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Publisher's Summary

This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on October 9, 1938.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow's true identity was his "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane". Through the years, The Shadow was portrayed by Frank Readick, Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others. As listeners were reminded at the end of every episode, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!"

Hear more tales of The Shadow individually, or pick them up in collected editions!
© and (P)2006 Radio Spirits Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As one of the basic prototypes of what has come to be called Pop Art, the Shadow is unique and irreplaceable, a legend in his own time. A classic character who looms slouch hat and shoulders above all others of his kind, he is an inevitable as a guilty conscience, an unseen power that awakens within all of us our most deep-rooted fears of mortal retribution. There has never been a force quite like him." (Jim Harmon, The Great Radio Heroes)

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Death Trap.

A clever evil lawyer sets a death trap for the Shadow. Does he succeed, of course not. Another great story. Crime doesn't pay.

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Last words at the electric chair

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A man is sentenced to the electric chair for a murder that was ordered by someone else. He tells The Shadow all about how to catch the crime leader.

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The Shadow

Where does Death Stalks The Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

<br/>It's my first so it has to be top

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Shadow

What about Bill Johnstone’s performance did you like?

So authentic for a radio broadcast so many years ago.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

<br/>No one knows the evil in men's hearts better than The Shadow