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

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

God Save the Child

Robert B. Parker

Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives. It doesn't take Spenser long...

Published: May 1987

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...

Published: Apr 2000

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 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...

Published: Feb 2006

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

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

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

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 ...

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...

Published: Aug 2006

The Vig

John Lescroart

Ex-cop, part-time investigator, and sometime bartender Dismas Hardy returns to face a death threat as he investigates the bloody disappearance of his friend Rusty Ingraham, an investigation that exposes foot-dragging police, corruptio...

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

Dead Girl Blues

Lawrence Block

You might as well know this going in: Lawrence Block's new novel is not for everyone. It's recounted in journal form by its protagonist, and begins when he walks into a roadhouse outside of Bakersfield, California, and walks out with ...

Published: Jun 2020

Ten Two Jack (The Hunt for Jack Reach...

Diane Capri

Reacher's long gone. His enemies aren't."Make some coffee. You'll read all night." Lee Child, #1 World-Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher ThrillersFBI Special Agent Kim Otto's search for Reacher takes a deadly turn when...

Published: Sep 2018

Brown's Requiem

James Ellroy

In this enthralling debut, James Ellroy, one of crime fiction\'s greatest writers, introduces the hyperreal L.A. we\'ve come to know from his later work—a land of vice, corruption, and, in this case, golf.\r\n\r\nFritz Brown is a...

Published: Feb 2021


Michael Goodell

As a Private Detective, James "Don't Call Me Corky" Corcoran has a lot in common with his adoptive hometown of Detroit. The past is brighter than the present; he's going nowhere fast, and he's running out of money. But thing...

Published: Dec 2013

Danny Boy

Henry Hack

When homicide detective Daniel Boyland investigates his first big murder case, the poisoning death of school teacher Laura Samuels, he falls in love with the chief murder suspect, Niki Wells, with disastrous results. By cleverly manip...

Published: May 2009

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
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