Dying Comes Hard


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James P. Olsen
Introduction by James Reasoner

Into the rough and tumble oil fields of Texas and the American southwest of the 1930s comes Dallas Duane, trouble shooter, freelance private dick and undercover investigator for the oil companies.”Hard and fast” is his motto! Watch as he works his way in and out of trouble—both with the wildcaters and wild women—knuckling a path through a series of bank robberies and payroll heists, murder and corrupt officials, crooked gambling and haunted graveyards.

Assembled for the first time in book form are the complete adventures of “Hard Guy” Dallas Duane, two-fisted trouble-shooter!

Included are:

  • Hard Guy
  • Hard and Blind
  • Dying Comes Hard
  • I Can Be Hard
  • Hard to Take
  • The Hard Way
  • Hard Guy to Frame
  • Hard To Resist
  • Hard Wind
  • Ghosts Are Hard to Catch
  • Hard Money
  • Hard Hoofing
  • Homicide is Hard to hide
  • Hard Rocks
  • Hard to Hook
  • Hard to Poison
  • Hard Guy—C.O.D.
  • Hard Boiled Hawkshaw
  • Hard Luck
  • A Hard End


  • An Oil Field—a nonfiction article about the wildcat booms of the area James P. Olsen covered as a newspaper reporter.

With an introduction by James Reasoner.

Cover art by H.J. Ward.



About the author—

A former newspaperman, James P.Olsen was a prolific contributor of short stories and novellas to the pulp magazines of the 1930s, turning out mystery, detective and Western fiction for Street & Smith, Fiction House and Culture Publishing. His stories were featured in such periodicals as Cowboy Stories, Clues Mysteries, Action Stories, All Western, Lariat, Wide World Adventure, Super Detective, Black Aces, Spicy Detective and Private Detective under his own name and such pseudonyms as James A. Lawson and Lawton Jameson.

Olsen was the author of the western novels Powdersmoke Paddy, Riordan Rides the Range and The Curse of the Killer.

Book Details

Title: Dying Comes Hard
Author: James P. Olsen writing as James A. Lawson
Genre: Mystery/Detective
ISBN: 978-1-884449-58-1
Price: Trade paperback / 262 pages / Price: $19.95 US

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × .6 × 9 in