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“CAPELLI, Ace” : BIG SHOT RACKETEER.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : BIG SHOT RACKETEER.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1952]. First edition. “When Lucky Nolan, ace racketeer, meets Josie Day, the blonde, angel faced babe with a body like plush and a heart like a rock ... sparks were sure fire. Josie was different from any dame Lucky had ever known and she had brains too”. Capelli was a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some rubbing, mild creasing and slight fraying; lower wrapper a little marked; a few edge spots; staples rusted, but overall a good copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : THE FIX.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. “Heading San Francisco’s racket bosses was Jamie Riggs – Jamie and Pal Joey, the kid he had trained to think his way, and the guy he trusted with his shirt. These were the two closest pals in the game – until the night of the big fight when it didn't suit Jamie any longer”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette spills from limo in a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); slight wear and nick at head; some wear and splitting at foot; scuff and tear tape-repaired on upper wrapper; staples rusting; some edge-spotting, but a reasonable copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in the major UK libraries.

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : DON'T DIE TOO SOON.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. Campaigning newspaperman brutally shot down with a tommy-gun.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good, clean copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : WOMAN TRAP.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : WOMAN TRAP.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. Lulu Ling was an “international spy who made Mata Hari look like a dame from the sticks”. Although Ace Capelli was used as a house name by various writers, this particular title is probably by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn and somewhat creased; some marking and a short tear to lower wrapper; some spotting to edges and prelims; some internal creasing and tanning; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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