Thanksgiving Weekend Day 4: The Argosy Library #101-110

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Today’s the last day of our sale, and we’re going out with a bang: now available is Series 11 of The Argosy Library, featuring 10 of the most-requested reprint series from Argosy, Detective Fiction Weekly, and other Munsey titles. Included here are classics by Slater LaMaster, Murray Leinster, George F. Worts, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, and Richard B. Sale, and featuring series characters as Daffy Dill, Mike & Trixie, Semi Dual, and Gillian Hazeltine. With #101 in The Argosy Library, we’ve introduced a new design to the series which better complements the original cover artwork and is more reminiscent of the Argosy look.


The Phantom in the Rainbow (The Argosy Library)

The Phantom in the Rainbow

Written by Slater LaMaster; cover by Paul Stahr; illustrated by Roger B. Morrison and John R. Neill

When Edmond Fletcher, broker’s clerk, stepped into a waiting limousine, he entered the most bewildering and fascinating drama that was ever staged. Innocently enough he supplants and masquerades as America’s “Money Prince,” Sigmond Van Mortimer.

But stark horror besets his path when Fletcher learns the true maniacal character of the money master whose identity he has taken. Blindly struggling against ghastly terrors and perverted genius the young ex-broker’s clerk is tortured, almost to death, by the relentless vengeance of the “Phantom.”

All the wealth and all the power at his command are helpless in combating the “Phantom’s” fiendishness. Risking life and sanity, Fletcher makes one last, desperate attempt to vanquish his spectral enemy in an effort to attain happiness. Does he succeed? Though you’re startled by the story itself, you’ll be electrified by its spectacular outcome.

310 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Threads of Evidence: The Complete Cases of Riordan, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Threads of Evidence: The Complete Cases of Riordan, Volume 1

Written by Victor Maxwell; introduction by Terry Sanford; cover by Lejaren Hiller; illustrated by F.M. Follett

Considered one of the most authentic police procedurals from the pulp magazines, author Victor Maxwell relied on his own experience as a crime reporter to chronicle the cases of Sgt. Riordon and Detective Halloran in this long-running series from Detective Fiction Weekly. Never before reprinted, this edition collects the first eight stories in the series. Includes an introduction by Maxwell aficionado Terry Sanford which features several rare Maxwell family photos.

338 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Masters of Darkness (The Argosy Library)

Masters of Darkness

Written by Murray Leinster; introduction by Sam Moskowitz; cover by Howard V. Brown; illustrated by Roger B. Morrison and Virgil Finlay

A beam of darkness had been paid on Fifth Avenue for precisely fifteen minutes, and a forewarned underworld had reaped the harvest. Every source of valuables that could be found had been cleaned put. An amazing and baffling new weapon of the Underworld put New York at Crime’s mercy, and has left the city’s police blindly grasping for answers. Written by noted Science Fiction author Murray Leinster, “The Darkness on Fifth Avenue” and its three sequels are finally collected in book form.

306 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Lies at Any Price: The Complete Cases of Gillian Hazeltine, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Lies at Any Price: The Complete Cases of Gillian Hazeltine, Volume 1

Written by George F. Worts; cover by Stockton Mulford; illustrated by Roger B. Morrison

Long considered the prototype of Erle Stanley Gardner’s fictional attorney, Perry Mason, Gillian Hazeltine was the most popular criminal attorney/investigator series characters from the golden era of the pulps. Author George F. Worts is known for his adventure characters Peter the Brazen and Singapore Sammy, but Gillian Hazeltine was his longest-running series, clocking in at nearly 30 courtroom adventures. This edition collects Hazeltine’s first three cases: “Lies at Any Price,” “The Love Bandit,” and “Who Did Kill Ezra Klagg?”

338 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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He Rules Who Can (The Argosy Library)

He Rules Who Can

Written by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur; introduction by Howard Andrew Jones; cover by Robert A. Graef; illustrated by Roger B. Morrison

Harald Sigurdsson, Norwegian prince, arrives in Constantinople in 1038 with 500 soldiers, whereupon he is offered command of the Varangian Guard, the Norse half of the Emperor’s bodyguard. Harald, entangled in Greek lies and intrigue, hardly knows whom to trust: John, the real ruler of the Eastern Empire; Zoe, the widowed Empress, or the Patriarch of the Eastern Church who had schemes of his own. Written by longtime Adventure magazine contributor, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, He Rules Who Can is one of the most authentic historical action stories to see print in Argosy magazine.

336 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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The House of the Ego: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, Volume 3 (The Argosy Library)

The House of the Ego: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, Volume 3

Written by J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith; cover by W.B. King

Investigators Glace and Bryce track the mysterious mystic Swami Bhutia and his connection to the House of the Ego, where a seemingly brainwashed Olive Liston is held… but if Liston refuses to leave, the police can do nothing to rescue her from the Swami’s cult. However, can the occult detector Semi Dual learn the truth about the House of the Ego in time to get Liston back?

300 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Death to a Tenor (The Argosy Library)

Death to a Tenor

Written by Fred MacIsaac

Ronnie Ray became world famous as The Singer in the Dark, but even advertising agent Pete Hunter thought that was nothing but a publicity stunt until he found Ronnie’s corpse seated in a homemade electric chair in a lonely roadside inn, three weeks after the tenor’s strange disappearance. Though he was dead, how could his fiancée hear Ronnie sing a song that was not published until after his death in the voice that no one could imitate?

254 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

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Murder’s Masquerade: The Complete Cases of Mike & Trixie, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Murder’s Masquerade: The Complete Cases of Mike & Trixie, Volume 1

Written by T.T. Flynn; cover by C.C Beall; illustrated by Joseph A. Farren

The adventures of detectives Trixie Meehan and Mike Harris of the Blaine Agency are some of the most frequently-anthologized stories from the pulps. Author T.T. Flynn’s stories of the bickering investigators foreshadowed the genre of male/female partner detectives. Included in Volume 1 are the first four stories in the series— “The Deadly Orchid,” “Death Takes Passage,” “Falling Death,” and “Murder’s Masquerade”—along with their original illustrations by Joseph A. Farren.

280 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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The Land of Limping Law: The Complete Cases of Calhoun, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

The Land of Limping Law: The Complete Cases of Calhoun, Volume 1

Written by Edward Parrish Ware; introduction by Robert Sampson; cover by Lejaren Hiller; illustrated by F.M. Follett

Stationed in the Sunken Lands of Arkansas, U.S. Ranger Jack Calhoun’s violent, fast-paced detective stories set in the river counties’ swamps were among the most popular stories of readers of Flynn’s Weekly, running for almost 70 stories from the 1920s–30s. Written by prolific author Edward Parrish Ware, this series has never before been reprinted. Volume 1 collects the first seven stories, along with an introduction by pulp historian Robert Sampson.

314 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Cocked Dice: The Complete Cases of Daffy Dill, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Cocked Dice: The Complete Cases of Daffy Dill, Volume 1

Written by Richard B. Sale; cover by Walter De Maris

Meet Joe “Daffy” Dill: wisecracking reporter for the New York Chronicle. Never one to take chances, Dill made sure to pack a gun as he investigated the criminal underworld. The Dally Dill stories are hard-boiled with a touch of humor, a skill for which the author was known. Written by prolific pulp author, novelist, screenwriter, and director Richard B. Sale, the stories from this long-running series from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly have rarely been reprinted. This edition collects the first seven stories.

280 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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