Author: Maxwell Grant
Original language: English
This is the first Shadow story which appeared on April 1, 1931. It’s sort of an introduction to the Shadow but, as such, does not give any actual background to the character.
Most of the book actually deals with Harry Vincent, a man who was going to kill himself but was stopped by the Shadow. He then becomes one of the Shadow’s agents and we see a little about how they operate. He’s to keep watch on a certain man and report to Claude Fellows, another of the Shadow’s agent.
The Shadow is investigating the robbery and murder of a millionaire and, as with Shadow novels, things are not ever as simple as they seem at first. Harry Vincent has to visit someone named Wang Foo and that visit goes terribly wrong but he’s rescued by the Shadow. Then Harry poses as a cab driver and nearly gets himself in more trouble and again the Shadow rescues him.