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Dr. Thorndyke VS Dr. Nikola(12 works: John Thorndykes Cases, The Mystery of 31 New Inn, A Bid for Fortune, and more) Richard Austin Freeman

Dr. Thorndyke VS Dr. Nikola(12 works: John Thorndykes Cases, The Mystery of 31 New Inn, A Bid for Fortune, and more)

Richard Austin Freeman

Published October 2nd 2013
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Dr. John Evelyn Thorndyke is a fictional detective in a long series of novels and short stories by British author R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943). Thorndyke was described by his author as a medical jurispractitioner: originally a medical doctor, heMoreDr. John Evelyn Thorndyke is a fictional detective in a long series of novels and short stories by British author R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943). Thorndyke was described by his author as a medical jurispractitioner: originally a medical doctor, he turned to the bar and became one of the first — in modern parlance — forensic scientists. His solutions were based on his method of collecting all possible data (including dust and pond weed) and making inferences from them before looking at any of the protagonists and motives in the crimes. (Freeman, it is said, conducted all experiments mentioned in the stories himself.) It is this method which gave rise to one of Freemans most ingenious inventions, the inverted detective story, where the criminal act is described first and the interest lies in Thorndykes subsequent unraveling of it.Thorndyke resided at 5A Kings Bench Walk, Inner Temple. He was often assisted by his friend and foil Christopher Jervis, who usually acts as narrator, and always by the resourceful Nathaniel Polton, his crinkly-faced lab technician. Thorndyke tended to have a better relationship with the police (usually in the form of Superintendent Miller) than Sherlock Holmes did, despite proving them wrong on numerous occasions. Thorndyke, although tall, athletic, handsome and clever, never married.This is Dr. John Evelyn Thorndyke stories in this book: (7 works.)The Red Thumb Mark (1907)John Thorndykes Cases (1909)The Eye of Osiris (1912)The Mystery of 31 New Inn (1912)The Singing Bone (1912)A Silent Witness (1914)Helen Vardons Confession (1922)Doctor Nikola was the well known of Guy Boothby novels, in the Dr. Nikola Series, about an occultist anti-hero seeking immortality and world domination. The adventures of Nikola were launched with the first episode of A Bid for Fortune which was serialized in The Windsor Magazine (a rival to The Strand Magazine). Nikola is described as dressing in faultless evening dress, slender, having dark peculiar eyes and dark hair, and white toad-coloured skin. He lives in a bungalow on the Rue de Lafayette in Shanghai. Stanley L. Woods often illustrated the Nikola stories and his portraits depict Dr Nikola in white cravat and fur coat, with his perennial companion, the black cat Apollyon (named after a dark angel) - huge, baleful, gleaming-eyed - perched on Nikolas shoulder. Nikola - cosmopolitan, cultivated, universally feared - is highly intelligent but unscrupulous.This is Dr. Nikola stories in this book: (5 works.)A Bid for Fortune (1895)Dr. Nikola Returns (1896)The Lust of Hate (1898)Dr. Nikolas Experiment (1899)Farewell, Nikola (1901)