This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 6 of The Dime Detective Library:
- The Complete Cases of the Acme Indemnity Op, Volume 1 by Jan Dana writing as John Lawrence, introduction by John Wooley
- The Complete Cases of Mike Blair by Hank Searls
- The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 2 by Frederick C. Davis
- The Complete Cases of Val Easton by T.T. Flynn
- The Complete Cases of John Smith, Volume 1 by Wyatt Blassingame
- The Complete Cases of Uncle Tubby by Ray Cummings
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!
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.
No man could explain that death which struck from the stratosphere, turning men into statues, stripping the United States of defenses. Operator 5—Ace of the American Secret Service—uncovered an espionage organization which was working against our country when Washington recaptured Yorktown, in 1781!… But now, a madman with limitless ambition headed the Secret Loyalists, determined to make himself Emperor of America, and Operator 5 takes a million-to-one gamble which brings him face to face with disgrace and death!
As suddenly as Death, the bitter cold came, and with it, the armored tanks, sleek submarines and mailed warriors of the invading legions! An international syndicate, fearing America’s greatness and strength in war, had unleashed savage war-dogs to win the conflict before it fairly began… The greatest military genius of modern times commanded the enemy, and Operator 5 of the United States Secret Service—known to his dearest friends as Jimmy Christopher—was America’s choice to oppose him… But with the Intelligence slaughtered, with Diane in the camp of the enemy, the federal government in hiding, Operator 5 faced the stiffest battle of his career, and the Gods tossed dice to determine the victory!
Mysterious happenings—cloudbursts in the arid desert, churches and skyscrapers horribly destroyed, priests and pastors oddly maddened, Intelligence agents craftily slaughtered—all these heralded the attack on America by the Son of Kasma—spokesman for a vicious, Oriental cult. The populace flocked to the new religion in self-defense. Our country seemed helplessly doomed… And Operator 5, charged with treason by a power-drunk authority; his best friend’s honor, and his own, held forfeit; his beloved Diane captive to the yellow Messiah, must battle alone against a more cunning invader than ever menaced America before!
Gold—the mineral which fosters war!—threatened to plunge America into a chaos of revolt, misery and death. In Washington, the fortified vaults of the nation’s Treasury lay empty—stripped of wealth. A madman, obscured in mystery, his face concealed by a mask of the precious metal, had allied himself with powerful foreign magnates to deliver the United States into misery and bondage. Robbed of her riches, her plans for military security disrupted, her strategic stores destroyed and her armament factories wrecked, the most powerful nation in the world seemed inevitably doomed. One man, Jimmy Christopher, ace of the Intelligence, had a feasible plan for wresting victory from the cunning clutches of the greedy syndicate… And that man, known to a few as Operator 5, under grave suspicion of treachery, spied upon and hampered by a stubborn superior, must sacrifice his father, his beloved, and his honor to save his native land from a cruel invader’s debauchery and butchery…!
This specially-priced set includes books #1-10 in the Operator 5 series by Curtis Steele:
- Operator 5 #1: The Masked Invasion
- Operator 5 #2: The Invisible Empire
- Operator 5 #3: The Yellow Scourge
- Operator 5 #4: The Melting Death
- Operator 5 #5: Cavern of the Damned
- Operator 5 #6: Master of Broken Men
- Operator 5 #7: Invasion of the Dark Legions
- Operator 5 #8: The Green Death Mists
- Operator 5 #9: Legions of Starvation
- Operator 5 #10: The Red Invader
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Like the tentacles of a gigantic and loathsome octopus the ends of that infamous international espionage ring had stretched out across the United States. Lusting for power, the fiendish leader of that ring was stripping the country of its entire armaments; butchering, in the very capital of the nation, the patriots who pleaded for adequate war-strength. Operator 5, America’s Secret Service Ace, tried to oppose that ruthless Death Master—but Jimmy Christopher fought a power that scattered his own helpers, crippled the Intelligence, and threatened invasions that would have spelled utter annihilation!
By land and by sea the ferocious Yellow Hordes descend upon the United States, dealing destruction with new and horrifying weapons: with viscid poisons, with lethal gases, with flaming thermite—and with an invisible death-force more fearful, more annihilating than any weapon yet known to man. Before the ruthless Asiatic Invaders even Operator 5, America’s Secret Service Ace, stands helpless—hunted like a rat, harried and set upon by those who should be striving shoulder to shoulder with him to turn back the greatest Yellow Threat ever to assail the bulwarks of Western Civilization!
By plague and fire, bribery and chicanery, terrorism and extortion, the insane dictator Ursus Young has established himself as the supreme ruler of America. Who is left with sufficient strength to thwart him? Already he has scattered far and wide the organization of which Operator 5, America’s Secret Service Ace, forms so important a part. Against such tremendous dictatorial power Jimmy Christopher finds himself battling with a desperation such as he has never felt before…
Oil—black gold—the blood of Mother Earth! America had squandered its precious reserves and a syndicate of skilled saboteurs was destroying the remaining store! With all National defense rendered helpless for want of it, bitter despair gripped the hearts of the country’s millions. Pillage, slaughter, and slavery—misery and death—threatened each American! And Jimmy Christopher, Operator 5 of the United States Intelligence, was gambling his life recklessly in a valiant effort to save his native land from extinction!
The news spread like wildfire. A man had solved the problem of the ages—he was bringing the dead back to life! Operator 5, ace of the American Secret Service, recognized the grave menace. He realized the danger if the gigantic advances of modern science were employed selfishly by unscrupulous men. And that precisely was the danger facing his native land! The Master of Death, using the promise of life everlasting, was cunningly building an army of fanatic, half-mad followers, men who were burning, pillaging and slaying at the will of the man-monster they worshipped!
A group of bitter men—a secret League of War—was ready to plunge the world into a new, earth-wide conflict. They issued orders, and bloody organized murder was loosed in the heart of Europe! And behind this carnage, a single man was scheming to make himself the Dictator of the World! Never before had a single person conceived such a colossal plan for profiting from the slaughter of humans. He had overcome all obstacles—except one lone avenger, Operator 5, America’s secret service ace. Can Jimmy Christopher keep the nations of the world from hurling themselves into a war which can bring nothing but universal defeat, misery, and slavery?
A happy crowd, inspired by the spirit of Christmas, was milling joyously in Times Square, New York. Suddenly, cutting through the sounds of gayety, came a shrill whine. It became louder, and at the very second of midnight, a gigantic shell exploded, killing, maiming, destroying! At twelve hour intervals thereafter—no man knew in advance where—another shell burst devastatingly. Two great powers were openly accused in the newspapers. War—savage and bloody—was imminent, and Operator 5 realized that he had encountered his most cunning foe, the clever woman spy—Radi Havara!
Speeding through the silent blackness of the night, a long freight-train was laden with a cargo more precious than fine gold—wheat! Then suddenly, the hirelings of Apocryphos unleashed red destruction, and the great machine lay wrecked, its cars of priceless grain afire… Another blow in the ruthless campaign that was driving a proud people, whimpering, to slavery—overwhelmed by the cruel pangs of hunger! The four horsemen of the Apocalypse, thundered sharp-hoofed over the sterile reaches of a famine-wasted continent, while only one man—Operator 5—realized the ghastly extent of the diabolical plot. And only he—America’s undercover ace—could hope to bring the canny schemer to the justice he deserved—death!
The mad Emperor, warrior descendant of the ravagers of Asia, unleashed a new, horrible, ingenious weapon against the American people. While slant-eyed Mongols bent over a powerful death-machine, a thousand miles away, the air became unbreathable! Men and women and children—all living things—gasped for life-giving oxygen, and with searing, heaving lungs, fell strangled by the mysterious, deadly element. Against these demoniacal hordes, one man alone—Operator 5—struggles while red revolt and destruction blasts America!
A powerful army of invasion—armed with the most ghastly modern weapons: bacteria, plagues, hideous diseases—lay carefully hidden within the borders of the United States, ready to strike at the heart of the nation, to kill, pillage, demolish… A foreign demagogue, mad-drunk with power, greed, and lust, planned the slaughter of a million helpless men and women, to sate his twisted, race-proud ambition. Belligerent nations watched and waited, sighting America helpless before them. One man—Operator 5—read the crimson writing on the wall—and he alone was left to battle the frightful odds!
Chaos, confusion, disintegration fall with swift, breath-taking disaster upon America! Already terrorized by a tottering, unstable world, American men and women are swept into a mad stampede when the great leaders of the nation are spirited away, one by one, to return broken men, useless, inept. Here Jimmy Christopher—Operator 5—sets forth on his most thrilling and dangerous exploit while the great brains of America surrender to madness and despair; as a leaderless people seethe in revolt against a government which is crumbling before their eyes. How can Operator 5, single-handed, hope to prevail against that dread Master of Broken Men?
Secretly, behind closed doors and guarded portals the mysterious Black Power of Zaava spread its hidden terror throughout America. What evil force was behind the destruction of churches; the wholesale disappearance of entire congregations? What sinister spell had fallen upon American men and women to make them hurl themselves into white-hot flaming furnaces. A trap worse than death is laid for Operator 5 when, in a final effort to combat this monstrous hidden power, he makes his way alone into the Cavern of the Damned!
Black Mask, the greatest American detective magazine of all time, is back with another issue. This time around, it includes nine new stories in the Black Mask vein by Brian Townsley, Jane Jakeman, Brian Stanley, Hannah Honeybun, William Burton McCormick, Frank Megna, Jonathan Sheppard, Michael Bracken, Jim Doherty, as well as a new article on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister by Katrina Younes. In addition, Boris Dralyuk has kindly supplied his translation of Isaac Babel’s “Lyubka the Cossack” and arranged for its reprinting here.
And, as with previous issues, Black Mask collects some of the best hard-boiled detective fiction from the Popular Publications vaults, as written by some of the genre’s best: Dashiell Hammett, D.L. Champion, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, T.T. Flynn, and Frederick C. Davis.
Out of the blue it struck—that dread, mysterious force, dealing death, destruction and misery to millions. America found herself stripped of her strongest defenses as battleships, huge guns, skyscrapers, factories and transportation systems crumbled to dust before the voracious flame. No one could tell where it came from; where it would next strike; no one was safe from its hot, devouring maw. An entire nation stood crippled, paralyzed by panic as Operator 5, alone, fought to save America from the red ruin loosed upon it.
One moment good-will bound the United States and the great Power across the sea… the next, shells screamed their death wails into Coast homes and factories. No citizen was safe from the bloody holocaust when the Yellow Empire struck without warning from the Pacific. With fiendish artifice the world was turned against us. And somewhere in this country, covertly completing the terrifying work of wholesale destruction, lurked the ruthless agent of the invading hordes. Operator 5 alone guessed the dread secret and matched his individual might against a million war-drunk terrorists—while the nation trembled on the brink of red wreckage!
Unseen, impregnable, the strange war engine of a foreign power hovered over America, awaiting the fatal moment to hurl death upon a thousand cities and towns. Foredoomed to destruction and desolation before the ravaging hordes of the Yellow Empire, bleak despair gripped the nation’s millions. And then men held their breath in agonizing hope—as Operator 5, single-handed, seized the last grim chance to save the United States!
Invisible, secret, deadly, the masked empire wielded its dread power of darkness throughout the nation. Havoc and ruin followed the terror-torn thousands who fled the country to escape the Thirteenth Darkness. America, faced with certain disaster, placed her chance of survival in one man’s capable hands—and prayed that the warrior gods might smile once more upon the miracle man of her Secret Service—Operator 5, Jimmy Christopher!
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:
- The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 2 by D.L. Champion
- The Complete Cases of Ken Carter by Norvell W. Page
- The Complete Cases of Needle Mike, Volume 1 by William E. Barrett
- The Complete Cases of Peter Kane by Hugh B. Cave, introduction by Bob Byrne
- The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 2 by Frederick C. Davis
- The Complete Cases of Seekay by Paul Ernst, introduction by Will Murray
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!
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.
One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 7 collects the last five stories from this series: “Preview to Murder,” “Ghoul’s Carnival,” “Skeleton’s Snare,” “Murder for a Pastime” and “Blackjack Jury.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.
One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 6 collects the next four stories from this series: “Homicide Dividends,” “Robe of Blood,” “The Whispering Death” and “Corpse’s Plunder.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.
One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 5 collects the next five stories from this series: “The Dial of Doom,” “The Bleeding Skeleton,” “The Masked Scourge,” “The Master of Murder River” and “Counterfeit Corpse.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.
One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 4 collects the next five stories from this series: “Ghoul’s Gamble,” “The Silver Snare,” “The Crimson Shrine,” “Satan’s Stepson” and “The Silver Spectre.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.