Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was a prolific British crime writer. This is the first anthology in Wallace's 'Smithy' series in which the famous character T. B. Smith makes his appearance. These were originally printed as a series in a newspaper but were later printed as an anthology in 1905. Here we are reprinting this classic works with an additional new biographical introduction. Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born in London, England in 1875. During his lifetime he produced some 173 books and wrote 17 plays. During the 1920's, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books then read in England were written by him.