Amy Campbell Library > Noir

Once Were Cops: A Novel

By Ken Bruen

Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police strength, referred to as The Guards. he is additionally a sociopath who walks a knife area among sanity and all-out mayhem. while an alternate software is initiated and twenty Guards come to the USA and twenty police officers from the States visit eire, Shay, as he is recognized, has his lifelong dream come true--he turns into a member of the NYPD. yet Shay's dream is set to develop into New York's nightmare.

Paired with an risky cop nicknamed Kebar for his liberal use of a brief, deadly steel stick referred to as a K-bar, the 2 not going companions develop into a devastatingly powerful strength within the conflict opposed to crime.

But Kebar harbors a deadly mystery: he is bought out to the mob to aid his sister. Her rape and beating leaves her in a coma and pushes an already volatile Kebar over the sting simply as Shea's darkish secrets and techniques threaten boil over and into the streets of recent York.

Once have been Cops melds the road poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin right into a fast moving, incomparable hard-boiled novel. this can be Ken Bruen at his best.

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Sinful Woman

By James M. Cain

A starlet involves Reno to begin a brand new life—and finish her outdated one foreverSylvia Shoreham's Hollywood desires got here real some time past. significantly liked for her attractiveness, expertise, and elegance, she used to be on her strategy to foreign stardom whilst a nasty agreement devoted her to seven years of trashy comedies and half-baked melodramas. Her marriage to her manufacturer husband has develop into a rotten, loveless sham, so Sylvia's silver monitor existence verges on a nightmare. to flee her celluloid hell, she's obtained just one alternative: omit Hollywood. It's time for a Reno holiday. She involves Nevada hoping for a divorce from her husband, Vicki, and an finish to her agreement, however the grotesque facet of the company follows her. to guard herself from Vicki, she enlists Nevada's largest Sylvia Shoreham fan. He's six toes tall, robust as a mule, and simply occurs to be Reno's sheriff. while her divorce becomes a conflict, this Hollywood icon can be joyful to have him on her part.

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Black Friday

By David Goodis

From the writer of Dark Passage and Shoot the Piano Player, a mystery concerning the darkish ethics of crime, and the fellow unfortunate sufficient to violate them.

With its chilling portrait of a doomed guy sorting his means one of the perverse loyalties of a legal "family," Black Friday has the entire earmarks of David Goodis's classics, Dark Passage and Shoot the Piano Player.  It is a haunting and sometimes devastating foray right into a international the place nobody has whatever left to lose and survival itself is an act of malice.

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Nice Girl Does Noir: A Collection of Short Stories

By Libby Fischer Hellmann

A suite of 15 crime fiction brief tales in print., a few of them award-winners, by way of writer Libby Fischer Hellmann. the gathering is split into elements: The Ellie Foreman/Georgia Davis tales (5) and Chicago Then and Now; different locations, different instances (10) be aware: this can be the mixed print model of great lady Does Noir, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

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The Big Gold Dream: The Classic Crime Thriller (Pegasus Classic Crime)

By Chester Himes

“Himes is a author with an immense capability to list sensuous lifestyles because it is skilled from one second to the next.” ?New York Times

After arriving at the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers allow Him Go and The Lonely Crusade, Chester Himes created a pioneering pair of dangerously potent African-American sleuths, Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, Harlem’s hardest detective duo, who needs to hold the day opposed to an absurdist global of racism and sophistication warfare.

The large Gold Dream is the explosive and surprising hardboiled vintage that explores the shadowy underbelly of recent York as an city civil warfare erupts at the part streets of Harlem, pitting murderers and prostitutes opposed to corrupt politicians and racist white detectives. Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson try to preserve a few form of order—in the local they've got sworn to protect—in an international long gone mad round them.

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Hell's Half Acre

By Will Christopher Baer

Solid adrift after the blood symphony of Penny Dreadful, Phineas Poe tracks Jude to San Francisco, the place he reveals her concerned with John Ransom Miller, a prosperous sociopath helping Jude s revenge fantasies in alternate for her complicity in an unspeakable crime. on my own and outgunned, Poe hopes he can keep Jude from herself, make feel of his personal earlier, and navigate the tortuous inner panorama he calls Hell s part Acre.

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Cotton Comes to Harlem

By Chester Himes

A vintage access in Chester Himes’s trailblazing Harlem Detectives sequence, Cotton involves Harlem is one in every of his hardest-hitting and so much unique thrillers.
Flim-flam guy Deke O’Hara isn't any out of Atlanta’s kingdom prison than he’s again at the streets operating the rip-off of a life-time. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa circulation, he’s relying on a major Harlem rally to provide a major collection—for his personal inner most charity. however the take is hijacked by means of white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that all at once every person desires to get his fingers on. As NYPD detectives “Coffin Ed” Johnson and “Grave Digger” Jones piece jointly the complexity of the scheme, we're taken care of to Himes’s model of hard-boiled crime fiction at its very best.

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She Who Waits: Low Town 3

By Daniel Polansky

The 3rd novel in the terrific darkish myth Low city series

Low city: the worst ghetto within the worst urban within the 13 Lands. reliable just for depravity and dying. And Warden, some time past a revered agent within the ambitious Black condominium, is now the main wicked Low city denizen of all of them. As a more youthful guy, Warden performed greater than his justifiable share of poor deeds, and not as many as whilst he labored for the Black residence. yet Warden's ageing, and the vultures are circling. Low city is altering, swifter than even he can regulate, and Warden is aware that if he does not get out quickly, he could by no means get out in any respect. yet Warden needs to ultimately reckon together with his bad earlier if he can ever wish to flee it. A clinic packed with lunatics, a conspiracy opposed to the corrupt new king, and a ghetto choked with thieves and murderers stand among him and his narrow wish for the long run. And in the back of all of them waits the only individual whose betrayal Warden by no means anticipated. the only one that left him, damaged and sour, to turn into the fellow he's at the present time. the only girl he ever enjoyed. She who waits in the back of all things.

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Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

By Paul Tremblay

Farm is the mega-conglomerate nutrition provider for urban, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, and sexually deviant journey courses wearing chook and duck matches. urban is sprawling, technocratic, and rests thousands of ft above the sea coast at the creaking shoulders of a large wood pier. while the narrator’s mom disappears, he fears she has been deported below urban to Pier.

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Collusion: A Jack Lennon Investigation Set in Northern Ireland

By Stuart Neville

A cruel murderer stalks Belfast and Detective Inspector Jack Lennon has been assigned to the case. As Lennon unravels a far-reaching conspiracy regarding collusion between Loyalists, IRA individuals, and legislations enforcement, he discovers that his estranged former lover and their daughter are within the killer's cross-hairs. To seize the murderer and keep the single relatives he has, Lennon blurs the road among buddy and enemy via teaming up with an enigmatic killer named Fegan.

From the Hardcover edition.

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