Arthur B. Reeve


Arthur Benjamin Reeves  (1880 - 1936) was an American mystery writer. He is best known for creating the series character Professor Craig Kennedy, sometimes called "The American Sherlock Holmes," and his Dr Watson-like sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter, in eighteen detective novels. The bulk of Reeve's fame is based on the 82 Craig Kennedy stories.

Reeves was hugely and unashamedly influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle. In turn his clever use of real gadgets and the latest discoveries, and many of his story devices ("I suppose you're all wondering why I called you here"), changed the mystery field forever. Some of his books were made into movies back in the 1920's, and the 1952 TV series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist was based on his stories and novels.


 I could not find any pictures of Arthur Reeves on the Internet.  So I have included his creation, Craig Kennedy



From Archive - Audio:

1.  Stories from the Silent Bullet - Craig Kennedy Stories - Craig Kennedy is a professor at Columbia, an early adopter of the newest 1910 technology, and a brilliant criminologist. Jameson is a reporter for the New York Morning Star. Together, they fight crime!

2.  Constance Dunlap - In this 1913 short story collection, a woman does wrong, gets on the wrong side of the law -- then becomes a very odd sort of detective, fighting for others who've done wrong but still deserve justice. Each story stands alone, but is just one chapter in the collection as a whole.

From LibriVox.Org:

1.  The Silent Bullet
Thomas A. Edison called this book "very ingenious and new," 
The Silent Bullet was the first volume of the Professor Craig Kennedy stories, published in 1912. A brief introduction makes us aware that the hero is Craig Kennedy, professor of chemistry at Columbia University, and his Watson is his journalist roommate, Walter Jameson. Although Kennedy is a chemist, he appears to be adept in all sorts of branches of science, as are revealed in the stories.
This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The first story, The Silent Bullet, has everyone wondering how a bullet could kill someone with no noise. Today, silencers on guns are commonplace in movies and on TV. Or as in "The Deadly Tube" featuring the story of a doctor causing his patients much harm with evil x-rays, or the development of the gyroscope for airplanes in "The Terror in the Air". 

2.  The Exploits of Elaine - 
The Exploits of Elaine tells the story of a young woman named Elaine who, with the help of a detective, tries to find the man, known only as “The Clutching Hand”, who murdered her father.
    3.  Film Mystery - A Craig Kennedy Novel.  The setting of this mystery is the early days of movie making, and the murder victim is Stella Lamar, “the beautiful idol of the screen, beloved of millions”, who collapses and dies during the filming of a scene for her latest movie.

    4.  The Master Mystery - The hero (or superhero) is Quentin Locke, scientist, agent of the U.S. Justice Department, and not surprisingly, an escape artist.  The Master Mystery follows agent Locke through many pitfalls, in true serial fashion, as he is tasked with uncovering a band of thugs and a peculiar metal robot (reportedly the first robot in film) with a brain, called an automaton, which has been robbing potential inventors of their patent rights.  All in good fun by today’s standards, we find our hero escaping a straightjacket, a diver’s suit, and an electric chair to name but a few, and of course winning the hand of the daughter of one of the industrialists along the way. 

    5.  The Black Hand   (6th story in Short Story Mystery Collection 005)

    6.  The Poisoned Pen - This book contains twelve of Professor Craig Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today.  The title story features the use of special inks. One which disappears in sunlight and one which appears in sunlight, so that the text on a note found in possession of a murder victim changes completely, making it almost impossible for Kennedy to track down the killer. Each story features a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way.

    7a.  The Campaign Grafter, part 1 by Arthur B. Reeve (16th story in American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes)

    7b.  The Campaign Grafter, part 2 by Arthur B. Reeve (17th story in American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes)

    8.  Constance Dunlap  (Version 2) - Constance Dunlap is a young woman who in Chapter 1 turns amateur criminal in order to to save her husband from disgrace and imminent arrest. When this sadly doesn't work out exactly as planned, Constance goes on to embrace a new life. More anti-heroine than heroine, she uses her wits and new found talents to aid others in avoiding retribution for their crimes always one step ahead of the detective pursuing her.

    ====================Movie Serial Below=====================

    The Clutching Hand Movie Serial  (1936) –  Jack Mulhall as Craig Kennedy:

    A 15 Chapter 1936 Stage and Screen Productions Serial.

    A scientist discovers a formula for making synthetic gold, but before he can reveal the secret to his colleagues at the International Research Foundation, both he and the book in which he has written the formula disappears. Super-detective Craig Kennedy and his partner are called in to find both the scientists and the formula.

    "The Clutching Hand", was loosely based on a novel by "Craig Kennedy" creator Arthur B. Reeve, and was also released as a feature in addition to the 15 chapter serial, both of which were originally distributed by Stage and Screen Productions, Inc.  Doctor Paul Gironda announces he has discovered a formula for the manufacture of synthetic gold. The International Research Foundation agrees to financially help him develop his formula. Just before the Board of Directors arrive at Gironda's laboratory to witness his achievement, he is heard screaming, and mysteriously disappears before help arrives. Newspaper reporter Walter Jameson, who is engaged to Gironda's daughter Verna, calls in investigator Craig Kennedy. Kennedy and Jameson face many perils and cliffhangers.