Continuing the Girasol reprints, two novels by Norvell Page!
The Spider Double Novel Reprint #25 The Jewels of Hell/Recruit for the Spider Legion by 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…
The Spider and the Jewels of Hell is the 87th Spider novel, originally published in December 1940. It is another earth-shaking saga by Norvell Page!
Wanted by both the NYPD lead by Commissioner Littlejohn and the FBI, Wentworth goes on vacation with Nita. On his way to California, the Spider encounters a Russian Agent that tortures a woman to death. The Spider kills the man and marks his forehead with the scarlet emblem of justice! But since NYPD has alerted police everywhere, Wentworth is arrested!
Escaping, the Spider goes to war with a shadowy foe known only as the Killer. His deadly ray heats metal to white-hot levels. Coins in your pocket reach temperatures that melt them into human flesh! It is hard to use any weapon since guns will scald your fingers!
This novel is the usual smashmouth fiction that readers associate with hard-hitting pulp action. The story deals with something that could really happen. Think about it for a time.
Recruit for the Spider Legion is the 114th published novel, originally published in March 1943. It is also by Norvell Page and a topnotch tale!
Commissioner Kirkpatrick is framed both for embezzlement and for murder! The basis for the framing is to first remove Kirkpatrick from his office, then to send him to the electric chair! The Spider tries to shift the blame for the murder to himself, but Kirkpatrick has to go vigilante for a while!
The story was excellent! It’s perhaps a slight change from Page’s usual style. But he handles it like a master!
I give both stories, and the book as a whole, five stars!
Quoth the Raven…