Thanksgiving Weekend Day 2: The Dime Detective Library

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Today we’re releasing 6 titles from The Dime Detective Library by authors such as Robert Reeves, D.L. Champion, Peter Paige, and John K. Butler, among others, and featuring characters like Inspector Allhoff, Steve Midnight, Cash Wale, and Corpus Delicti Mort. These are some of our favorite installments in the series thus far.


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

The Complete Cases of Bookie Barnes

Written by Robert Reeves; introduction by Gary Hoppenstand; cover by Rafael DeSoto; illustrated by Pete Kuhlhoff

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.”

234 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

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

The Complete Cases of Cash Wale, Volume 1

Written by Morton Wolson writing as Peter Paige; introduction by John Wooley; cover by Rafael DeSoto; illustrated by Arthur Rodman Bowker & John Fleming Gould

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.

292 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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

The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 3

Written by D.L. Champion; cover by Rafael DeSoto; illustrated by Carl Pfeufer

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!”

328 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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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

Written by Julius Long; cover by Rafael DeSoto; illustrated by Joseph Szokoli

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.”

232 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

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

The Complete Cases of the Jones Brothers

Written by Maxwell Hawkins; cover by John Newton Howitt; illustrated by John Fleming Gould

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.”

396 pages | $34.95 softcover | $44.95 hardcover

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

The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 2

Written by John K. Butler; cover by Rafael DeSoto; illustrated by John Fleming Gould

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.”

340 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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