The early Sexton Blake stories were filled with fairly hum-drum crooks until the turn of the century, when, after a short period in which foreign spies predominated, there was a sudden explosion of increasingly bizarre rogues. By the 1920s, the writers were injecting so much creativity into Blake's opponents that some commentators have suggested that the detective himself was little more than a cypher, almost entirely eclipsed by the procession of his weird and wonderful enemies. Zenith the albino, Leon Kestrel, George Marsden Plummer, Doctor Huxton Rymer, Aubrey Dexter, the Three Musketeers, Gunga Dass, Miss Death ... the list is long! By the mid-thirties, this "Golden Age" petered out, and the crimes recounted became rather more "kitchen sink" in nature, until, in the mid-fifties, the James Bond influence became apparent, and Blake's foes got nastier. On this page, criminal records are examined.

© Mark Hodder 2014