All there is to know about the crime-fighting hero created by the award-winning mystery writer, George Harmon Coxe.
Find out the full history of Flashgun Casey, from his debut in the 1930s Black Mask pulp magazine to his ten-year stint on radio, plus his short lived television career, and his exploits in movies, novels, comic books, and a play. Here is the only book that gives you an in-depth look at Flashgun Casey in his many incarnations.
Discover how the gruff, quick-tempered Casey of Black Mask days evolved into a younger, gentler Casey on radio, and eventually, a well-dressed man with romantic inclinations when he made his transition to television.
Learn the real story of how the famous Blue Note Cafe came to be, and check out the history of Ethelbert—the bartender, and Ann—the loyal sidekick.
The fact-filled book includes:
• The complete very first Casey short story, "Return Engagement," that appeared in Black Mask, the popular pulp magazine of the 1930s.
• Synopses of all 21 short stories and novelettes, 6 novels, 4 comic books, 2 films, and a play.
• 2 uncirculated radio scripts.
• Complete Program Log for the radio series: 431 programs, 1943-1950, 1954-1955.
• Complete Program Log for television series: 62 programs, 1945, 1951-1952.
• 31 photographs and illustrations, including cast photographs for the radio and television series.
• First-ever literary biography of George Harmon Coxe, twice President of the Mystery Writers of America and recipient of the MWA Grand Master Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the mystery genre and the consistently high quality of his work.
• An Introduction by noted mystery critic, William F. Nolan.
Acclaimed by both leading mystery critics and Old Time Radio historians.
"Well-written and researched and highly informative . . . If you are a fan of this popular radio series and/or would like to learn more about the various incarnations of this character, this book is for you.” (Stewart Wright, radio historian.)
"A comprehensive, first-rate history of the sleuthing shutterbug . . . Casey fans will find this handsome volume chock full with valuable information." (Ed Hulse, Editor Blood and Thunder pulp magazine.)
"This book snaps us back to a time before many of us were born, to the golden age of pulp crime fiction when Chandler and Gardner and Woolrich rode tall in their sadles . . . Both Coxe and Casey are long gone but their books brings them back, as fresh as ever." –Francis M. Nevins, noted mystery writer and critic
"This is a great book that follow the career of Flashghun Casey for over two decades. The main emphasis is on the radio years, which is o.k. with me. Siegel is a meticulous researcher.” –J. David Goldin, "The Man Who Saved Radio"
"This is no mere snapshot of Casey, Crime Photographer but a richly detailed portrait that secures the program's rightful place in radio's history." –Dick Bertel, host of WTIC's Golden Age of Radio broadcast
"This history of George Harmon Coxe's crime photographer, Flashgun Casey, is a first-rate enterprise." –Jon L. Breen, Mystery Scene magazine