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  • Alschroeder3

    "The Python" sounds like a corny masked menace, but it is anything but.  First off, the Shadow is in MORE troiuble than I've ever seen him from the get-go.  A chance automobile accident delivers the Shadow, as Cranston, in the hands of thugs---and these thugs, smarter than the usual, look in his briefcase, see his cloak and slouch hat, put two and two together, and realize this well-dressed gentlemen is the hated Shadow.  The actual mastermind, called the Python (but no corny costume, that's just his nickname, like Scarface or Babyface or Pretty Boy Floyd) has the Shadow tied up and helpless at the very begining of the novel.  Later he buries the Shadow in a holding cell underneath a construction project in the river, and one of his thugs …

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  • Alschroeder3

    The premise is more sf than usual in The Shadow, a deadly invention (a distintegration ray, no less!) by a scientist, and one would think it was more suited for Doc Savage.   Actually, one of the best Shadow novels ever, with the real Lamont Cranston appearing and the Shadow letting the criminals think the real Lamont Cranston is the Shadow (and vice versa) which leads to the real Cranston being kidnapped.  (Cranston sure is a lot more patient with the Shadow usurping his ID than I would be.) The Shadow is badly injured--twice. Cliff Marsland, the Shadow's underworld agent, is held captive, Harry Vincent poses as the Shadow at one point and agents Vincent and Mann play a chess game to determine who will risk their life for the Shadow. All …

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