THE THREAT

In which union comrades defy the Klu Klux Klan.      Sven Johansson was so busy examining the imposing white-washed building across Tenth Street that he didn’t hear the black car pull up alongside the curb behind him. All at once his arms were seized on either side, and he was hustled toward the open car…

THE STAGECOACH DRIVER

In which our hero, Bobby Brown encounters a famous outlaw. California, 1882.      Bobby Brown sat perched atop the driver’s seat on the Concord stagecoach, rattling up the gravelly trail south of Copperopolis, California.      Some years had passed since she had volunteered, disguised as a man, to fight for the Union forces in the…

THE SOLDIER (part 2)

In which the adventures of Bobby, the 'woman warrior', reach an exciting conclusion.       Bobby’s mind was in a whirl as the chaos unfolded around her. Whining bullets whipped through the trees. Hoarse yells and screams of pain rang out all around her. Every few moments the impact of shells exploding nearby shook the earth…

THE SOLDIER.

In which a doctor discovers an unusual secret. Antietam, Maryland, 1862.      “I know your secret,” said the doctor softly.       “What secret?” croaked the bandaged figure, lying on the cot.       “I think you know what I mean,” replied the doctor.        A shudder of pain ran through the wounded soldier’s body, and a…

THE BIG SWOON (Part 4)

London, England, March, 1937.      “I still think it’s a mistake, forming your own band, Al. I’m not sure England’s ready for an act with a vocalist out front!”      The speaker was a reporter from Melody Maker, Britain’s prominent music newspaper.      “Nonsense,” retorted Al briskly. “Times are changing. In America vocalists such as…

THE BIG SWOON (Part 3)

    In which Al Bowly becomes 'a heart-throb' and conquers America. “This is the BBC, and it’s time for the late night dance music program. Tonight, as on every Tuesday night, our broadcast brings you, live from the Monseigneur Restaurant in London’s West End, the Roy Fox orchestra featuring vocalist Al Bowlly.”      Across London…

PAXTON’S CHRISTMAS.

In which Sergeant Paxton nabs a Christmas killer.      Sergeant Paxton stared gloomily into space. Desk duty on Christmas Eve –how unfair! All across the city of Durham families would be decorating their trees, eating mince pies, or singing carols around the fire. And where was he? Stuck in his office with a steep pile…

THE BIG SWOON (part 2)

IN which young Al Bowlly heads for England and the beginning of his fame and fortune. August, 1927, Berlin Germany.      Al Bowlly, guitar in his lap, shifted nervously in his seat. He had been in a recording studio before in Calcutta, but only as an instrumentalist, a member of a band. This would be…

THE BIG SWOON! (Part One)

In which talented but troubled singer Al Bowlly sets out on an eventful journey on the road to fame. Johannesburg, June, 1923.      “May I join you,” the newcomer asked.      He was a tall angular fellow with a round cheery face. A pair of spectacles with round wire frames was perched on his prominent…