Jul. 7, 2019

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 The Spider #12 Reign of the Silver Terror by Norvell Page writing as Grant Stockbridge

Volume twelve in this latest Spider series!

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…

Reign of the Silver Terror was originally published in September 1934 in the Spider Magazine.

The United States begins to centralize the national gold reserves, and the President takes the country off the gold standard. The so-called “free coinage of silver” becomes an issue before Congress. The measure would mean the Government must purchase and coin more silver, enriching those who own silver mines.

The Senate is calling for a vote, and anyone who stands against the “free silver plan” is being systematically forced to change their vote. Blackmail, kidnapping, murder—the villains are stopping at nothing to ensure the measure passes Congress.

Wentworth is trying to get a wealthy man to join the fight against free silver, but he refuses. He will gain from the enforcement of free silver, so he isn’t going to try to stop the movement. But is he the man behind the scheme or just greedy?

A nice story based on a real issue the country had to face, (although it was more around 1873 to 1890 in the real world) the basic facts remain the same. Page manages to make it interesting, but let’s just say the story hasn’t aged so well.

I give the book three stars…

Quoth the Raven…

 

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