The Black Star


Read by Roger Melin

(4.5 stars; 47 reviews)

The Black Star was a master criminal who took great care to never be identifiable, always wore a mask so nobody knew what he looked like, rarely spoke to keep his voice from being recognized, and the only mark left at the scenes of the crimes which he and his gang committed were small black stars which were tacked as a sign of their presence, and an occasional sarcastic note to signify his presence and responsibility. Even those who worked for him knew nothing of him, all of which were making his crimes virtually unsolvable. The police were at a complete loss as to his identity and at a method of stopping his criminal activities. He seemed to have the perfect strategic setup and all advantages were in his favor. He even somehow knew where the wealthy kept their jewels and money, and knew when they would remove valuable items from their safes and deposit boxes. Thus Roger Verbeck decided to take on the case of the Black Star using his own methodology. The Black Star will keep you guessing from beginning to end, just as he kept the police and Verbeck guessing.

Johnston McCulley was a prolific writer in the pulp fiction vein, and his Zorro series would become immensely popular. However, prior to Zorro, the Black Star was among his first repeating characters which kept readers of the day in continual suspense until his next appearance. McCulley also wrote mysteries and detective stories using various pseudonyms, including Harrison Strong. (Introduction by Roger Melin)

(8 hr 6 min)

Chapters

01 - An Aided Escape 19:15 Read by Roger Melin
02 - The Black Star 10:48 Read by Roger Melin
03 - Into the Pit 22:06 Read by Roger Melin
04 - Rogue For a Day 15:48 Read by Roger Melin
05 - Muggs on Guard 10:37 Read by Roger Melin
06 - An Unprofitable Afternoon 11:10 Read by Roger Melin
07 - Identical Orders 10:54 Read by Roger Melin
08 - The Police Get a Tip 13:14 Read by Roger Melin
09 - "Chickens Come Home To Roost" 19:26 Read by Roger Melin
10 - Caught In a Net 11:08 Read by Roger Melin
11 - Close Quarters 12:39 Read by Roger Melin
12 - At the Charity Ball 15:06 Read by Roger Melin
13 - Muggs - Great Little Man 11:23 Read by Roger Melin
14 - Unexpected News 5:04 Read by Roger Melin
15 - The Challenge 14:40 Read by Roger Melin
16 - A Nocturnal Visit 17:21 Read by Roger Melin
17 - Interrupted Conversation 12:04 Read by Roger Melin
18 - Mysteries 18:15 Read by Roger Melin
19 - Suspicion 20:47 Read by Roger Melin
20 - The Voice on the Wire 17:05 Read by Roger Melin
21 - The End of the Wire 15:40 Read by Roger Melin
22 - On the Scent 9:54 Read by Roger Melin
23 - Into the Vault 7:59 Read by Roger Melin
24 - How It Ended 13:30 Read by Roger Melin
25 - Shadowed by Three 7:23 Read by Roger Melin
26 - A Man of Mystery 17:32 Read by Roger Melin
27 - In Black Star's Hands 18:44 Read by Roger Melin
28 - The Police Launch 8:29 Read by Roger Melin
29 - Black Star Takes a Trick 11:45 Read by Roger Melin
30 - Muggs in Action 13:09 Read by Roger Melin
31 - In the Bank 11:39 Read by Roger Melin
32 - A Narrow Escape 12:25 Read by Roger Melin
33 - Puzzled Police 14:23 Read by Roger Melin
34 - What Happened to the Chief 12:26 Read by Roger Melin
35 - An Unexpected Blow 9:55 Read by Roger Melin
36 - In Custody 13:01 Read by Roger Melin

Reviews

Loved it

(5 stars)

Very nicely narrated again Roger Melin. Good suspense with unexpected twist at the end.

The Black Star

(5 stars)

Very good story. Kept me interested until the very end with its surprise twist of plot. Of course the reader, Roger Melin, was excellent as usual.

(4.5 stars)

Ripping yarn style adventure, typical of the period and very great fun too! Beautifully read, as always, by Mr. Melin.

(5 stars)

my favorite reader indeed I love your voice many nights I have listened to your story telling ....you just have a way I tell you ....keep them coming ...cant wait for another and another ....best wishes to you indeed

(4 stars)

Good story. Roger Melin is my absolute favorite narrator. I will listen to any book he reads.

Awesome ride, loved it!

(5 stars)

First of all, props to Roger M, he's a great reader, glad he is still reading for librivox. Now to the story - This is a neat mystery/adventure novel where a wealthy businessman decides to match wits with a sneaky thief with extraordinary planning capabilities. It is going to take more than the average detective to catch this crook. Despite being a bit far-fetched at times, the story was still great. Enjoy!

Does he ever listen to himself?

(4 stars)

I liked the story, imagining an old time radio show or B&W movie. I appreciate the reading being done for me. I just wish Roger would go back and listen to himself. His voice inflections are so inappropriate they greatly detract and distract.