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Spy Killer (Stories from the Golden Age) by L. Ron Hubbard
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Apr 25, 10

Read from April 15 to 25, 2010

Spy Killer

The Spy Killer is another one of the pulp fiction stories from L. Ron Hubbard, this time originally published in the late 1930s, before the USA got into World War II, Japan was occupying areas of China and one Kurt Reid was found on the streets of Shanghai, sopping wet and escaping the police.

Why? He's accused of a murder he did not commit, runs into a Russian spy (who happens to be a gorgeous woman, of course) and gets tangled into a conflict between her and a Chinese gangster.

Seems like a complex plot -- it is -- but it flows well at its 88 pages. The pulps usually ran these kinds of stories through several magazines, but here the reader gets to read it all in one go.

The reading is fairly easy, and any words used at that time are clarified in a glossary in the back.

The most gruesome scenes are the torture scenes as fingernails are being ripped out by pliers or guys are getting shot messily between the eyes. Surprisingly graphic tales for the kids of the old days.

Recommended.


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04/15/2010 page 25
20.66% "So far so good. A tough American is thrown into an espionage situation beyond his choice!"

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