The books (along with its prequels) that launched the greatest thriller writer of his time!
"...the Four do not go outside their promise. If they have threatened to kill in a certain manner at a certain time they will be punctual."
Edgar Wallace was a phenomenon, and quite possibly was the first thriller superbrand. This omnibus and its companion second volume collects the first book that broke him out and its various sequels.
The Three Just Men The three have received a pardon and are not law abiding. But can they get the same results they did by being strictly legal? Find out with the next set of enthralling stories.
Again the Three The final set of thrilling tales from the dossiers of the world's most famous vigilantes as they take on blackmailers, try and free wrongly implicated murder suspects and a mad scientist who may prove to be an earth-changing threat, literally.
Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was a British writer who virtually invented the thriller market and was the first to introduce police characters as leading protagonists rather than amateur sleuths.
Born into poverty as an illegitimate child in London, Wallace left school at the age of 12. He joined the army at age 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt (he had a weakness for the horses), he left South Africa, returned to London and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men. Drawing on his time as a reporter in the Congo, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines and published adventure stories featuring his first series character Sanders of the River. He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognized author.
Wallace was such a prolific writer that it was claimed that one of every four books published in England were written by him. Apart from his reportage, Wallace wrote screen plays, poetry, historical non-fiction, 18 stage plays, 957 short stories and over 170 novels, 12 in 1929 alone. Over 160 films have been made from Wallace's work.