Oct. 21, 2017

The beautiful lady Robin Hood of the pulps!

Compliments of the Domino Lady by Lars Anderson

The Domino Lady appeared in six stories in Saucy Romanic Adventures, Romantic Adventures, and Mystery Adventure Magazine. She was a liberated woman of 1936, a woman not afraid of her sexuality or what society would think about her. These stories were in magazines where the words “saucy” and “romantic” refer to the mere description of her beauty and kissing. Anything else that happens between the Domino Lady and a male friend, takes place very much off stage. No foul language or lurid descriptions that aren’t PG at best were allowed.

The Domino Lady is Ellen Patrick. Her father, Owen Patrick, was a high-level politician in California who fought corruption in politics. He was assassinated by the crooked politicians. Ellen also felt that the authorities were complicit in her father’s murder.

Ellen took on the identity of the masked Domino Lady to fight crime, corruption, and to bring down the false idols in high places. The classic illustrations of the Domino Lady show her in a low-cut white evening dress, a black cape, and a black domino mask. She is armed with a small automatic handgun. She also carries syringes loaded with a powerful knockout drug.

As she has always been depicted in white, I was surprised that in her first adventures she wore a black evening dress with a white cape! There were times when she also wore a small hat with a bit of black veil.

On to the stories, and so I leave a ***Spoilers Alert*** here.

•         “The Domino Lady Collects” finds Ellen pitted against a blackmailer…

•         “The Domino Lady Doubles Back” deals with a daring robbery at a masquerade ball…

•         “The Domino Lady’s Handicap” finds a blackmailer trying to fix a horse race…

•         “Emeralds Abroad” has Ellen aboard a ship coming home from Hawaii…

•         In “The Domino Lady’s Double,” our heroine is framed for murder…

I like this book a lot, and I give it four stars!

One complaint--My copy of this book has a darkened cover that hides most of the art...Mad

Quoth the Raven…

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