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  • Payment in Kindby J. A. Jance

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 9.99

    It looks like a classic crime of passion to Detective J.P Beaumont: two corpses found lovingly entwined in a broom closet of the Seattle School District building. The prime suspect, Pete Kelsey, admits his slain spouse was no novice at adultery, yet he swears he had nothing to do with the brutal deaths of the errant school official and her clergyman-turned-security... more...

  • Safe Houseby Andrew Vachss

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2001; US$ 15.95

    In Burke, Vachss gave readers of crime fiction a hero they could believe in, an avenger whose sense of justice was forged behind bars and tempered on New York's meanest streets.  In this blistering new thriller, Burke is drawn into his ugliest case yet, one that involves an underground network of abused women and the sleekly ingenious stalkers who've... more...

  • The Getaway Manby Andrew Vachss

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2003; US$ 11.95

    Eddie starts stealing cars long before he's old enough to get a license, driven by a force so compelling that he never questions, just obeys. After a series of false starts, interrupted by stays in juvenile institutions and a state prison term, Eddie's skills and loyalty attract the attention of J.C., a near-legendary hijacker. When he gets out,... more...

  • Stayby Nicola Griffith

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2003; US$ 13.95

    Aud (it rhymes with "shroud" ) Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands. As imagined by Nicola Griffith in this ferocious masterpiece of literary noir, Aud is a hero who combines the tortured complexity with moral authority. In the aftermath... more...

  • Born Badby Andrew Vachss

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2001; US$ 13.95

    From a writer whose novels have been acclaimed for their unflinching exploration of evil comes a brilliant collection of short stories?some never before published?that distill dread back down to its essence?and inject it straight into the reader's back brain. Andrew Vachss might have scissored his characters from today's headlines: a stalker prowling... more...

  • False Allegationsby Andrew Vachss

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2001; US$ 15.00

    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 himself working the other side of the street, where guilt and innocence are as disposable as the sheets in a Times Square hotel--and as dirty.... more...

  • Choice of Evilby Andrew Vachss

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2001; US$ 15.95

    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: a shadowy killer who calls himself Homo Erectus and who seems determined to wipe gay bashers from the face of the earth.  As the killer's body... more...

  • Everybody Paysby Andrew Vachss

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2001; US$ 13.00

    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 as they are deadly.  A two-bit graffiti artist with a taste for Nazi-ganda finds himself face-to-face with three punks out to make a mark... more...

  • Farewell, My Lovelyby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    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 than your average graveyard. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Playbackby Raymond Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.95

    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 prefers not to take the court's word for it. "Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles... more...