"Louis Joseph Vance - And the Adventures of the Lone Wolf": BOOK REVIEW


Synopsis: From his debut in a 1914 novel by Louis Joseph Vance, the adventures of Michael Lanyard, aka the Lone Wolf, have thrilled millions around the world. Lanyard was a reformed crook turned gentleman detective turned hard-boiled trouble-shooter and something of a private eye (depending on which incarnation you're familiar with) and his adventures were documented in nine books, twenty-four films, thirty-nine half hour television episodes, and a radio show.
Alongside a biography of his creator "Louis Joseph Vance and the Adventures of the Lone Wolf" by Ian Dickerson is a comprehensive look at the career of the Lone Wolf including details of the character's birth in print, his debut in silent movies as well as a full and detailed history of his subsequent film career, and an extensive history of the TV series that starred Louis Hayward.
Critique: Featuring a section of b/w historical illustrations, "Louis Joseph Vance and the Adventures of the Lone Wolf" is an impressively informative, exhaustively researched, and deftly organized/presented history of a popular literary, cinematic, and television series character that is a 'must' for the legions of Lone Wolf fans. While an original and very highly recommended pick for personal, professional, community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted that "Louis Joseph Vance and the Adventures of the Lone Wolf" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9798887711942, $28.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).
Editorial Note: Ian Dickerson is best known for his association with the adventures of The Saint. Dickerson has written books and articles on subjects as diverse as satellite links, mashed potatoes and Lord Grade. He was co-producer on the 2017 TV movie of The Saint and has written and directed a number of documentaries on the making of the 1960s and 70s TV shows that share the name. His books cover subjects such as The Falcon and Sherlock Holmes as well as various aspects of the work of Simon Templar and the adventures of Leslie Charteris. (https://app.thestorygraph.com/authors/571959ae-3b11-4856-a2f5-4b729973dd8d)
--  The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf


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