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HEINE

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Full Name: Heine
Series Name: Herman Gallwitz
Nationality: German
Organization: German Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Edgar Wallace
Time Span: 1918 - 1919

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Heine is an agent with German Intelligence.
       The information we have of this interesting operative who ran agents in both England and America in the days leading up to and through the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the start of World War I comes from a series of short recounts of his activities.
       When we first meet him, he has been recently assigned to London, a relief because he feared he would be sent to France and he is quite vocal about his distaste for the French. That and his grasp of their language is less than desirable. English, on the other hand, he is natively competent with it, though in truth his attitude towards the English is really not that much better than that towards the French.
       The tales available are introduced with the words: “This narrative of a German spy, who lived and had his being in our midst, is based upon irrefutable facts, which are offered to our readers for the first time. The series is compiled from notes and memoranda which were made by Hermann Gallwitz, an agent of Captain Karl von Rintellen, the mysterious banker-spy who was arrested while travelling to Europe under the name of “Von Gasche.” Gallwitz never intended his private diary to be published, and because of this our readers will have a much better insight into the vain and conceited mind of the German spy, who fondly believed that a British Secret Service did not exist. For reasons which will be obvious fictitious names are given, and codes, signals and identification systems have been altered.”
       For his new role as London Station chief, Heine adopted the occupation of reporter working for a Chinese News Bureau with a sideline as "an agent for a firm of importers in Shanghai". The former gave him excuses to go to all sorts of public gatherings to report of events and thus to ask any number of questions. The latter was because through it it would be "only natural that I should be called up all hours of the day and night with offers of goods", such messages containing instructions in code.
       His passport clearly indicates he is of Chilean nationality, that nation chosen because it was felt extremely unlikely any European country would decide to declare war on Chile.


Some of Heine's observations and thoughts which are of interest are:

- Advice to one of the agents working under him in England, "You must exercise the greatest care. Even though these English are very stupid, they may easily blunder into a discovery."

- "The English are the most stupid liars in the world."

- "The English Army is almost as insignificant a factor as -- as well -- the American army, which only exists on paper."

- Regarding his sentimentality which he forces subdued, "Sentiment does not live in an agent's pocket".

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1919
Last Appearance:1919

1 The Adventures of Heine The Adventures of Heine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1919

Collection of 18 short stories previously published in the Dundee, Scotland, newspaper Thomson's Weekly News and bundled as one volume the next year. These tell the tale of a German spy living in England who goes by the name Heine. The stories are:
Alexander and the Lady
The Man Who Dwelt on a Hill
The Lovely Miss Harrymore
The Affair of Mister Haynes
The Man from the Stars
The Affair of the Allied Conference
The Word of a Prince
The Murderers
The Grey Envelope
Mr. Collingrey, M.P., Pacifist
The Jermyn Credit Bank
The Passing of Heine
The U-Boat Adventure
Brethren of the Order
The World Dictator
The Syren
The Coming of the Bolsheviks
The Going of Heine

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:18
First Appearance:1918
Last Appearance:1918

       According to the Edgar Wallace expert, Roy Glashan, these tales were originally published without a title in the Thomson's Weekly News of Dundee, Scotland. When later collected into a single volume, titles were added and the name of the character changed to Heine.
       In the newspaper, they were referred to as My Adventures as a German Spy in Britain and were "attributed to Herman Gallwitz, Agent of Captain Karl von Rintellen, the Famous Banker-Spy".
       Later the stories would be collected for a single volume and titles were added. Additionally, the name of the spy was changed from Hermann Gallwitz to simply "Heine".


1 Alexander and the Lady Alexander and the Lady
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 01/19/1918

First published in Thomson's Weekly News - Heine is told by one of his best men, tasked with learning what he could about English coastal defenses, that he had through luck become acquainted with a young woman, daughter of an weapon designer, and would soon have the blueprints and a prototype of a new invention.

2 The Man Who Dwelt on a Hill The Man Who Dwelt on a Hill
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 01/26/1918

First published in Thomson's Weekly News -

3 The Lovely Miss Harrymore The Lovely Miss Harrymore
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 02/02/1918

[plot unknown]

4 The Affair of Mister Haynes The Affair of Mister Haynes
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 02/09/1918

[plot unknown]

5 The Man from the Stars The Man from the Stars
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 02/16/1918

[plot unknown]

6 The Affair of the Allied Conference The Affair of the Allied Conference
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 02/23/1918

[plot unknown]

7 The Word of a Prince The Word of a Prince
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 03/02/1918

[plot unknown]

8 The Murderers The Murderers
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 03/09/1918

[plot unknown]

9 The Grey Envelope The Grey Envelope
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 03/16/1918

[plot unknown]

10 Mr. Collingrey, M.P., Pacifist Mr. Collingrey, M.P., Pacifist
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 03/23/1918

[plot unknown]

11 The Jermyn Credit Bank The Jermyn Credit Bank
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 03/30/1918

[plot unknown]

12 The Passing of Heine The Passing of Heine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 04/06/1918

[plot unknown]

13 The U-Boat Adventure The U-Boat Adventure
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 04/13/1918

[plot unknown]

14 Brethren of the Order Brethren of the Order
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 04/20/1918

[plot unknown]

15 The World Dictator The World Dictator
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 04/27/1918

[plot unknown]

16 The Syren The Syren
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 05/04/1918

[plot unknown]

17 The Coming of the Bolsheviks The Coming of the Bolsheviks
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 05/11/1918

[plot unknown]

18 The Going of Heine The Going of Heine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 05/18/1918

[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       All these years after his death and Edgar Wallace's prose still fascinate me. It is so understandable why he ruled the thriller market for so many years. I love having this series to enjoy.
       Having said that, I could not stand Heine, which is, I believe, exactly as the author intended. Heine is a German spy and the Germans at the time were the bad guys and Heine was trying his best to be the worst of them.
       So a reader like myself who wants to root for the protagonist was always finding myself hoping this guy failed. Even knowing he would was not enough. I had to root for it.
       Good job, Mr. Wallace.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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