How do you fight a menace that strikes without warning - that disintegrates flesh and blood and stone to mere chemical atoms? Men flee in blind panic from the merest rumor of a new attack, and even the Spider - dodging the death blasts - can find at first no weapon with which to combat this new and devastating evil that obliterates its victims in the fraction of time between two heartbeats! This is the challenge Richard Wentworth, alias the Spider, faces as he plunges into the cauldron of crime exemplified by Satan's death blast.
Albany, New York, is the first city to face obliteration. Then the devil moves on to other cities of New York State and finally sets his diabolic sights on Manhattan, demanding a ransom of $75 million to spare the most densely populated city in the United States. The master of men faces two grim challenges: What mysterious force is so powerful that it could detonate a victim into dustlike motes unrecognizable as human? And who is his satanic majesty, the devil?
Once again, Norvell Page delivers a riveting account of the Spider's urgent crusade to crush a supercriminal who challenges the combined forces of law and order. As never before, Richard Wentworth hurls himself into a hellish cauldron, prepared to sacrifice his reputation, his life, and even his very soul to defeat a foe to whom mercy is a foreign word. When his faithful servant, Ram Singh, turns against his master, Wentworth understands that he faces an enemy who can reach into his inner circle. But how can the Spider run his quarry to Earth when he is gunned down and incapacitated while the devil and his lethal minions run unchecked?
Nick Santa Maria reads "Satan's Death Blast" with the crackling intensity you have come to expect of his superb talent. Originally published in The Spider magazine, June 1934.