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Nick Velvet ki Chorian (Urdu) by Edward Dentinger Hoch

Nick Velvet ki Chorian (Urdu) by Edward Dentinger Hoch
Nick Velvet ki Chorian (Urdu) by Edward Dentinger Hoch
Edward Dentinger Hoch (February 22, 1930 – January 17, 2008) was an American writer of detective fiction. Although he wrote several novels, he was primarily known for his vast output of over 950 short stories.

Nick Velvet

Nick Velvet is a professional thief for hire, with a peculiar specialty: for a flat fee, he steals only objects of negligible apparent value. Since his first appearance in EQMM in September 1966, he has stolen such things as an old spiderweb (which he was then obliged to replace), a day-old newspaper, and a used teabag. His original fee for a theft was $20,000. In 1980 he raised it to $25,000 at the urging of his long-time girlfriend Gloria (who met Nick in 1965 when he was burgling her New York apartment); in the 21st century his fee has risen to $50,000. Unlike many fictional thieves, Nick usually works alone on his thefts—in fact, until 1979 Gloria believed that Nick worked for the U.S. government.
The Nick Velvet caper stories generally combine a near-impossible theft with the mystery of why someone would pay $20,000 to have an apparently valueless item stolen. Although Nick often appears as devoid of curiosity as his targets are of value, circumstances usually force him to identify his clients’ true motives, making him as much of a detective as Hoch’s more conventional characters. Most of the Nick Velvet stories have a light and humorous tone reminiscent of Leslie Charteris’ early stories of the Saint. The fundamental immorality of Nick’s chosen profession is frequently offset by the larger justice resulting from his detective work.
A Nick Velvet story, “The Theft of the Circus Poster” in May 1973, began Hoch’s unbroken string of monthly appearances in EQMM. Another story, “The Theft of the Rusty Bookmark” in January 1998 featured the real-life Mysterious Bookshop of New York City, and its real-life owner (and Edgar-winning publisher and editor), Otto Penzler. “The Theft of Gloria’s Greatcoat” (May 1998), which describes the first meeting of Nick and Gloria, is unusual in that it is told in the first person by Gloria; all of the other Nick Velvet stories (and indeed the majority of Hoch’s stories) are third-person narratives. wikipedia.org
This Book is the collection of stories of Nick velvet published in Jasoosi
and Suspense digests.

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