Altus Press, home of the finest pulp reprints on the planet (including my grandfather's collections RIDING THE PULP TRAIL and HIDDEN GHOSTS) has just announced a new series of volumes of reprints from none other than DIME DETECTIVE.
Each volume will feature a specific character from the revered magazine, that was second only to BLACK MASK in quality. Historian Ed Hulse adds an introduction to each novel. Here is the lineup as of now, according to the blog post:
•Vee Brown by Race Williams author and Black Mask mainstay Carroll John Daly
•The Rambler by Fred MacIsaac, one of the earliest of the DD characters to make the leap to feature films
•Cass Blue, an under-appreciated hard-boiled detective series by DD mainstay John Lawrence
•Keyhole Kerry by one of DD‘s best authors, Frederick C. Davis
•The Marquis of Broadway by John Lawrence. The Marquis leads The Broadway Squad, the most brutal of the detective pulps’ “crimefighters”
•Mr. Maddox by T.T. Flynn, one of the best—and longest-running—series from the pages of DD
•Inspector Allhoff by D.L. Champion, surely the forefather of Ironsides.
This is a major release and should be in every hard-boiled fiction library. The original DIME DETECTIVE magazines are getting very expensive, so this may be your only chance to read these great stories.
For more information, including formats, planned release dates, and images of the covers of all the volumes, go to the blog post at altuspress.com. While you're there, check out all of the other recent releases on the home page.
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