Shock Troops of Justice by Robert R. Mill


The Cases of Duke Ashby of the F.B.I.

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“You are a soldier in the front-line trenches. You are fighting a force that threatens to overwhelm your country. That fact justifies any sacrifice you may be called upon to make.”—from the special agent’s handbook

It’s 1935 . . . and crime dominates the headlines!

With the backing and resources of J. Edgar Hoover’s F.B.I., Special Agent James “Duke” Ashby unleashes his Shock Troops of Justice to relentlessly battle crime on the front lines.

Follow this fight through such cases as “Scarlet Hands,” “Turn on the Heat,” “Satan’s Gunsmith” and nine other exciting stories!

With an introduction by Paul Bishop, author of the Fay Croaker series and two-time LAPD Detective of the Year.

Edited by Tom Roberts.


  • Introduction by Paul Bishop
  • Author’s Preface
  • All In the Cards
  • Scarlet Hands
  • Turn on the Heat
  • Real Smithfield Ham
  • Two-gun Pawlon
  • Salome Comes Through
  • Double Exposure
  • Jail-bait
  • Satan’s Gunsmith
  • Guiltless Murder
  • Robbery of Convenience
  • Blind Date
  • Robert R. Mill: A Brief Biography by Tom Roberts

First book publication

Trade paperback / 198 pages

Cover art by Emery Clarke


A Five Star review on Amazon

“These are tales, I have no doubt, that Dashiell Hammett would have admired.”

Additional information

Weight 12.6 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in