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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Published: Jun 2003

Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel...

Robert Crais

Elvis Cole is Back--In a Desperate Fight to Clear his Name... IIt's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the ...

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Published: Feb 2009

Eye of the Cricket

James Sallis

Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans, a detective, teacher, and writer. Having spent years finding others, he has lost his son ... and himself in the process. Now a derelict has appeared in a hospital claiming to be L...

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Published: Apr 2000

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...

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Published: Mar 2014

Crimson Joy

Robert B. Parker

A serial killer is on the loose in Beantown and the cops can't catch him. But when the killer leaves his red rose calling card for Spenser's own Susan Silverman, he gets all the attention that Spenser and Hawk can give. Spenser plays...

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Published: Apr 1989

Pale Kings and Princes

Robert B. Parker

Like Philip Marlowe, Spenser is a man of honor in  a dishonorable world. When he says he will do  something, it is done. The dialogues zings, and  there is plenty of action... but it is the moral  element that sets them above ...

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Published: Jun 1988

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Published: Aug 1999

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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Published: Jul 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...

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Published: Jun 2016

Ammunition (Inspector Brant)

Ken Bruen

Over the many years that Inspector Brant has been bringing his own patented brand of policing to the streets of southeast London, the brilliant but tough cop has made a few enemies. So when a crazed gunman, hired by persons unknown, p...

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Published: Jul 2007

The Closers (Harry Bosch)

Michael Connelly

A city that forgets its murder victims is a city lost. This is where we don't forget,' Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch is told by his new boss, as he ends a three-year retirement and rejoins the Los Angeles Police Department at the...

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Published: Feb 2006

Blood Is the Sky: An Alex McKnight No...

Steve Hamilton

Before Blood Is the Sky, the Alex McKnight series had already hit bestseller lists and won awards, but this novel took it to a whole new level. Set in the forests of northern Ontario, a land of savage beauty and sudden danger, Blood I...

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Published: Nov 2013

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...

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Published: Aug 1997

Clockers

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...

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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...

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Published: Sep 2009

Orchid Blues (Holly Barker Novels)

Stuart Woods

Holly's wedding festivities are shattered-by murder-and Holly vows to find the culprits. With nothing to go on but the corpse of an innocent bystander, Holly discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of a clan whose members are...

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Published: Oct 2002

Pastime (Spenser)

Robert B. Parker

Certain that his mother's shady boyfriend is behind her disappearance, Paul Giacomin calls upon the skills of Spencer to help him find his missing mother. Reprint. AB. PW.

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Published: Apr 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...

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Published: Apr 1992

Paper Doll (Spenser)

Robert B. Parker

When Boston aristocrat Loudon Tripp hires Spenser to investigate his wife's murder, Spenser uncovers high-class scandals and a corpse who might not be dead after all. Reprint. NYT. K.

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Published: Jan 1994
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