In this first adventure of Doc Savage, he is targeted for assassination by the Kremlin and fated for a confrontation with a nemesis more violent and vicious than any he has faced before, the Man of Bronze must evade a faceless executioner known only as The Red Widow - a mistress of disguise and empress of pain, as well as a soul-devouring human spider prepared to strike without warning.
From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Never before in audio, these vintage stories are the darkest of the dark, and the best of the best.
Crime fiction fans old and new will delight in rediscovering these taut, character-rich, heart-stopping tales, now on audio for the first time.
"Stuck a knife in my heart"
A new super criminal emerges from the underworld. Dressed all in white, his face masked, eyes blank as a blind man's, he calls himself White Eyes. Who is he? What are his goals? All of Manhattan reels under the onslaught of the Blind Death, a scourge so terrible that innocent people are struck dead, their eyes turning white as hardboiled eggs. From his skyscraper headquarters to the sugarcane fields of Cuba, Doc Savage races to crush gangland's latest uncrowned king!
In "Hades", Alexander Titus, a former Olympic decathlon star, comes to Hollywood looking for work. He and his friend Haw Gooch are down to their last dollar when they find jobs as bodyguards for erratic film producer Roger Quinlan. Quinlan seems quite paranoid, claiming that he’s being stalked by a demon and that he found Hades in a cavern in New Mexico. In "Hocus Pocus", two penniless traveling magicians respond to an ad for a mind reader. A psychology professor hires them to infiltrate a group of evangelists who incorporate mind reading into their preaching.
When a mummy arrives at Doc Savage's New York headquarters wearing the clothes of his missing assistant, engineer Renny Renwick, Doc, Monk, and Ham rush to Singapore where they get on the trail of a swashbuckling pirate who calls himself the Scourge of the South China Sea, in whose hands a piece of the infernal Buddha has fallen. The trail leads to Pirate Island, the fate of Renny, and a mysterious box containing a terrible, unstoppable power.
Sarah Lineyack's in-laws hated her the moment she married their son. They hated her when she was pregnant, and they hated her even more after the car crash that killed their darling boy but spared Sarah and her child. While Sarah recovered, the Lineyacks stole her baby, claiming she was an unfit mother and tricking her into believing there was nothing she could do about it. But now Sarah has found a way to save her son: She's going to steal him back.
Johnny Marks knows all about running, and not just because he’s a standout on the football field. Ever since he was 12, he’s been raised by his shady Uncle Walter, moving from town to town and using a different name each time, until forged transcripts land him a place at a top-tier college. Johnny, now going by the name Oliver Stringer, doesn’t know why he and his uncle are on the run, only that the reason is somehow connected to his late father. Stringer thinks that by being in the public eye, no one will suspect his past identities. But when he appears on a sports newsreel, the wrong people notice him.
David “Grocer” Jones made newspaper headlines for exposing a food pricing racket and testifying before a state senate committee. When he dies in a mysterious car crash, clearing his name becomes a family affair. His sister, Gabriella, and her husband, Loneman, are convinced that David didn’t commit suicide, as the police report alleged. Loneman and David had worked together at Ploughman, the state’s biggest co-op, and Loneman knows that his brother-in-law was an utterly honest man.
Julie Edwards, a small-town physician’s assistant, is headed to New York to visit her old friend Martha and make a new life for herself. On the train, she meets Chance Molloy, an intrepid, self-made airline owner who also knows Martha - or thinks he does. When Molloy shows Julie a picture of their mutual friend, she claims he’s got the wrong girl. As Julie walks back to her car, an assassin knocks her unconscious. She’s saved in the nick of time from being thrown off the train.
In the 1940s, air travel is still in its infancy. Seats turn into private sleepers, passengers smoke in flight, and it’s no sweat to carry weapons aboard. Chance Molloy, a self-made airline owner, is dealt a blow when his plans to establish a passenger airline in South America are thwarted by a corrupt US senator. At the news, Molloy’s brother, a partner in the venture, kills himself. Seeking some kind of justice, Molloy boards Flight 14 from New York to New Mexico with one goal in mind: to get acquainted with the senator’s daughter, Janet Lord, a passenger on the plane.