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The Dramatist

Jack Taylor #4

Shamus Best P.I. Hardcover 2007

by Ken Bruen

Seems impossible, but Jack Taylor is sober---off booze, pills, powder, and nearly off cigarettes, too. The main reason he's been able to keep clean: his dealer's in jail, which leaves Jack without a source....


The Killing of the Tinkers

Jack Taylor #2

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2005

by Ken Bruen

When Jack Taylor blew town at the end of The Guards his alcoholism was a distant memory and sober dreams of a new life in London were shining in his eyes. In the opening pages of The Killing of the Tinkers,...


Beat

Hayden Glass #3

by Stephen Jay Schwartz

LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Hayden Glass has always had trouble controlling his urges. No longer trolling the streets looking for working girls, he has a new obsession--the Internet. Infatuated with a woman...


Hidden Moon

Inspector O #2

by James Church

In A Corpse in the Koryo, James Church introduced readers to one of the most unique detectives to appear on page in years--the elusive Inspector O. The stunning mystery was named one of the best mystery/thrillers...


Hidden in Havana

by Jose Latour

In Cuba, deceit is routine, paranoia is reasonable, and everything banned thrives out of sight.

Elena Miranda, a special-needs teacher, has no idea what lies behind the wall in her bathroom, nor that a ruthless...


Sanctuary

Jack Taylor #7

by Ken Bruen

When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it's got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering...


Death Was the Other Woman

by Linda L. Richards

As the lawlessness of Prohibition pushes against the desperation of the Depression, there are two ways to make a living in Los Angeles: join the criminals or collar them. Kitty Pangborn has chosen the crime-fighters,...


Death Was in the Picture

by Linda L. Richards

In 1931, while most of Los Angeles is struggling to survive the Depression, the business of Hollywood is booming. And everyone wants a piece. The movies have always been cutthroat and, as girl Friday Kitty Pangborn...


Sonora

by E. Howard Hunt

Jack Novak is a smart, savvy hero for today. Novak isn't afraid to let the bullets fly or let the bad guys get what's coming to them.

The year the Guadalajara cartel tortured and murdered Kiki Camarena, Jack...


Wake Up and Scream

by Milton K. Ozaki

Something was wrong, terribly wrong.

Terror froze her for a moment, and in that moment of horror a fist smashed into her face. There was nothing in that dark room but her trembling body and the nightmare.

She...


Bring Him Back Dead

by Day Keene

He was as rare as a three-dollar bill . . . an honest man in the town of French Bayou - that was crowding Phenix City out of corruption's first place.

He was young Deputy Sheriff Andy Latour, with enough stern...


The Big Kiss-Off

by Day Keene

Cade Cain was back in town after two years in a Communist prison camp. His first night home he'd been beaten by a sadistic hoodlum and warned to get out of town fast. Now someone had planted a bullet-riddled...


Carnival of Death

by Day Keene

On the day they gave the money away . . . the shopping center was a scene of confusion. A carnival had been set up nearby, and now a clown was throwing coins and bills to the eager crowd.

Suddenly the gay scene...


Inquest

by Milton K. Ozaki

Author's Note --

Some may think this is a cruel and shocking story. It is cruel, though, only in the sense that men are cruel, for men motivated the events which I have described here. And it is shocking only...


Case of the Cop's Wife

by Milton K. Ozaki

The Operation was planned carefully because these men were professionals in the sciences of death, terror and violence.

More than a hundred thousand dollars was at stake, and they had to be sure nothing would...


Case of the Deadly Kiss

by Milton K. Ozaki

He followed her for a block . . . swiftly and silently. As she neared the park, he smiled tightly and began to close in.

When she reached the park, she began to run across the frozen ground. Her head was down...


The Sea Was Wet as Wet Could Be: A Cronyn & Justice Fantasy Mystery

by Mel Gilden

In a Los Angeles that is something like ours--but in which magic has become an integral part of society--P.I. Turner Cronyn and a beautiful woman named Astraea Scales investigate the theft of Big Al (the Triton)'s...


A German Requiem: A Bernie Gunther Novel

Bernie Gunther #3

by Philip Kerr

The disturbing climax to the Berlin Noir trilogy

Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels have won him an international reputation as a master of historical suspense. In A German Requiem, the private eye has survived...


The Big Bang

by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane

Conceived and begun at the height of Spillane's creative powers in the 1960's, and set in that tumultuous period as well, THE BIG BANG marks the return of vintage Spillane. 


Slammer

by Allan Guthrie

Newbie prison officer Mark Cunningham struggles to cope with bullying colleagues and threats to his family from well connected inmates. When he finally reaches the boiling point one savage night, the inhabitants...