H. C. Bailey

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The Highwayman


H. C. Bailey

Henry Christopher Bailey (1878 - 1961) was an English writer, author of detective fiction. Bailey wrote mainly short stories featuring a medically-qualified detective called Reggie Fortune. Fortune's mannerisms and speech put him into the same class as Lord Peter Wimsey but the stories occasionally explore the darker side, with topics like child abuse. There are several Fortune novels but these are less successful.

A second series character, Josiah Clunk, is a sanctimonious lawyer who exposes corruption and blackmail in local politics. Clunk appears in four novels written towards the end of Bailey's career.


  • The Highwayman
  • The Thistle Down in The Queen's Book of the Red Cross

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