THE COURTS OF THE LION by Robert W. Krepps


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Straight melodrama, as was its predecessor, The Field of Night, with all the ingredients of a superman thriller. But there's a certain fascination in a treasure hunt and this has a background of Africa, a shipwreck, life in the Zulu village where a powerful chief, known as the Lion, exerts a strange fascination over Dan Michael, who is, I suppose, the hero of the story. Dan Michael had been snatched from the soft background of Harvard, back in 1821, by his robber baron father, and given over to a frontier scout, Musket Jack to barden in the wilderness. Dan Michael emerged, afraid of only one thing, his father, and was almost straightway thrust into new adventure, as he and Jack sailed with the eccentric albino, Roach, and his partner, the huge free Negro, Bast, on the treasure hunt, seeking the fabulous lost city and the gold on which Bast had stumbled on an earlier journey. The story ends in a high note of success- a return to New York, where father and son find joy in mutual admiration, and where Jack and Dan Michael commit themselves to another African adventure.

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 1949
Publisher: Rinehart