River Girl

Now this is Charles Williams' River woman, in each manner an immense of a book--the tale of a guy and a lady who met and knew immediately that no longer the entire global may tear them aside. River lady, first released in 1951 as "The Catfish Triangle," is a ebook that stocks a few similarities with Cain's The Postman consistently jewelry two times. Down in swamp kingdom a deputy sheriff meets and falls in love with a tender lass, yet her husband stands within the way... for a time.

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Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime Novels)

By Russell Atwood


The dying of mythical deepest eye George Rowell seemed like an coincidence – yet looking for the reality at the back of it's going to positioned down-and-out East Village detective Payton Sherwood at the path of a runaway funding rip-off artist, a drug-addicted fact television megastar – and the bewitching good looks whose visual appeal set all of it in movement…

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No Pockets in a Shroud

By Horace McCoy

During this creative novel, a passionate journalist takes on his city's rampant corruptionMike Dolan is a commonly learn columnist, yet he's intensely pissed off through his newspaper's perspective towards the reality. all of the articles he's such a lot willing to run—about a wealthy early life escaping punishment in a drunk-driving coincidence, a supremacist staff known as the Crusaders, or a pennant-winning baseball staff stumbled on to be throwing games—are exactly the ones his editor desires to shelve, being concerned in simple terms to maintain profitable ads relationships intact. Dolan ultimately has had adequate, and borrows funds from buddies to release of his personal. even if he's now loose to boldly converse fact to strength and pursue his most vital scoops, the circulate comes with grave outcomes for his love life—and his existence, interval. As Dolan steps on feet and dodges fists, No wallet in a Shroud showcases McCoy's fast paced, suspenseful type. This book positive aspects a longer biography of Horace McCoy.

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The Handle: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels)

By Richard Stark

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous secret novels, is likely one of the such a lot unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by means of critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style—and loved via fanatics who flip each one intoxicating web page with expanding urgency—Stark is a grasp of crime writing, his books as influential as any within the style. The collage of Chicago Press has launched into a venture to come back the early volumes of this sequence to print for a brand new iteration of readers to discover—and develop into addicted to.

In The Handle, Parker is enlisted through the mob to knock off an island on line casino guarded via speedboats and heavies, 40 miles from the Texas coast

"Parker . . . lumbers in the course of the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering useless our bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a fancy international [he] makes issues simple.”—William Grimes, New York Times

“Whatever Stark writes, I learn. He’s a stylist, a professional, and that i completely get pleasure from his attitude.”—Elmore Leonard

“Westlake is familiar with accurately the best way to seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip until eventually break out is impossible.”—Washington put up e-book World

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are one of the small variety of books I learn many times. put out of your mind all that crap you’ve been telling your self approximately War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll wish on that desolate tract island.”—Lawrence Block

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Wild Town

By Jim Thompson

Where is a frontier growth city the place the graft will get amassed extra frequently than the trash. The hero is insects McKenna, slow-witted, hot-tempered guy with manslaughter in his previous and lots more and plenty worse in his speedy destiny. The a lot worse starts off the instant McKenna will get promoted from ex-con to inn detective with no bothering to invite why. simply because in Wild Town not anyone does you any favors--and the cost of development is often a bit greater than what you could afford.

First released 1957


"For a few cause, neighborhood sheriff Lou Ford releases insects McKenna from detention center and will get him a role on the nicest resort on the town because the condo detective. insects can't cease pondering why Ford might do this for a stranger, one with a police checklist of violence, yet he speedy starts off to suspect that the smiling, drawling sheriff has a plan that wishes a fall guy.

If you're like me and chanced on Thompson throughout the Killer inside of Me, you'll be overjoyed to discover that he's plucked a few of his characters from that tremendous ebook and dropped them the following. whereas this isn't a sequel, Lou Ford is back the creepy sheriff of a small Texas city and he's back engaged to candy Amy and messing round with Joyce the Hooker ( her prestige is simply a little extra increased during this go-round), however the booklet is narrated via apprehensive insects, who simply is aware that someone and everyone is out to get him.

Everything Thompson wrote oozes gritty noir."

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The Little Sister

By Raymond Chandler

A film starlet with a gangster boyfriend and 2 siblings with a shared mystery trap Marlowe into the fewer than glamorous and greater than a bit harmful global of Hollywood reputation. Chandler's first foray into the that dominates the corporate city that's la.

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Bad Men: A Thriller

By John Connolly

at the Maine island as soon as often called Sanctuary, policeman Joe Dupree is the dad or mum of its secrets and techniques, keeper of its stories. He is familiar with that Sanctuary were steeped in carnage as soon as, centuries in the past, while its settlers have been betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Now, an odd, otherworldly evil is set to descend again....With rookie officer Sharon Macy, Joe stands protect opposed to a bloodthirsty band of fellows set on homicide, theft, and retribution. yet unleashing the fury of the ghosts of the prior could have unbelievable results for any who spill blameless blood on Sanctuary's seashores.
contains an excerpt from The Black Angel, John Connolly's go back to the area of detective Charlie Parker -- coming quickly in hardcover from Atria Books.

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Something More Than Night

By Ian Tregillis

Ian Tregillis's Something greater than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler encouraged homicide secret set in Thomas Aquinas’s imaginative and prescient of Heaven. It’s a noir detective tale starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a clergyman with a filthy mystery, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has long gone lacking, placing Heaven on the point of a very cosmic hindrance. however the twisty plot that unfolds from the homicide research ends up in whatever a lot higher: a con task 1000000000 years within the making.

Because this is often no mere homicide. A small band of angels has determined to wreck out of heaven, yet they want a human patsy to make their plan work.

Much of the tale is advised from the perspective of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the development of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who wishes his support, getting grilled by way of the bulls, discovering a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.

Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fireplace, and a grand maguffin, Something greater than Night is a homicide secret for the cosmos.
A Kirkus experiences Best Fiction booklet of 2013

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The Night Before Murder

By Steve Fisher

Note: First released in 1951

Dorothy used to be a skilled younger actress suffering for reputation and Rhea had the facility to put her in a starring function in a Broadway play. while she arrived at Rhea's state domestic Dorothy came across Rhea demise of a sluggish poison. And within the unusual condominium there looked to be sinister forces that pulled at Dorothy with a malevolent function. Then one evening a prowler entered her room and, as Dorothy watched the menacing shadow process, she knew the killer had come for her!

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Enchanted Isle

By James M. Cain

Whereas looking for her father, a runaway stumbles right into a lethal messAt 13, Mandy was once too outdated for spanking whilst her stepfather first took her over his knee. She's didn't brain the ache, yet hated the glance in his eye and his lingering hand. by the point she's fifteen, this younger spitfire can't take to any extent further of his undesirable groping. With seventy-four dollars in her pocket, she packs her issues and buys the bus price tag that might swap her lifestyles. She meets Rick on the bus stop—a good-looking younger thug who's a number of days faraway from his final bathtub. He's fascinating and sympathetic, so she buys him a price ticket and, at the experience to Baltimore, tells him that she's going to discover her actual father. yet wouldn't it's larger, Rick indicates, to greet Daddy popular? after all, a mink coat could price a bit cash, yet Rick is familiar with simply the place to get it. His plan is bold, silly, and hugely harmful. What teenage runaway may well face up to?

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