The First Nick Carter Detective Novel
The Old Detective's Pupil is the first detective serial featuring the character of private eye, Detective Nick Carter. It was originally published for thirteen weeks, starting September 18, 1886 in Street and Smith's New York Weekly (Vol. 41, No. 46) — a year before the first Sherlock Holmes story was published. Created and written by John Russell Coryell, the stories had proven popular enough for the publishers to consider launching the character of Nick Carter in a regular book series — what became to be known as "dime novels".
The Old Detective's Pupil is the first of three serials about Nick Carter created by John Russell Coryell. The first serial introduced the youthful detective who would go on to become one of the most popular heroes of the 19th and 20th centuries. The three novels Coryell wrote about Nick Carter make up a unit, in which the character of Nick Carter develops as changes in his life and profession are revealed to the reader.
In The Old Detectives Pupil, Nick's father, Sim Carter, is approached by banker Gerald Livingston to locate his missing daughter, Mabel. Nick takes the case for himself and does the initial investigation disguised as his own father. His investigation stirs up a hornets nest and provides tragedy when his father, old Sim Carter, is murdered. Nick then has a double goal: find Mabel Livingston and find his fathers killers. To accomplish both he needs to apply all that his father had taught him about the art of detection, because he is the title character, the old detectives pupil. It was only the beginning.
The original story, in it's entirety, has been hand-typed and reproduced from multiple copies of the original New York Weekly magazine by www.DimeNovelCastle.com.
|Publisher:||Street and Smith's New York Weekly Vol. 41, No. 46|
|Series:||Nick Carter Detective Series , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
About the Author
Who came up with the idea for Nick Carter? Was it John Russell Coryell, the author of the first story, or Ormond G. Smith, president of the publishing firm of Street and Smith? Coryell (1851-1924) is usually considered the creator of the character of Nick Carter, although the first plots may have been developed in a conference session between author and publisher before pen was put to paper. Such story conferences between publisher and writer became a tradition at Street and Smith.
Coryell's first stories were written for such publications as St. Nicholas, Harpers Young People, and Golden Days. He began writing for Street and Smith's New York Weekly in the 1880's and turned out mostly romance serials. Then he convinced the publishers that he could write as good a detective story as anyone on their staff. The fact that he was a cousin of Ormond G. Smith may have had something to do with the ready acceptance of such a challenge. His first detective serial was apparently enough of a success for the writer to be encouraged to submit another one.