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# D-001 ~ D-099



D-001 ~ $0.35 ~ (1952) ~ Samuel W. Taylor - The Grinning Gismo (cover-art by Noeman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Keith Vining - Too Hot for Hell (cover-art by Noeman Saunders; cover states "An ACE Original")

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D-003 $0.35 ~ (1952) ~ Mel Colton - The Big Fix (cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Kate Clugston - Twist the Knife Slowly - (Original title: A Murderer in the House) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-005 $0.35 ~ (1952) ~ Eaton R. Goldthwaite - The Scarlet Spade (original title: Cut For Partners) (cover-art by Noeman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Harry Whittington - Drawn to Evil (cover-art by Noeman Saunders; cover states "An ACE Original")

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D-007 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Stephen Ransome - I, the Executioner (original title: False Bounty) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Harry Whittington - So Dead My Love! (cover-art by Rafael DeSoto; cover states "An ACE Original")

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D-009 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Michael Morgan - Decoy (aka C. E. Carle & Dean M. Dorn) (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ Sherwood King - If I Die Before I Wake (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-011 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Day Keene - Mrs. Homicide (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ William L. Stuart - Dead Ahead (original title: The Dead Lie Still) (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-013 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Theodore S. Drachman - Cry Plague (often considered the first ACE Double Sci-Fi even with a Mystery for the other side) (cover-art by Lou Marchetti; cover states "An ACE Original") 153pg ~ {&} ~ Leslie Edgley - The Judas Goat (cover states "Complete and Unabridged") (Originally published for the Crime Club by Doubleday, 1952)

Theodore S. Drachman attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned his M.D. in 1938, and then earned an M.S.P.H. at Columbia University in 1941. He was a specialist in preventive medicine and epidemiology. He was deputy health commissioner for Westchester County in New York, and health commissioner for Columbia and Ulster counties in New York between 1946 and 1979. He also worked as a consultant to various health organizations around the world. Cry Plague! is well-known to science fiction bibliographers as the first Ace Double with a recognizably science-fictional plot. He also wrote one work of non-fiction: The Grande Lapu-Lapu (memoirs) (1972). Drachman died on July 13, 1988, at the age of 83, at his home in Philmont, New York, of cardiac arrest.

Leslie John Edgley (October 14, 1912 – 2002) was a mystery fiction writer and scriptwriter. He was born in London in 1912, but emigrated with his parents to Canada in 1918 and to East Chicago, Indiana in the United States in 1922, where he grew up in the Marktown neighborhood. He married Mary Gustaitis in 1935, and they moved to California in 1944. Among the works for which Edgley became known are the scripts for many episodes of Perry Mason.

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D-015 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ William Burroughs (as: William Lee) - Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict (cover-art by Al Rossi; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Maurice Helbrant - Narcotic Agent (cover states "Abridged Edition")

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D-016 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Edmond & Jules de Goncourt - Germinie (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Paul Bourget - Crime D'Amour (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-017 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ William Campbell Gault (as Roney Scott) - Shakedown (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "An ACE Original")~ {&} ~ Howard Fast (as Walter Ericson) - The Darkness Within (original title: Fallen Angel) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

Original cover-art (shown below) by Norman Saunders for Shakedown

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D-019 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Hal Braham (as Mel Colton) - Never Kill a Cop! (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ Leslie Edgley - Fear No More (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-021 $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ John N. Makris - Nightshade (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Lester Dent - High Stakes (original title: Dead at the Take-Off) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

Lester Dent is best known for his “Doc Savage” novels, which he wrote for Doc Savage Magazine under the house name Kenneth Robeson. He wrote 165 of the 181 issues.

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D-023 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Louis Trimble (as Stuart Brock) - Bring Back Her Body (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ Richard Sale - Passing Strange (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

Louis Trimble never used the Stuart Brock pseudonym for any other ACE mystery or western after this title.

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D-025 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ P. G. Wodehouse - Quick Service (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ The Code of the Woosters (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-026 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Harold Acton and Lee Yi-Hsieh (translators) - Love in a Junk and Other Exotic Tales (original title: Four Cautionary Tales) (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Charles Pettit - The Impotent General (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-027 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Bruno Fischer - The Fingered Man (original title: Quoth the Raven) (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "Specially Edited Edition") ~ {&} ~ Hal Braham (as: Mel Colton) - Double Take (cover-art signed as Paul; cover states "An ACE Original")

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D-029 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Ross Laurence - The Fast Buck (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ J. F. Hutton - Dead Man Friday (original title: Too Good To Be True) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-033 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Carl G. Hodges - Murder by the Pack (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Frank Kane - About Face (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-035 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Rae Loomis - The Marina Street Girls (cover-art by Victor Olson; cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Jack Houston - Open All Night (cover states "An ACE Original")

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D-037 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Marvin Claire - The Drowning Wire (cover-art by Norman Saunders; cover states "An ACE Original")~ {&} ~ Will Oursler - Departure Delayed (cover by Bernard Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-040 ~ $0.35 ~ (195?) ~ Cornell Woolrich (as William Irish) - Waltz Into Darkness (cover states "Abridged Edition"~ {&} ~ Malden Grange Bishop - Scylla (cover states "An ACE Original")

Malden Grange Bishops' Scylla was produced as a film titled La Sirene Du Mississippi

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D-041 ~ $0.35 ~ (1953) ~ Day Keene - Death House Doll (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Thomas B. Dewey - Mourning After (cover-art by Victor Olson; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-045 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ Martin L. Weiss - Dead Hitches a Ride (cover-art by Victor Olson; cover states "An ACE Original")~ {&} ~ Leslie Edgley - Tracked Down (original title: The Angry Heart) (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

Original cover-art (Shown below) by Harry Barton for Tracked Down

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D-047 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ Joe Barry - Kiss and Kill (cover-art by Lou Marchetti; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Richard Powell - On the Hook (original title: Shark River) (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-049 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ Dan Cushman - Tongking! (cover-art by Rafael deSoto) (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ Charles Grayson - Golden Temptress (original title: The Broken Gate) (cover states "Abridged Edition")

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D-050 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ Wilene Shaw (aka: Viginia M. Harrison) - The Mating Call (cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Orza Grant - Bad `Un (cover states "An ACE Original")

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D-051 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ Emmett Mcdowell - Switcheroo (cover-art by Victor Olson; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ Lawrence Treat - Over the Edge (cover-art by Lou Marchetti; cover states "Specially Edited Edition")

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D-055 ~ $0.35 ~ (195?) ~ Robert Turner - The Tobacco Auction Murders (original title: Swamp Murders) (cover states "An ACE Original")~ {&} ~ Michael Stark - Kill-Box (original title: Run For Your Life) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-057 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ A. S. Fleischman - Counterspy Express (cover-art by Victor Olson; cover states "An ACE Original") ~ {&} ~ M. V. Heberden (as Charles L. Leonard) - Treachery In Trieste (cover-art by Victor Olson; cover states "Revised Edition")

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D-059 ~ $0.35 ~ (1951) ~ Robert Bloch - Spiderweb (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ David Alexander - The Corpse In My Bed (original title: Most Men Don't Kill) (cover states "Revised Edition")

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D-063 ~ $0.35 ~ (195?) ~ Harry Whittington - You'll Die Next! (cover states "An ACE Original"~ {&} ~ Frederick C. Davis - Drag the Dark (cover-art by Rafael deSoto; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-071 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ John Creasey (as Gordon Ashe) - Drop Dead! (cover-art by Bernard Barton) ~ {&} ~ Margaret Scherf - The Case of the Hated Senator (original title: Dead: Senate Office Building) (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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D-077 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ Leigh Brackett (as George Sanders) - Stranger at Home (cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Stephen Marlowe (previously Milton Lesser) - Catch the Brass Ring (cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

Leigh Douglas Brackett (1915-1978) was one of the earliest of the women science fiction (and fantasy) writers. Her first published science fiction story, Martian Quest, appeared in Astounding in 1940. She was a prolific writer in the genres of science fiction (her most recognized story is probably The Long Tomorrow, c. 1955 - ACE F-132), mystery, and western as well as television and movie scripts ("The Big Sleep" - 1946 and "Rio Bravo" -1958).

Milton Lesser (1928-2008) appears to have legally changed his name to Stephen Marlowe around 1958. He then switched to writing mysteries , several of which were published as ACE Doubles. A good summary of his writing career can be found in Graham Andrews' In Memorian: Stephen Marlowe (Paperback Parade, vol. 71, December 2008, pp. 103-107.)

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D-081 ~ $0.35 ~ (1954) ~ John A. Saxon  - Liability Limited (cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Sheldon Stark - Too Many Sinners (cover states "A Complete Novel")

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D-089 ~ $0.35 ~ (1955) ~ Stephen Marlowe (previously Milton Lesser) - Turn Left for Murder (cover states "Complete and Unabridged") ~ {&} ~ Ruth & Alexander Wilson - Death Watch (original title: The Town is Full of Rumors) (cover-art by Harry Barton; cover states "Complete and Unabridged")

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