Friday, February 13, 2015

Book: The Shadow (his history and) "The Crime Cult" by Maxwell Grant

I love the superhero known as "The Shadow." He's a mysterious character developed in the 1930s to fight crime. He actually first appeared on July 31, 1930, as the mysterious narrator of the Street and Smith radio program Detective Story Hour. 
Alec Baldwin as the Shadow in the '93 film

   WHO IS THE SHADOW?   By day, he's Lamont Cranston, multi-millionaire and by night, he's the Shadow. The Shadow appeared in radio in the 1930s and then in a long running pulp magazine series, in comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five movies, the latest of which came out in 1993 and featured Alec Baldwin as the Shadow (which we liked). (You can see the movie trailer here:

The radio drama is well-remembered for those episodes voiced by Orson Welles.  He was trained in Tibet in the art of melting into the shadows (thus, the name) and hypnotism. He also carried twin pistols to fight the underworld.

  So, now that you know who he is and his history, you know why I like reading about him. I picked up the book 'The Shadow: The Crime Cult" #6 in an old, out of print series. It was written by Maxwell Grant, who wrote all the Shadow paperbacks. I've read others before, and liked them.  This story, however, didn't really hold my interest because there were a lot of characters, and there was a connection between mobsters and a weird crime cult of India descent, that didn't make much sense to me. I usually give only great reviews (and don't give bad ones), because every book has it's audience. But as a Shadow fan, this story just didn't do it for me like Grant's other stories.

BOOK SUMMARY:  The marks of death were upon them. A mysterious round burn no bigger than a dime scarred each forehead; upon each throat was a thin, almost invisible white line. The police were baffled, but each of the victims knew that his time was up and his page in the book of death had come due. It was obviously a case for THE SHADOW but the most famous crime fighter of all was missing! Where was the Master of Darkness? Had he finally succumbed to his brilliant adversary, the High Priest of the Cult of Kali? The evil genius who had infiltrated New York's underworld like a disease was now determined to destroy the last obstacle in his mad lunge for total power: THE SHADOW!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next