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HARRY NETTLEFIELD

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Full Name: Harry Nettlefield
Series Name: The Spy Hunter
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: William Le Queux
Time Span: 1915 - 1916

ABOUT THE SERIES

First Look:
       Harry Nettlefield is an agent with British Intelligence.
       The period of time of his activity starts on March 7, 1914, putting the events more than 3 months before the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary while visiting Serbia, and more than 3 months before the first declarations of war would be issued. Tensions all about Europe were extremely hot and intrigue was all about but no open hostilities had yet to start.
       When we first meet him, he is gainfully employed as a radio operator on a cargo ship. He describes it as such: "My name is Harry Nettlefield, aged twenty-six, and my profession is that of Marconi operator, possessing a first-class certificate by the Marconi School, and also the Postmaster-General's certificate of the first-class". 
       He goes on to explain in the first recorded adventure we have of his that his father had been in the British Consular Service so his youth was spent mostly in Germany, Holland, and Italy, giving him excellent command of those languages as well as his native English. He tells us that after he had graduated school he went into the motor-car business but soon found that work somewhat dull so fell back on his love of radio and became a qualified wireless-operator.
       It is important to remember that the first practical radio transmitters and receivers were developed around 1895, only twenty years before these adventures, and radio did not start getting used on ships around a decade later so Nettlefield's being qualified makes him one of the early adapters since he tells us that he has been working in this field for two years already.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1916
Last Appearance:1916

1 The Spy Hunter The Spy Hunter
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

Subtitled: Setting forth certain statements of Harry Nettlefield, ex Marconi operator, who was engaged in the exciting work of hunting down German spies in Great Britain. [Possibly the longest subtitle I have encountered.]A collection of (likely) 7 adventures first published in the British monthly magazine, The Royal Magazine in 1915. 
The stories contained are:
The Green Blackbird
The Mystery of the Two Circles
The House of Suspicion
The Mystery of the Five Beans
Behind Locked Doors
The Secret of the Lonely Farm
The Red Rooster
The Glass Bombs
The Night of the Seventeenth


NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:9
First Appearance:1915
Last Appearance:1916

1 The Green Blackbird The Green Blackbird
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #200, June 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]
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2 The Mystery of the Two Circles The Mystery of the Two Circles
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #201, July 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

3 The House of Suspicion The House of Suspicion
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #202, August 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]
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4 The Mystery of the Five Beans The Mystery of the Five Beans
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #203, September 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]
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5 Behind Locked Doors Behind Locked Doors
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #204, October 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]
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6 The Secret of the Lonely Farm The Secret of the Lonely Farm
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #205, November 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]

7 The Red Rooster The Red Rooster
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1915

Published in The Royal Magazine #206, December 1915. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]

8 The Glass Bombs The Glass Bombs
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

Probably published in The Royal Magazine #207, January 1916. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]

9 The Night of the Seventeenth The Night of the Seventeenth
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

Probably published in The Royal Magazine #208, February 1916. Released in book format in the collection The Spy Hunter.
[plot unknown]

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