New Detective was a pulp magazine that promised its readers “the NEWest” crime fiction available. It started publication in 1941 and it ran until 1953, when it was merged with another magazine and its title was changed first to Fifteen Detective Stories and then to True Adventure. Under the True Adventure name, it ran until 1970.
The fiction of New Detective may have been “new” but it dealt with same subjects as most pulp crime magazines; stories about detectives, guns, and dangerous women. Among the writers published in New Detective were John D. MacDonald, who would later find fame and critical acclaim for his Travis McGee novels.
There were over seventy issues of New Detective. Below are just a few of the more memorable ones: