True Detective (magazine)

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This article is about the magazines of this name. For the HBO television series, see True Detective (TV series). For the essay by David Sedaris, see Naked (book).
True Detective
True Detective magazine cover October 1961 issue.jpg
Cover of the October 1961 issue of True Detective
Categories Crime stories
Publisher Macfadden Publications (1924–1971)
Rees Communications (1971–1995)
Globe Communications (1995)
Unistar International Pictures and Dreamstreet Entertainment (1995-present)
Founder Bernarr Macfadden
Year founded 1924

True Detective has been the name of several different magazines.

The first was an American true crime magazine featuring articles about crime and criminals, created by publisher Bernarr Macfadden in 1924; it's considered the first true crime magazine. Originally published as True Detective Mysteries, it was renamed True Detective from the October 1939 issue onwards.[1] Although generally lurid, True Detective did publish work by Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson, and Ann Rule, among others. The magazine ceased publication in summer 1995 when Rees Communications sold it to Globe Communications.[2]

In 1950, editions of True Detective and Master Detective were launched in Britain and Ireland.

Other authors published in the magazine include: John Dunning.


  1. ^ Schnakenberg, Robert E. (2000). "True Detective". St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Gale Group – via HighBeam (subscription required). ISBN 9781558624009. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Marr, John. "True Detective, R.I.P." (accessed: May 17, 2008).