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Hit and Run

by Richard Deming

He never should have gotten into it in the first place. But when you need money, sometimes you things you wouldn't ordinarily think of doing. Nothing illegal, nothing like blackmail, something just a shade this...


Hang by Your Neck

by Henry Kane

Peter Chambers is a private richard who has a real affinity for trouble. He hasn't any notion at all who polished off the nasty blonde with the round hole between her eyes-or the little man swinging by the neck...


Fatal Step

by Wade Miller

Dave Lee was shot dead as he rode the Joyland ferris wheel. As hard-boiled private investigator Max Thursday stalked Dave's killer, he encountered ... a high-powered sob sister, the sadistic king of a gambling...


The Bad Blonde

by Jack Webb

Love brought them together-the mysterious blonde and the bitter, lonely piano player.

Murder stood between them-her secret, reluctant role as an accomplice in the vicious plot that caused to brutal slayings!

A...


Uneasy Street

by Wade Miller

When a phony count, a weird artist, and a dazzling blond beauty relentlessly dog his footsteps, hard-hitting private investigator Max Thursday knows his charming personality isn't the attraction. And as soon...


Badge of Evil

by Whit Masterson

A revisit of the 1950s classic that inspired Orson Welles's film Touch of Evil

Assistant District Attorney Mitch Holt suspects the wrong people have been arrested in the murder of Rudy Linneker. But if it wasn't...


Never Live Twice

by Dan Marlowe

How can a man's own wife be mixed up in one tawdry scheme after another, right under her husband's nose, and keep the secret?

Ask me-I'm the husband.

It was four years too late when I discovered Louisa was a woman...


The Princess Stakes Murder

by Kin Platt

When millionaire jockey Willie Rich is murdered immediately after winning the $100,000 Princess Stakes, his old friend Max Roper, successful investigator, decides to find out who-dunit. It was set up to look...


Shoot to Kill

by Wade Miller

San Diego's Chief of Homicide warns Max Thursday to keep out of the investigation of the murder of a beautiful redheaded divorcée. But Merle, the reporter girlfriend of the hard-fisted private investigator,...


A Big Man, A Fast Man

by Benjamin Appel

Benjamin Appel is of that rare species, a native New Yorker. Born in 1907, he was raised in the tough, Hell's-kitchen district of the West 50's. Like any other kid in a tough city neighborhood, he had to fight...


This Time We Love

by Mack Reynolds

There were things about Rome that Max Fielding would always remember: the titles ladies who acted like tramps, the tramps who acted like ladies, and the movie starlets intent on parlaying a big chest and a small...


The Name is Chambers

by Henry Kane

A night-club owner gunned down at his own bar-an editor gutted with an antique switchblade-a smuggler who took five shots in the back-a millionaire whose "suicide" didn't make sense ...

Each killing left the...


Obit Delayed

by Helen Nielsen

The melody of death ...

Down at the edge of Mexican town, where the pavement gives out and the yellow dust drifts ankle deep over the hard packed adobe, a radio is moaning a dreamy beat into the night. It is...


Dead, She Was Beautiful

by Whit Masterson

So you're a divorce detective-it's a dirty business, but you operate as clean as you can. A rich man hires you to tail his wife, because he thinks she's cheating on him. She turns out to be the woman who cheated...


The Giant Kill

by Kin Platt

Max Roper, durable investigator, is sapped, doped and imprisoned on a boat apparently used by a mysterious Oriental for business purposes. The point of this caper is to have Max carry a warning to basketball...


Sweet Wild Wench

by William Campbell Gault

She was slim and she was stacked and the gold of her hair matched the gold of her bank account.

In a word, she had everything. The trouble was she was too eager to give it away. The money too.

I'm Joe Puma. I...


The Gilded Witch

by Jack Webb

Father Joseph Shanley and Detective Sergeant Sammy Golden felt a very personal interest in this case. Gil Basta had been murdered. It was not hard to find his enemies: Gil had written Manama Town, a big, five...


A Cry in the Night

by Whit Masterson

12:10 a.m. When he pulled the girl out of the darkened car his intentions were simple and terrible

2:30 a.m. The tough police lieutenant found that the stolen girl was his daughter

3:57 a.m. A Shore Patrolman...


Anything But Saintly

by Richard Deming

Prostitution, dope, gambling, and murder!

As a town, St. Cecilia was anything but saintly-prostitution, dope, gambling, the works. Matt Rudd of the Vice Squad had the lurid inside story. But he was helpless as...


The Fun House

by Benjamin Appel

It's coming . . . the pleasure state!

In this biting and satiric novel, a major American writer looks forward to the day - surely not far away - when machines have taken over all productive work, the government...