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The Black Star

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) was a police reporter before he became proflic and successful writer for pulp magazines and for Hollywood. His serial, The Curse of Capistrano, published in All-Story Magazine in 1919, made him world famous the following year when the film version, starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., was released under the title The Mark of Zorro. The rest, as the ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published December 31st 1910)
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Thom Swennes
Sep 14, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I really wouldn't recommend it
The Black Star by Johnston McCulley is a story of good versus evil. Like many thirty-cent novels written and published in the first half of the Twentieth Century, it is a conglomerate of Sherlock Holms, Batman and The Keystone Cops. The story reads as a poorly written, low budgeted black and white movie from the 30’s that were so popular as television filler when I was still young and impressionable. This book would make even the best actors look bad through the inept text and writing. Compared ...more
Yibbie
Have you ever watched the Green Hornet, 1930’s version? This is it by another name. Really it is, even down to the vapor guns. The plot so predictable it doesn't compensate for the horrible dialog at all. There are just too many incredible escapes, and even worse solutions.
It’s not really a detective story, because they and you know who did what, when and how. Every act is publicized in advance. It’s just really boring.
Here's an example of the dialog from near the climax. “I regret that I ca
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Jeff Miller
This is by the author of the Zorro series. I was quite impressed with the first Zorro book which was quite a good adventure novel. The same talent is displayed in this book.

The Black Star is the master crook who brags of his prowess in letters to the police and newspaper and has pulled of countless crimes. Enter the hero of the story a well-off man and his chauffeur as they match wits against the Black Star as their battles go back and forth.

A good romp and a fun read with enjoyable characters.

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Karen Hartshorn
this is kind of a silly detective story! But it was a lot of fun. It is available at Gutenberg.org and also as an audio recording at Librivox.org both free---so if you just need a funny,old little detective story give it a try.
Nazim
A wonderful crime-adventure book from the creator of the famous The Mark of Zorro!
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