A New Hero Arises to Battle The Underworld.In a city of mob rule and crime, death is cheap, and police have their hands tied. In this dark metropolis, a new paladin arises to fight against injustice. A man of education, dedicated to fighting evil with fire against fire, the man in the black fedora.
“What do you want?” Pop asked.
“The Boss wants your answer, old man,” one of the men in a pinstripe suit said. “He’s tired of waiting.”
“I’ll never sell our little store!” Pop snapped. “Especially for the pennies you’re offering us.”
“It a good offer, Pop,” the second man said. “Better than the alternative.”
“And what would the alternative be?” Pop asked.
Grinning, the second man told him, “Your wife couldn’t run this shop by herself, and you don’t have a life insurance policy she could live off of should something happen to you.”
“The Boss will get it anyway, so you might as well sell now,” the first man told him.
“Is that a threat?” Mr. Delecarte asked, bringing the wooden club from under the counter.
“Well, well, look at that,” the first hood laughed. “The old man has teeth after all.”
The nearest hood was reaching for the old man, as the second was drawing a gun from a hidden holster. The first man misjudged the old man’s speed, and he recoiled as the hard wood slammed against the side of his face. Just at that instant, Mrs. Delecarte came from the backroom to scream in horror as the hood with the gun fired point-blank at her husband. The elderly man fell back against the wall, sliding down with pain creasing his wrinkled face.
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About the Author:
Tom Johnson was born July 26, 1940 in Seymour, Texas. His dad was a cowboy and cook, giving his family an itinerant lifestyle. Tom changed schools often, as his dad’s jobs were relocated. His dad wanted him to follow in his footsteps, but a cowboy’s life didn’t appeal to him. Instead, during his high school years, Tom dreamed about becoming an entomologist. He loved biology and math, but was weak in other subjects. He read every book he could find on insects, reptiles, and arachnids, as well as paleontology. His dream was simple – buy an old car and a small mobile home that he could pull behind the car and set up in the desert where he could study the animal life. Having something of a raw artistic talent, he wanted to write and illustrate books recording the life cycles of desert animal life.
However, his life changed when he joined the Army and spent a 20-year career in law enforcement. Afterward, he and his wife started the publishing imprint of FADING SHADOWS, and published a hobby magazine for 22 years, and several genre titles for nine years. They published writers and artists from all over the world, and met many of the publishers, editors, authors, and artists from the pulp magazines of the 1930s and ‘40s. One of those he met was Walter Gibson, a writer and magician who created the famous character, The Shadow. Tom had been a fan of The Shadow radio drama as a child, and later found the novels. Gibson wrote almost 300 Shadow novels, as well as helping bring the character to radio and comic books. They corresponded until Walter’s death.
Tom was a voracious reader from an early age, beginning with comic books at age seven and reading novels by age 10 or 11. He has never stopped reading for pleasure, though his interest in genres have often switched from SF to western, to hardboiled detectives, the classics, and back to science fiction again over the years. In his own writing, readers will often find something about his love of zoology, whether insects, reptiles, or saber-tooth cats. Tom had a stroke in March 2002. Now retired, they devote their time to keeping Tom’s books in print, as well as helping promote other writers.
They settled in Tom’s hometown of Seymour, Texas, home of the Whiteside Museum of Natural History, and the red-bed digs near the town where Permian fossils have been discovered for over a hundred years. A 250-million-year-old amphibian, the Seymouria was discovered in the red-beds and is named after Seymour. One of the main predators of the Permian was a large finback reptile called a Dimetrodon, and a statue is displayed outside the museum. Several of Tom’s books are on hand in the museum. With over 80 books in print that he has contributed to, Tom has slowed down now. He is still writing childrens’ stories while promoting his books still on the market. Plus, he still has hopes of one day seeing his short novel, Pangaea: Eden’s Planet, made into a film.