The stories plunge along head-first aboard an emotional roller-coaster, with scarcely a moment’s pause for respite. Oriental death-traps, treacherously alluring women, and rabid, machine-gun toting gangsters are all part of a typical day for the hero; Wentworth is frequently suspected of being the dreaded Spider, his home is periodically destroyed, his servants and friends tortured.
Special Agent Daniel Fowler. Young but hardened, the product of the FBI’s new scientific investigation methods, Fowler and his aides, Larry Kendal and Sally Vane, formed a special roving unit of the Bureau, willing and able to rush to any state in the Union to combat counterfeiters, extortionists and sundry foreign spies.
To write the exploits of such a non-nonsense hero, they called in George Fielding Eliot, a former major in U. S. intelligence. In 1933, he resigned as a U. S. Intelligence officer so he could write military non-fiction articles without being hampered by official censorship.
Eliot knew how to operate a Tommy gun, and what it was like to hear the snap and crack of live rounds whistling past your head. He also knew how to get his man—hallmarks of the Mounties and the G-Men both. His credentials were perfect.
Titled after an underworld slang term for kidnapping, with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping fresh in the public consciousness, and inspired by the notorious Purple Gang, the premier exploit of Dan Fowler and his team was called Snatch. It was published under the house pseudonym of C. K. M. Scanlon. It was an instant success among readers who had been reading daily newspaper accounts of the F. B. I.’s successful crusade against John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson, and other otherwise-unstoppable Public Enemies.
Seared by crime, trained by Hoover, and motivated by a stern sense of justice, Special Agent Fowler went on to a long and successful career spanning nearly two decades.
In order to do justice to this riveting hero, we’ve recruited the impeccable-voiced Richard Epcar to narrate Snatch. Let the Tommy guns roar!