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The Doubleday Publishing Company introduced its series of Crime Club imprints in 1928 with Kay Cleaver Strahan's The Desert Moon Mystery, an imprint which earned them a major mint thanks to a long run of dime-store novels that continued to be released until 1991. Among the books featured under the Crime Club banner were all 50 novels of The Saint, written by Leslie Charteris, and several of the Fu Manchu first editions by Sax Rohmer.
The popularity of the novels even stretched to motion pictures, with Universal Studios producing 11 B-mysteries between 1937 and 1939, several of which (The Westland Case, The Lady in the Morgue) featured Crime Club stalwart Detective Bill Crane (played by Preston Foster), as created by mystery author Jonathan Latimer. When The Eno Crime Club premiered over CBS Radio on February 9, 1931, many of the Crime Club imprints were adapted for the six-day-a-week quarter hour series by writers Stewart Sterling and Albert G. Miller.
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