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  • Vintage Hammettby Dashiell Hammett

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 9.95

    Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, The Continental Op. In his novels and stories, Dashiell Hammett created some of the most memorable characters--detectives, dames, and assorted miscreants--in twentieth-century fiction. It is nearly impossible to imagine modern American literature without Hammett. Vintage Hammett features episodes from Red Harvest... more...

  • Hardly Knew Herby Laura Lippman

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 6.99

    New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short... more...

  • Jack Wakes Upby Seth Harwood

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 13.95

    Washed-up movie star Jack Palms is knee-deep in a Bay Area drug war and it’ll take the performance of a lifetime to get him through it alive. In the three years since Jack Palms left Hollywood and kicked his drug habit, he’s added fourteen pounds of muscle, read eighty-three books, and played it as straight as anyone could reasonably ask. But the... more...

  • Vanilla Rideby Joe R. Lansdale

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    Hap and Leonard  is now a Sundance TV series starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the kings of East Texas mischief and mayhem, return in this full-throttle thriller to face off with the Dixie Mafia.   When Leonard is asked to rescue a teenage girl from a lowly drug dealer, he gladly agrees and invites... more...

  • Criminal Karmaby Steven M. Thomas

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 25.00

    With Criminal Paradise, his gritty, satirical take on the criminal underworld and the society it preys on, Steven M. Thomas earned comparison to such masters as Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. Now Thomas has devised a new adventure for his charismatic hero, the small-time crook Robert Rivers, who has dreams of making the big score and the brains... more...

  • The Choirboysby Joseph Wambaugh

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they’re haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch–shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap–each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of himself. From the... more...

  • Guardian Angelby Sara Paretsky

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 7.99

    When a neighboring eighty-year-old dog owner turns up floating facedown in a canal shortly after an argument with a yuppie couple, V. I. Warshawski begins an investigation. more...

  • The Amateur Americanby Joel Saunders Elmore

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 15.00

    Sometimes the hardest boundaries to see . . .are the ones you’ve already crossed. Twenty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Delanne is teaching English in France but having a tough time stretching his measly paycheck one month to the next. When he’s not worrying about his bar tab, he’s struggling with the language, trying to justify his country’s “imperialist”... more...

  • Sideswipeby Charles Willeford

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant, very single partner, and a low paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never step foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang... more...

  • Miami Bluesby Charles Willeford

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 14.00

    After a brutal day investigating a quadruple homicide, Detective Hoke Moseley settles into his room at the un-illustrious El Dorado Hotel and nurses a glass of brandy. With his guard down, he doesn’t think twice when he hears a knock on the door. The next day, he finds himself in the hospital, badly bruised and with his jaw wired shut. He thinks back... more...