Meet Richard Curtis Van Loan, a.k.a. The Phantom Detective!
Who is The Phantom Detective? This masked enemy of crime is a product of the cataclysmic World War I. Born to wealth beyond all avarice, the war made him realize the futility of his pampered life. Daily face-to-face with death on the flaming Eastern Front, peace-time activities seemed too tame for him after his career as a "war bird" was over. He made himself the greatest sleuth of all time -- a worthy successor to Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Lupin, and Philo Vance. Equipped with a knowledge of criminology second to none on Earth -- a master of make-up, the actor's art, mimicry, ventriloquism and hypnotism -- he embarked on his perilous crime-busting career, which lasted through the 1950s.
Originally published in the February, 1933 issue of "The Phantom Detective Magazine," here is the first novel in the long-running series, "The Emperor of Death," in which the Phantom Detective wages a lone-wolf campaign against a ruthless king of criminals, who plans a reign of wholesale death and destruction!
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Wild Side Press
April 11, 2005
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