Felix Riesenberg, Jr., Waterfront reporter
(1950) 222 pp.
Publisher’s description: “The telephone jangles at dawn. It’s the city
editor calling. No routine assignment, this. It’ll be page one—if Bill
[Everett, waterfront reporter for the San Francisco Globe,] can
handle it. The big ship Aurora is steaming up the bay from China,
ready to dock. There’s a tip that she is carrying smuggled opium. And there’s
a famous scientist on board, an international figure for whose services
several governments are bidding. Keep tabs on the scientist and watch for
any sign of opium. Those are Bill’s orders. Matching wits with the gang
of dope smugglers is a short cut to danger, but Bill and his pal Freddie
Lamp take it in one jump. There are hidden narcotics, sure enough, and
by a clever ruse the smugglers get the stuff ashore. An old man is hustled
off the ship into a waiting truck—kidnapped! Could he be the scientist?
Bill and Freddie make it their business to find out, and the trail leads
them into head-on conflict with some of the toughest characters on the