Boston Blackie by Jack Boyle: A Review by Warren Bull
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First published in 1919, Boston Blackie generated radio programs, a television and numerous movies. Since the character entered the public domain, at least two graphic novels about him have been published. The author was a former newspaper reporter who became addicted to opium and fell into crime. While in San Quentin for writing bad checks he wrote the first Boston Blackie story. A series of stories published in magazines were strung together into a novel.
The hero of the first stories and the novel was an unapologetic jewelry thief who committed crimes for the excitement and challenge. In his later portrayals, he went straight after a stint in prison. In the original stories Blackie lives by a code that he respects much more than the police and prison staff respect the law.
I found the novel to be a fun, quick read. I recommend it on that level.