The Black Star
by Johnston McCulley
Publisher: Chelsea House 1921
Number of pages: 193
Roger Verbeck-Flagellum and Muggs, a millionaire bachelor and his ex-thug partner pursue a criminal mastermind known as the Black Star, a criminal with no Robin Hoodish tendencies but with great organizational skills and considerable panache.
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