071 01/36 Murder Mirage

Chuck Welch
January 11, 1996 - 1936 / Bantam 061-072 / baumhofer / donovan / nanovic / novel / pfeiffer / pulp

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A blizzard in July and a woman’s image is frozen in glass — how could these bizarre events possibly be connected? To find the answer and save the life of Ranyon Cartheris, the Man of Bronze and his dauntless allies journey to hot desert sands halfway round the world, where they are trapped — perhaps never to emerge — in the ancient underground tombs of Tasunan.

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  1. Andrew Salmon says:

    I liked this one. The woman in glass was darn cool!! Good action throughout. A daring escape from a burning dirigible, Pat kidnaped too many times to count, pursuits down dark tunnels, a new, weird element, exotic locales… Doc at his best if you ask me.

  2. My favorite of the Donovan Docs and probably his most Dent-like. Those eerie opening scens are incredibly evocative and frightening. Had Donovan continued on this way he might have been one of the great Doc writers.

  3. Paul Cook says:

    I agree with the other posted comments. A good novel, one of Donovan’s better efforts. I also like the Pfeiffer cover quite a lot, though I could have wished for more detail in the face of the guy with the lantern. The pulp cover is fantastic. This is one of the ghosted Doc novels that stands up to multiple reads (I think Land of Long Juju holds up as well).

  4. Mark Carpenter says:

    As a confirmed Donovan hater, I was shocked at how good “Murder Mirage” was. The plot was solid and coherent, the action was brisk and exciting and I actually guessed wrong about the identity of the All-Wise One. Of his many wretched entries into the Doc canon, this was Donovan’s one winner. Bully for him.

  5. This one was perhaps the fourth or fifth Doc I ever read, 36 years ago — and I still remember it! Unlike the majority of the readers on this site, I quite enjoy Donovan/Danberg’s Doc yarns; in fact, the first Donovan I ever read, the year before I read MIRAGE, The Men Who Smiled No More, has my vote as one of the top-5 Doc’s AND the top vote as the best Bama Bantam cover! Actually, I’m on a bit of a high this morning —  yesterday I visited one of my favourite second-hand bookshops to discover that the owner had aquired a box-lot of Doc Savage novels… a series he has never carried before! And I’m on holiday at the moment, so….

  6. Richard Cording says:

    By far one of the top-shelf Docs for me. I was new to the ranks of Doc Savage fans when I first read this ( way back in April, 1974, to be exact ), so any of the deficiencies commented on by other readers sort of just passed me by. The menace was truly creepy – a glowing green ball whose energies completely disintegrated its victims, leaving behind only a stark black shadow on walls or windows, the minor baddies satisfying, and the super-physical stunts of our favourite hero splendidly over-the-top. MAJOR SPOILER COMING UP!!!!! Be warned – if you haven’t already read this novel, then get up, stretch and go and make a cup of coffee, or put the cat out or something, cos ….. This was the first time in the series ( and perhaps the only time? I don’t know, I haven’t read them all yet ) that the major mastermind was a woman. It took me completely by surprise, and I can still remember the thrill of revelation after 37 years. All in all, despite having some bad press from Doc fans, a thoroughly worthwhile read. 4 stars.

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