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Everybody Pays

by Andrew Vachss

A hit man defies the confines of a life sentence to avenge his sister's batterer.  An immaculately dressed man hires a street gang to extract his daughter from a Central American prison, for reasons as mysterious...


Terminal: A Burke Novel

Burke #17

by Andrew Vachss

After years of carefully working the edges, a blood-commitment forces Burke's return to his former career: "violence-for-money." Claw, once the shot-caller of a white supremacist prison gang is free . . . and...


Down in the Zero

Burke #7

by Andrew Vachss

   Andrew Vachss has reinvented detective fiction for an age in which guilty secrets are obsolete and murder isn't even worth a news headline. And in the person of his haunted, hell-ridden private eye Burke,...


Footsteps of the Hawk

Burke #8

by Andrew Vachss

  In Footsteps of the Hawk Burke himself is in danger of becoming a victim.  Two rogue cops are stalking him.  The coolly seductive Belinda Roberts wants him to free a man charged with a grisly string of...


Playback: A Novel

Marlowe #7

by Raymond Chandler

Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never herd of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but decides he prefers to help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law...


Blackjack: A Cross Novel

by Andrew Vachss

TO:  UNIT 3 Chicago

FROM: DIRECTOR

IMPORTANCE: Critical

 

SUBJECT:  Specimen Retrieval

 

TARGET: Shadowy hunter-killer teams, ID'ed via signature kills worldwide. Identifiable only by skull-spine removal from...


Strega

Burke #2

by Andrew Vachss

Andrew Vachss's implacable private eye has a new client, Strega. She wants Burke to find an obscene photograph—and that search will take him into the ocean that flows just beneath the city, an ocean whose...


Gun Monkeys

by Victor Gischler

Charlie Swift just pumped three .38-caliber bullets into a dead polar bear in his taxidermist girlfriend’s garage. But he’s a gun monkey, and no one can blame him for having an itchy trigger finger. Ever...


Eve Missing

by Ralph Pezzullo

Where is Eve? Tony Annicelli (aka Smokey) retired from the NYPD after he took four bullets in his side trying to settle a domestic dispute. One of his first cases as a PI involved a troubled runaway who has...


Blood of My Blood

by Ralph Pezzullo

Smokey Annicelli promised Evan Bravere as his best friend lay dying he'd look after Evan's son Ricky. It wasn't a hardship-he was Ricky's godfather. But years passed, and life happened, and he lost track of...


Blossom

Burke #5

by Andrew Vachss

In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters. An abused child raised in orphanages, foster homes, and prisons, Burke is a career criminal...


The Golden Gizmo

by Jim Thompson

"Gizmo" is the GI term for the unidentifiable--and that's the way that Toddy Kent has begun to think of the reasons behind the rapid swing of his days. Somehow, Kent seems always to find himself regularly confronted...


The Transgressors

by Jim Thompson

Deputy sheriff Tom Lord knows by now that far-west Texas is the place he'll always call home. He's spent too much time in the region's small towns to adapt to another place. And that's all right with him. What's...


Recoil

by Jim Thompson

Patrick Cosgrove used to think he'd do anything not to be a prisoner of Sandstone State Reformatory. Fifteen years on the inside for a victimless crime, under the care of a warden whose penchant for violence...


The Criminal

by Jim Thompson

Everyone in Kenton Hills knows that short-tempered, tongue-tied Bob Talbert wasn't the one responsible for the brutal crime that ended Josie Eddleman's life. Nevermind that he was the last one to see her alive....


South Of Heaven

by Jim Thompson

Orphaned by a tragic accident at sixteen, Tommy Burwell's been scraping out a meager existence working dead-end jobs for years. When he and fellow nomad Four Trey Whitey get jobs working with dynamite, making...


The Simple Art of Murder

Marlowe #9

by Raymond Chandler

Prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, this collection mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps demonstrates...


Farewell, My Lovely: A Novel

Marlowe #2

by Raymond Chandler

Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller,...


Choice of Evil

Burke #11

by Andrew Vachss

When his girlfriend, Crystal Beth, is gunned down at a gay rights rally in Central Park, Burke, the underground man-for-hire and expert hunter of predators, vows vengeance.  But someone beats him to the task:...


False Allegations

Burke #9

by Andrew Vachss

Burke--ex-con, mercenary, sometime killer--makes his living preying on New York's most vicious predators and avenging their innocent victims. But in Andrew Vachss's mercilessly suspenseful new novel, Burke finds...