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The Black Star

A Detective Story

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 66,307 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 5,324
Added to site: 2011.11.24 31026

An exciting adventure with the gentleman criminal Black Star.

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teps at a time.

The prisoner had tugged desperately at his bonds and had felt them give. With sudden hope, he had worked furiously to get free. He was through the window and descending the fire escape as Verbeck finished the imaginary telephone message to the police, exulting at what he fondly thought had been his close escape.



Verbeck found Muggs at the corner of the apartment house, standing in the shadows and trying to shield himself from the stinging sleet and biting cold wind.

"He's just reaching the ground, boss," Muggs said. "See him?"

"I see him. Be careful now, Muggs; we don't want to lose him. Thanks for understanding and loosening his bonds. There he goes!"

The erstwhile prisoner had reached the ground and was darting through the shadows toward the alley. Down this he ran for half a block, then crept between two buildings, and so reached the boulevard near a corner, with Verbeck

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

(1921) Mystery / Detective / Master crook
Plot bullets

  • The Black Star and his gang are having their way with the law.

  • One man brags that he can unveil the crook and end his reign.

  • The Black Star takes offense at that remark.

  • The game is afoot.


Outstanding a wild goose chase!Frankly,not sharp as Holmes,yet a smart detective!The climax and anti climax were brilliantly set.The cunning opponent was superb too!



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