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The Master Mystery

Arthur B. Reeve (1880-1936)

1. 01 – Chapter 1
2. 02 – Chapter 2
3. 03 – Chapter 3
4. 04 – Chapter 4
5. 05 – Chapter 5
6. 06 – Chapter 6
7. 07 – Chapter 7
8. 08 – Chapter 8
9. 09 – Chapter 9
10. 10 – Chapter 10
11. 11 – Chapter 11
12. 12 – Chapter 12
13. 13 – Chapter 13
14. 14 – Chapter 14
15. 15 – Chapter 15
16. 16 – Chapter 16
17. 17 – Chapter 17
18. 18 – Chapter 18
19. 19 – Chapter 19
20. 20 – Chapter 20
21. 21 – Chapter 21
22. 22 – Chapter 22
23. 23 – Chapter 23
24. 24 – Chapter 24
25. 25 – Chapter 25

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Summary

While Harry Houdini didn’t rise to fame as a screen actor, silent film makers of the day sought to capitalize on his fame. The Master Mystery was Houdini’s first such attempt, and it was embraced by the viewing public, leading to other screen roles following.The hero (or superhero) is Quentin Locke, scientist, agent of the U.S. Justice Department, and not surprisingly, an escape artist extraordinaire.The Master Mystery follows agent Locke through many pitfalls, in true serial fashion, as he is tasked with uncovering a band of thugs and a peculiar metal robot (reportedly the first robot in film) with a brain, called an automaton, which has been robbing potential inventors of their patent rights.All in good fun by today’s standards, we find our hero escaping a straightjacket, a diver’s suit, and an electric chair to name but a few, and of course winning the hand of the daughter of one of the industrialists along the way.

Reviews

Bernie

- The Master Mystery

Certainly action packed but unfortunately lame. The story is about 10 chapters too long and becomes ridiculous. You could listen to the first 10 chaperts, pick up the last six and still get the gist of the missing chapters. Roger Melin does a great job with the narration, which is sadly wasted on this story. Definitely a plot written for a silent movie with the main character played by Houdini.