Volume four in this latest Spider series!
The Spider #4 City of Flaming Shadows by Norvell Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
The Spider is Richard Wentworth, a wealthy criminologist. Backed up by his manservant Ram Singh, his old war pal Jackson, and his fiancé Nita van Slone, Wentworth takes on crime at the street level.
The Spider has no scruples about killing. The criminals who cross the Spider die and their foreheads are marked with a scarlet spider.
The Spider is wanted by the police, and his friend Commissioner Kirkpatrick suspects Wentworth. Hardly surprising, as everyone seems to know the Spider’s secret. Proving it is another thing entirely…
City of Flaming Shadows
This story was originally published in January 1934 in The Spider Magazine.
The Tarantula is in full battle with the Spider! Cloaked in concealing black, the one identifying mark of this villain is his hands. Long thin fingers covered in thick hair, the hands look as if they are alive independent of the master crook’s body!
The Tarantula strikes by shutting down a city’s electrical grid. While light, bank alarms, telephones and such are down, the Tarantula’s gang cut their way into vaults using a powerful electrical torch. No bank is safe, not even the vaults that belong to the Federal Government!
I originally read this story early on in my discovery of the Spider novels. Only the second one created by the peerless Norvell Page; it could easily be the best of the entire series! It conceals the villain to the very last moment, and the story runs smoothly and at breakneck speed! If you like pulp fiction, you’ll enjoy this one I am sure!
I give this excellent adventure five stars plus! Wow!
Quoth the Raven…
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