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.
Author Leslie T. White was a real-life, longtime law-enforcement officer, with his most high-profile employment as an investigator for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the late 1920s serving as the basis for his autobiographical 1936 book, Me, Detective.
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.
The Complete Cases of the Arson Dick (The Dime Detective Library) by Leslie T. White contains the following stories:
- “Matches in Hell”
- “Ashes of the Living”
- “4-Alarm Murder”