The Acme Indemnity Op

Created by Jan Dana

Sssshhhhh.... don't tell the Hammett folks.

But in 1937, Dime Detective started publishing a series of short stories featuring a nameless hard-boiled, cynical claims investigator who worked for a national insurance agency. No similarity to Hammett's very popular and influential hard-boiled, cynical Continental Op, of course, whose final short story had been published only seven years previously in Dime Detective chief rival crime pulp, Black Mask.

Based in New York City, THE ACME INDEMNITY OP (do we ever learn his real name?) nonetheless made his way all over the country, investigating embezzlers, jewel thieves and insurance fraud.

Not much is known about the author, Jan Dana. He (or maybe even "she") seems to have written only a handful of non-Acme Op stories, also published in Dime Detective. It's very possible "Jan Dana" is an alias.


  • "Riddle of the Rats" (Dec 1937, Dime Detective)
  • "To the Murder Born" (Jan 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "Murder for Not Much" (July 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "Green Eyes for the Corpse" (September 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "The Judas Touch" (January 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "Single Indemnity" (February 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "Moveable Alibi" (May 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "The Second Loop" (July 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "Storm Signal" (September 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "Too Weak to Kill" (November 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "One Vote for Murder" (February 1940, Dime Detective)
  • "The Murder Was a Pleasure" (July 1940, Dime Detective)
  • "Hate Wave" (September 1940, Dime Detective)
  • "Double the Body" (November 1940, Dime Detective)
  • "Postscript to Murder" (February 1941, Dime Detective)
  • "Cheese It -- The Corpse!" (April 1941, Dime Detective)
  • "Death in the Center" (August 1941, Dime Detective)
  • "Death with Father" (October 1941, Dime Detective)
  • "The Corpse with Two Left Feet" (December 1941, Dime Detective)
  • "Half a Life" (February 1942, Dime Detective)
  • "Corpse of a Different Killer" (March 1942, Dime Detective)
  • "All Those Men Are Dead" (April 1942, Dime Detective)
  • "The Case of the Meek Millionaire" (June 1942, Dime Detective)
  • "Supercharger" (August 1942, Dime Detective)


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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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