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

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Tongking! By Dan Cushman. Rocky Forbes, a soldier of fortune in the East receives an unsigned message to come to Bangkok for a job. When he arrives he finds his old nemesis, Fatto Kolski, who left him without pay once before. But Fatto promises to make it up to Rocky this time, with a big gun shipment to Chinese rebels. An American woman named Lena Halthuss worked up the deal, but it looks like she and Rocky may end up dead at the end of the journey. Cushman’s Eastern tales are all very similar. The lone hero, a ne’er do well himself, ends up saving the girl at the end, and she falling in love with him. The main villain is another white man, who is even a worse character than our hero. But in all, the tales are always fun, with fast action, and lots of dead Chinese. Dan Cushman got his start in pulp magazines, writing for JUNGLE STORIES and ADVENTURE, most featuring a tough character named Armless O’Neil. 

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