Mr. Gibson wrote his first book about The Shadow under the pseudonym of Maxwell Grant in 1931; there have been 282 since then and his cape must be so old that you can see the selvage. Herewith two new novella-sized exploits--one taking place during Mardi Gras in New Orleans where the Krewe of Hades fronts for the Louisiana Lottery; the other in the Cigam (spell it backwards) shop where there are three casualties including Professor Del Weirdo. Who knows what evil lurks (along with a comic strip innocence of the American dream/nightmare) in the hearts of not quite grown men? The Shadow knows. . . and knows. . . .