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The Adventures of Jimmie Dale

Frank L. Packard (1877-1942)

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1. 01 – The Gray Seal
2. 02 – The Gray Seal, conclusion
3. 03 – By Proxy
4. 04 – By Proxy, continued
5. 05 – By Proxy, conclusion
6. 06 – The Mother Lode
7. 07 – The Mother Lode, continued
8. 08 – The Mother Lode, conclusion
9. 09 – The Counterfeit Five
10. 10 – The Counterfeit Five, continued
11. 11 – The Counterfeit Five, conclusion
12. 12 – The Affair of the Pushcart Man
13. 13 – The Affair of the Pushcart Man, conclusion
14. 14 – Devil’s Work
15. 15 – Devil’s Work, continued
16. 16 – Devil’s Work, conclusion
17. 17 – The Thief
18. 18 – The Thief, continued
19. 19 – The Thief, conclusion
20. 20 – The Man Higher Up
21. 21 – The Man Higher Up, continued
22. 22 – The Man Higher Up, conclusion
23. 23 – Two Crooks and a Knave
24. 24 – Two Crooks and a Knave, continued
25. 25 – Two Crooks and a Knave, conclusion
26. 26 – The Alibi
27. 27 – The Alibi, continued
28. 28 – The Alibi, conclusion
29. 29 – The Stool Pigeon
30. 30 – The Stool Pigeon, continued
31. 31 – The Stool Pigeon, conclusion
32. 32 – Below the Dead Line
33. 33 – The Call To Arms
34. 34 – The Crime Club
35. 35 – The Innocent Bystander
36. 36 – On Guard
37. 37 – The Trap
38. 38 – The ‘Hour’
39. 39 – The Tocsin
40. 40 – The Tocsin’s Story
41. 41 – Silver Mag
42. 42 – The Magpie
43. 43 – John Johansson-Four-Two-Eight
44. 44 – The Only Way
45. 45 – Out of the Darkness
46. 46 – Retribution
47. 47 – ‘Death to the Gray Seal!’

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Summary

Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist born in Montreal, Quebec. He worked as a civil engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He later wrote a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale. Jimmie Dale is a wealthy playboy by day, with a Harvard education and membership to New York City’s ultra-exclusive private club St. James. But at night he puts on a costume and becomes The Grey Seal, who enters businesses or homes and cracks safes, always leaving a diamond shaped, grey paper “seal” behind to mark his conquest, but never taking anything. He was just doing it for “the sheer deviltry of it” at first, but when a woman catches him, she blackmails him to war on certain crime organizations. Jimmie Dale/The Grey Seal is often credited with greatly influencing and popularizing later pulp and comic book heroes. The foppish playboy by-day-crimefighter-by-night routine had a precursor in The Scarlet Pimpernel, but it was Jimmie Dale that brought the idea into a contemporary setting and added the idea of a costume and mask for his secret identity, serving as a possible influence for characters like Zorro and The Shadow. He also established the concept of a hero’s secret hideout or lair, The Sanctuary, a precursor of the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude.