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Sexton Blake: The Carlac Files (The Master Criminals #3)


“Some day that man and I will meet to fight to a finish. There is not enough room in the world for he and I. One of us must go—and it will be the best man that wins.” Sexton Blake on Count Ivor Carlac, Carlac—Gun-Runner, 1912

Cunning, unscrupulous and merciless, Count Ivor Carlac was one of Sexton Blake’s greatest foes, and the second master criminal to match wits with the famed detective. He made his debut in September 1912, perhaps in response to the popular tales featuring master criminal George Marsden Plummer, (Check out Sexton Blake; The First Super Villains) and instantly became a fan favourite, appearing in five tales by year’s end. After a three-year solo career, he teamed up with master criminal Professor Francis Kew in 1915. (Check out Sexton Blake: The Kew Files for more on the professor’s early career.) The two would often work together over the next 25 years, making their final appearance in The Fatal Fortune in 1939. In all Count Ivor Carlac appeared in 45 adventures.

Author Spotlight

Andrew Nicholas Murray (1880-1927) was a British author and former army officer. He wrote his first Sexton Blake tale in 1911, debuting in Union Jack #388 with Sexton Blake, Boxing Trainer. Murray was a very prolific writer, and was the second Blake author to publish a hundred tales featuring the great detective. He created several memorable master criminals including Count Ivor Carlac, Professor Francis Kew, Count Bonali, the Owl as well as popular Blake allies The Honorable John Lawless, Humble Begge, and Trouble Nantucket. He was renowned for his “smooth, cheerful, light-hearted style” and his tales were highly prized by Blake collectors throughout the last century.

This anthology collects the first four tales of Count Ivor Carlac’s solo career: It includes The Regent Street Robbery, The Case of the Borgia Bronze, The Opium Smugglers, and Carlac—Gun-Runner. Enjoy!

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The Regent Street Robbery: "An excellent introduction to one of Sexton Blake's nastiest opponents." Mark Hodder, Sexton Blake Bibliography, Blakiana

Imprint ROH Press Sexton Blake: The Golden Age
Published 18/07/2023
ISBN 978-1-998879-09-0
Length 646 pages
The Victorian and Edwardian Era
Sexton Blake: The Early Years
Sexton Blake: the Clique of Death
Sexton Blake: Friends and Allies
Sexton Blake: The Storm Files
Sexton Blake: The Answers Casebook

The Master Criminals
Sexton Blake: The First Super Villains
Sexton Blake: The Plummer Files
Sexton Blake: The Master Criminals
Sexton Blake: The Kew Files
Sexton Blake: The Carlac Files
Sexton Blake & Nelson Lee

The Golden Age
Sexton Blake: Spy Stories
Sexton Blake: The Three Murrays
Sexton Blake: The Claire Delisle Files

The Teed Files
Sexton Blake: Yvonne’s Vengeance
Sexton Blake: Rymer and Wu Ling
Sexton Blake: Wu Ling Strikes Again
Sexton Blake: Cunning Schemes
Sexton Blake: Palmer and Beauremon
Sexton Blake: Dawn of the Great War

Sexton Blake: The Criminals’ Confederation Series
Sexton Blake: The Bat Files
Sexton Blake: The Bat Files #2
Sexton Blake: The Bat Files #3
Sexton Blake: The Bat Files #4
Sexton Blake: Confederation Rising
Sexton Blake: The Sinister Island Saga
Sexton Blake: Yvonne Joins the Fight
Sexton Blake: Beware the Shadow
Sexton Blake: Plots and Intrigues
Sexton Blake: Reversals of Fortune
Sexton Blake: The Rival Presidents
Sexton Blake: Reece’s Republic
Sexton Blake: Twists in the Trail
Sexton Blake: Final Curtain

Nelson Lee, Detective
Nelson Lee: The Early Years
Nelson Lee: The Scott Files
Nelson Lee: The Black Wolf Files


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