Marty Quade
Created by Emile C. Tepperman (1899-1951; pseudonym include Anthony Clements)

Billing himself as the "Ace of Private Detectives in New York" and boasting of never having failed in a case, MARTY QUADE figures he can get away with his exuberant fees. Mind you, he does have a reputation for keeping his mouth shut, and when he closes out a case, usually with the aid of his trusty automatic, the case stays closed. A tall, good-looking kinda guy, a "cool, assured poker-face with its gray, unreadable eyes, his square shoulders and his (bulging) chest," not to mention his "hair-trigger brain", Marty sounds like quite a catch. But I'm not biting.

Supposedly a popular series character in the pulps, at least according to a blurb in a 1994 issue of Pulp Review, to me he seems like a pretty generic "tough private dick." Judging from the one story I've read, he has less character than the pulp he was printed on.

The author of the series, Emile C. Tepperman, is probably better know for his series about the Suicide Squad, which appeared in Ace G-Man Stories from 1939-1943. This was a wild series about a trio of FBI agents who fought criminals and Nazis. Plenty of action and violence in the 23 stories. I like them much better than the Quade stories.

SHORT STORIES

  • "Guns at the Baltic" (June 1934, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Coffin Cache" (July 1934, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Rendezvous with Murder" (September 1934, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Death Dance" (October 1934, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Disciple of Doom" (November 1934, Ten Detective Aces; also March 1994, Pulp Review)
  • "Warden of Death" (December 1934, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Devil's Commission" (January 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Married for Murder" (February 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Slow Murder" (March 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Dead Freight" (May 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Lottery Loot" (Jun 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Witness to Murder" (Augt 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Suicide Service" (September 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Killer's Combine" (December 1935, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Murder Wheels" (July1936, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Killer's Club Car" (August 1936, Ten Detective Aces; also 1986, A Cent a Story!)
  • "Bullet-Battle Treasure" (September 1936, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Counsel for the Offense" (July 1938, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Crime Custodian" (March 1939, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Suicide -- So What?" (May 1939, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Parade of the Wooden Kimonos" (February 1941, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Five-Star Frameup" (March 1941, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Dead Man's Alimony" (April 1941, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "A Half Interest in Hell" (May 1941, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Murder in Ten Easy Lessons" (July 1941, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Hello, Killer!" (December 1941, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Pin the Rap on Me!" (February 1942, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "The Corpse Takes a Powder" (May 1942, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Lady MacDeath" (August 1942, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "V for Victim" (October 1942, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "Doubling for the Doomed" (January 1943, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "The Case of the Headless Client" (October 1943, Ten Detective Aces)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith and Monte Herridge.


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