The Spider #16 Audiobook
The City Destroyer
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Thousands of busy persons bent over their desks in the tallest building in the world — conducting the commerce of the nation — when suddenly the steel girders began to creak and twist, and the gigantic edifice swayed giddily in the rising wind. Never before had criminal brains devised a more cunning or a more horrible weapon to garner their ill-gotten treasures. And never before was the Spider so strenuously put to test — for the Master, the man behind the devastation and death, eluded every suspicion, foresaw every contingency, left no tell-tale clues behind him as he ravaged, slayed and pillaged... Richard Wentworth, working for once hand in hand with the organized forces of law and order, fights the grimmest battle of his long career. Can the Spider avenge the countless dead who have already fallen? Can he bring the Murder Master to the justice he so richly deserves?
Norvell W. Page, described him this way: For Richard Wentworth was a nemesis of the night, a swift and secret avenger who meted out lethal justice to those of the Underworld who dared to raise their hand against humanity; he was the man known throughout half the civilized world as the Spider, and tonight he wore the disguise that would instantly identify him as that dread killer. A long, black cape covered twisted shoulders. A broad-brimmed hat tightly pulled down over a lank wig shadowed a beak-nosed face. The eyes that glittered there were steely with bitter hatred.
As for Wentworth himself, he believed in his mission implicitly: He was, he told himself, no longer a human being, but a cause. He was the Spider! He must live to defend humanity....
Nick Santa Maria reads this exciting suspense story of murder, mayhem and mystery that perfectly evokes 1935 Manhattan. The City Destroyer, originally published in The Spider magazine, January, 1935.
Chapter 1: “I am the Spider!”
Chapter 2: Ram Singh Falls
Chapter 3: When Thousands Died
Chapter 4: Flight from Doom!
Chapter 5: The Second Calamity
Chapter 6: The Hot Trail
Chapter 7: Lull Before the Storm
Chapter 8: The Spider Draws Blood
Chapter 9: Prey of the Master
Chapter 10: Briggs’ Confession
Chapter 11: A Dangerous Game
Chapter 12: The Game is Lost
Chapter 13: “Let Me Kill Him!”
Chapter 14: McSwag Pays
Chapter 15: A Strong Man Falters
Chapter 16: Briggs, The Hero
Chapter 17: The Spider Wages Battle!
Chapter 18: Two Thousand Shall Die!
Chapter 19: The End of the Murder Master
Nick Santa Maria Nick was born early in life in Brooklyn, NY. His theatrical background is based in Comedy Improv. He was a long standing member of the late lamented Miami based, Mental Floss, where he served as head writer/composer. From there he began his career in commercials, voice-overs, TV, Film, and theatre. He has performed in many roles on the stage including his award winning turn as Nick in Over The River And Through The Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee as Mr. Panch (3-D Theatricals), Mr. Bromhead in No Sex Please, We’re British at The Norris, and as Pseudolus in, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Norris Theatre. Television: The Buffalo Bill Show, B.J. Stryker, and two Disney Christmas Specials. Off Broadway: Writer/Composer/Performer on Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Soundtrack on RCA Victor. Broadway: Vince Fontaine in Tommy Tune’s production of Grease. He also appeared in every domestic company of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, understudying everyone from Nathan Lane and Jason Alexander, to Tony Danza and David Hassellhoff. He was the original Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, a Musical Spectacular, soundtrack on Disney Records. Nick is a resident of Los Angeles and is currently writing a book about classic film comedians, Nick’s been a long time film historian, and has written several articles on the topic. |