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The Adventures of Jimmie Dale

Frank L. Packard

Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist born in Montreal, Quebec. He worked as a civil engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He later wrote a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale. Jimmie Dale is a wealthy playboy by day, with a Harvard education and membership to New York City’s ultra-exclusive private club St. James. But at night he puts on a costume and becomes The Grey Seal, who enters businesses or homes and cracks safes, always leaving a diamond shaped, grey paper "seal" behind to mark his conquest, but never taking anything. He was just doing it for "the sheer deviltry of it" at first, but when a woman catches him, she blackmails him to war on certain crime organizations. Jimmie Dale/The Grey Seal is often credited with greatly influencing and popularizing later pulp and comic book heroes. The foppish playboy-by-day-crimefighter-by-night routine had a precursor in The Scarlet Pimpernel, but it was Jimmie Dale that brought the idea into a contemporary setting and added the idea of a costume and mask for his secret identity, serving as a possible influence for characters like Zorro and The Shadow. He also established the concept of a hero's secret hideout or lair, The Sanctuary, a precersor of the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude. (Summary by Wikipedia and Maire Rhode)

Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist born in Montreal, Quebec. He worked as a civil engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He later wrote a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale. Jimmie Dale is a wealthy playboy by day, with a Harvard education and membership to New York City’s ultra-exclusive private club St. James. But at night he puts on a costume and becomes The Grey Seal, who enters businesses or homes and cracks safes, always leaving a diamond shaped, grey paper "seal" behind to mark his conquest, but never taking anything. He was just doing it for "the sheer deviltry of it" at first, but when a woman catches him, she blackmails him to war on certain crime organizations. Jimmie Dale/The Grey Seal is often credited with greatly influencing and popularizing later pulp and comic book heroes. The foppish playboy-by-day-crimefighter-by-night routine had a precursor in The Scarlet Pimpernel, but it was Jimmie Dale that brought the idea into a contemporary setting and added the idea of a costume and mask for his secret identity, serving as a possible influence for characters like Zorro and The Shadow. He also established the concept of a hero's secret hideout or lair, The Sanctuary, a precersor of the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude. (Summary by Wikipedia and Maire Rhode)
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Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist born in Montreal, Quebec. He worked as a civil engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He later wrote a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale. Jimmie Dale is a wealthy playboy by day, with a Harvard education and membership to New York City’s ultra-exclusive private club St. James. But at night he puts on a costume and becomes The Grey Seal, who enters businesses or homes and cracks safes, always leaving a diamond shaped, grey paper "seal" behind to mark his conquest, but never taking anything. He was just doing it for "the sheer deviltry of it" at first, but when a woman catches him, she blackmails him to war on certain crime organizations. Jimmie Dale/The Grey Seal is often credited with greatly influencing and popularizing later pulp and comic book heroes. The foppish playboy-by-day-crimefighter-by-night routine had a precursor in The Scarlet Pimpernel, but it was Jimmie Dale that brought the idea into a contemporary setting and added the idea of a costume and mask for his secret identity, serving as a possible influence for characters like Zorro and The Shadow. He also established the concept of a hero's secret hideout or lair, The Sanctuary, a precersor of the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude. (Summary by Wikipedia and Maire Rhode)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

19h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

35:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

27:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

26:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

28:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

30:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

31:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

28:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

22:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

35:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

21:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

23:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

29:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

19:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

19:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

23:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:09