The Joe Phenix Detective Series

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Written by Albert W. Aiken between 1878 and 1894, these mysteries were some of the first detective stories to appear in a series.

Favorite Joe Phenix stories are now available as ebooks and Trade Paperback, and other volumes will be made available soon.

These exciting novels were nearly “lost” in time, and Dark Lantern Tales is offering special editions with added historical context, lots of illustrations, a glossary of slang terms from the books, and newly edited text for the modern reader.

Try one and be transported to the late 1800s with authentic Historical Fiction!

Joe Phenix, the Police Spy
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092199020

Joe Phenix, the Police Spy

From 1878, read the origin story of Detective Joe Phenix. Within these pages, a state prison inmate seemingly dies but may have been resurrected, an unrivaled criminal gang lurks in elaborate lairs beneath the streets of New York, and an old case is finally resolved. The Joe Phenix Detective Series begins here. Written 140 years ago to be read 140 years ago, this is Historical Fiction before it was Historical!

Barely a dozen years after the American Civil War and nine years before Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print, this origin story of The Joe Phenix Detective Series was published as a serial in the New York Saturday Journal. Joe Phenix, The Police Spy was a very early detective story about a two-fisted man-hunter tracking down the worst miscreants in New York City, and the beginning of the seminal Joe Phenix Detective Series. This Dark Lantern Tales edition of Joe Phenix, The Police Spy includes a Victorian-era tale of murder, false imprisonment, a vast crime empire, and final retribution. Plus, historical information, a glossary of vintage slang terms from the story, period illustrations!

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092199020

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8Q9RDJ

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix, Private Detective
https://www.amazon.com/dp/109352751X

Joe Phenix, Private Detective

There was a suspicious death, a marriage proven to be a sham, a grave disturbed at midnight, and all before Detective Joe Phenix has even entered the case! Soon, in an underground New York City meeting place, an extensive criminal enterprise is revealed and infiltrated. Yet, the plot has only begun to unfold.

At the peak of summer, on July 24 of 1880, this second Joe Phenix adventure began as a serial in the New York Saturday Journal. In Joe Phenix, Private Detective, the detective has become independent of the police force of New York City and works from his own detective agency. Written in 1880 to be read in 1880, this is Historical Detective Fiction created before it was Historical!

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″): https://www.amazon.com/dp/109352751X

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K5YTHLN

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix, The Wolves of New York
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095195344

The Wolves of New York

1881, New York City, and the word on the street pointed to the Wolves as the most evil of the criminal gangs. Their captured leader was sent to Sing Sing State Prison up the Hudson river, but made an astonishing escape. Finally, the frustrated police superintendent calls in private detective Joe Phenix to hunt the man down.

Led by an androgynous mastermind called Captain Molly, whose mastery of disguise matched even the skills of Joe Phenix, the Wolves were a cold-blooded gang of criminals. Captain Molly was born of the Romani people, “Gypsies,” a situation that in turns helps him and also helps his pursuer, the famous detective. The mysterious Queen of the Gypsies guides with predictions, and Joe Phenix lives among the Romani to learn their ways while chasing Captain Molly through the most wealthy and the most foul parts of New York City.

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095195344

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KZLSRS1

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

The Bat of the Battery
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1798596504

The Bat of the Battery

It is 1883, and a patrolman making his midnight rounds in New York City’s Battery Park finds a dead man in the middle of a quiet carriage-way.

Looking up from his grim discovery, he sees a bat-like spectre the size of a man, perched on a nearby structure.

So begins a pursuit that soon involves Joe Phenix, the Private Detective. The demented murderer changes his appearance and demeanor almost at will, daunting the detective and the police by continuing his brazen killings.

Joe Phenix, The Bat of the Battery pits the detective against his most vile foe, an androgynous, murderous Vampire!

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Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″):  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1798596504

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G5L8MXL

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix, Kate Scott, the Decoy Detective
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1096823608

Kate Scott, the Decoy Detective

Detective Joe Phenix encountered the woman who will be his new assistant when the first serial installment of Kate Scott, The Decoy Detective, hit the streets on February 9, 1884 in Beadle’s Weekly.

And, Kate Scott turns out to be quite a sturdy character. Self-possessed and bold, Kate outwits and escapes from a mastermind of crime, shoots an attacker, and works as a disguised “spy” (undercover agent) for Joe Phenix.

As the title page promises, this is a tale that takes the reader from the highest to the lowest reaches of New York society.

Now, join Kate Scott for a stroll on the recently opened “New York and Brooklyn Bridge” for a breath of fresh air in novel surroundings. Her evening is not destined to remain peaceful!

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1096823608

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R7JSXM7

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix's Shadow
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G5NQLKT

Joe Phenix’s Shadow

On a dark evening in 1890, a murderer strikes in the middle of New York City’s Washington Square Park.

Seemingly no one has seen the attack. Both the police investigators and private detective Joe Phenix are at a loss as to how they can proceed. However, Joe Phenix begins to get tips from a veiled woman who seems to have been mesmerized.

The veteran detective doubts the powers of clairvoyance, mesmerism, and second sight, but his doubts are challenged as more mysterious revelations appear.

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″):   AVAILABLE SOON!

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G5NQLKT

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix's Silent Six
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G68KSGN

Joe Phenix’s Silent Six

Within the palatial home of the leading Wall Street “Money King,” a concealed extortionist seeks a fortune from the magnate.

The police detectives can’t discover any suspects, so the obvious choice is to secretly employ the best sleuth in New York City.

At his office, Joe Phenix receives an obtuse note with a very strange request.

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″):   AVAILABLE SOON!

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G68KSGN

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix's Combine
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G66DWMW

Joe Phenix’s Combine

A celebrity suicide turns out to be murder, the will can’t be found, and the heirs are subjected to multiple extortion plots.

Joe Phenix is retained and begins a long and dangerous hunt with his assistants and disguises.

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″):   AVAILABLE SOON!

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G66DWMW

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

 

Joe Phenix's Master Search
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G65TYSZ

Joe Phenix’s Master Search

Carrying a peculiar container strapped to his belt, a man travels to New York City from the wild mining territory of Arizona.

Just before he can deliver the strange piece to the recipient, he is struck down by two thugs.

Joe Phenix is unexpectedly embroiled in the case and has to chase the mysterious casket and it’s contents to an explosive conclusion!

Trade Paperback (5″ by 8″):   AVAILABLE SOON!

Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G65TYSZ

Smashwords EPUB (iPad and other readers, except Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/35760

See the entire Joe Phenix Detective Series online:

The Joe Phenix Detective Series in Paperback and Kindle eBooks: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=The+Joe+%22Phenix%22+Detective+Series&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

The Joe Phenix Detective Series in EPUB eBooks at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=%22The+Joe+Phenix+Detective+Series%22

 

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