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Harry Stephen Keeler


USA flag (1890 - 1967)

Born in Chicago in 1890, Keeler spent his childhood exclusively in this city, which was so beloved by the author that a large number of his works took place in and around it. In many of his novels, Keeler refers to Chicago as "the London of the west." The expression is explained in the opening of Thieves' Nights (1929):

"Here ... were seemingly the same hawkers ... selling the same goods ... here too was the confusion, the babble of tongues of many lands, the restless, shoving throng containing faces and features of a thousand racial castes, and last but not least, here on Halsted and Maxwell streets, Chicago, were the same dirt, flying bits of torn paper, and confusion that graced the junction of Middlesex and Whitechapel High streets far across the globe."

Other locales for Keeler novels include New Orleans and New York. In his later works, Keeler's settings are often more generic settings such as Big River, or a city in which all buildings and streets are either nameless or fictional. Keeler is known to have visited London at least once, but his occasional depictions of British characters are consistently implausible.

Genres: Mystery
 
Series
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Novels
   The Flyer Hold-Up (1914)
   Adventure in Milwaukee (1922)
   Find The Clock (1922)
   The Voice of the Seven Sparrows (1924)
   The Spectacles of Mr. Cagliostro (1926)
   Sing Sing Nights (1927)
   The Fourth King (1929)
   Theives' Nights (1929)
   The Amazing Web (1930)
   The Box From Japan (1930)
   The Green Jade Hand (1930)
   The Riddle of the Yellow Zuri (1930)
     aka The Tiger Snake
   The Face of the Man from Saturn (1933)
   The Washington Square Enigma (1933)
   The Mystery of the Fiddling Cracksman (1934)
   The Riddle of the Traveling Skull (1934)
   The Five Silver Buddhas (1935)
   The Search for X - Y - Z (1943)
   The Iron Ring (1944)
   The Case of the Ivory Arrow (1945)
   The Case of the Mysterious Moll (1945)
   The Monocled Monster (1947)
   The Case of the Transposed Legs (1948) (with Hazel Goodwin Keeler)
   Hangman's Nights (1951)
   The Murder of London Lew (1952)
   The Gallows Waits , my Lord ! (1953)
   The Case of the Crazy Corpse (1954)
   The mechanics (and kinematics) of web-work plot construction, with diagrams, (1955)
   The Circus Stealers (1956)
   The Mysterious Ivory Ball of Wong Shing Li (1957)
   The Affair of the Bottled Deuce (1958)
   The Case Of The Transparent Nude (1958)
   The Stolen Gravestone (1958)
   The Straw Hat Murders (1958)
   The Man Who Changed His Skin (1959)
   The Mysterious Card (1959)
   The Photo of Lady X (1959) (with Hazel Goodwin Keeler)
   The Blackmailer (1961)
   The Scarlet Mummy (1965) (with Tertza Rinaldo Keeler)
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