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The Green Lama returns in two thrilling exploits torn from the pages of Double Detective magazine.
With this audiobook release, we move into a new phase of Jethro Dumont's bizarre career as the world's first ordained Buddhist priest turned crime buster. Gary Brown and Evangl Stewart, two of his original aides, have married and moved on, to be replaced by actor Ken Clayton and Jean Farrell, who are right at home in "The Case of the Fugitive Fingerprints", which is set in the world of Broadway theatre - a world known for killer reviews. But here a real killer is on the prowl...one who leaves no trace of his phantom existence except for his blood-soaked fingerprints....
"The Case of the Crooked Cane" brings The Lama back to the vicinity of "The Clown Who Laughed", but this time the focus is not crime at a Cleveland circus but skullduggery in and around stormy Lake Eerie, through which illicit narcotics are flooding, and a sinister mastermind seems to anticipate The Lama's every move.
Previously, Dumont encountered a professional magician named Theodor Harrin.... With The Case of the Crooked Cane and continuing beyond it, this clever conjuror works with The Green Lama as one of his continually changing inner circle of crime-hunting assistants. Jean Farrell and the mysterious Magga continue in supporting roles while actor Ken Clayton departs the series for a greater mission.
This is a continuation of the introduction of magical themes kicked off in "The Case of the Mad Magi". Previously, author Kendell Foster Crossen had name-dropped fellow magic enthusiasts like The Shadow's Walter B. Gibson. Here, passing mention is of made of another pulp writer with a background in magic - Bruce Elliott, later to take over The Shadow series. It was a tight little world of pulp writers who also practiced magic.