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Various: Ten Detective Aces Sampler 8. V1. 12 Mar 2012

(Detective-)Dragnet Magazine/Ten Detective Aces
Ten Detective Aces was probably the most successful of the many magazines that Harold Hersey launched, and certainly one of the longest running, but it took a while to find its mark. For the first 16 issues (to April 1930) it was called The Dragnet Magazine and initially focussed on stories about gangsters and organised crime. However, by 1930 public interest in gangsters was fading and the magazine became more of a detective pulp, initially (for 24 issues) under the hybrid name Detective-Dragnet Magazine and then finally, from March 1933, under the name Ten Detective Aces under which it ran for an impressive 16 years.
A Canadian reprint edition of Ten Detective Aces ran briefly in the 1930s as a direct reprint of the US edition, and then throughout the 1940s typically reprinting a US issue from 9-12 months previously. There was also an abridged British reprint edition under the "abridged" title of Detective Aces.

MURDER MAKES A SPLASH—NORMAN A. DANIELS

Patrolman Ross learned two things from his fireman toes—how to sift the ashes of a red-hot crime and how to smoke out a killer’s confession.

THE PERFUMED PERIL—Emil Petaja

Taxi-driver Button Brown thought he’d seen the worst after the truck smash-up, but that was before his cab was flagged by . . . The Perfumed Peril

LAST PAGE OF THE HANGMAN'S DIARY"—MERLE CONSTINER

The mystery that menaced the tenants of Gaol’s Crossing most was the whereabouts of the hangman’s notebook. And Detective Kincaid learned too late that uncovering it might reveal that the last entry in that ancient executioner’s diary might be Kincaid’s death notice.

HOT ICE SCREAM—JOE ARCHIBALD

In his thirst for crook news, Snooty Piper set out single-handed to remedy Boston’s crime drought. But the trail of cockeyed clues he left was so twisted that only the screwball himself could backtrack it to the muzzle of a killer’s Roscoe.

MURDER OFF THE RECORD—BIll Morgan

A detective is a good witness to your innocence when your homicide scheme is foolproof. But how can you trust a flatfoot in a case of . . . Murder off the Record

TEN GRAND TORNADO—ROBERT C. DENNIS

Two tough mobs were out to take hijacker Mike Collins for a ride. And the only way that hard-fisted operative could roll out of their trigger range was by thumbing a lift from the first gang car to speed his way.

THE HIGH-POWERD CORPSE—E. C. MARSHALL

Chinatown kept the mystery of that safe-blowing gang hidden from all save Detective Tom Ching who knew an explosive secret himself.

TOP IT OFF WITH DEATH—BASIL WELLS

A killing in a locked room is always a puzzle—except to this Sheriff’s impractical brother-in-law.

DEADLINE AT MIDNIGHT—FREDERICK C. DAVIS

They said that Johnny Foster had too many friends for a small-town cop. And when someone put the snatch on him, it looked like the critics were right. But Johnny proved that even dead pals can payoff for him in live lead.

THE MUSIC BOX MURDERS—GLENN LOW

Detective Sully Heath had to obtain a mysterious music box for his entry fee to the McCullochs’ tower of terror. But when Heath heard the ghoulish tunes that eerie clockwork picked off, he knew the price of the tower’s secret was death.
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