The Green Ghost Detective Audiobook
#4 The Case of the Laughing Corpse
by G.T. Fleming-Roberts
Read by Roger Price
Magic meets mystery as George Chance battles crime as the Green Ghost! Thrills, legerdemain, and suspense — all courtesy of the most extraordinary man-hunter the world has ever known!
The Green Ghost, master of magic, plays danger’s game when a dead man’s hate wreaks havoc on the living! Murder calls the super-detective to action when keys of doom unlock the doors of crime!
The Green Ghost was not creator G. T. Fleming-Roberts’ only crime solving magician character. Prior to George Chance taking the pulp stage, Fleming-Roberts had already written the adventures of Diamondstone the Magician, a hero who did not bother with a mask. After the Green Ghost took his final bow, Fleming-Roberts would return to that sort of stage wizard turned crime buster in the Jeffrey Wren series. A possible explanation for his fascination with this type of character exists. Notable for his mysteries in the pulp field, Fleming-Roberts preferred a near common ‘Average Joe’ hero to the more perfect, highly trained, almost unbelievable types that other companies focused on. Even though his readers were not likely all magicians, Roberts wanted The Green Ghost and other mystery solvers to be more down to earth, to be someone a fan might see on the street or share a drink with.
The idea of making his work relatable to readers extended to the villains that The Green Ghost and others faced as well. In an article in the Indianapolis Star Magazine, Fleming-Roberts stated, “The menace nowadays has to be something common and familiar… Adults are reading the magazines – kids dropped them in favor of comic books – and you can’t scare grownup mystery readers with a slinking figure in a black cape or a nasty old clutching hand.” This is clearly evident in the street level crime The Green Ghost confronts in his stories.
The Case of the Laughing Corpse was originally published in the pages of The Ghost Detective magazine in the Fall of 1940 and is read with mysterious and magical force by Roger Price.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: A Toast to a Corpse
Chapter 2: I Go Ghosting
Chapter 3: The Devil’s Heirs
Chapter 4: Night Attack
Chapter 5: Questions Without Answers
Chapter 6: The Staggering Man
Chapter 7: The First Brass Key
Chapter 8: Was It Murder?
Chapter 9: At Lafevre’s
Chapter 10: The Spiders
Chapter 11: Keys to Doom
Chapter 12: The Corpse to Be
Chapter 13: I Go to the Morgue
Chapter 14: The Frightened Man
Chapter 15: Through the Air Shaft
Chapter 16: Alias the Miser
Chapter 17: Trial by Fire
Chapter 18: Pannard’s Hood
Chapter 19: Arrest
Chapter 20: Dead Man’s Treasure
Chapter 21: The Door with Six Locks
Chapter 22: Dynamite
Chapter 23: A Ghost at Headquarters
Chapter 24: The Murderer’s Face
Roger Price During his lengthy career as an entertainer, Roger Price has performed on TV, radio and the live stage. At one time or another he has worked as a stand-up comic, hosted a late night TV movie series as a character called “The Baron”, worked as a morning radio personality, hosted and emceed numerous live events, served as an entertainment news anchor and even worked as a ring announcer for professional wrestling. Comic book and pop culture fans know Roger Price as the creator, director and “voice” of Mid-Ohio-Con, one of the largest and longest running shows of its kind.Currently, in addition to his work with RadioArchives.com, Roger works with a wide variety of clients as a popular announcer and voice actor, specializing in character/cartoon voices and dialects.