his name to “Edgar Wallace”, a last name that he took from the author of “Ben Hur”, General Lew Wallace.

The turn of the 20th century was not a very good period for Wallace, who was a newly married man and a father who had developed a taste for the finer things in life. Edgar Wallace was of the belief that any attempt at controlling spending was a bad omen, as it meant that his fortunes would one day diminish. He would head back to South Africa in 1902 as a newspaper editor only to come back to England when Eleanor his daughter fell ill and died. In 1904, he took a job for a newspaper covering the Russo-Japanese War, which took him and his wife to continental Europe. It was in Europe that made acquaintance with a group of spies. His encounter became the basis for his first mystery novel; the 1905 published “The Four Just Men”. The novel was to be just the first of the author’s collection of secret organization series. The novel is a narrative of a group of super-rich vigilantes that played their part in making the world a better place through assassinating people responsible for unpunishable wrongs. His decision to promote and publish the novel without any help from the major publishing houses proved a disaster, as he ran out of funds forcing him to declare bankruptcy.

Undeterred with his failure Wallace buckled up and began churning out novel after novel until he hit a home run with the 1911 published title “Sanders of the River” that was a chronicle of his time in South Africa. He would follow the novel with the Just Men Adventures that featured Scotland Yard’s Inspector Elk as the chief protagonist. By the 20s, his literary career had picked up steam as he averaged 18 novels a year by 1926, and was up to 34 by 1929. At the time, only John Creasey and Georges Simenon could have been said to be more prolific. Wallace’s legendary concentration and work ethic was notoriously fueled by smoking between 80 to 100 cigarettes a day and between 30 to 40 cups of sweetened tea. In fact, a dramatically elongated cigarette holder was his most famous trademark. Despite the workload that he put on himself, he was known to never make notes and to keep the plots of his novels in his head. He would typically write out the first page of a novel in his own hand, before dictating the rest of the novel into a machine or to a secretary.

Edgar Wallace’s fictional worlds are full of innovatively named criminal organizations such as the “Crimson Circle”, the “Red Hand”, and the “Fellowship of the Frog”. They are also peopled with colorful super villains that include gangsters, crooks, plucky heroines, intrepid amateur sleuths and seemingly respectable men living double lives. Going against the conventions of the time, Wallace was the first to make a police officer the lead protagonist in his novels as opposed to an amateur sleuth. In 1925, he created his most famous series “The Four Just Men”. The lead protagonists in the novels are four rich men that believe that it is up to them to mete out punishment for crimes, for which the law gives, inadequate or no punishment. They style themselves as the Council of Justice that is indifferent to the opinions of men preferring passionless intellect. They constantly pit their intellect against the most powerful and cunning underworld organizations that have minds that are just as smart. To anyone that violates the sacred conventions, their answer is swift death. Away from his writing, he also worked in Hollywood with his most important contributions being the script for the movie King Kong and the Hound of Baskervilles. Many movies on the script of King Kong as well as several of his other novels have been made over the years. He died of pneumonia in his Beverly Hills home in 1932 aged 56.

“The Four Just Men” is one of Edgar Wallace’s most popular novels that introduce the four self-styled men of the Council of Justice. The group of men is composed of psychopaths who use their psychopathy to murder people who have done grievous wrong to others and would get away with it were it left to the law. At the beginning of the novel, the four just men have been reduced to three after one of their own is caught in a shootout forcing them to hire a fourth – a highly skilled but more common serial killer. The group’s first target is Sir Phillip Ramon, the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs ,who has riled the four with his plans to push through a bill that would put Spanish rebels fighting against repression in Spain at risk in the UK. The council delivers a warning to the secretary warning him of dire consequences if he continues on his path. With a locked room mystery and serialization in the Daily Mail, the novel is a hair-raising classic from Wallace.

“The Council of Justice” is the fast paced, suspenseful, and thrilling sequel to the first novel in the Four Just Men series of novels. The council of four has considerably toned down on their vigilante stance, even though they still work outside the law. They go after The Red 100 a terrorist organization led by The Woman of Graz. Despite a softened vigilante streak, they still go in hard against the terrorists with strategic assassinations and decisive strikes. Following a high stakes coup, one of the four is taken into police custody and is subsequently held in a maximum-security prison. Never known for sitting on their laurels, the four announce that they will get him off – illegally of course. What follows is an exceptional tale full of suspense that will get the heart of many a thriller fan racing.

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