Synopses & Reviews
In the first of the Bulldog Drummond stories, the wealthy former WWI officer looks for adventure as a private detective "Demobilized officer, finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Legitimate, if possible; but crime, if of a comparatively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential . . . Reply at once Box X10." When the formidable Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond places this newspaper advertisement, hungry for adventure after the end of World War I, he embarks on a career as the invincible guardian of his country. His first reply comes from a beautiful young woman who sends him to investigate what at first looks like blackmail, but turns out to be far more complicated and dangerous. The rescue of a kidnapped millionaire, later found with his thumbs horribly mangled, leads Drummond to uncover a political conspiracy of awesome scope and villainy, masterminded by the ruthless Carl Peterson. Originally published in 1920, Bulldog Drummond set the standard: as Ian Fleming himself confessed, James Bond was Mickey Spillanes Mike Hammer from the waist down, but Bulldog Drummond from the waist up.
About the Author
Sapper (18881937) was the pen name of Herman Cyril McNeile, chosen because he served for some years with the Royal Engineers, who are popularly known as "sappers." His most famous character, the formidable Bulldog Drummond, inspired a hugely popular series and several films, making Sapper one of the most popular novelists of his generation. Robert Giddings is an eminent literary critic who reviews for such publications as the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Sunday Times.