New York’s news hawks work overtime in a flurry of flashbulb explosions as they clamor for the scoop on the insidious wave of bodies turning up around the city, all struck dead, eyes turned an unseeing white — the Blind Death! As police riot guns and gangland tommy guns turn the winter snows of Manhattan scarlet, Doc Savage, man of mystery, giant of bronze, discovers that the mysterious plague is the result of an audacious scheme to unite all of New York’s criminal elements against him. Their evil goal — to seize the fabled Mayan wealth of the Man of Bronze.
6 thoughts on “White Eyes”
In my opinion this is THE best of the “Will Murrays” and is in fact so dang good that I include it in my “Top 20” Doc stories (heck, maybe even “Top TEN”). Wonderful “gangster” tale that includes (and pays homage to) so many of Dent’s story-telling attributes.
White eyes was one of the very best of the non-Dent Docs. I did figure out what the secret of the gadget was early on (a disadvantage of a well-rounded science education) but it was still a fun read as far as Doc material goes. And, let’s face it, how often has a villain managed to drive Doc out of his own 86th floor aerie?
And, writing about this latter, I was watching one of the ‘bonus’ items in the PBS “NEW YORK” documentary DVD set. It dealt with the making of the Empire State Building. It was fun looking at the construction as it progressed and wondering … behind that tarp – there – maybe that’s where they were building the ‘flea run’ in secret?
where can I buy any of these novels? I’ve been a Doc fan for over 40 years!
Compared to the 80 pages that it usually took Lester Dent to tell a Doc story, this 304-page, 1992 novel by Will Murray seems like “War and Peace.”
If only it were that good. Murray doesn’t seem to know what to do with all the extra space. The story doesn’t really get rolling until chapter 19, and even then, the whole book turns out to be just a jazzed-up retread of “The Annihilist.”
I give it an “A” for effort, but a “C” for story.
Pure genius! That was my immediate response after reading this little gem back in ’94. I’d wandered into my usual Science Fiction/Fantasy bookshop with a pocket full of shekels and a willingness to be surprised. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I set my eyes on a row of Doc Savage novels. Okay, so they were pastiches rather than further reprints from the ’30s and ’40s, but what the heck, I was willing to give ’em a try. After hesitating between WHITE EYES and THE WHISTLING WRAITH for goodness knows how long, I finally plumped for WHITE EYES. Needless to say, once I had finished – and thoroughly enjoyed – this modern masterpiece, I eventually rounded up all but two of Murray’s Docs. As pastiches, they are superb – I firmly believe that Murray has come as close to capturing the authentic Dent voice as it is possible for a ghost-writer to get. 5 stars for this one, without a doubt.
An aftertought here… I wonder if the Dent outline for this little cracker was a rejected start for THE ANNHILIST? The same central device seems to be used in both novels.