>From: James Reasoner <email@example.com>
>> I know they're not single author series, but how many Executioner (and
>> how many by Pendleton before he authors became involved?) and Nick
>> Carter books are there?
>If you're talking about the Nick Carter, Killmaster paperback series,
>there are either 261 or 263, I forget exactly. Throw in the Nick
>Carter pulp novels and dime novels (same name, different characters)
>and the number goes up a lot more.
>Hank Janson and Sexton Blake have to figure into this discussion, too,
>but I have no idea about the numbers on them.
In terms of stories, not novels, Dixon Hawke (a Scottish Holmes/Blake
knockoff) is (to the best of my knowledge) the winner for totals, with
over 5500 stories--he regularly appeared in magazines from 1912 to 2000.
Blake comes in around 4000, with Nick Carter a couple of hundred ahead of him.
In terms of single-author novel series, Simenon's Maigret (79 novels
and short story collections) must be among the leaders, if not the
leader. Of course, a lot of obscure or mostly-obscure authors had
long runs, back in the day: Arthur Plummer had 50 novels about
Detective-Inspector Andrew Frampton (I wrote about Plummer and Frampton here:
and Steve Lewis followed up here:
http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=376 ) and Gladys Mitchell had 68
novels about Beatrice Bradley. And those are two I found without
much effort; I'm sure there are others I'm overlooking with similar
jess--Perry Mason, at 83 novels, for example....
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