Jacques Futrelle

 

Jacques Heath Futrelle (1875 - 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring the "Thinking Machine", Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen.

In 1905, his Thinking Machine character first appeared in a serialized version of "The Problem of Cell 13".

Returning from Europe aboard the RMSTitanic, Futrelle, a first-cabin passenger, refused to board a lifeboat insisting his wife board instead, according to his wife, with the belief that her boarding would give him a better chance of surviving; he perished in the Atlantic.

Futrelle is used as the protagonist in The Titanic Murders, a novel about two murders aboard the Titanic, by Max Allan Collins.

 

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From Archive - Audio:

1.  The Prisoner of Cell 13     (How will the "Thinking Machine" escape from Death Row in one week?)

2.  The Superfluous Finger    (A "Thinking Machine" story)

3.  My First Experience With the Great Logician   (1st story in the Short Mystery Story Collection Vol 003)

4.  The Thinking Machine  (10th story in the Short Mystery Story Collection Vol 002)

5.  Problem of the Crystal Gazer  (2nd story in Short Story Mystery Collection 06)

6.  The Diamond Master - A perfect diamond worth millions is mailed, in a plain package, to a diamond dealer. Then he finds that identical diamonds were delivered to other diamond dealers. Where did the gems come from? Who sent them? And why?

7.  The Problem of Cell 13, Part 1 and Part 2 by Jacques Futrelle (3rd and 4th Short story in Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - Vol 2)

8.  The Problem of the Superfluous Finger by Jacques Futrelle (9th Short story in Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - Vol 2)

9a. The Scarlet Thread, part 1 by Jacques Futrelle (6th story in American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes)

9b. The Scarlet Thread, part 2 by Jacques Futrelle (7th story in American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes)

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