Frank L. Packard

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From a 1920 advertisement for the film The Sin That Was His

Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist.


Frank L. Packard was born in Montreal, Quebec and educated at McGill University and the University of Liege.[1] As a young man he worked as a civil engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. His experiences working on the railroad led to his writing many railroad stories, then to a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale.

Several of his novels were made into films.

Frank Packard died in 1942 in Lachine, Quebec and was buried in the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.


Jimmie Dale series[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • On the Iron at Big Cloud (1911) (Wikisource text)
  • Greater Love Hath No Man (1913) (Wikisource text)
  • The Miracle Man (1914) – (Wikisource text)
  • The Belovéd Traitor (1915) – (Project Gutenberg book)
  • The Sin That Was His (1917)
  • The Wire Devils (1918)
  • Coogan's Last Run. (Novella) Published in Top-Notch magazine, Feb. 1918; a slightly expanded version of the short story "The Guardian of the Devil's Slide," which is included in On The Iron at Big Cloud (1911).)
  • From Now On (1919)
  • The Night Operator (1919)
  • The White Moll (1920) – (Wikisource text)
  • Pawned (1921)
  • Doors of the Night (1922)
  • The Four Stragglers (1923)
  • The Locked Book (1924)
  • Running Special (1925)
  • Broken Waters (1925)
  • The Red Ledger (1926)
  • The Devil's Mantle (1927)
  • Two Stolen Idols (1927)
  • Shanghai Jim (1928)
  • The Big Shot (1929)
  • Tiger Claws (1929)
  • Gold Skull Murders (1931)
  • The Hidden Door (1933)
  • The Purple Ball (1933)
  • The Dragon's Jaws (1937)
  • More Knaves Than One (1938) (Includes: More Knaves Than One, The King of Fools, Behind The Masks, and The Devil Sits In.)


  1. ^ Will Murray (1991). "Packard, Frank L(ucius)". In Lesley Henderson (ed.). Twentieth-century crime and mystery writers (3rd ed.). St. James Press. p. 826. ISBN 978-1-55862-031-5.

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