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  • A Bad Night's Sleepby Michael Wiley

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 8.99

    Winner of the Shamus Award for Best Novel Working late-night surveillance at a luxury condominium development, Chicago private investigator Joe Kozmarski encounters a burglary crew. Two of the crew members show up in a police cruiser dressed in uniform. In the chaos that follows, Kozmarski shoots and kills one of the thieves, who, like the rest... more...

  • Balthasar's Giftby Charlotte Otter

    Modjaji Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    Maybe it was an error for crime reporter Maggie Cloete to ignore the call from the AIDS worker, before someone put four bullets in his chest. It is post-apartheid South Africa, at the turn of the century. But there is a threat to the country?s new democracy: HIV/AIDS, which is met with fear and superstition. Now that fear has reached Pietermaritzburg... more...

  • Baltimore Bluesby Laura Lippman

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 9.99

    Until her paper, the Baltimore Star , crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately -- from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent -- including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her... more...

  • The Bangkok Assetby John Burdett

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 25.95

    Sonchai Jitpleecheep?the brash and beguiling Royal Thai Police Force detective who has been our guide through John Burdett?s five previous acclaimed Bangkok novels?is back. The former monk and devout Buddhist, forever battling to protect his karma from the assaults of morally compromising cases, is now faced with the most horrifying technological innovation... 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...

  • Barcelona Skylineby David C Hall

    Barcelona Digital Editions 2013; US$ 14.99

    Chicago restaurateur Elso Bari specializes in locating those who don?t want to be found, but in the shadowy worlds of private security and organized crime, it can be hard to distinguish the hunters from the hunted Elso Bari runs a restaurant in Chicago, and a sideline in private investigation. A stylish connoisseur of fine wines and gourmet cuisine,... more...

  • A Barrow Boy's Cadenzaby Pete Adams

    Urbane Publications Limited 2015; US$ 2.49

    DCI Jack Austin - Jane to his friends and the not so friendly - knew he shouldn't have come in to work. Following a terrorist bomb, an incident with a tutu and a hangover that would fell an elephant, investigating dead dogs, dodging bullets and being pulled sopping wet from a naval harbour is not conducive to a sunny disposition. But when the Head... more...

  • Before I Wakeby Brett Halliday

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2015; US$ 9.99

    A teenage girl and her wicked stepmother battle to the death for a hefty inheritance April Haddon has spent years waiting to hate her stepmother. Ever since her father wrote to tell her that he had married a woman named Florence, April has stockpiled her loathing in preparation for the day when they would finally meet. And when they do, she is... more...

  • Benedictionby Robert Sims Reid

    Argo-Navis 2013; US$ 4.99

    Alexandra Roeg was an artist, and one night she wanted to create a masterpiece by cutting the heart out of the man who raped her. Proving the case should be easy, she told Detective Leo Banks. Find the video recording made by a second man, and he would have all the proof anyone would need. For Banks, the attack brought to mind Donna Sanger, an... more...

  • The Benefactorby Don Easton

    Dundurn 2014; US$ 8.99

    Jack Taggart finds himself involved with an Asian organized crime syndicate when he begins investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident. Unbeknownst to Taggart, the murder was arranged at the request of a rogue Chinese spy, who has drawn up a deadly plan to hide his trail. more...