Legion Pulp: Too Much Duty

Too Much Duty Cover

The last pulp story for 2012 is a novelette written by J.D. Newsom that appeared in Argosy Weekly on 01 September 1934.  It is a typical tale about a down on his luck American who finds himself joining the Foreign Legion as a last resort.  In this case we have Vincent Judley, a formerly kept young man married to a rich widow nine years older than him.  Judley eventually has enough of his caged existence in Paris and he flees his wife promising never to return.  The story starts in a Marseilles flophouse where Judley meets a former French officer named Fourment who has a similar tale of social downfall.  The two of course join the Foreign Legion in order to redeem themselves.  Judley rises to his new challenges while Fourment becomes yet again a victim of his own greed.  This is an average Foreign Legion yarn by Newsom with a somewhat melodramatic spin towards the end.

Too Much Duty

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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