Mystery & Detective - Hard-boiled

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Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

Stephen King

A STUNNING  NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and...

Published: Jun 2013

The Song Is You

Megan Abbott

On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter good-bye and left for a night shoot at a Hollywood studio. 'Wish me luck,' she said as she crossed her fingers, winked, and walked away. She was n...

Published: Feb 2008

Family Honor (Sunny Randall)

Robert B. Parker

Commissioned by actress Helen Hunt, who will star in the film version, FAMILY HONOR finds petite, blond private detective Sunny Randall going head-to-head with the mob, corrupt politicians, and the uppety parents of a teenage prostitu...

Published: Nov 2000

Lush Life

Richard Price

A New York Times BestsellerOne of the most acclaimed novels of the year, Richard Price's Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: One a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, its residents pushed to the edges of their ...

Published: Mar 2009

Twelve Mile Limit

Randy Wayne White

It starts out as a fun excursion for four divers off the Florida coast. Two days later only one is found alive-naked atop a light tower in the Gulf of Mexico. What happened during those 48 hours? Doc Ford thinks he's prepared for the ...

Published: Jun 2003

Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport Myster...

John Sandford

Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, highly touted killer detective, invents intricate video games that he sells for cash. Called in to aid the Minneapolis team scrambling to stop a psychopathic serial woman-slayer, Lucas almost meets his matc...

Published: Aug 2005

Rules of Prey

John Sandford

#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford's "haunting, unforgettable, ice-blooded thriller"* that introduced Lucas Davenport...  The killer was mad but brilliant.  He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules o...

Published: Jun 2019

The Fame Thief (Junior Bender #3)

Timothy Hallinan

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE FAN-FAVORITE JUNIOR BENDER MYTERIES  There are not many people brave enough to say no to Irwin Dressler, Hollywood's scariest mob boss-turned-movie king. Even though Dr...

Published: Mar 2014

Back Spin: A Myron Bolitar Novel

Harlan Coben

Kidnappers have snatched the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldren and her husband, Jack, an aging pro, at the height of the U.S. Open. To help get the boy back, sports agent Myron Bolitar goes charging after clues and suspec...

Published: Jul 1997

Long Time Gone

J. A. Jance

In the 17th J. P. Beaumont mystery, Beau, currently a homicide investigator for the Washington State Attorney’s office, must contend with a reactivated cold case and a deeply personal current one. The first concerns a nun treate...

Published: Aug 2006

Baby Shark

Robert Fate

In a roadside pool hall out west of Abilene, Kristin Van Dijk, 17, is forced by four thugs to watch the murder of three men, including her pool hustler father. She's assaulted and beaten and left for dead as Henry Chin, a Chinese immi...

Published: Sep 2006

The Continental Op

Dashiell Hammett

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a gi...

Published: Jul 1989

The Northbury Papers

Joanne Dobson

Asked why she is fascinated by the 'popular' (read 'trashy') novels of 19th-century writer Serena Northbury, Professor Karen Pelletier says, 'She's the only novelist I know from that era who writes about the kind of courage it takes t...

Published: Aug 1999

Triple Witch: A Home Repair is Homici...

Sarah Graves

Jake Tiptree moves to a small rural town for peace but finds a crime wave instead. Corpses are turning up all over town, and the first victim is the town bad boy and former sweetheart of Jake's friend and fellow sleuth, Ellie. Add a p...

Published: Jun 1999

The Godwulf Manuscript

Robert B. Parker

Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surpised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his che...

Published: Dec 1992

Death of Yesterday (Hamish Macbeth My...

M. C. Beaton

When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant a...

Published: Feb 2014

The Silver Swan

Benjamin Black

It has been two years since the events of Christine Falls, the bestselling novel that introduced the world to an irascible Dublin pathologist named Quirke. Quirke's beloved Sarah has died, his surrogate father lies paralyzed by a stro...

Published: Feb 2009

Drug of Choice

Michael Crichton

On a secret island in the Caribbean, bioengineers have devised a vacation resort like no other, promising the ultimate escape. But when Dr. Roger Clark investigates, he discovers the dark secret of Eden Island and of Advance Biosystem...

Published: Nov 2013

The Turnaround

George Pelecanos

On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to sa...

Published: Apr 2009

Salvation Lake

G. M. Ford

At the end of an especially raucous day at his neighborhood bar, private eye Leo Waterman is surprised to see his old flame, Rebecca Duval, walk in the door. But King County's chief coroner is here on business, not pleasure. Two dead ...

Published: Jul 2016

Last to Die: A gripping psychological...

Arlene Hunt

He watches. He waits. He kills...When Jessie Conway survives a horrific mass high school shooting, in the aftermath she finds herself thrust into the media spotlight, drawing all kinds of attention. But some of it is the wrong kind....

Published: Jun 2016

SignWave: An Aftershock Novel

Andrew Vachss

Once a mercenary, later an assassin, and now living a different life, Dell has bone-marrow-deep loyalty and protective instincts that know no bounds when it comes to his wife, Dolly, a former battle-field nurse, and their close-knit g...

Published: Jun 2016

A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKni...

Steve Hamilton

Steve HamiltonBorn and raised in Michigan, he now works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and a son. A Cold Day In Paradise, in addition to winning an Edgar and a Shamus, was the winner of the 1997 St. Martin's...

Published: May 2012

True Crime

Andrew Klavan

In the heat of the city, a man is out of time: speeding in a beat-up Ford Tempo, blasting easy-listening music. Reporter Steve Everett drinks too much, makes love to his boss's wife, and has just stumbled upon a shocking truth: a con...

Published: Aug 1997

The Galton Case (Vintage Crime/Black ...

Ross MacDonald

Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family's fortune. Now Anthony's mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find hi...

Published: Nov 1996


Richard Price

Novelist and Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Richard Price's bestselling second novel offers 'an unforgettable picture of inner-city decay and despair' (USA Today)At once an intense mystery and a revealing study of two men, a v...

Published: Mar 2008

Another Life (Vintage Crime/Black Liz...

Andrew Vachss

In this blistering conclusion to the nationally bestselling series, Burke is forced into a journey that will change the lives of the urban survivalist and his outlaw family forever.The only person Burke has ever called father, known t...

Published: Sep 2009

The Judas Goat

Robert B. Parker

Spenser has gone to London -- and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy. But there are nine ki...

Published: Jun 1992

Early Autumn

Robert B. Parker

A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his o...

Published: Apr 1992

Double Deuce (Spenser)

Robert B. Parker

When two people are shot outside of a housing project, Spenser and Hawk must battle street gangs and lethal drug dealers in order to track the killer. By the author of Playmates. Reprint. PW. K.

Published: Apr 1993
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