Wednesday, August 29, 2007

O’Bryan House Publishers, LLC is pleased to announce the first book appearance of W.R. Burnett’s hard boiled Depression Era novel, Dr. Socrates. Originally serialized in Collier’s Magazine in the spring of 1935, this is the story of young Dr. Cardwell who, after being forced at gun point to treat a wounded gangster, finds himself caught between the threat posed by gang leader Red Bastian and the suspicion of Federal Agents investigating a wave of bank robberies. Portions of the story line suggested by the saga of Public Enemy John Dillinger. First edition, first printing. The novel which served as the basis for the 1935 film "Dr. Socrates" starring Paul Muni, and Ann Dvorak and later the 1939 Humphrey Bogart film King of the Underworld.

W. R. Burnett is the author of Little Caesar, High Sierra and The Asphalt Jungle. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for best screenplay for Wake Island (1942) and The Great Escape (1963). In 1980 Burnett received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Dr. Socrates is published by O’Bryan House Publishers by exclusive agreement with the Estate of W. R. Burnett, no portion of this book may be copied or used without the express permission of the copyright holder. Book measures 5.5 by 8.5 inches, soft cover, 139 pages, ISBN 978-0-9769583-2-1. Limited print run of this title. Book includes a brief after word by the publisher entitled "Dr. Socrates and Hollywood." Dr. Socrates is available at or may be ordered directly from O’Bryan House Publishers LLC at

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