Wednesday, June 26, 2013
THE SHADOW #73: THE SEVEN DROPS OF BLOOD
“The Seven Drops of Blood” & “Death from Nowhere” [$14.95]. The two
novels were written by Walter B. Gibson writing as Maxwell Grant.
In “The Seven Drops of Blood” (1936), the mystery man who knows the
evil lurking in men’s hearts follows a trail of murder to retrieve
priceless rubies. In “Death from Nowhere” (1939), the Shadow must
prove the innocence of a man accused of an impossible crime. The
two novels are liked by the presence of the enigmatic Rahman Singh.
In addition to the usual excellent historical essay by Will Murray,
the volume also features a short adventure of The Whisperer by Alan
Hathway writing as Clifford Goodrich.
Batman fans should keep an eye out for The Shadow #74: “The Crystal
Buddha” & “The Vindicator.” Those two novels foreshadowed a pair of
Golden Age Batman adventures.
As with the other Sanctum Books series - Doc Savage, The Whisperer
and others - these Shadow double novels are entertaining journeys
into the heroic fiction of the pulp era. They’re wonderfully made
books and I regularly despair I might never get around to reading
them all. But what I can do is let you know about the new releases
as they appear. More Sanctum Books news is on the way.
© 2013 Tony Isabella