Red Menace #4: A Red Letter Day

Red Menace, The

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BVP 293
James Mullaney
252 pages
6 x 9 Trade paperback
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by James Mullaney

Cover by Mark Maddox

Official Washington is in an uproar when late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s top secret safe is found — and then promptly goes missing. Rumor has it Hoover was infamous for collecting files on all the nation’s powerful movers and shakers. What damning information exists within the high-tech vault?

There’s usually only one man MIC calls for dire situations like this, but this time it’s not the Red Menace. It seems Dr. Thaddeus Wainwright designed the safe, years earlier, so only Hoover could open it. Now the billion-dollar blackmail question becomes: can whoever stole the safe spring the lock? When Wainwright says it’s a definite maybe, the whole world turns upside-down.

The race is on for the big black box holding America’s future. The Red Menace and Dr. Wainwright must outrun, outfight and outfox the Mob, a doom-saying environmentalist, every nation on earth desperate to watch the U.S. bleed, as well as an ancient enemy determined to bust the safe and a certain brilliant doctor’s world wide open.
Whoever crosses the finish line first is sure to have a red letter day.


WHO IS THE RED MENACE? Throughout the 1950s, this was the number one question from Moscow to Beijing and in every communist palace and malaria-ridden backwater in between. The mysterious masked figure was a shadow and a whisper. For the Kremlin and its fellow travelers, he was a damnable monkey wrench tossed into the gears of the not-so-glorious worldwide revolution. Wherever Reds schemed, the Menace was there to set things right. Then, 1960 came and the whisper grew silent.

Twelve years later, Podge Becket, computer tycoon and security expert, thinks he’s hung up his mask and cape for good. Aided by his partner, inventor and physician Dr. Thaddeus Wainwright, the Red Menace is dragged back into the hero game. But it’s a whole new world out there ...