Thanks to Elder Sign, I finally cracked (well, it's an ebook, so I was cracking electrons) my Jules de Grandin collection, Horror on the Links, and started reading. I took the advice in the series/volume introduction and decided to space out reading the stories and have only read the first three so far.
B & G covered the "Horror on the Links," the first tale set in New Jersey, of all places.
The second story, "The Tenants of Broussac," is classic pulp horror and a solid follow-up to the first story. Interestingly, it's set in France -- Dr. Trowbridge is on vacation and goes looking for de Grandin while he happens to be in France. Anyway, a cursed family is beset by supernatural forces and it's our heroes to the rescue! I enjoyed it in a similar way to the first story -- fun action/mystery that is also transparent and expository.
However, I am here ask if anyone has read the third story -- "The Isle of Missing Ships." Again, in a strange start, Dr. Trowbridge appears to run into de Grandin by mere chance on the docks of Amsterdam and heads to the South Seas on a whim. Because, why not!?! Ha!
What follows is another classic pulp story (not too much of the supernatural, though). There is, sadly, a fair bit of racism to wade through while reading what is, otherwise, a worthy rip-roaring adventure story that could also be the basis for an Indiana Jones adventure.
However, I could not help but notice, it is also VERY SIMILAR to Ian Fleming's Dr. No. In fact, I would say the antagonist is a 1920s Dr. No.
Without spoiling too much, I find plot elements, environmental elements, character elements -- even some of the racist elements! -- from Dr. No to have come straight out of this story.
Has anyone else read this and seen these parallels? (i.e. Please tell me I'm not crazy.)