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Two Great Examples Dec 31, 2007
This volume provides two great examples of Walter Gibson's skill at story-telling.
THE SHADOW'S JUSTICE is a missing inheritance story. Crooks get on the trail of the heir, but the SHADOW fends them off. Partnered with the SHADOW's trusted legman, Harry Vincent, the young treausre hunter is soon off to the rough country of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with crookdom in hot pursuit.
The "Napoleon" of the second adventure are old French coins, with Bonaparte on them. "The Vulture" give a broken half of a coin to each man he marks for death.
Our proxy hero, Curt, is actually a young crook, a man who turned to crime following the death of his father at the hands of the Vulture. he;s been trying to go straight, but they reel him back in when his old crime buddy finds a broken Napoleon.
Curt helps engineer a bank robbery, broken up by the SHADOW. Curt and his gang are captured and loaded secretly aboard a tramp steamer. Seems The Shadow has an extra-legal alternative to the prison system,, just like DOC SAVAGE. The SHADOW is capturing criminals and transporting them to live on a Caribbean island. A tropical paradise, with leisure oppoturnities, and a chance to build their own society -- can anyone say Key West?
Anyhow, this is just two chapters of padding, and so far as I know never was brought up again in the SHADOW. The real pupose of this is to let the Shadow recruit Curt, and put him aboard a yacht out of Bermuda, that the Vulture is known to be on. Which leads to a typical SHADOW second-half -- trying to find out who the bad guy is, with a ship substituting for the haunted mansion.
Good SHADOW adventure. Shows how Gibson could mix up the plotting, giving that he had to come up with a new Shadow every two weeks.