The Complete Cases of Bookie Barnes (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Bookie Barnes (The Dime Detective Library)

A truck driver employed by Murdock Motor Freight, Bookie Barnes is a tough working class hero. Though not a detective per se, he is a rough customer described as “tall, heavy-chested, with a build you see only in physical culture ads, and, though barely twenty-six, he’d been on the trucks for three years.” He is emblematic of the type of crime fighters found in pulp fiction in that he represents the typical readership of pulp fiction: an average working-class audience.

Written by one of the greats of the detective pulps, Robert Reeves—who was tragically killed in World War II—this book collects all of his Bookie Barnes stories: “Murder in High Gear,” “Over a Barrel,” and “Murder Without Death,” as well as his lone, non-series character story, “Dance Macabre.”

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The Complete Cases of Cash Wale, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Cash Wale, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Written by Peter Paige, one of Black Mask editor Fanny Ellsworth’s finds after succeeding Joseph Shaw’s tenure in that same role, Paige introduced the tough-as-nails detective Cash Wale and partner Sailor Duffy: a series worthy of the esteemed lineage of Black Mask magazine. Quickly plucked by Black Mask’s rival, Dime Detective, the cases of Cash Wale were a mainstay of that magazine for the next decade. Never before in book form, this edition collects his first five cases: “Voodoo Frame,” “The Corpse Promoter,” “Lotta Had a Husband,” “Wanted: Dead and Alive!,” and “The Bullet From Nowhere.” And it includes an all-new introduction by popular fiction authority John Wooley.

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The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 3 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 3 (The Dime Detective Library)

Brilliant, decisive, and hard-charging, Deputy Inspector Allhoff was the NYPD’s ace detective until bullets from a mobster’s machine gun robbed him of his legs, his career, and—in the opinion of an associate—his sanity. Yet Allhoff was too good a man to be put out to pasture, so New York’s police commissioner found a way to keep him employed and refer to him such cases as the department couldn’t or wouldn’t handle. Confined to a wheelchair and operating from a seedy tenement flat, Allhoff is assisted by two cops: Battersly, the rookie patrolman whose brief moment of cowardice cost the inspector his legs, and Simmons, the bitter career cop who detests Allhoff but sticks with the embittered cripple to protect his own pension. Created by D.L. Champion, Inspector Allhoff denied most conventions of detective-pulp fiction. He could never be confused for one of Raymond Chandler’s knights errant, trudging down those mean streets. Allhoff was no Rover Boy in trench coat and fedora. He was, in fact, a sadist and a psychopath.

With 30 entries published between 1938 and 1946, the Allhoff series was among the most popular and long-lived to appear in Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre. Volume 3 collects the next seven stories: “You’re the Crime in My Coffee,” “Thanks for the Ration Card!,” “The Profitable Corpse,” “The Diplomatic Corpse,” “Aaron Had a Rod,” “The Day Nobody Died,” and “Go Home and Die!”

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The Complete Cases of Corpus Delicti Mort, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Corpus Delicti Mort, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Defense attorney Clarence Darrow Mort, an unkempt habitué of seedy bars, was known familiarly, if not affectionately, as “Corpus Delicti” Mort. A mainstay of the page of mid-1940s issues of Dime Detective magazine, Mort was yet another of the quirky characters which editor Ken White avidly placed in his hard-boiled pulp magazine. This collection contains the first half of the C.D. Mort stores, all by Julius Long: “C.D. for Corpus Delicti,” “No Minimum for Murder,” “Loaded for Murder,” “Corpus Delicti de Luxe,” “Mostly for Murder,” and “Murder Under Foot.”

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The Complete Cases of the Jones Brothers (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of the Jones Brothers (The Dime Detective Library)

They were meek and mild looking little men, those brothers Jones. The last two in the world you’d expect to find mixed up with murder. But tracking down killers was their specialty—and a simple job like doubling for a corpse on a coffin-ride was just another night’s work for Horatio & Leander Jones.

Written by Maxwell Hawkins, the Jones Brothers series was a transitional one for Dime Detective magazine’s editorial focus, from weird menace & mysteries to the more traditional gumshoe detective story pioneered by rival magazine, Black Mask. This collection contains all six stories in the series: “Alias the Corpse,” “The Devil’s Dozen,” “Death from Down Under,” “Duchess of Death,” “Fool’s Jewels,” and “Fair and Murder.”

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The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

Down and out former playboy Steven Middleton Knight’s fortune was destroyed by the Depression. Now a cabbie for the Red Owl Cab Company, he never fails to take on another mystery with each new fare. Created by John K. Butler, this fast-paced, Los Angeles-based hard-boiled series was published between 1940 and 1942 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

Volume 2 collects the final five stories: “The Killer was a Gentleman,” “Dead Man’s Alibi,” “The Hearse from Red Owl,” “Death and Taxis,” and “The Corpse That Couldn’t Keep Cool.”

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Sale! The Dime Detective Library: Series 6 (Six Book Set)

The Dime Detective Library: Series 6 (Six Book Set)

This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 6 of The Dime Detective Library:

Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist. Get all of Series 6 at a discount!

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The Complete Cases of the Acme Indemnity Op, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of the Acme Indemnity Op, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

He was a hardboiled lone-wolf investigator whose real name was never revealed. And he was a true company man, identified only by the name of the business he worked for, with an “Op” tagged at the end. His stories were tough and violent, and while they sometimes revealed him to be indecorous or not particularly heroic, he laid them all out in a straightforward, first-person style. He was, however, not the Continental Op.

Credited as the author was the mysterious “Jan Dana,” in reality John Lawrence: a former stockbroker and author of another long-running Dime Detective series, the Marquis of Broadway. Volume 1 collects the first six stories in the series.

Includes an all-new introduction by John Wooley.

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The Complete Cases of Mike Blair (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Mike Blair (The Dime Detective Library)

Known for his later work as the writer of bestsellers such as Jaws II and for classic TV shows such as The Fugitive, Hank Searls began his career toiling in the pages of Dime Detective and other Popular Publications detective magazines penning tales of P.I. Mike Blair, a Sam Spade-esque detective based in San Francisco. The edition collects all seven Blair stories, along with an introduction by Searls himself.

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The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

Meet “Lora Lorne,” the love advice columnist for the Recorder newspaper… in actuality, gruff reporter Bill Brent. Written by Frederick C. Davis, Brent stumbled through 16 stories published between 1941 and 1946 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

Collecting the next four stories in the series, all originally published in 1942–43.

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The Complete Cases of Val Easton (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Val Easton (The Dime Detective Library)

Written by T.T. Flynn, Valentine Easton is regarded as the top agent for American Intelligence who tackled the dreaded Black Doctor’s espionage threats in 5 stories published between 1932 and 1935 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Complete Cases of John Smith, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of John Smith, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Collected for the first time: in 1937, prolific pulp author Wyatt Blassingame introduced a new series featuring a diminutive, once-blind detective who had learned to hear more keenly that any other human being. This—the John Smith series—was Blassingame’s longest-running and most popular character to see print in the 1930s-40s. Included here are all of the John Smith stories originally published from 1937–38.

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The Complete Cases of Uncle Tubby (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Uncle Tubby (The Dime Detective Library)

Best known for his groundbreaking science fiction work, author Ray Cummings also dabbled in the detective fiction genre. Writing primary for Popular Publications in the mid-1930s, Cummings was in the right place at the right time to pen a series for Popular’s Detective Tales magazine featuring the rotund, middle-aged investigator Uncle Tubby. Collected for the first time are all ten stories from the series.

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Gangman's Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 6

Gangman’s Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 6

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever. Volume 6 contains 11 Race Williams stories, all from 1938–41, as Daly closed out his lengthiest period of penning new Race Williams stories for Dime Detective Magazine.

It’s also prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University. Gangman’s Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 6 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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Just Another Stiff: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 5

Just Another Stiff: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 5

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 5 contains the first 11 Race Williams stories, all from 1935–38, as Daly left his long-time home of Black Mask for its main competitor, Dime Detective. And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

Just Another Stiff: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 5 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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Sale! The Dime Detective Library: Series 5 (Six Book Set)

The Dime Detective Library: Series 5 (Six Book Set)

This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 5 of The Dime Detective Library:

Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist. Get all of Series 5 at a discount!

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The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The creation of Carroll John Daly, father of the hard-boiled private eye, Vee Brown—AKA the Crime Machine—plied his trade in the pages of Dime Detective, the classic crime pulp that was second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

Volume 2 features the Crime Machine’s battles with his greatest nemesis, the Emperor of Evil.

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The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

Bailbondsman William “Bail-Bond” Dodd was the first series character that hard-boiled genius Norbert Davis created for Harry Steeger’s best detective pulp. Running for eight installments, Volume 2 collects the balance of the series. This unique series was one of the best Davis ever wrote for the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Complete Cases of Horatio Humberton, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Horatio Humberton, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Meet the original necrologist sleuth: tall, gaunt Ho Humberton was a funeral director by day and detective at night… often those with more than a touch of the supernatural. Featuring the first half of this trend-setting detective series, this was one of the most popular series characters from the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre. Also featuring the very first Horatio Humberton story, undiscovered for nearly 100 years.

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The Complete Cases of Anne Marsh (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Anne Marsh (The Dime Detective Library)

Written during a period when the detective pulps showcased more gritty, realistic characters and situations, writer Arthur Leo Zagat penned a series of novelettes featuring the diminutive Anne Marsh: reluctant detective who must solve the death of her father and wage grim war in behalf of the city’s oppressed. Running for eight installments, this unique series was one of the few purposefully finite series from the pulp era, and one of the only female detective series characters to see print in a Popular Publications-published title.

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The Complete Cases of the Blue Barrel, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of the Blue Barrel, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Written at the height of Dime Detective’s popularity, author William E. Barrett (Lilies of the Field) penned this series featuring newspaperman Dean Culver, whose column—The Blue Barrel—dispensed gossip on the criminal underworld. No one called Dean Culver the Blue Barrel—for no one knew he was the author of the underworld-gossip column signed with that name each night in the Morning Star. If the easy-money players had ever guessed that the man who paid them off was the Walter Winchell of the other side of the law, he’d he cashing in his own checks at the first turn of the wheel, instead of those of the gamblers he spun it for.

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The Complete Cases of the Arson Dick (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of the Arson Dick (The Dime Detective Library)

Detective Todd Naughton of the central-office arson squad investigated some of the strangest arson and murder cases ever to appear in Dime Detective Magazine. Originally seeing print during the peak 1936–37 period of Dime Detective, this four-story complete series has never before been reprinted.

The Arson Dick is certainly one of the lost classics from the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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Sale! The Dime Detective Library: Series 4 (Six Book Set)

The Dime Detective Library: Series 4 (Six Book Set)

by Paul Ernst, Hugh B. Cave, William E. Barrett, Norvell W. Page, D.L. Champion, and Frederick C. Davis

This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 4 of The Dime Detective Library:

Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist. Get all of Series 4 at a big discount!

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The Complete Cases of Needle Mike, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Needle Mike, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

A millionaire playboy with a yen for excitement, young Ken McNally disguises himself as the gray-haired, gold-toothed, jaundiced-looking proprietor of a seedy tattoo parlor in the “tenderloin” district of St. Louis. His unusual occupation frequently brings him into contact with underworld denizens who, willingly or accidentally, embroil him in criminal activities.

Written by William E. Barrett, Needle Mike found himself embroiled in nearly 20 hard-boiled mysteries originally published between 1935 and 1938 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

Brilliant, decisive, and hard-charging, Deputy Inspector Allhoff was the NYPD’s ace detective until bullets from a mobster’s machine gun robbed him of his legs, his career, and—in the opinion of an associate—his sanity. Yet Allhoff was too good a man to be put out to pasture, so New York’s police commissioner found a way to keep him employed and refer to him such cases as the department couldn’t or wouldn’t handle. Confined to a wheelchair and operating from a seedy tenement flat, Allhoff is assisted by two cops: Battersly, the rookie patrolman whose brief moment of cowardice cost the inspector his legs, and Simmons, the bitter career cop who detests Allhoff but sticks with the embittered cripple to protect his own pension.

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The Complete Cases of Peter Kane (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Peter Kane (The Dime Detective Library)

No longer a Boston police officer, hard-boiled drunk Peter Kane made the easy transition to work as a P.I. Though now in private practice, Kane had a knack for cracking cases while constantly inebriated. Collecting the entire series, along with an all-new introduction by Bob Byrne.

Written by Hugh B. Cave, Kane stumbled through nine gin-soaked yarns published between 1934 and 1942 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Complete Cases of Ken Carter (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Ken Carter (The Dime Detective Library)

Immediately before picking up the reins of writing the adventures of the Spider, pulp writer Norvell Page introduced the weird detective mysteries of another, similar adventure character, Ken Carter. Running in the hard-boiled pages of the 1930s detective pulps, Ken Carter battled a myriad of offbeat villains in a series which is clearly a prototype of Page’s style of novels he later wrote of the Spider. Collecting all seven stories, along with their original illustrations.

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The Complete Cases of Seekay (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Seekay (The Dime Detective Library)

The cases he takes up are often bizarre and grotesque, but no more so than this anonymous private investigator himself: Seekay’s entire face is covered by a mask of pink celluloid, with only his “burning black eyes” visible to those who come into contact with him—and who almost invariably are unnerved by the experience, whether friend or foe. Collecting the entire series, written by the writer of The Avenger, Paul Ernst.

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The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

From 1933 to 1935, Frederick C. Davis chronicled the cases of Hollywood P.I. firm Secrets, Inc. Led by Clay “Oke” Oakley and assisted by Cherry Morris and Archibald Brixey, Secrets, Inc., investigated some of the weirdest and most ingenious crimes in the long history of Dime Detective Magazine—all centering around the film industry. Volume 2 collects the final five mysteries.

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Black Mask (Fall 2016)

Black Mask (Fall 2016)

The greatest detective magazine of all time is back for another collection of the best in hard-boiled fiction. Featuring classic material from the vaults of Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, and other high-quality pulp magazines. And this issue is headlined by an all-new story, “Bucketful of Bullets,” by award-winning author Paul Bishop.

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