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  • The Sins of the Fathersby Lawrence Block

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 2.99

    The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer—a minister's son—hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's fatherhas come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in search of terrible truths about a life that was lived and lost in a sordid world of perversion and pleasures.... more...

  • When the Sacred Ginmill Closesby Lawrence Block

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 5.99

    In the dark days, in a sad and lonely place, ex-cop Matt Scudder is drinking his life away -- and doing "favors" for pay for his ginmill cronies. But when three such assignments flow together in dangerous and disturbing ways, he'll need to change his priorities from boozing to surviving. more...

  • Master's Mates by Peter Corris

    Allen & Unwin 2003; US$ 15.45

    Peter Corris' world weary but always charismatic hero Cliff Hardy has long been established as Australia's favourite investigator. Often bloodied but never bowed in this latest gripping novel, Hardy is in pursuit of missing millions from Sydney to the Pacific Islands. more...

  • Farewell, My Lovelyby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    In hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely , Philip 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, a couple more murders, and more corruption... more...

  • The High Windowby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    From noir master Raymond Chandler, in The High Window we find a wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation. "Raymond Chandler is a... more...

  • The Lady in the Lakeby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    In The Lady in the Lake , hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—who have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares... more...

  • The Little Sisterby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister , a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los... more...

  • The Long Goodbyeby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 15.00

    In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye , Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe. more...

  • Playbackby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    In noir master Raymond Chandler's Playback , Philip Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it. "Chandler wrote like a slumming... more...

  • The Simple Art of Murderby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 15.95

    In The Simple Art of Murder,  which was prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, noir master Raymond Chandler argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, and this collection, mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps, demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. Included... more...