The Shadow

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Arthur Stringer (1874 – 1950) was a Canadian novelist, screenwriter, and poet who later moved to the United States.

The Shadow (1913) follows detective “Never-Fail” Blake on a Moby Dick style quest to find a counterfeiter. Blake is an “old fashioned” detective, trusting tried-and-true methods over “modern” crime solving. The Shadow is as much a character study of an obsessed man as a mystery, and one of Stringer’s best. The New York Times called it “an excellent story, both as a an able dectective story and a human document.”