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I found the style to be bang-on, both in the Savage and Shadow segments, and the level of action is very faithful to the pulp originals. Where the novel starts to drag, as it does when it begins to follow two of the Shadow's bungling assistants, who are captured, escape, are recaptured, escape, are recaptured, etc., etc., etc., this is also a faithful imitation of the way the overworked Walter B. Gibson tended to pad out his Shadow adventures to what the pulps called "novel" length.
In summary, I enjoyed it all the way through. If you are a fan of Doc, or the Shadow, or both, you need to give this worthy effort a look.
A real pleasure to read.
Let's face it: If you're a pulp fan, you're going to want to read this, and you should. The two mythos are merged pretty seamlessly, and you get immersed in those halcyon days without a lick o' trouble.
"The Sinister Shadow" reads at times like Lester Dent wrote it, and at others as if Walter Gibson was back among us.
Sure the characters are a bit well-defined (one dimensional) and both the bad guys and the good guys make dumb decisions, and the language is a bit over the top---but, that's the point. This is a real pulp novel!
You often hear "he was born too soon", but in this case Murray was born too late. He would have fit right in back in the heyday of the pulps.
Murray does an excellent job of giving all the characters a bit of screen time, and you keep wondering whether the Shadow and Doc will really team up or will the Shadow be on the run from Doc for years to come. And I just loved the final line of the book, though I wonder if any pure Doc fans, who might not be Shadow fans, will understand it.
The only quibbles I have are very minor. One supporting character is killed off-screen and the Police commissioner is portrayed as just a bit too much of a blockhead. But, didn't subtract from my enjoyment of this book at all. I recommend it highly.