Friday, December 30, 2016

Secret Agent X-9 - The Egyptian Jewel Case

Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), one of the best-known pulp writers of the 30's, was an expert to create the swift, breathless suspense and excitement of great new daily strip.  X-9 was a nameless agent, a combination of a secret agent and private eye. He works for a secret agency that specializes in covert operations.

Commissioned by the King Features Syndicate as an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, with artwork by Flash Gordon's Alex Raymond, Secret Agent X-9 ran from January 1934 to late 1935.

Artist Alex Raymond was a busy man in the early days of the X-9 strip. He was producing three strips: X-9 on a daily basis, and Flash Gordon Sunday with a Jungle Jim topper.

Hammett's authorship of X-9 was ended in 1935. Raymond is said to have temporarily filled the gap until another famous mystery writer, Leslie Charteris briefly took over the scenario. Then, Raymond too, left the strip to  concentrate of his classic Flash Gordon. He was to create still another strip, Rip Kirby, after returning from his stint in the marines during WWII. All but Jungle Jim are still in production today.

The stark, stirring drama, grim humor and baffling mystery made Hammett's detective novels favorites of all America. The added thrill of SEEING the story in PICTURES bring readers the action with vivid, gripping realism.

There has never been a sleuth like Secret Agent X-9. Read here one of the best written, vintage, crime novels...   

~~~  Happy New Year 2017 ~~~

Pagan's Plight (67 MB)
The Egyptian Jewel Case
   (Size: 16 MB)


  1. শুভ ইংরেজি নববর্ষ ............।
    ভাল থাকবেন ।
    secret agent x9 এর জন্য ধন্যবাদ ।

  2. ইংরাজী নববর্ষের শুভেচ্ছা জানাই। গুপ্তচরদের গল্প পড়তে ভালই লাগে। তবে বাস্তবিক গুপ্তচরদের জীবনকথা কিন্তু লেখকদের রং মাখানো গল্পের থেকেও রঙিন। আপনার কাছে যদি অমর ভূষণের লেখা "এস্কেপ টু নোহোয়ার" অথবা মাইকেল রসের লেখা "The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story Of An Israeli Spy On The Trail Of International Terrorists" বই থাকে তবে দয়া করে দেবেন।