I’ve only recently become aware of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – the man with the action-packed expense account, and it turns out there is a new book featuring his adventures on the way from Moonstone Books.
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a radio drama on CBS Radio that ran from 1949 to 1962.
The first several seasons imagined protagonist Johnny Dollar as a standard private investigator drama. In 1955 after a yearlong hiatus, the series came back in its best-known incarnation with Bob Bailey starring in “the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed expense account — America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator.” There were 809 episodes (plus two not-for-broadcast auditions) in the 12-year run, and more than 720 still exist today. (Jim Cox’s book American Radio Networks: A History cites “886 total performances.”)
Now, there is a book? Oh Moonstone, you are able to consistently find some of the most obscure characters and give them life!
For the first time EVER, BRAND NEW STORIES of the “man with the action-packed expense account”! One of classic Radio’s most beloved detectives makes his way to prose in Moonstone’s YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR! This thrilling collection features today’s top authors, including Anthony Award winning Author Gary Phillips, putting Johnny in the crosshairs of all kinds of danger, dames, and dark deeds! More stories by: Tommy Hancock, Joe Gentile, Ron Fortier, Eric Fein, Bobby Nash, Josh Reynolds, & Barry Reese.