Forged in war, The Phantom Detective wages a one-man battle on crime! Solving impossible mysteries and delivering his own justice, he is the underworld’s masked nightmare!
Follow the Phantom Detective on the grim pursuit of a fiendish killer whose grisly deeds are veiled in mystery!! A murder ray that turns its sinister power on innocent victims and not even the masked sleuth may be able to stop its deadly rampage!
Desperate to find his place in the world and to help others, millionaire war veteran Richard Curtis Van Loan follows a suggestion made by Frank Havens, his father’s friend, and solves a crime that local police can’t seem to unravel. Inspired by his success, Van Loan sets himself on a path to become the world’s greatest crimefighter. Following a regimen of his own design, Van Loan not only trains himself to be in excellent physical shape, he also pursues the skills necessary to deal a crushing blow to the underworld. Learning all that he could about crime detection and the various sciences associated with investigating it, including forensics and psychology, Van Loan turned himself into a master detective. He also went to great lengths to become an expert in both escaping any situation and in concealing his identity through disguises, making him a veritable phantom, impossible to identify. After undertaking several cases that were as much adventures he survived with luck and disguises and then delving into mysteries that tested his abilities, The Phantom became world renowned amongst men on both sides of the law. Because only Havens knew his true identity, the masked man carried a personal calling card, a platinum badge cast in the shape of the domino mask. In this way, law enforcement and lawbreakers alike knew they were dealing with the real Phantom Detective!
‘Death on Swift Wings’ was originally published in the January 1935 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.