Continuing the Girasol reprints, two novels, two authors!
The Spider Double Novels #22 Overlord of the Damned and Dictator’s Death Merchants 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…
Overlord of the Damned is the 25th published novel, originally published in October 1935. Another Novell Page masterpiece!
The Boss, unimaginative title there, uses minions with guns that spurt acid and contaminated tobacco that drives people out of their minds in a horrible fashion. The goal is a common one, to rule all of the crime, nationwide.
Kirkpatrick, now governor, is working hand in glove with—The Boss! Wentworth comes close to gunning him down out of justice, as Kirkpatrick is brazen about his involvement.
It is a solid story!
Dictator’s Death Merchants is the 82nd published novel, originally published in July 1940. The author is Emile C. Tepperman, perhaps better known for the thirteen novels of the “Purple War Saga” starring Operator 5.
A criminal comes to New York that the Spider has a history with: El Crocodilo. It has been seven years since their last battle, which sadly was never written. Obviously, the Spider never discovered the identity of this criminal, as the reveal is a surprise to him as well. Perhaps a modern author could do this?
Crocodilo’s target is banks and financial institutions. He seems to know to the minute any plans for increased funds, stored bullion, or routes taken by armored vans. With his knowledge given in advance, he is raking in big cash!
The story ranges from good to fair. Let’s just say you can tell that it isn’t a Page novel.
I give the first story four stars, the second three stars. Overall, three- and one-half stars.
Quoth the Raven…