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175p 01/47     Target for Death

01/47 Target for Death

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When a seemingly innocent letter leaves a trail of dead bodies, Doc tracks the mysterious sender halfway round the world to stamp out a killer whose punishment is long overdue.

149h 12/46     The Disappearing Lady

12/46 The Disappearing Lady

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The cloying scent of gardenias and a very strange auto leads Doc Savage on a desperate quest to find a kidnap victim deep in the heart of the underworld.

174p 10/46     Death in Little Houses

10/46 Death in Little Houses

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A group of bearded mountain men steals pieces of a miniature model home and a lady trucker is marked for death — only Doc can put the pieces of this bizarre puzzle together before murder rules the road.

177p 09/46     The Exploding Lake

09/46 The Exploding Lake

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A lake vanishes in a fireball, a gregarious blonde with an ocelot cub, and a far-off land of mystery spell trouble for Doc and his crew — and finis for the world as we know it.

150h 07/46     Fire and Ice

07/46 Fire and Ice

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Doc saves a beautiful woman stranded in the Alaskan wilderness. But he soon finds more than he bargained for as a black box and a tall, dark and dead man lead Doc to Manhattan on a thrilling mission to solve a macabre puzzle.

sage from Will Murray

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This was originally published on Larry Widen’s website.

A Message from Will Murray

In the Fall of 1992, I hit a snag writing my 7th Doc novel, The Forgotten Realm. I had a very heavy schedule and couldn’t afford any down time. I expected to be writing three Docs, as well as the usual four Destroyers, in 1993. I had to keep going.

I didn’t want to start my next Destroyer early and lose the Kenneth Robeson mood. So in anticipation of my next Doc contract I started three Docs, The Infernal Buddha, The War Maker and The Phantom Lagoon, which was then titled Hell Cay, putting them aside when I solved my problems with The Forgotten Realm. I figured these chapters would give me a head start on my next three Docs.

As most Doc fans know, Bantam chose to put the Man of Bronze on another infamous hiatus, and I never got to finish those Docs, though I did the next spring write the opening chapter to a fourth Doc, The Ice Genius, when inspiration got the better of me.

I don’t know whether or not I’ll ever get to finish these novels, as well as the others I had planned, including The Smoking Spooks, The Nullifier, Grotto of Spiders and Terror in Gold. That’s up to Bantam Books. But I remain optimistic.

Rather than letting them languish on my hard disk, I thought I’d share them with my fellow Doc fans.

While they speak for themselves, a few words about their positions in the chronology of the series.

The Infernal Buddha is set in 1937, during the time of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. It takes place after my The Whistling Wraith, which follows Lester Dent’s The Sea Angel.

Phantom Lagoon takes place circa 1939, as does The Ice Genius, which will feature the return of a major Doc Savage foe. I haven’t placed them exactly in my Doc chronology, which is based on the order Dent wrote the novels as opposed to the Street & Smith publication order.

The War Maker is based on the unused portions of the outline to The Devil Genghis–which is most of it actually!– and falls neatly between Fortress of Solitude and The Devil Genghis. It’s designed to tie up a lot of loose ends left dangling when those novels were spaced apart, defeating Dent’s plan to run them as consequtive adventures

I hope Doc fans will enjoy these glimpses of unfinished Docs and excuse any early-draft flaws they might find. I’d enjoy hearing comments at willmurray@delphi.com

And if you’d like to read the complete stories, for heaven’s sake, don’t tell me… tell Bantam Books. I’m just the latest in a long line of writers who take pride in signing himself– –Kenneth Robeson

151h 04/42     The Magic Forest

04/42 The Magic Forest

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The mysterious disappearance of Renny and a series of tiny grotesquely carved totem poles send Doc and his hard-fisted crew on a deadly race deep into the Alaskan wilds in search of a strange hidden land.

133d 01/42     The Rustling Death

01/42 The Rustling Death

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A powerful weapon of destruction has been unleashed — a device which can disintegrate the defenseless population. Can Doc and his crew save their country — or will this tool of doom become a madman’s terrifying toy?

131d 09/41     The Mindless Monsters

09/41 The Mindless Monsters

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Senseless, machine-like humans of incredible strength and little humanity are scouring the city, and even Doc Savage is no match for them. Doc races to find a way to destroy them — but the world thinks he’s their leader.