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Nick Carter Master Detective
Long-running adventures of the dime novel private investigator

Nick Carter first made an appearance in a pulp novel in 1886. His popularity lasted over 100 years until the last Nick Carter-Killmaster book was published in 1990. The master detective first ventured into radio on April 11, 1943 on the Mutual Broadcasting System as The Return of Nick Carter, a nod to his pulp fiction history. The title was changed to Nick Carter, Master Detective shortly thereafter.

Lon Clark starred as Mr. Carter throughout the run, with his assistant Patsy Bowen first voiced by Helen Choate for three years, then by Charlotte Manson for the rest of the series. The cast also included John Kane as reporter and friend, Scubby Wilson, Ed Latimer as Sgt. Mathison, Nick's inside man at the police department, and Michael Fitzmaurice served as the announcer.

Interestingly, the head script writer Walter B. Gibson was the co-creator and writer of The Shadow pulp novels which were published by the same group that published the Nick Carter books. When Gibson asked for a raise in 1946 he was summarily fired, then picked up by Jock MacGregor, the producer and director of the master detective scripts. Other writers included Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan, and Alfred Bester, who won the first Hugo Award in 1953 for his novel The Demolished Man. Organ music was supplied by Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright.

The series had a spinoff Chick Carter, Boy Detective, which featured Nick's adopted son in his own adventures geared toward younger listeners. It aired from July 1943 to July 1945. Chick was played by Bill Lipton and Leon Janney, who later became a staple member of the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre.

Detective Carter solved his last radio mystery on September 25, 1955, but would live on through television, movies, and books.

NOTE: Updated with Version 2 files (03-Jan-2020).

  1. The Echo of Death (27Mb)
  2. Death Across the Tracks (13.3Mb)
  3. Murder in the Crypt (27Mb)
  4. The Glass Coffin (27.1Mb)
  5. The Flying Duck Murders (26.7Mb)
  6. State's Prison Evidence (27.2Mb)
  7. An Angle on Murder (26.8Mb)
  8. The Body on the Slab (27.1Mb)
  9. The Drug Ring Murder (26.8Mb)
  10. The Substitute Bride (27Mb)
  11. Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure (40.9Mb)
  12. The Double Disguise (26.8Mb)
  13. Nine Hours to Live (27.3Mb)
  14. Records of Death (27.2Mb)
  15. The Unwilling Accomplice (27Mb)
  16. The Corpse in the Cab (26.9Mb)
  17. Missing-Harold Ascort (27.2Mb)
  18. Death After Dark (40.2Mb)
  19. Dead Witnesses (27.2Mb)
  20. Death in the Pines (40.8Mb)
  21. The Drums of Death (26.8Mb)
  22. The Professor's Secret (27.1Mb)
  23. Murder by Magic (27.2Mb)
  24. A Cat Brings Death (26.8Mb)
  25. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 1 (10.3Mb)
  26. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 2 (10.3Mb)
  27. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 3 (10.4Mb)
  28. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 5 (10.1Mb)
  29. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 6 (9.9Mb)
  30. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 7 (10.1Mb)
  31. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 8 (10.3Mb)
  32. Kidnapped for Sale, Part 9 (10.2Mb)
  33. Murder by Magic, Part 1 (13.1Mb)
  34. House of Death, Part 2 (13.2Mb)
  35. Accidental Bullet, Part 1 (13Mb)
  36. Accidental Bullet, Part 2 (12.7Mb)
  37. Accidental Bullet, Part 3 (12.3Mb)
  38. Accidental Bullet, Part 6 (13Mb)
  39. The Numbers Murders (27.2Mb)
  40. The Slingshot Murders (26.3Mb)
  41. Murder on Mad Mountain (27Mb)
  42. The Funeral Wreath (26.3Mb)
  43. Death in the Pool (27.2Mb)
  44. Murder in the Night (26.9Mb)
  45. Death Plays the Lead (26.7Mb)
  46. Strands of Murder (21.6Mb)
  47. Murder Goes to College (26.9Mb)
  48. Murder in a Decanter (27.3Mb)
  49. Monkey Sees Murder (26.9Mb)
  50. Murder by Fire (26.9Mb)
  51. Death by Ricochet (27Mb)
  52. An Eye for an Eye (26.9Mb)
  53. Ready for Murder (27Mb)
  54. Mind over Murder (27.2Mb)
  55. Four Rings Of Death (27.4Mb)
  56. Poison with a Past (27.2Mb)
  57. Webs of Murder (27.4Mb)
  58. Death Goes to the Post (27.2Mb)
  59. Death Behind the Scenes (27Mb)
  60. The Witch of Donderberg Mountain (27.2Mb)
  61. The Vanishing Lady (27.1Mb)
  62. The Mystery of Hangman's Wood (27.3Mb)
  63. The Haunted Rocking Chair (27.1Mb)
  64. The Museum Tragedy (27.8Mb)
  65. The Man Who Lived Too Long (27.3Mb)
  66. The Case of Make-Believe Murder (7Mb)
  67. The Case of Make-Believe Murder (27.1Mb)
  68. The Case of the Unwritten Letter (26.7Mb)
  69. The Hanging Paperhanger (26.4Mb)
  70. The Case of the Sick Statue (27.1Mb)
  71. The Case of the Vanishing Postman (27.1Mb)
  72. The Case of the Talking Tree (27.3Mb)
  73. The Case of the Howling Horse (13.4Mb)
  74. The Case of Shakespeare's Ghost (27Mb)
  75. The Body in the Ice (6.2Mb)
  76. The Witness Saw Nothing (27Mb)
  77. Eight Records of Death (40.4Mb)
  78. The Case of the Disappearing Corpse (26.9Mb)
  79. Nine Hours to Live (40.4Mb)
  80. The Case of the Little Old Ladies (27Mb)
  81. The Case of the Poker Murders (40.4Mb)
  82. The Case of the Demented Daughter (26.9Mb)
  83. The Case of the Dictaphone Murder (27.4Mb)
  84. The Case of the Clumsy Forgeries (26.4Mb)
  85. The Case of the Make-Believe Robbery (27Mb)
  86. The Case of the Missing Alarm Clock (27.4Mb)
  87. The Case of the Red Goose Murder (20.4Mb)
  88. The Case of the Blue Mink (21.3Mb)
  89. The Case of the Imitation Robbery (24.6Mb)
  90. The Case of the Gold-Headed Cane (24.1Mb)
  91. The Case of the Persistent Beggars (24.3Mb)
  92. The Case of the Careless Employees (24.2Mb)
  93. The Case of the Crystal Prophecy (24.2Mb)
  94. The Case of the Chemical Chickens (24.7Mb)
  95. The Case of the Lucrative Wrecks (24.2Mb)
  96. The Case of the Luminous Spots (24.2Mb)
  97. The Case of the Missing Thumb (24.7Mb)
  98. The Case of the Sunken Dollar (25.3Mb)
  99. The Case of the Missing Piano Player (24.9Mb)
  100. The Case of the Wandering Macaroni (24.5Mb)
  101. The Case of the Bearded Queen (24.2Mb)
  102. The Case of the Two-Faced Firemaster (23.8Mb)
  103. The Case of the Hermit Thrush (24.2Mb)
  104. The Case of the Perfect Alibi (36.1Mb)
  105. The Case of the Barefoot Banker (24.2Mb)
  106. The Case of the Jewelled Queen (24.9Mb)
  107. The Case of the Exploded Alibi (27Mb)
  108. The Case of the Priceless Prose (27Mb)
  109. The Case of the Policy Makers (24.7Mb)
  110. The Case of the Missing Street (27.1Mb)
  111. The Case of the Devil's Left Eye (27Mb)
  112. The Case of the Graveyard Gunman (24.9Mb)
  113. The Case of the Man Who Died Twice (24.5Mb)
  114. The Case of the Invisible Treasure (24.5Mb)
  115. The Case of the Classical Clue (36.3Mb)
  116. The Case of the Wandering Corpse (24.7Mb)
  117. The Case of the Boy Who Got Lost (36.5Mb)
  118. The Case of the Absent Clue (36.3Mb)
  119. The Case of the Last Old Timer (26.7Mb)
  120. The Case of the Magic Rope (27Mb)
  121. The Case of the Martyred Rat (24.5Mb)
  122. The Case of the Star of Evil (24Mb)
  123. The Case of the Henpecked Husband (23.2Mb)
  124. The Case of the Fatal Redhead (12.1Mb)
  125. The Case of the Nameless Blonde (24.6Mb)
  126. The Case of the Salesman of Death (23.7Mb)
  127. The Case of the Tattooed Cobra (24.4Mb)
  128. The Case of the Littlest Gangster (24.5Mb)
  129. The Case of the Unexpected Corpse (24.8Mb)
  130. The Case of the Flowery Farewell (24.1Mb)
  131. The Case of the King's Apology (23.4Mb)
  132. The Case of the Midway Murders (24Mb)
  133. The Case of the Professional Beggar (24Mb)
  134. The Case of the Red Arrow (24.3Mb)
  135. The Case of the Failing Eyes (24.8Mb)
  136. The Case of the Quiet Roommate (24.3Mb)
  137. The Case of the Great Impersonation (23.8Mb)
  138. The Case of the Homely Bride (23.7Mb)
  139. The Case of the Candidate's Corpse (36.6Mb)
  140. The Case of the Substitute Slayer (23.9Mb)
  141. The Case of the Unwanted Wife (24.5Mb)
  142. The Case of the Double Frame (24.5Mb)
  143. The Case of the Bull and the Bear (24.5Mb)
  144. The Case of the Wrong Mr Wright (24.2Mb)
  145. The Case of the Forgetful Killer (23.8Mb)
  146. The Case of the Clue Called X (23.9Mb)
  147. The Case of the Perfect Alibi (27.1Mb)
  148. The Case of the Vanishing Weapon (26.9Mb)
  149. The Case of the Phantom Shoplifter (27.4Mb)
  150. The Case of the Haunted Burial Cave (27.6Mb)

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