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  • The Outfitby Richard Stark

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 14.00

    You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything . That’s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle... more...

  • Blue Cityby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    He was a son who hadn’t known his father very well.  It was a town shaken by a grisly murder—his father’s murder.  Johnny Weatherly was home from a war and wandering.  When he found out that his father had been assassinated on a street corner and that his father’s seductive young wife had inherited a fortune, he started knocking on doors.  The doors... more...

  • Meet Me at the Morgueby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    Somebody in Pacific Point is guilty of a kidnapping, but what probation officer Howard Cross wants to find most is innocence: in an ex-war hero who has taken a tough manslaughter rap, in a wealthy woman with a heart full of secrets, and in a blue-eyed beauty who has lost her way.  The trouble is that the abduction has already turned to murder, and... more...

  • The Three Roadsby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95

    Silken skin pale against dark hair, red lips provocatively smiling at him—that’s how Lieutenant Bret Taylor remembered Lorraine.  He was drunk when he married her, stone cold sober when he found her dead.  Out on the sunlit streets of L.A. walked the man—her lover, her killer—who had been with her that fatal night.  Taylor intended to find him.  And... more...

  • The Ferguson Affairby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    It was a long way from the million-dollar Foothill Club to Pelly Street, where grudges were settled in blood and Spanish and a stolen diamond ring landed a girl in jail.  Defense lawyer Bill Gunnarson was making the trip—fast.  He already knew a kidnapping at the club was tied to the girl's hot rock, and he suspected that a missing Hollywood starlet... more...

  • False Conceptionby Stephen Greenleaf

    Pocket Books 1997; US$ 5.99

    Performing a background check on a prospective surrogate mother for childless tycoons Millicent and Stuart Colbert, detective John Marshall Tanner uncovers terrible secrets when the surrogate disappears two months into her pregnancy. more...

  • The Barbarous Coastby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    The beautiful, high-diving blonde had Hollywood dreams and stars in her eyes but now she seems to have disappeared without a trace. Hired by her hotheaded husband and her rummy “uncle,” Lew Archer sniffs around Malibu and finds the stink of blackmail, blood-money, and murder on every pricey silk shirt. Beset by dirty cops, a bumptious boxer turned... more...

  • The Doomstersby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they’ve has been... more...

  • The Instant Enemyby Ross Macdonald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel. At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett,... more...

  • Death of a Doxyby Rex Stout

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 7.99

    When an old acquaintance and fellow P.I. is accused of murdering a kept woman, Nero Wolfe investigates and finds several suspects in a mystery blackmailer, a sexy lounge singer, and a cold-blooded lady-killer. more...