Arthur B. Reeve (1880-1936) was a New York journalist whose stories, newspaper serials and movies made him the most popular American detective story author of the 1910s and 20s. His creation, the `scientific detective' Craig Kennedy, was labelled `the American Sherlock Holmes', and The Adventuress was his first full-length novel, published by Harper & Brothers in 1917, the company's centenary year.
`Arthur B. Reeve is without question the greatest living author of scientific detective literature. Mr Reeve, as the creator of Craig Kennedy, has perhaps done more for the dissemination of science through the medium of detective stories than any other man alive. He has always kept within the strict bounds of science; the various instruments and apparatus which he describes in the detection of crime are real scientific instruments, and he has never used fictitious methods.' SCIENTIFIC DETECTIVE MONTHLY (1930)