The White Moll

Frank L. PACKARD (1877 - 1942)

Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 – February 17, 1942) born in Montreal, Quebec, was a Canadian novelist. Packard is credited with bridging the gap from the “cozy” style mysteries to the more gritty, hard-boiled style of such writers as Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler. Packard also wrote a series of novels, beginning in 1917, featuring Jimmie Dale. A wealthy playboy by day, at night, Jimmie becomes a crimefighter “The Gray Seal” complete with mask and secret hide-out, “The Sanctuary”. This character certainly influenced later crimefighting characters such as Batman and The Shadow.

In The White Moll (1920) Rhoda Gray, “The White Moll”, an angel of mercy who spends her time helping the poor in the slums of New York City, is drawn into the criminal world when she attempts to help Gypsy Nan, who is not what she seems. Accused of a crime and on the run from the police, she must battle the most nefarious criminal gang in the New York underworld to prove her innocence. Populated by such characters as Pierre Dangler, the Pug, Pinkie Bonn, Skeeny, the Sparrow and above all “the Adventurer”, this story contains shoot-outs, car chases, adventure and enough suspense and deception to satisfy the most avid mystery lover. (Summary by Rowdy Delaney)

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Night in the Underworld Rowdy Delaney
00:24:51
Play 02 Seven-Three-Nine Rowdy Delaney
00:28:55
Play 03 Alias Gypsy Nan Rowdy Delaney
00:28:06
Play 04 The Adventurer Rowdy Delaney
00:18:20
Play 05 A Second Visitor Rowdy Delaney
00:24:54
Play 06 The Rendezvous Rowdy Delaney
00:22:20
Play 07 Fellow Thieves Rowdy Delaney
00:30:40
Play 08 The Code Message Rowdy Delaney
00:28:49
Play 09 Room Number Eleven Rowdy Delaney
00:21:08
Play 10 On The Brink Rowdy Delaney
00:33:09
Play 11 Some of the Lesser Breed Rowdy Delaney
00:27:51
Play 12 Crooks vs Crooks Rowdy Delaney
00:27:30
Play 13 The Door Across The Hall Rowdy Delaney
00:21:30
Play 14 The Lame Man Rowdy Delaney
00:19:15
Play 15 In The Council Chamber Rowdy Delaney
00:21:26
Play 16 The Secret Panel Rowdy Delaney
00:26:52
Play 17 The Silver Sphinx Rowdy Delaney
00:16:31
Play 18 The Old Shed Rowdy Delaney
00:34:29
Play 19 Bread Upon The Waters Rowdy Delaney
00:26:16
Play 20 The Lone Hand Rowdy Delaney
00:16:24
Play 21 The Reckoning Rowdy Delaney
00:25:11