The Lone Wolf

LJ Vance

Meet the Lone Wolf the jewel thief turned private eye!

The first book in the series more or less an origin story, following Lanyard alias the Lone wolf's childhood, the life of crime he embarks on, and why he turns his back on it.

His vow to go straight comes at a cost, starting a series of events that lead to him being first framed for murder, then almost getting murdered himself, and high-octane danger first in a car chase, and then in a biplane, as he and Lucy his love interest try to escape to France.

Believed to be the inspiration for The Saint, The Lone Wolf came fourteen years before Simon Templar made his debut.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 278
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357310567
  • Price : INR 399

LJ Vance

Louis Joseph Vance was an American novelist, screenwriter and film producer. Best known for the popular character Michael Lanyard, a criminal-turned-detective known as The Lone Wolf who featured in eight books and 24 films between 1914 and 1949 and also appeared in radio and television series.

He wrote short stories, verse and many popular novels.

Vance moved to Los Angeles to work with Universal Pictures on films based on his work, including The Trey o' Hearts (1914) and a serial and film series (19141916) based on his Terence O'Rourke stories. In 1915, he founded Fiction Pictures, Inc., a motion picture production company whose films were distributed by Paramount Pictures. The studio was sold to Famous Players in June, when Fiction Pictures went out of business.

Vance died alone in his New York City apartment on December 16, 1933, in a fire that resulted from his falling asleep with a lighted cigarette

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