The Adventures of Detective Barney

The Adventures of Detective Barney  (1915) 
by Harvey J. O'Higgins

Barney Cook: a street-smart messenger boy who devours the Nick Carter potboilers in his spare time, and dreams of making it to a detective agency. He does—but the work is not quite what he'd thought.

Ellery Queen, in Queen's Quorum (1951) had this to say: "Earlier, as the result of having written a series of articles on the Burns detective agency, he [O'Higgins] saw the possibilities of depicting simple, realistic, private-eye work through the eyes of a typical American boy; his Barney Cook . . . is the most believable boy-bloodhound in the entire short-story field."

The illustrations, by Henry Raleigh, are from Collier's magazine, where the stories first appeared in serial form. For the interested, the magazine is available in electronic medium at Internet Archive identifier : colliers5019unse

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He wanted to find a cave and crawl into it. . . . And then the lightning burst in the tree-top over his head


THE ADVENTURES OF
DETECTIVE BARNEY


BY
HARVEY J. O’HIGGINS

AUTHOR OF “THE SMOKE-EATERS,” “DON-A-DREAMS,”
SILENT SAM,” ETC.


ILLUSTRATIONS BY
HENRY RALEIGH


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NEW YORK
THE CENTURY CO.
1915

Copyright, 1915, by
Harvey J. O'Higgins


Copyright, 1912, 1913, 1914, by
P. F. Collier & Son, Inc.


Published, January, 1915

NOTE

Detective Barney is the hero of the detective comedy “The Dummy,” by Harvey O’Higgins and Harriet Ford, but no attempt has been made in the play to dramatize the book, and none in the book to novelize the play.

CONTENTS


  1. I
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    3
  2. II
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    48
  3. III
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    90
  4. IV
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    136
  5. V
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    185
  6. VI
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    225
  7. VII
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    258

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


  1. page
  2. He wanted to find a cave and crawl into it. . . And then the lightning burst in the tree-top over his head
    Frontispiece
  3. “It’s a repeat,” Barney said, “an’ they told me to see that you got it, this time”
    33
  4. “The old man’s wad!” Snider exulted. “By G— he ’s got the swag back too!”
    83
  5. They found him observing them with a mute and glassy stare
    157
  6. “You ’ll tread gently for the rest of your days, you sneaking parasite”
    321
  7. Mrs. Buntz was soon as indignant as her sister. She read the policy aloud—every word of it—with fine conviction
    253

THE ADVENTURES OF
DETECTIVE BARNEY


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1929, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.