Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hollywood Detective Reprint Pioneer

There are a lot of Hollywood Detective reprints around these days, and the cult of Dan Turner continues to grow. But the real pioneer in the field was John Wooley, who edited this fine volume in 1983 for Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

Wooley wasn't the first to reprint Dan Turner. That honor, as far as I know, goes to Tony Goodstone, in his 1970 extravaganza The Pulps (a book that belongs in every library). Another story appeared in a 1977 Barnes and Noble special called Pulp Fictions.

But Wooley's book was (I think) the first Hollywood Detective collection, and is still one of the best. The hardcover edition (complete with dj) is a very handsome volume, featuring seven stories scanned directly from Spicy Detective, Hollywood Detective, Speed Detective and Private Detective Stories - including all the illustrations. This is the way Dan's adventures were meant to be read.

For those keeping score, the tales contained are: Homicide Highball; Off-Stage Murder; Dark Star of Death; Homicide Spike; Drunk, Disorderly and Dead; Hair of the Dog; and Dump the Jackpot.


Richard Robinson said...

The pressure from the TBR shelf is getting intense. Just today I've read three reviews, including yours here, of books that NEED TO BE READ RIGHT NOW. In this case, it's the three Turner collections I just got for Christmas, not this one, which I'd not seen before.

Randy Johnson said...

I have this one, as well as Volume 1: The spicy Years on my TBR pile. I need to get to them I suppose(too many books, not enough time).

James Reasoner said...

There's a Turner story (I think it's "The Lake of the Left-Hand Moon") in THE GREAT AMERICAN DETECTIVE, edited by William Kittredge and Steven Krauzer and published by Signet in 1978. That's an excellent anthology, by the way. But as far as I know, the Woolley volume is the first real Dan Turner collection. And a mighty good one it is, too.

Evan Lewis said...

Thanks for looking, guys. Happy New Year to you all.

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