Many Dick Tracy fans know Jim Doherty as the strip’s police technical advisor and writer of the crimestopper panel that appears with each Sunday panel. They might be surprised (or not) to know that Jim is also a career police officer and author with a new edition of his book, “Just the Facts, True Tales of Cops and Criminals” now available for purchase in either paperback or e-book.
Doherty’s “Just the Facts” tells the stories of law enforcement legends and the people who stood on the other side. Brought to life in this new edition are Bill Tilghman, legendary Oklahoma lawman and town-tamer from the Territorial era to the Roaring Twenties. Richard Crafts, an airline pilot who killed his stewardess wife and fed her frozen body into a rented woodchipper. Hawaiian Policeman Chang Apana, the real Chinese-American detective who inspired Earl Derr Biggers to create Charlie Chan and many more.
“This book,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is amazing. Jim Doherty brings stories of the good and bad guys of crime to life with a style that lets you know not only is he a law enforcement professional, but he’s also a fan of the history itself. Real life figures, both those everyone probably recognizes and so many that most of us have never heard of, don’t just leap off the page. They shoot, drive, roll, tumble, and fight their way from Jim’s wonderfully handled prose into a sort of new reality all their own for the reader.”
Famed former Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins, author of Road To Perdition also piles on praise. “Jim Doherty combines the cool eye of a law enforcement professional (which he is) with the fiery enthusiasm of a fan (which he also is) in a superb collection of essays detailing the true-crime back-stories of some of mystery fiction’s greatest yarns. These crisp, no-nonsense accounts are hypnotically readable, and the Eliot Ness chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”
If you are at all interested in reading some amazing real life police stories, the Depot encourages you to pick up a copy of Jim’s new book. It is available on Amazon (In paperback and kindle). Many thanks to the people at Pro Se Productions for providing us some quality quotes for this post. Check out their blog here.