Bodyguard—And Other Crime Dramas


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by Roger Torrey
Introduction by Ron Goulart
A pathfinder and groundbreaker of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, a prolific contributor to the legendary Black Mask magazine during the 1930s, as well as Dime Detective, Detective Story, and many other titles, Roger Torrey has sadly garnered only minimal recognition in the sixty years since his death, missing out on the paperback boom and the revival that many of his contemporaries enjoyed. This first major collection of his hard-boiled crime work brings together eleven stories, ten reprinted for the first time!

With an introduction by Ron Goulart.

Bonus: Also included is the first bibliography in print of the fiction of Roger Torrey by Tom Roberts and Joel Lyczak.

Cover art by J.W. Scott.

Stories include:

  • Two Dead Men
  • Cook to Order
  • Bodyguard
  • Joker In the deck
  • Dance Act
  • Wanted—One Watch
  • The Platinum Peke
  • Hotel Help
  • Gun Trap for a Money Killer
  • Double-Cross Marks the Spot
  • A Will For Murder

“If you’re a fan of hardboiled pulp fiction, I highly recommend it.”—JAMES REASONER, author of Death Head Crossing, Dust Devils, Texas Wind,etc.

” . . . a stunning collection.”—Amazon

“I knew Torrey was good. The big surprise in this book for me is the bibliography. The guy was wildly prolific— maybe ten times more than I’d imagined.”—Davy Crockett’s Almanack

“A strikingly handsome volume . . .”—Mysteryfile


Book Details

Title: Bodyguard—And Other Crime Dramas
Author: Roger Torrey
Genre: Mystery/Detective
ISBN: 978-1-928619-82-6
Price: $19.95 / Trade paperback / 212 pages

Additional information

Weight .6 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in

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