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John Wooley has written novels, nonfiction, screenplays, journalism, and documentaries. His other books include the seminal horror classics "Old Fears" and "Death's Door", written with Ron Wolfe, and "How to Make It in the Music Business", written with music impresario Jim Halsey. Wooley lives in Oklahoma, where he is working on his next novel.



John McMahan has enjoyed a professional career in real estate as an investment manager; public board member; consultant; educator and writer; and industry and community leader. In the 1980's, he merged his firm with Mellon Bank to form Mellon-McMahan Real Estate Advisors and, as CEO, built the firm into the 16th largest pension advisor in the nation. In 1996 he became Chairman of BRE Properties and led the public apartment REIT in a restructuring and expansion program from $300 M in assets to over $3 B in eight years. He is currently an advisor to California State Teachers Retirement fund and other real estate investment organizations.

In addition to his business activities, he taught real estate at the Stanford GSB for 17 years and at the Haas Graduate School of Business (UC Berkeley) for 5 years. In 2006, John received an award from Harvard University for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate Education. Previously, he received the Louise L. and Y. T. Lum Award for Excellence in Teaching and the William S. Ballard Award for writing.

He has written four books on real estate including "The McGraw Hill Real Estate Pocket Guide" (1979), "Property Development" (1989), "Cases in Commercial Real Estate Investing" (2005), and the "Handbook of Commercial Real Estate Investing" (2006). He is currently working on "Professional Property Development" which will be published by McGraw Hill in Spring, 2007.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Off-Trail Publications; 1St Edition edition (March 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978683692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978683696
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,215,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved listening to recordings of old radio dramas...the Green Hornet, the Shadow, Superman and the like. The Super Detective flip novel is a return to those old pulp fiction days. This volume contains two complete stories written in the late 1930's and early 1940's. Our hero, Jim Anthony is a detective with unusual mental and physical abilities. Readers might find the dialog dated and definitely nonPC, but the stories are quick, full of action and fun to read. They are staged during a time when Europe was in the beginnings of the next world war and menacing national powers actually threaten the US. Fans of the old-style detective magazines will enjoy this. Thanks to the reissue and the brief introduction about the authors of Jim Savage and the pulp fiction era this may also attract new fans.
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"As a manhunter Jim Anthony had no equals; his fame as an amateur scientific criminologist was world-wide. Detection was his hobby, his avocation; countless were the mysteries he had solved, the murderers he had brought to justice after the police themselves had failed. In consequence, the mere mention of his name was enough to strike terror into the heart of any transgressor." -- from Murder's Migrants (one of the two novels in Super-Detective Flip Book)

Pulp fiction seems constantly to be on the comeback. From a publisher entirely devoted to it, like Hard Case Crime, to modern-novel imitations like The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, even to weblogs trumpeting its merits, like the "Pulp O' the Day" feature on I Was a Bronze Age Boy, it seems we just can't get enough of those seemingly undefeatable heroes like The Shadow and Doc Savage, and the hardboiled private eyes that followed in their footsteps after World War II.

During his tenure as star of his own magazine, Super-Detective, millionaire Jim Anthony was both a superhero and a detective. For 10 novels (always written under the house name "John Grange" -- much like The Shadow's author, "Maxwell Grant"), Anthony fought "super-villains" in high adventure tales of science-fiction. Then, for whatever reason (not all that many world-dictator wannabes, I imagine), Jim Anthony became a more traditional shamus against foes with more earthbound ambitions.

Both of these phases are considered by aficionados to be of equal quality, and the Super-Detective Flip Book contains a "novel" (really "novella," as neither exceeds 100 pages) from each period, printed back-to-back and head-to-tail like the old Ace Double format.
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This book contains two stories from the age of "pulp" magazines, which lasted approximately from the late 19th century through the 1950's. Pulp magazines often contained stories considered lurid by the standards of the era. The cover art was also mildly titillating.

The hero of our two stories is Jim Anthony, who bears a striking resemblance to Doc Savage, an even more popular hero of the pulp age. Anthony is wealthy, brilliant and extremely physically fit, with physical capabilities verging on superhuman, though not quite. There are assorted and sundry other characters, i.e. sidekicks, helping Jim in his endeavors.

The first story is "Legion of Robots" that is from the era when Jim Anthony's stories had science fiction elements in them. This story was the second Jim Anthony story, published around 01 November 1940. Anthony's principal foe in the first three magazines was Rado Ruric, a villain with capabilities near Anthony's, which made Ruric just short of a super-villain.

In "Legion of Robots," Ruric has escaped from prison after Anthony had captured Ruric in the first story in the Anthony series. Ruric had two goals. His first goal was to sabotage America, remembering that this story published when the United States was supporting Great Britain even though the United States had not declared war against any of the Axis powers. Ruric's second goal was to get revenge on his nemesis Jim Anthony.

Ruric obtained certain chemicals from a fictional Central American nation that enables him to control men and to give them great strength, thus the name "Legion of Robots." Ruric has also built a serpent-like submarine that can travel on land, spouting chemicals to attack aircraft and people.
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It's hard to beat a two for one special. "Super Detective: An Off-Trail Flip Book" is a combination of two old school pulp novels by John Grange. 'Murder's Migrants' and 'Legion of Robots' follow so-called 'Super Detective' Jim Anthony as he faces all sorts of antagonists in good old-fashioned, fast-paced and fun pieces of writing. "Super Detective: An Off-Trail Flip Book" is a top pick for anyone seeking a bit of nostalgia for older pulpy novels and for community library mystery collections.
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