Imperno Quartaro - Special Agent

By Nicholas Marrat (Reginald Alec Martin)
A short story
First Published 1964 by Golden Pleasure Books
Illustrated by Pat Nevin

'Imperno Quartaro - domiciled in shanty 1783 on eighth ridge of Immigrant Hill. Eldest of nine children. Father and mother now dead.
Has scavenged and begged in city streets to obtain food for his family. Has great pride in the traditions of the Casanas, from which district he was brought when younger. Doesn't run with a gang, as do other boys of the Hill.
Is a lone wolf and possibly a dreamer.'
Father Billum's summary.

The first story, set in this South American city, to feature the young streetwise Imperno Quartaro.
A second story, Imperno Quartaro Strikes Again was published the following year in the collection Boys Choice (qv).

This story first appeared in A Book of Boys' Stories By Robert Bateman and Nicholas Marrat, which was first published in 1964 and reprinted frequently until at least the mid 1990s. The editions after 1966 were published by Hamlyn.

The book originally held 25 stories and these were reduced to 23 for the 1966 3rd impression, and further reduced to 16 in 1979 for that year's 'abridged' edition.
This story was retained at least until 1984 and probably later.
More details of the different editions can be found on the book's page via the Index.

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Text copyright John Allsup and Mike McGarry
created 25 September 2011