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The Shadow

Arthur Stringer

Book Overview: 

A manhunt for a bank robber takes a determined and fixated New York City detective on a gripping, globe-spanning adventure, with many plot twists along the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . keeping cool headed and clean handed, with an eye always to the main issue.


And Blake really regarded himself as clean handed. Yet deep in his nature was that obliquity, that adeptness at trickery, that facility in deceit, which made him the success he was. He could always meet a crook on his own ground. He had no extraneous sensibilities to eliminate. He mastered a secret process of opening and reading letters without detection. He became an adept at picking a lock. One of his earlier successes had depended on the cool dexterity with which he had exchanged trunk checks in a Wabash baggage car at Black Rock, allowing the “loft” thief under suspicion to carry off a dummy trunk, while he came into possession of another’s belongings and enough evidence to secure his victim’s conviction.


At another time, when “tailing” on a badger-game case, he equipped himself as a theatrical “bill-sniper,” fo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I was given this old book (copyright 1913) from an estate of a deceased lawyer/judge. It was interesting in that the language was more complex than most novels today. It is an interesting story of an old police detective’s worldwide hunt for a criminal. I enjoyed the read very much.