3 min read.Updated: 29 Jun 2013, 12:31 AM ISTZac O'Yeah
Sexton Blake, the forgotten sleuth, is rediscovered in the archives of the British Library and brought back to life
The name Sexton Blake may ring a bell among crime fiction aficionados—gumshoe extraordinaire of 1900s pulp, “a poor man’s Sherlock" with a streetwise, Cockney lad sidekick named Tinker. Sexton Blake debuted six years after the first Sherlock Holmes story hit the stands and was an obvious rival to the extent that he had his detective office on Baker Street, virtually next door to the man in the deerstalker cap. The stories became popular, were even translated into Arabic and Hindi, but are largely forgotten today except by pulp collectors.