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Mucho Mojo: A Hap and Leonard Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

By Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard is now a Sundance television series.

Hap and Leonard go back during this terrific, mad-dash mystery, loaded with crack addicts, a serial killer, and a physique count.

Leonard continues to be nursing the wounds he sustained within the duo's final wild venture while he learns that his Uncle Chester has handed. Hap is naturally going to be there for his ally, and whilst the 2 are cleansing up Uncle Chester's dilapidated residence, they discover a dismal little mystery underneath the house's rotting flooring boards—a small skeleton buried in a trunk. Hap desires to name the police. Leonard, being a black guy in east Texas, persuades him this isn't a stable inspiration, and jointly they got down to transparent Chester's identify on their lonesome. the one issues status of their means is a houseful of felons, a vicious killer, and probably themselves.

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The Barbed-Wire Kiss: A Novel (Harry Rane Novels)

By Wallace Stroby

Long department, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove. The Jersey Shore ain't what it was, yet ex-state trooper Harry Rane nonetheless calls it domestic. After his wife's demise, Harry received careless, obtained shot, and he left the strength. he is a replaced guy, leads a quiet existence, other than in terms of aiding his friends...

Now an outdated blood brother of Harry's wishes an incredible prefer. He owes $50,000 to a Jersey crime boss and wishes Harry to get him extra time to pay off the personal loan. That feels like a plan...except for the green-eyed, redheaded trouble. The mobster's married to a beautiful woman who as soon as fell not easy for Harry. And heritage is ready to copy itself.

Trying to assist his buddy repay his debt yet inexorably attracted to the lady, quickly Harry is among a rock and a difficult position. His possibilities of getting up and staying alive glance to be a few million to one....

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The Dramatist: A Novel (Jack Taylor Series)

By Ken Bruen

Seems most unlikely, yet Jack Taylor is sober---off booze, drugs, powder, and approximately off cigarettes, too. the most cause he is been capable of preserve fresh: his dealer's in detention center, which leaves Jack with out a resource. whilst that broker calls him to Dublin and asks a desire within the dirty, sordid vacationing room of Mountjoy felony, Jack desires to inform him to take a flying jump. yet he does not, cannot, as the dealer's sister is lifeless, and the guards have referred to as it "death through misadventure."

The broker is aware that can not be real and begs Jack to take a look, fee round, see what he can discover. it really is precisely what Jack does, with various degrees of luck, to make a residing. yet he is reluctant, probably due to who is asking or perhaps a result of undesirable feeling turning out to be in his gut.

Never one to offer in to undesirable emotions or good judgment, Jack concurs to the desire, notwithstanding he cannot almost certainly understand the surprising, lethal outcomes he has set in movement. yet he and everybody he holds expensive will discover quickly, ahead of an individual is aware, in The Dramatist, the tilt and deadly fourth access in Ken Bruen's award-winning Jack Taylor series.

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After Dark, My Sweet

By Jim Thompson

William Collins is especially good-looking, very well mannered, and intensely pleasant. he's additionally risky while aroused. Now Collins, a one-time boxer with a deadly "accident" in his earlier, has damaged out of his fourth psychological establishment and met up with an affable con guy and a hugely arousing girl, whose plans for him contain kidnapping, homicide, and masses, a lot worse.

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The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel

By Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen has bought greater than 15 million books worldwide

A teenaged boy at the run propels Detective Carl Mørck into division Q’s so much sinister case yet
Fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson longs to develop into a Danish citizen and visit university like a regular youngster. regrettably, his Uncle Zola forces the youngsters in their former gypsy extended family to beg and thieve for his own achieve. whilst Marco discovers a lifeless physique that proves the genuine quantity of Zola’s felony actions, he is going at the run. however it seems his kin aren’t the single ones who are looking to retain Marco silent … forever.
Detective Carl Mørck desires to keep the boy, yet Marco’s path leads him to a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to baby squaddies, from doubtless petty crime jewelry to the very darkest of cover-ups.

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The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel (P.S.)

By Michael Chabon

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered within the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" shelter created within the wake of the Holocaust and the surprising 1948 cave in of the fledgling nation of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their very own little global within the Alaskan panhandle, a colourful and intricate frontier urban that strikes to the song of Yiddish. yet now the District is decided to revert to Alaskan keep watch over, and their dream is coming to an finish.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has sufficient difficulties with out being concerned concerning the upcoming Reversion. His existence is a shambles, his marriage a break, his occupation a catastrophe. And within the reasonable inn the place Landsman has washed up, an individual has simply devoted a murder—right less than his nostril. while he starts off to enquire the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, be aware comes down from on excessive that the case is to be dropped instantly, and Landsman unearths himself contending with the entire strong forces of religion, obsession, evil, and salvation which are his heritage.

At as soon as a gripping whodunit, a love tale, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a singular simply Michael Chabon can have written.

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The Wrong Venus (aka "Don't Just Stand There")

By Charles Williams


The past due Charles Williams is likely to be top referred to as a author of taut action-adventure novels frequently with a nautical tie in (Dead Calm, Scorpion Reef, etc). He additionally wrote the very compelling noir masterpiece entitled the recent Spot. The flawed Venus as a result represents a a hundred and eighty measure departure from William's ordinary literary fare. It's an over-the-top comedy approximately americans in Paris. This very humorous e-book is populated with a few attention-grabbing characters. A spinsterish authoress of most sensible promoting intercourse sopping wet novels, a few completely inept kidnappers, a ruthless French gangster and a six foot tall blond great thing about a ghostwriter who's lovely solid at judo... to call just a couple of. There's additionally lots of slapstick motion and an abundance of very smart discussion. the inaccurate Venus is a perfectly enjoyable show off for a shockingly diversified aspect to Charles William's giant talent.


Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yankee crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of faculty in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years ahead of leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of worldwide struggle II, Williams begun writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to give up his activity and write complete time for the remainder of his life.

Williams’ fresh and a bit of informal narrative variety distinguishes his novels, which diversity from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even if released via pulp homes, his paintings gained nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) turning into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed through mythical ny occasions critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the display, together with lifeless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.

Unknown resource epub, fresh with operating bankruptcy breaks.

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Bangkok Express

By James Newman

Bangkok convey is a frequently hilarious, consistently harmful, fast-paced story of the methods and turns in an unique land the place what meets the attention usually fools, if no longer confuses, the observer. Joe leaves in the back of a lifetime of commuter trains, a messy divorce, and an egotistical boss to adopt an project that adjustments his lifestyles perpetually. For Joe, Thailand is a personal investigator's toughest problem. A land the place girls, drink and medication include no caution connected and not anything is what it sort of feels. Can Joe untangle an internet of corruption and lies and write the document that the 'suits' are looking to see? Or is there anything else on supply, anything that may convey extra happiness than that of a 'job good done'? Bangkok exhibit is a superbly strange, unique novel that may go away the reader feeling like they only stepped off a quick relocating educate within the world's most fun urban.

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The Two Faces of January

By Patricia Highsmith

“[A] vintage mental thriller.”—USA Today

Originally released in 1964, and the winner of the CWA most sensible overseas Novel Award, Patricia Highsmith’s The Faces of January is a chilling story of suspense, suffused along with her trademark gradual, creeping unease.

In a grubby Athens resort, Rydal Keener is bored and killing time with petty scams. but if he runs into one other American, Chester MacFarland, dragging a man’s physique down the lodge corridor, Rydan hastily consents to aid, maybe simply because Chester seems like his father. Then Rydal meets Collete, Chester’s more youthful spouse, and captivated, turns into entangled of their sordid lives, because the drama marches to a stunning climax on the ruins of the labyrinth at Knossos.

A movie model of The Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac (Drive, inside of Llewelyn Davis) is in construction. tailored through Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive), and produced by means of operating name and Timnick motion pictures (The proficient Mr. Ripley), it is going to be published later this fall.

“An offbeat, provocative and soaking up suspense novel.”—The big apple Times

“Patricia Highsmith is likely one of the few suspense writers whose paintings transcends genre.”—The Austin American-Statesman

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