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The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler or, Working for the Custom House   By: (1850-1917)

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The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler or, Working for the Custom House by Francis Worcester Doughty is a thrilling detective novel set in the early 20th century. This fast-paced story follows the adventures of the Brady brothers, seasoned detectives known for their sharp wit and unwavering determination.

Set against a backdrop of underground smuggling operations, the Bradys find themselves entangled in a web of mystery when a young girl goes missing. As they dive deeper into the investigation, they discover a labyrinthine plot involving a notorious gang of smugglers operating right under the authorities' noses.

Doughty paints a vivid picture of the era, capturing the essence of the bustling city streets and the dark, hidden corners where criminals lurk. The author's attention to detail immerses readers in the hustle and bustle of the world he has created, allowing them to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the time.

The characters themselves are well-developed, with the Bradys taking center stage as the protagonists. They are presented as highly skilled detectives and their banter creates an enjoyable dynamic between the brothers. Their unwavering dedication to justice and their relentless pursuit of the truth make them compelling and relatable heroes.

The plot unfolds with precision, cleverly intertwining clues and red herrings to keep readers guessing at every turn. The author effortlessly builds suspense, leading up to an explosive climax that ties all the loose ends together. Each twist and revelation adds another layer of excitement, making it difficult to put the book down.

However, the dialogue occasionally veers into the realm of the melodramatic, detracting from an otherwise engaging narrative. Some readers may find the romantic subplot unnecessary or contrived, but it does not overshadow the overall story.

The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler or, Working for the Custom House is a captivating blend of detective fiction and adventure, transporting readers to a time of hidden secrets and dangerous criminal underworlds. Doughty's writing style invokes nostalgia for a bygone era of crime-solving, making it an enjoyable read for fans of early 20th-century mysteries.

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[Illustration: "Madam," said Old King Brady, "here is a warrant for the arrest of your daughter. The charge is smuggling!" Calmly taking the document, the lady read it. Harry opened the door and let the hall boy go.]



Issued Weekly By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N.Y., Post Office, March 1, 1899. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1900, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York.

No. 79. NEW YORK, July 27, 1900. Price 5 Cents.

The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler


Working for the Custom House.




The Collector of the Port of New York sat in his office in the Custom House with a look of annoyance upon his face.

Several of his chief inspectors were standing about the room with the most uneasy expressions, for they were being censured unmercifully.

"I tell you, gentlemen," the Collector was saying, angrily, "I am very much disgusted with the poor service your department is giving. I am determined to stop this wholesale smuggling. If none of you are capable of doing the work for which you are liberally paid, I'll have to get somebody to do the work for you... Continue reading book >>

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