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“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.
“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”.
“CAPELLI, Ace” : DON’T DIE TOO SOON.
London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. “Both wore black overcoats, and black fedoras with snap brims. They looked like two black crows. On the table were two battered briefcases. Rio’s case held the barrel and the magazine, while Frank’s held the butt end of a Thompson sub-machine-gun” – campaigning newspaperman brutally shot down.
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“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).
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