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23Feb/150

EP1503: The Saint: It’s Snow Use

Vincent Price

The Saint while in a vacation to a lodge is asked to pretend to be the husband of a woman who fears being murdered by her ex-husband.

Original Air Date: October 29, 1950

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22Feb/151

EP1502s: Lux Radio Theater: The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Nick Charles, a retired private detective is drawn back to detection with the insistence of his wife, Nora, when a former client is suspected of several murders.

Original Air Date: June 8, 1936

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21Feb/150

EP1502: Dragnet: The Child Killer

Jack Webb

Friday and Romero search for two lost little girls.

Original Air Date: February 2, 1950

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21Feb/150

Book Review: The Jade Ogre

In this 1992 Will Murray novel, the legendary adventure Doc Savage faces a deadly challenge when he battles the Jade Ogre, a strange being whose decapitated arms fly on their own and deal a horrible green death to the Ogre's enemies.

The Jade Ogre is unusual in that Murray adapted the idea from a story original Doc Savage writer Lester Dent had written about a private detective, so this story has a bit of a mystery element in it and some detective tropes that play a role such as Doc explaining the solution to his aides at the end. However, the mystery is much more a matter of how rather than who as Murray provides more than enough clues to figure out who is behind the Jade Ogre. Also this makes more sense understanding it was based on a serialized story as it does have a very strong serialized feel.

In addition to the mystery, the book delivered the usual things we expect from Doc Savage with plenty of action, adventure, gadgets, and some great interaction between Doc's assistants. Here, as in the other more recent books, the number of supporting players is kept down to a minimum with Ham, Monk, and Pat Savage appearing. Murray is even more careful about overusing assistants as for most of the book, only two are "on stage" at once with Pat and Ham together early and Monk and Ham late. This allows enough interaction between the Bronze Man's two most beloved assistants (Monk and Ham) without their carping on each other becoming monotonous.

As always, Murray achieves a great period feel and this book succeeds in transporting readers back to the 1930s.

The story has one major plot hole and that comes from the whodunit plot. We learn that when Doc gives the solution that several others had figured out who the guilty party was. This leads the question of why everyone followed a crazed murder blindly into a trap.

Beyond that, there are more things that could be nitpicked, but at the end of the day, this isn't great literature, it's Doc Savage. And this book lives up to the high standards set by other installments in this series. So if you have a love of 1930s Pulp fiction in your soul, this book is for you.

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20Feb/150

EP1501: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Three Sisters Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is to investigate the death of a famous musician with his three stepdaughters being the prime suspects.

Original Air Date: October 27, 1957

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19Feb/151

EP1500: Nick Carter: Case of the Two Faced Firemaster

Lon Clark

After capturing a young robber, Nick sets out to find out who is supplying the city's criminals with guns.

Original Air Date: September 21, 1947

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18Feb/150

EP1499: Philip Marlowe: Bum’s Rush

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe's Aunt in Montana asks him to find her boyfriend, a hobo who went to Los Angeles.

Original Air Date: September 3, 1949

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17Feb/151

EP1498: Crime and Peter Chambers: Murder at the Track

Dane Clark

A jockey asks Pete for help and then is murdered after what appears to be a thrown race.

Original Air Date: August 3, 1954

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16Feb/150

EP1497: The Saint: Dossier on a Doggone Dog

Barry Sullivan

Simon finds a dog and finds himself investigating a jewel theft and eventually a murder.

Original Air Date: September 24, 1950

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15Feb/152

EP1496s: Bold Venture: A Dead Girl’s Clothes

Humprey Bogart, Lauren Becall
Slade and Sailor try to clear a young man condemned to die for a murder his mother says he didn't commit.

Original Air Date: January 7, 1952

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