William Edward Vickers

William Edward Vickers (1889–1965) was an English mystery writer better known under his pen name Roy Vickers, but used also the pseudonyms Roy C. Vickers, David Durham, Sefton Kyle, and John Spencer. He is the author of over 60 crime novels and 80 short stories. Vickers is now remembered mostly for his attribution to Scotland Yard of a ''Department of Dead Ends'', specialized in solving old, sometimes long-forgotten cases, mostly by chance encounters of odd bits of strange and apparently disconnected evidence.

He was educated at Charterhouse School, and left Brasenose College, Oxford without a degree. For some time he studied law at the Middle Temple, but never practiced. He married Mary Van Rossem and they had one son. He worked as a journalist, as a court reporter and as a magazine editor; he also wrote a large number of nonfiction articles and sold hundreds of them to newspapers and magazines. Between November 1913 and February 1917, twenty short stories by Vickers were published in the ''Novel Magazine''. About this time he published his first book, a biography of Field Marshal Frederick, Earl Roberts. In September 1934, ''The Rubber Trumpet'', the first of thirty-eight stories featuring the fictitious ''Department of Dead Ends'', appeared in ''Pearson's Magazine''. In 1960 he edited the Crime Writers' Association's anthology of short stories ''Some Like Them Dead''. The ''Manchester Evening News'' called one of his collections, "one of the half-dozen successful books of detective short stories published since the days of Sherlock Holmes."

Vickers's work has been adapted for film and TV, including ''Girl in the News'' (1940), ''Violent Moment'' (1959) and three episodes of ''Alfred Hitchcock Presents'' (Season 3: 1957–58). Provided by Wikipedia

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by Vickers, William
Published 1758
printed for John Beecroft, successor to Mr Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown in Pater-Noster Row

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by Vickers, William
Published 1781
printed by assignment from E. Parker, for Thos. Beecroft, at the Bible and Crown In Paternoster-Row

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by Vickers, William
Published 1769
printed by Boulter Grierson, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty

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by Vickers, William
Published 1778
printed for Thomas Beecroft, at the Bible and Crown, in Pater-Noster Row

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by Vickers, William
Published 1785
printed, by assignment of T. Beecroft, for Scatcherd and Whitaker, No. 12, Ave-Maria-Lane

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by Vickers, William
Published 1718
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1707
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown, in Lombard-Street, near Stocks-Market

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by Vickers, William
Published 1744
printed, by assignment from E. Parker, for John Beecroft, at the Bible and Crown in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1729
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown over against the New Church in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1735
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1733
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown, in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1753
printed for John Beecroft, successor to Mr Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1734
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown over-against the New Church in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1749
printed by assignment from E. Parker, for John Beecroft, at the Bible & Crown In Lombard Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1764
printed by assignment from E. Parker, for John Beecroft at the Bible & Crown In Paternoster Row

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by Vickers, William
Published 1766
printed by assignment from E. Parker, for John Beecroft, at the Bible & Crown In Paternoster Row

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by Vickers, William
Published 1761
printed by assignment from E. Parker, for John Beecroft, at the Bible and Crown In Paternoster Row

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by Vickers, William
Published 1745
printed by assignment from Edmund Parker, for John Beecroft, at the Bible and Crown in Lombard-Street

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by Vickers, William
Published 1735
printed for Edmund Parker, at the Bible and Crown over-against the New Church in Lombard-Street