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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Man In Purple

The Man In Purple
By Johnston McCulley
ISBN #978-1453701997
274 Pages
Price: $24.95 Paperback; $34.95 Hardback

Johnston McCulley's The Man In Purple is available from Altus Press. This beautifully produced volume contains the three Man In Purple stories originally published in Detective Story Magazine in 1921. One of the early costumed pulp characters, following on the heels of McCulley's Zorro, the Man In Purple is a Robin Hood of the period, robbing from the unscrupulous rich and giving to the poor. A pact had been made between millionaire playboy Richard Staegal and his fiancée that before they marry, they would live an adventurous career, thus was born the Man In Purple. The two are assisted by Staegal's chauffeur. The name is derived from the purple outfit he wears as a disguise. The volume contains an Introduction by McCulley expert, Phil Latter, and a brand new Man In Purple story by pulp author, Tom Johnson. Available from Amazon and Altus Press.

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