In 1932, Lester Dent jumpstarted his pulp fiction career when he created scientific detective Lynn Lash. Operating out of a New York skyscraper, Lash tackled super-scientific threats the police could not handle, opening the way for Dent’s greatest creation, the immortal Doc Savage. All three Lash cases are included in this volume, including a rare story not published during Dent’s lifetime, "The Flame Horror." Two years later, Dent produced a new gadget-wielding sleuth, Foster Fade, the Crime Spectacularist. Working for a major metropolitan tabloid, Fade solved crimes so bizarre they defied description. The entire Crime Spectacularist trilogy is presented for the first time ever in an authorized edition. This is Dent at his imaginative best--vintage hardboiled detective fiction with a weird menace twist!
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This book collects 2 of Lester Dent's lesser known (probably because there are fewer stories, and haven't been reprinted much) gadget heroes: Lynn Lash and Foster Fade. Lynn Lash has 2 published stories, and one unpublished. They appeared in 1932 in Ace's "Detective Dragnet". All 3 are collected here. "Foster Fade/Crime Spectacularist" had 3 stories, which were published in early 1934 in Dell's "All Detective Magazine". Both are part of a series of "gadget heroes" that Dent, better known as the real author of "Doc Savage", created before and while he also worked on writing Doc Savage (Doc started in 1933).
Lynn Lash came first, before Doc was created, and its said that these stories helped him get the Doc gig. He was apparently created in the model of Craig Kennedy, an earlier scientific detective.
Surprisingly, after the first Lynn Nash story, Dent created further science detective stories but with different characters! 2 stories are mentioned in the...
I have not read much of this type of pulp stories but have read all Mr. Dent's Doc Savage works since the early 70's. It was fun reading Lynn Lash and Foster Fade. I can see many common themes and character types in these stories and the Savage stories. They are all fast paced and take you back to the 1930's with the slang and technology of the time. I wish there were more to read. I recommend this book.
This is worth a look. It's fun, action packed detective/adventure that was typical of the era it was written in. This first story is particularly fun. If you want candy to read on the subway to work, this story is perfect.
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