True Detective

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True Detective has been the name of several different magazines.

The first was an American pulp magazine of more-or-less true stories of crime and criminals, created by publisher Bernarr Macfadden in 1924. Although generally lurid, True Detective did publish work by Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson, among others. The magazine ceased publication in the summer of 1995 when Rees Communications sold it to Globe Communications.

In 1950, an enterprising publisher launched editions of True Detective and Master Detective for Britain and Ireland. An instant success, they are still published to this day, and have been joined over the years by other successful magazines – True Crime Monthly, launched in 1981, and Murder Most Foul quarterly, launched in 1991 – plus a host of Summer Specials, Winter Specials and a unique selection of paperbacks in the famous True Crime Library. The magazine is also noted to be the source of the band name of internationally-famous Goo Goo Dolls.

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