A Quiet Night in the Dark in La Plata, Missouri, 1942

Lester Dent is known today among popular culture fans as the primary creator and writer of the character Doc Savage, hero of a monthly magazine published by Street & Smith from 1933 to 1949. Doc Savage — Clark Savage, Jr. — was the precursor to later popular heroes like Superman, Batman, James Bond, and Dirk Pitt. Dent’s energetic prose for the Doc Savage stories always was published under a Street & Smith house name: Kenneth Robeson. So he was surprised when his editor informed him that Kenneth Robeson was the name of an actual person. And on a night in 1942, a surprise visitor shares with him an astonishing story that leads to deadly consequences in Dent’s quiet rural home.

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