Frozen to death in a scalding hot steam bath! That was the baffling fate that overtook Simon Corlaes, wealthy—and hated—chemical wizard. Jigger Masters, detective hired by Corlaes to protect him after receiving dearth threats, was unable to prevent the murder, but now it was his duty to track down the slayer. Discovering that liquid air of a searing, frigid temperature had been fed into Corlaes’ shower from an adjoining laboratory, Jigger Masters must locate the culprit as additional murders of Corlaes’ acquaintances stack up.
The Argosy Library #112
The Vengeance of the Wah Fu Tong: The Complete Cases of Jigger Masters, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)
Though author Anthony M. Rud made his mark as one of the scribes to appear in the first issue of Weird Tales, and soon after, as a long-time editor of the prestigious Adventure Magazine, he never forgot his series character, J.C.K. “Jigger” Masters, whom he introduced in a series of offbeat, bizarre mysteries which sometimes drifted into the realm of the supernatural in the pages of The Green Book magazine.
Upon Rud’s return to writing in 1933, he reintroduced Jigger Masters to the pages of Munsey’s Detective Fiction Weekly, were he quickly became one of DFW’s most popular recurring series characters, appearing a dozen times over the next four years. For the first time, Rud’s initial eight Masters stories are collected, along with the original illustrations by the incomparable Robert A. Graef.