by Robert C. Blackmon. from The Avenger, October 1939. They told a smart cop the story of a killer! "THAT card offering you a free reading was sucker bait, Nelda. Just an advertising come-on for the spirit racket." Mike Varne spoke to the girl beside him in the coup, but his hard gray eyes watched the wet street pavement glinting under the headlights. There was a gruff gentleness in his voice. "We won't get anything out of this trip to Madame Nola's seance parlor tonight. Time they see you with Detective Mike Varne they'll pull the old unsympathetic spirits gag and tell you to come back Continue reading