Bodyguard and Other Crime Dramas by Roger Torrey


It’s a fine day for murder.

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“If you’re a fan of hard-boiled pulp fiction, I highly recommend it.” James Reasoner, award winning author of Texas Wind.

A pathfinder and groundbreaker of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, a prolific contributor to the legendary Black Mask magazine during the 1930s, as well as Dime Detective, Detective Story, and many other titles, Roger Torrey (1909-1946) has sadly garnered only minimal recognition in the more than sixty years since his death, missing out on the paperback boom and the revival that many of his contemporaries enjoyed.

This first major collection of his hard-boiled crime work brings together 11 stories (10 reprinted here for the first time), including four novellas and seven shorter works.

Also included is the first-ever bibliography of the fiction of Roger Torrey.

Selected and edited by Tom Roberts.


  • Introduction by Ron Goulart
  • Two Dead Men (novella)
  • Cook to Order
  • Bodyguard (novella)
  • Joker in the Deck
  • Dance Act (novella)
  • Wanted—One Watch
  • The Platinum Peke (novella)
  • Hotel Help
  • Gun-Trap For a Money Killer
  • Double-Cross Marks the Spot
  • A Will For Murder


  • A bibliography of the writings of Roger Torrey by Tom Roberts (with additions by Joel Lyczak)

First book publication

Trade paperback / 214 pages

Cover art by J.W. Scott


A Four and Five Star review on Amazon.

“The stories have an air of authenticity about them.”

Additional information

Weight 13.6 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in