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  • The Porkchoppersby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 9.99

    Two hard-nosed bosses scrap for control of America’s largest union Born to a steelworker but harboring theatrical aspirations, Donald Cubbin grew up tempted by two careers. A Hollywood scout finally notices him, but Cubbin has already taken a job with the local union boss. He’s always regretted that decision—especially now.   After decades... more...

  • The Eighth Dwarfby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 9.99

    Searching for a killer of Nazi war criminals, an ex-spy finds an unlikely ally Nicolae Polscaru, a three-and-a-half-foot-tall dwarf, is tossed into a Hollywood swimming pool by four drunken screenwriters, who take bets on how long he can tread water. Minor Jackson, his OSS training still fresh a year after World War II’s end, beats the bullies... more...

  • The Backup Menby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 9.99

    A saloon owner and a former CIA agent team up to help a pair of assassins escape death The twins who walk into Mac McCorkle’s bar look identical, despite their differing genders. Their names are Wanda and Walter Gothar, and from the steel in their eyes it’s apparent that their business isn’t the friendly kind. They’ve come seeking help from... more...

  • The Mordida Manby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 11.99

    A freelance fixer comes out of retirement to rescue the President’s kidnapped brother American agents abduct a high-profile terrorist in broad daylight on the streets of London, subduing him with a tranquilizer. He dies a few hours later on a flight back to Washington, DC, and the body is dropped into the ocean.   Hours later, the President’s... more...

  • Cast a Yellow Shadowby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 11.99

    An old friend draws barman Mac McCorkle into a deadly international game As the saying goes, you can’t pick your friends. If you could, Mac McCorkle would disown Padilla. They owned a bar together in Bonn, the West German capital, and stayed partners even after Padilla’s sideline as a CIA operative got the bar blown up. Padilla was thought... more...

  • Yellow-Dog Contractby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 11.99

    An ace campaign operative comes out of retirement to investigate a chilling disappearance There are few jobs that Harvey Longmire hasn’t had. He’s been a crime reporter, Louisiana state legislator, foreign correspondent, and—briefly—a decoy for the CIA. But he made his name as campaign trail fixer, an expert in the art of exploiting an enemy’s... more...

  • The Seersucker Whipsawby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2011; US$ 11.99

    An old-school Southerner is recruited to run a political campaign in a dangerous African election Clinton Shartelle doesn’t seem like a good choice to run a political campaign in Albertia. For one thing, he’s American, and Albertia is a small coastal republic in Africa, about to be cut loose from the English Crown. For another, Shartelle is... more...

  • No Questions Askedby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2012; US$ 11.99

    With eviction looming, St. Ives searches for a big payday and a rare book Philip St. Ives has no love for New York’s drafty, broken-down Adelphi Hotel, but he is in no mood to be evicted from it. His cash dwindling, he is happy to learn about a job that calls for his specific talents as a mediator between thieves and their victims. It sounds like... more...

  • The Highbindersby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2012; US$ 9.99

    St. Ives goes to London on a job for the least trustworthy con artist he knows Philip St. Ives has only been in the pub a few minutes before he realizes his whiskey is drugged. Instantly sick, he’s vomiting on the sidewalk when the muggers appear. He fights as best he can in his drugged state, and only when he feels the handcuffs does he realize... more...

  • The Brass Go-Betweenby Ross Thomas

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2012; US$ 11.99

    To recover an African artifact, St. Ives will trade $250,000—or his life Philip St. Ives is the kind of man who can convince a vice cop and a paroled mobster to sit down to a hand of poker. Once he was a reporter with a daily column, a fat Rolodex, and a reputation for indifference to criminal behavior. Now he is a go-between, a professional mediator... more...