Saturday, October 15, 2016


I own a copy of this 1930 Adventure but both covers have been scribbled on so you're better off with this relatively clean image. There's a strong lineup of fiction writers, with pride of place in my book going to Robert Carse's prison-ship story "Storm," but the hype went to the memoir of Emmett Dalton, the onetime wild west outlaw. Dalton's collaborator was veteran journalist and sometime screenwriter Jack Jungmeyer. Presumably Jungmeyer is responsible for the purple, melodramatic tone of the memoir, which doesn't read much like the reminiscences of a bandit. On the other hand, this was Dalton's second memoir, having written Beyond the Law, apparently on his own, back in 1918. That earlier effort was made into a movie in which Dalton himself appeared, while the Dalton-Jungmeyer memoir, published in book form as When the Daltons Rode, was made into a 1940 film starring Randolph Scott, with Frank Albertson as Emmett. There are also strong stories by Georges Surdez and Ralph R. Perry, a horse racing story by Thomson Burtis, a serial chapter from Hugh Pendexter, another slice of memoir from globetrotting mercenary Rafael de Nogales, and a T.S. Stribling mystery starring his psychologist detective Henry Poggioli, which I haven't read yet. I've liked what I have read overall.

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