No pulp adventurer ever went through as dramatic a transformation as Peter Moore, famous throughout the Orient as Peter the Brazen.
Commencing with his first skirmishes against Asian warlords and criminal despots, the two-fisted shipboard radio operator nicknamed the Man of Bronze progresses in power as he becomes a troubleshooter par excellence who tackles such exotic foes as the Gray Dragon, Ung the Unspeakable and K’ang of the Green Circle.
But when he goes up against the fiendish Mr. Lu, the Man in the Jade Mask otherwise known as the Blue Scorpion, Peter knows he cannot win unless he transforms himself through arduous physical and mental training, which he does, becoming a true superman and earning a new nom de guerre—the Man of Chromium!
This two-volume set collects every Peter Moore short story and serial, including The Sapphire Death, considered to be one of the greatest sagas ever published in the pages of Argosy magazine. Author George F. Worts, writing as Loring Brent, was one of the chief stylistic influences on Lester Dent when he was writing his legendary Man of Bronze, Doc Savage.
This specially-priced set includes all ten books in Series 11 of The Argosy Library:
- The Phantom in the Rainbow by Slater LaMaster
- Threads of Evidence: The Complete Cases of Riordan, Volume 1 by Victor Maxwell
- Masters of Darkness by Murray Leinster
- Lies at Any Price: The Complete Cases of Gillian Hazeltine, Volume 1 by George F. Worts
- He Rules Who Can by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur
- The House of the Ego: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, Volume 3 by J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith
- Death to a Tenor by Fred MacIsaac
- Murder’s Masquerade: The Complete Cases of Mike & Trixie, Volume 1 by T.T. Flynn
- The Land of Limping Law: The Complete Cases of Calhoun, Volume 1 by Edward Parrish Ware
- Cocked Dice: The Complete Cases of Daffy Dill, Volume 1 by Richard B. Sale
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This specially-priced set includes all ten books in Series 10 of The Argosy Library:
- Tarantula Tower: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Volume 4 by Theodore Roscoe
- Henry Plays a Hunch: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 5 by W.C. Tuttle
- King of the Dead: The Saga of Monella, Volume 3 by Frank Aubrey
- Cave of the Blue Scorpion: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Volume 5 by Loring Brent
- The Monster of the Lagoon: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 3 by George F. Worts
- The Fourteen Points by Arthur B. Reeve
- War Dragons: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 4 by W. Wirt
- Shark Trail: The Complete Adventures of Bellow Bill Williams, Volume 3 by Ralph R. Perry
- Minions of the Shadow by William Gray Beyer
- Rats of the Harbor: The Complete Cases of Dirk and Baker by Ray Cummings
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Wacky as a loon—that was Connelly’s first impression of the Grey gal when she walked into his office and offered him a retainer for protecting her from the man she loved. And who could blame him? It was a million-buck check she presented to that hard-boiled investigator and the signature it bore was simply “The Man in the Moon!”
This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 6 of The Dime Detective Library:
- The Complete Cases of the Acme Indemnity Op, Volume 1 by Jan Dana writing as John Lawrence, introduction by John Wooley
- The Complete Cases of Mike Blair by Hank Searls
- The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 2 by Frederick C. Davis
- The Complete Cases of Val Easton by T.T. Flynn
- The Complete Cases of John Smith, Volume 1 by Wyatt Blassingame
- The Complete Cases of Uncle Tubby by Ray Cummings
Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist. Get all of Series 6 at a discount!
Dive into the seedy underbelly of hardboiled crime fiction with Lead Party: The Complete Fiction Works of Paul Cain. This collection unearths 20 gripping stories, featuring all 18 tales from Black Mask that formed the foundation of his acclaimed books Fast One and Seven Slayers. The texts are sourced directly from the original pulp magazines, a first for any reprint. Immerse yourself in Cain’s gritty world, accompanied by the original illustrations that brought his narratives to life. Explore scholarly insights from Bob Byrne, Boris Dralyuk, Ed Hulse, and Keith Alan Deutsch, alongside an all-new article on the Hollywood adaptation of Fast One, the movie Gambling Ship starring Cary Grant.
Embark on a riveting journey into the birthplace of hard-boiled detective fiction with Carroll John Daly’s iconic Race Williams. The Complete Cases of Race Williams, Volume 1 presents the genre-defining stories from 1923 to 1926, featuring classics like “Knights of the Open Palm” and the enigmatic “Blind Alleys.” Uncover the roots of hard-boiled narrative with early works such as “Dolly,” “Paying an Old Debt,” and “The False Burton Combs.” Carroll John Daly’s personal insights, shared through editorials, provide a rare glimpse into the mind of a literary pioneer. With a scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University, this anthology transcends mere collection status, delivering an immersive experience into the gritty world of early hard-boiled detective fiction.
THE RISE OF THE SPIDER! In the Fall of 1933, upstart Popular Publications released their challenge to Street & Smith top-selling crime fighter, The Shadow. The Spider walked darker streets and battled more vicious criminals than The Shadow ever imagined. His hard-boiled exploits ran from the Great Depression into World War II, and thrilled ten-year-old Stan Lee, future creator of Spider-Man.
This unique volume collects the next four Spider novels, wherein author Norvell Page continued a long period of consistently action-packed, emotionally powerful stories of millionaire criminologist Richard Wentworth and his suave yet sinister alter ego, the Spider. Driven, relentless, and without mercy for criminals, the Spider dares Underworld dens of horror and iniquity no other investigator braved. With a new introduction by modern Spider novelist Will Murray.
Before Ian Fleming ever conceived of James Bond, Agent 007, there was a United States undercover operative who introduced himself in his debut adventure with these words: “My name is Christopher—James Christopher. Otherwise known as Operator 5 of the United States Intelligence Service….”
Born in the offices of Popular Publications in the latter months of 1933, Jimmy Christopher defended America from destructive threats, both foreign and domestic, for five tumultuous years.
As writer Frederick C. Davis—his identity concealed behind the house name of Curtis Steele—once explained it, “The basic concept… was that Operator 5 must save the United States from total destruction in every story, every month.”
Destruction is a mild world word for Operator 5’s apocalyptic adventures. Ion every issue, he faced the equivalent of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 combined. America’s naval fleet might be sunk in one issue, while New York’s skyscrapers toppled over in another. Foreign adversaries from around the globe each took their turn, attempting to attack and conquer the United States of America from without. Sinister Asian cults and domestic terrorists also took their turn undermining democracy and subverting freedom from within.
Against them stood America’s top undercover ace, armed with only a 45- caliber automatic and a deadly rapier, while carrying enough poison gas in the tiny golden skull charm dangling from his vest-pocket watch chain to take out a thousand enemies with one deadly gesture… and himself as well….
This debut volume of the complete Secret Service Operator #5 showcases his first five adventures, each exciting exploit more devastating than the one before. With an illuminating introduction by pulp historian Will Murray!
Delve into the captivating world of vintage pulp mysteries with Shag & Bones: The Complete Series by Russell Bender. This collection features the dynamic duo, Shag Roberts and Bones McPherson, in all seven riveting stories, including a newly-discovered installment. Join them as they navigate perilous intrigues and mysterious plots, crafted with the timeless artistry of a bygone era. With an introduction by John Wooley, this anthology promises an enthralling journey into the thrilling realms of cunning detectives and the secrets they unveil.
Saddle up for an exhilarating journey through the rugged terrain of the Wild West with Two-Gun Gerta, a Western masterpiece by the trailblazing hardboiled fiction author Carroll John Daly, in collaboration with C.C. Waddell. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gerta’s initial publication, this edition marks a historic milestone as the first-ever reprint of any of Daly’s western works. Immerse yourself in the secret history of hardboiled writing, creating a literary link between Daly and—by proximity, Hammett— connecting to the literary landscape of Jack London and Rudyard Kipling’s generation.
Meet Gerta O’Beirne, a formidable woman adept at handling firearms, as she confronts outlaws and navigates the challenges of the American frontier. This edition, enriched with a comprehensive introduction by David Laurence Wilson, provides a deeper understanding of Daly’s roots through previously unreleased family photos. The captivating new cover by acclaimed illustrator Rick Geary enhances the allure of Two-Gun Gerta, showcasing Daly’s versatility and establishing him not only as a pioneer of detective fiction but also as a masterful storyteller of the Old West.
Best known for writing the adventures of Philip Strange, UFO legend Donald E. Keyhoe also wrote another long-running aerial hero for the pages of Flying Aces: Richard Knight. These wild adventures also mix in elements of lost races, dinosaurs and more! Volume 3 collects the next four stories from 1938: “Hell Hammers Harbin,” “Vultures of Silence,” “Hell’s Hangar,” and “Sky-Fire Scourge.”
Embark on an exhilarating journey with Jigger Masters in Volume 3, featuring two enthralling tales—“The Stuffed Men” and “The Golden Bullet.” Written by Anthony M. Rud, a luminary in pulp fiction, these stories showcase Masters’ detective prowess in unraveling intricate plots and confronting peril. Join the elusive detective as he navigates realms of crime, espionage, and mystery. Rud’s masterful storytelling shines, making this volume a compelling choice for aficionados of classic detective fiction. Immerse yourself in the thrilling exploits of Jigger Masters.
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Embark on a journey into the realms of scientific marvels with Ray Cummings, one of pulpdom’s foremost science fiction maestros. In this captivating edition, Cummings unfolds the tales of the Scientific Club, an elite group of New York socialites immersed in the extraordinary and the unknown. Penned with masterful skill, these hard-to-find short stories reveal a world where scientific wonders intertwine with the lives of its intriguing characters. Immerse yourself in the uncanny narratives, complete and uncut, as Cummings invites readers to explore the boundless possibilities of fantastic science in this essential collection.
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Delve into the gripping tales of the French Foreign Legion by the acclaimed Francis Van Wyck Mason, whose stories captivated readers in the pages of Argosy during the vibrant 1920s-30s. Revered for their vivid detail and thrilling adventure, Mason’s Legion narratives, seldom reprinted until now, take center stage in this omnibus. Featuring two of his finest tales from the peak years of 1932-1933, including “Always Obey Orders” and “The Snaring of Sergeant Frost,” this edition is a treasure trove for aficionados. A long-awaited addition to The Argosy Library, Mason’s timeless tales continue to enchant with their tales of honor, resilience, and Foreign Legion intrigue.
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Sailor Singapore Sammy Shay roamed the South Seas, desperate to find the father he neither knew nor loved. For reckless old Bill Shay had absconded with the only copy of a will that left all of his own father’s worldly riches to Sammy alone. Singapore Sammy didn’t know why, and he didn’t care particularly. He just wanted to get his hands on that precious document. He had only two clues to go on: his old man loved pearls and elephants—in that order. When Sammy came into possession of the fabulous Malobar pearl, he realized that he had something to bargain with. If only he could track down the elusive Bill Shay….
In his youth, George Frank Worts had been a telegraph operator on ships making the China run when he turned his experiences in Asia into some of the most memorable escape fiction ever to appear in the pages of Argosy magazine. The volume collects the longest story in the saga of Singapore Sammy Shay and Lucky Jones of the schooner, Blue Goose: “Murderer’s Paradise.”
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Discover the allure of Edward Parrish Ware’s hard-boiled detective tales featuring former cowboy turned detective Tug Norton. Collected for the first time in book form, Flynn’s Detective Fiction presents the next thrilling installment of nearly 50 short stories and novelettes of the sleuth from the Kaw Valley Detective Bureau of Kansas City. Ware’s narratives, celebrated for their gritty realism, unfold with a raw intensity that has earned them a place among the best hard-boiled detective stories in Flynn’s. In Volume 2, delve into the next three gripping stories accompanied by the evocative original illustrations, capturing the essence of Ware’s iconic detective series.
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Experience the rugged charm of the Old West with W.C. Tuttle’s enduring series. Tuttle introduced Sheriff Henry Harrison Conroy, a quintessential Western lawman navigating the challenges of the frontier, in the pages of Argosy. Collected in this edition are two gripping novels, “Thirty Days for Henry” and “Buckshot for Henry,” where Sheriff Henry confronts moral dilemmas, frontier justice, and the timeless clash between order and chaos. Tuttle’s mastery of the Western genre comes to life in these tales, showcasing the enduring popularity that earned him acclaim in the pages of Argosy and beyond. Saddle up for an enthralling journey into the heart of the Old West.
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In the aftermath of the Cobb family’s financial downfall, penned by the talented Fred MacIsaac, young Steve Cobb seeks solace as a hermit on Cape Cod, his family estate now under the control of the cunning William Warburton. Possessing the last valuable remnant—a block of Cobb Company bonds—Steve becomes the target of Warburton’s relentless pursuit. As Steve endeavors to retrieve the stolen bonds, he faces a series of escalating dangers, from ransacked hideouts to tense encounters with Warburton’s wife. Amidst police investigations and unexpected interventions, this riveting tale unfolds as a saga of intrigue, deceit, and one man’s fight for survival.
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Embark on the enthralling adventures of detectives Trixie Meehan and Mike Harris from the Blaine Agency in T.T. Flynn’s The Yin Shee Dragon: The Complete Cases of Mike & Trixie, Volume 2. These frequently anthologized pulp stories showcase Flynn’s foresight, laying the foundation for the beloved male/female partner detective genre. Join the bickering investigators as they unravel mysteries with wit and tenacity. Volume 2 presents the next three captivating cases—“The Yin Shee Dragon,” “Murder Harbor,” and “The City Hall Murders”—accompanied by original illustrations from Joseph A. Farren. A must-read for pulp fiction enthusiasts, this collection offers a thrilling journey into the dynamic and intriguing world of Mike and Trixie.
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In B.B. Fowler’s Graduation in Red, a nation teeters on the brink of crisis as Anthony Carthage and his Legion of Paladins threaten to seize power, with Baxter City at the epicenter of unrest. Unbeknownst to the public, the key to salvation lies in the hands of twenty-four-year-old Gerald Sanderson, molded from tragedy to become the world’s most efficient crime-fighter. Under the guise of Barry Chase, he navigates a world of danger, enlisting allies like Frederick Moreland and facing foes like the enigmatic Skelton. As the Legion of Paladins plans a menacing demonstration, Barry’s mission unfolds in a riveting tale of suspense, sacrifice, and the fight for justice.
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Embark on a thrilling journey with prolific pulp fiction author Donald Barr Chidsey’s timeless series featuring the indomitable Miami cop Sgt. Wentworth L. McGarvey and his trusty sidekick, Detective Morton. Originally published in Detective Fiction Weekly in the late 1930s, this long-running series captured the imagination of readers across over 30 installments. Now, for the first time in book form, experience the gripping tales of crime and justice in order, accompanied by the authentic pulp magazine illustrations.
In Volume 2, delve into five riveting stories, including “Murder to Order,” “McGarvey Follows His Nose,” “Murder for Art’s Sake,” “The Blood Trail,” and “Fools Can Be Dangerous.” A must-read for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction and pulp enthusiasts alike.
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Embark on a thrilling journey with Jerry Prince, the charismatic “Prince of Thieves,” as he tangles with the underworld in a series of gripping tales penned by T.T. Flynn. Across four stories published between 1933 and 1935 in Dime Detective, the revered crime pulp magazine rivaling even Black Mask, Jerry Prince stands accused in police departments nationwide. Yet, his clever exploits and elusive nature make him a thief like no other. Flynn’s narratives weave a web of legal intricacies, noble pursuits, and criminal ambiguity, presenting Jerry Prince as an enigmatic force in the shadowy realm of crime fiction.
Encounter Horatio Humberton, the trailblazing necrologist sleuth, in a collection that unveils the first half of this supernatural detective series. By day, the tall and gaunt Humberton orchestrates funerals, but by night, he delves into mysteries with a touch of the supernatural. As one of the most popular characters from Dime Detective, the eminent crime pulp rivaling the iconic Black Mask, Humberton’s adventures offer a unique blend of the paranormal and crime-solving. This edition gathers the gripping final five cases from 1934–37, inviting readers into a world where the boundary between the living and the dead becomes eerily blurred.
Step into the complex world of Vivian “Vee” Brown, a unique figure leading dual lives in the gritty realm of crime and the glamorous domain of music. Despite his delicate appearance, Brown serves as a special operative for the Manhattan District Attorney, wielding a hair-trigger approach that blurs the line between justice and vengeance. Revered as a “Killer of Men” in the underworld, his other life unfolds in the opulent backdrop of a Park Avenue penthouse, where he crafts sentimental melodies that resonate with the public. Volume 3 culminates this enthralling series, unveiling the final five stories from 1934–36, revealing the multifaceted persona of the “Master of Melodies.”
Delve into the hard-hitting world of Cash Wale, the unyielding detective introduced by Black Mask editor Fanny Ellsworth’s discovery, Peter Paige. Transitioning seamlessly to Dime Detective, Cash Wale’s gritty cases became a decade-long fixture. Authored by Paige, this collection unveils four riveting cases, including “Lady, Can You Spare a Corpse?” and “Death is From Hunger.” Peter Paige’s expert storytelling captures the essence of Black Mask’s legacy, bringing Cash Wale and Sailor Duffy to life in tales that resonate with hard-boiled intensity. Join Wale and Duffy in their relentless pursuit of justice in this meticulously curated edition, complemented by an insightful introduction by fiction authority John Wooley.
Dive into the intriguing world of “Lora Lorne,” the guise of gruff reporter Bill Brent, as he dispenses love advice in the Recorder newspaper. Crafted by Frederick C. Davis, Bill Brent embarks on 16 captivating tales between 1941 and 1946 within the pages of Dime Detective—a pinnacle in crime pulps. This collection features the next four stories from the series, originally published in 1944, unveiling Brent’s enthralling exploits. Davis’s mastery in storytelling shines through, delivering a compelling blend of mystery, crime, and romance. Immerse yourself in the gripping narratives that showcase the enduring legacy of Bill Brent’s crime-solving escapades.
Embark on gritty escapades with Cass Blue, the morally flexible New York P.I., navigating the seedy underbelly of Depression-era crime. Authored by John Lawrence, the Cass Blue series introduces a hard-boiled tough guy armed with a blackjack, unafraid to tackle the toughest cases with a relentless determination. A maverick in the eyes of both cops and criminals, Blue, aided by speakeasy owner Al Lascoine, confronts danger head-on, delivering justice with a side of sass. Dive into this collection of hard-hitting tales that capture the essence of Dime Detective’s distinctive flavor, blending conventional plots with relentless action in the heart of 1930s New York.
Step into the thrilling world of Captain Vindex, the last of the pulp heroes! Unveiled in this edition, join Vindex and his team of five extraordinary assistants as they wage a relentless battle against The Parson, a super-criminal of cunning malevolence. This collection compiles all three gripping adventures from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly.
A gem of the mid-1930s, the Captain Vindex series, previously unreprinted, emerges as a pulse-pounding tribute to the golden age of pulp heroes. Immerse yourself in the riveting narratives that echo the spirit of Doc Savage and The Shadow, where justice takes on new dimensions, and the battle between hero and villain reaches unparalleled heights. Brace for an exhilarating journey through the past, where the indomitable Captain Vindex reigns supreme, and each page unfolds a tapestry of suspense, danger, and heroism.
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In the shadows of a 2000s metropolis, detectives Georg Trant and Jac Lombard, the dynamic duo of Ray Cummings’ groundbreaking series, stand as guardians against a wave of futuristic crimes. Transporting readers from the author’s 1930s origins into a dazzling future, where science and crime collide, Cummings’ narrative captures the essence of a world both familiar and fantastically evolved.
As key members of the Shadow Squad in New York’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Trant and Lombard wield cutting-edge tools, reminiscent of their 1930s counterparts yet adapted for the challenges of the 21st century. Entrusted by the Crime Prevention Bureau, their mission transcends typical investigations. From the iconic Shadow Squad Building, they navigate a labyrinth of shadowy alliances and unseen threats, striving to thwart crimes before they unfold. In this riveting blend of detective and science fiction, the duo unravels mysteries with razor-sharp instincts, working as a beacon of justice in a landscape veiled in intrigue.
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In a world of vengeance, wanderer Red Toomey is drawn into a sinister plot orchestrated by the crippled Crawford. Convinced of Lawrence Oliver’s betrayal, Toomey kidnaps the notorious Big Fellow, securing him with gangsters Slip and Bushmill in a hidden hideaway. Cryptic symbols intensify the vendetta—a poker chip, an ocean liner, and a hotel—a mystery Toomey grapples with as the Big Fellow suffers.
Love complicates Toomey’s mission when he kidnaps Sally Moore, believing her as ruthless as the Big Fellow. Yet, a revelation from Oliver shakes Toomey’s convictions. Returning to Crawford, Toomey confronts the shocking truth about Sally and faces the dark intentions of the cripple. Betrayed and left for dead by Crawford’s henchman George, Toomey discovers the traitorous gangster Flannigan near death in the cellar. Brace yourself for a pulse-pounding journey into Max Brand’s gripping narrative, where every twist reveals the razor-sharp edge of steel against steel.
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Dive into the riveting sagas of Jimmie Cordie and his crew of soldiers of fortune, a beloved series from Argosy magazine’s early ’30s renaissance. Penned by writer W. Wirt, these tales, quite clearly an inspiration for the iconic Doc Savage, are now compiled in this edition. Join Cordie and his team in their final four adventures: “The Assassin,” “Thy Son Grows Cold,” “How Do You Spoke a Gun?” and “Those That Live by the Sword.” A journey into the heart of vintage pulp, this collection captures the essence of a bygone era, where suspense and adventure reign supreme.
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As Jim Daniels seeks respite from his courtroom duties at Blair Wiles’ estate in Phantom Lake, he’s thrust into a web of murder. His involvement begins with defending Pete Carson, accused of killing his sweetheart. Shortly after, the wealthy Mrs. Gordon Gregory is found stabbed, and Daniels feels duty-bound to solve the mystery. A cast of intriguing characters, including a half-crippled host, a fortune-hunting suitor, and a mysterious man with a bandaged face, adds layers to the plot. Daniels uncovers oil-soaked sand and a missing money-belt, leading him to a trial where legal fireworks explode.
Written by pulp legend Norbert Davis, this thrilling narrative weaves suspense and mystery in the scenic Sierras and San Benito, leaving readers on the edge of their seats.
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In the ancient world of Mayan intrigue, Rorek, a towering Norseman with fiery red hair, finds himself an unwitting deity among the pygmy warriors of Yucatan. Landing on the shores of the twelfth-century Mayan Empire, Rorek’s Viking origins and divine appearance spark awe among the black-haired Mayans.
Princess Taycapin, though skeptical, nicknames him Quetzalcoatl—the Plumed Serpent—recognizing his wisdom. Rorek gains favor with Emperor Za Ramna, but Taycapin’s ambition to rule drives her to scheme against her brother. As political machinations unfold, Rorek, bound by Viking principles, refuses to partake in Taycapin’s treachery and falls for Za Ramna’s daughter, Za Chel, the “Sun Virgin.”
Richard Barry’s epic adventure, The Plumed Serpent, weaves a tale of forbidden love, political intrigue, and cultural clash against the rich backdrop of ancient Mayan civilization.
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Meet Bingham Harvard, the enigmatic midnight marauder, better known as the Night Wind, in Varick Vanardy’s Promise of the Night Wind. Unveiling the true identity behind this proto-superhero, Bingham is a man with inhuman strength, navigating the shadowy realm between battling crooks and confronting the very law he once upheld. Motivated by a soul-crushing injustice, the Night Wind emerges as a compelling character in the early tapestry of American fiction.
Varick Vanardy, the pseudonym for Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, the mastermind behind over a thousand Nick Carter stories, brings to life a captivating tale that bridges the transition from dime novels to the new pulp magazine era.