Jim Doyle

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File this one under “rare.”

Jim Doyle Private Detective and the Train Hold-Up was published in 1939 as a “penny” book published by Whitman Publishing, out of Racine, Wisconsin, and measured a scant 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8.” It was had 32 pages, and boasted ten illustrations, and was all held together with a couple of staples punched through, front to back.

Given its size and its cover illustration, it was obviously intended for kids, but who on earth was JIM DOYLE? Was he a radio character, or perhaps a refugee from a movie serial or some long-forgotten B-flick, or was this his one and only appearance?

He sure looks determined, though, strutting bravely across the tracks there, although I’m not sure that was a good message to send to children.

I have absolutely no idea who this doofus was, but I’ve seen copies on this little book pop up on various online places for over eighty bucks.


  • Jim Doyle Private Detective and the Train Hold-Up (1939) | Buy this book
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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