Earl Norman

The Earl Norman books are becoming extremely rare, and publishers don’t seem to be interested in reprinting the series. The only way some of us may ever have all the stories is for collectors to scan and type the stories into PDF to swap with other collectors. I have already completed PDFs of HANG ME IN HONG KONG and KILL ME IN ROPPONGI. I am working on KILL ME IN YOKOSUKA. If other collectors would do the same for some of the other books, we could eventually have PDFs of all ten books. Why not help? I can be contacted at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kill Me In Tokyo

Kill Me In Tokyo by Earl Norman (Norman Thompson) from 1958. This novel kicked off the Burns Bannion series, though the karate champ didn't catch on until the 1960s. Only nine thrill-packed stories were published by Berkley, followed by Erle Editions in Japan. After nine stories set in Japan, Norman changed the locale to Hong Kong, and published a final novel, Hang Me In Hong Kong, featuring a new character named Rick Shaw.

I have the complete Burns Bannion series, but lacking the 10th, featuring Rick Shaw. I hope this Blog will bring other fans together. If anyone has the Rick Shaw story, I would love to read it, even a photocopy or pdf. I have Links posted to Yahoo Groups for discussion, or leave your comments here.

Although I do have thousands of comic books and paperbacks for trade, I don’t have any duplicates of the Earl Norman books. If anyone has access to duplicates, you might let other fans know. I will be glad to pass the word.


  1. I totally dig Burns Bannion, I need Kill Me in Roppongi and Yokosuka.

  2. I'm hoping to find duplicates, Glen. Surely they are out there. We just have to keep looking. In the meantime, I'm still hoping we can work something out on brand new volumes with multiple novels per volume.