May. 16, 2019

Two novels, two different Maxwell Grants!

The Shadow Double Novels #101 by Maxwell Grant

Two novel-length stories from the Shadow Magazine…

The Shadow was a superhero that starred in both pulp magazines and Old Time Radio. The magazines were extremely popular, and the Shadow began to star as the host of a radio show. Later, the Shadow Radio Show would begin with stars like Orson Wells and Margot Stevenson.

There was a marked difference between the magazine Shadow and the radio Shadow. On the radio, the Shadow used “hypnotism to cloud men’s minds so they cannot see him.” The Shadow was Lamont Cranston, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, Margo Lane.

The Magazine Shadow was much more mysterious. He used darkness as his cover and could almost vanish due to his skill and stealth. He sometimes appeared as Lamont Cranston, but he was not Lamont Cranston. The real Cranston and the Shadow had an arrangement. Margo never appeared in the magazine until 1941, when she was introduced and sometimes was with Lamont Cranston and sometimes with the Shadow’s agent Harry Vincent.

The majority of the stories were written by Walter Gibson, under the house name “Maxwell Grant.” The second novel in this book was written by the “other Maxwell Grant” Theodore Tinsley.

Gangdom’s Doom was originally published in December 1931.

This was the fifth adventure of the Shadow. The Shadow has agents who work for him, gathering information, driving him around, fighting alongside him, etc. Claude Fellows was the Shadow’s point man in the field. He went to Chicago on businesw declares war on the Chicago underworld for the death of Fellows.

It really is a wonderful adventure. The crime boss in s for the Shadow and was promptly murdered. The Shadothe story was probably based on Al Capone. There is a lot of shifting between various pov’s, but the final reveal straightens it all out smoothly!

The Golden Grotto was originally published in May 1933.

An inbound ship is attacked by pirates! The story soon begins to circle around several men. There’s Professor Kirby Shelton, a lecturer who is enthusiastic about the idea of a utopia he hopes to set up. There’s Malbray Woodruff, a famous artist. Lastly, there is a retired banker with an ugly countenance who goes by the name Elbert Cordes. They all reside at East Point, and one of them could be the big guy over the Golden Grotto…

This story has an endless number of false trails along the way to the amazing climax! Tinsley usually had a bit racier story and a femme fatale. This story is no exception!

I give the book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…