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The Bat

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Co-author: Avery Hopwood
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,937 / 188 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,973
Added to site: 2006.11.18 15291

Man, beast or devil? What was this flying shadow that terrorized a whole community and left a trail of crime and death?

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e day the Bat would slip and falter; then they would have him. But the weeks passed into months and still the Bat flew free, solitary, untamed, and deadly. At 1ast even his own kind turned upon him; the underworld is like the upper in its fear and distrust of genius that flies alone. But when they turned against him, they turned against a spook - a shadow. A cold and bodiless laughter from a pit of darkness answered and mocked at their bungling gestures of hate - and went on, flouting Law and Lawless alike.

Where official trailer and private sleuth had failed, the newspapers might succeed - or so thought the disillusioned young men of the Fourth Estate - the tireless foxes, nose-down on the trail of news - the trackers, who never gave up until that news was run to earth. Star reporter, leg-man, cub, veteran gray in the trade - one and all they tried to pin the Bat like a caught butterfly to the front page of their respective journals - soon or late each gave up, beaten. He was news - bigger news each w

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***

why in the name of heaven aplot similar to the circular staircase with inane and bland mystery and much of tomfoolery


Cornelia Van Gorder finally makes an appearance in this story that is remarkably similar to The Circular Staircase. There is the bank failure, Jack Bailey posing as a gardener, The country house, the secret room, ect. The list goes on and on. But for all of that it is still an entertaining mystery that has enough originality to leave you guessing for a while.



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