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Haunting Bombay

Written by Shilpa Agarwal


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-630-7 (1-56947-630-6)

A motherless girl living with her grandmother and her uncle’s family in their bungalow in 1960s Bombay inadvertently unleashes a ghost, forcing the family to confront the shocking truth behind a drowning death that occurred there years earlier.

“Intriguing.”–USA Today

“Will definitely appeal to fans of Monica Ali and Jhumpa Lahiri... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cause for Alarm

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72674-3 (0-375-72674-8)

“Our greatest thriller writer.”—Graham Greene

Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market is pretty slim in Britain in 1937. So when his fiancé points out the Spartacus Machine Tool notice, he jumps at the chance. After all, he speaks Italian and he figures he’ll be... Read more >
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Epitaph for a Spy

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71324-8 (0-375-71324-7)

“Ambler successfully combines excitement, entertainment, and social significance.”—The New York Times Book Review

When Josef Vadassy arrives at the H^tel de la Reserve at the end of his Riviera holiday, he is simply looking forward to a few more days of relaxation before returning to Paris. But in St. Gatien, on the... Read more >
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Journey Into Fear

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72672-9 (0-375-72672-1)

Returning to his hotel room after a late-night flirtation with a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul boîte, Graham is surprised by an intruder with a gun. What follows is a nightmare of intrigue for the English armaments engineer as he makes his way home aboard an Italian freighter. Among the passengers... Read more >
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Judgment on Deltchev

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72675-0 (0-375-72675-6)

Foster’s dramatic skill is well-known in London’s West End theaters. So perhaps it wasn’t so surprising when he was hired by an American newspaper publisher to cover the trial of Yordan Delchev for treason. Accused of membership in the sinister Officer Corps Brotherhood and of masterminding a plot to assassinate his... Read more >
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The Light of Day

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72679-8 (0-375-72679-9)

The Light of Day was the basis for Jules Dassin’s classic film, Topkapi.

When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with city and in need of a private driver. In other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But... Read more >
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Passage of Arms

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72678-1 (0-375-72678-0)

In this classic thriller, two American tourists find more adventure than they bargained for when they get involved with Chinese gun smugglers and Muslim revolutionaries, learning first hand about the intrigue of the post-colonial world.

Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip, see some of the more... Read more >
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The Schirmer Inheritance

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72676-7 (0-375-72676-4)

It wasn’t anyone’s idea of a glamorous first assignment at a white show law firm. George Cary, former WWII bomber pilot and newly minted lawyer, was given the ignoble task of going through the tons of files on the Schneider Johnson case, just to make sure nothing had been overlooked. But... Read more >
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State of Siege

Written by Eric Ambler


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72677-4 (0-375-72677-2)

All in all Steve Fraser had enjoyed his three-year stint in the former Dutch Southeast Asian colony of Sunda, and he’d been well compensated. But now he was looking forward to a last weekend in the capital before heading home. But Sunda was newly independent, and not entirely stable. An opposition... Read more >
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I'm Not Scared

Written by Niccolo Ammaniti
Translated by Jonathan Hunt


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7563-8 (1-4000-7563-7)

“Stop all this talk about monsters, Michele. Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”

A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. On a... Read more >

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Zombie

Written by J.R. Angelella


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-088-0 (1-61695-088-9)

Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker is obsessed with zombie movies. He attends an all-boy Catholic High School where roving gangs in plaid make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pill head, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father an ex-Marine realtor who disappears night after night without... Read more >
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Brothers Boswell

Written by Philip Baruth


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: May 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-635-2 (1-56947-635-7)

In this literary thriller set in eighteenth-century London, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell are threatened by Boswell’s mad and envious younger brother John.

“An exciting, suspenseful story. . . . Not to be missed.”–The Washington Post

“[An] accurate, original, and entertaining fictional reconstruction.”–The Boston Globe

“Remarkable.”–David Liss, author of The Devil’s Company... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Billy Boyle
A World War II Mystery
Written by James R. Benn


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-970-4 (1-56947-970-4)

What’s a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop who’s never been out of Massachusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, he’d barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight–and perhaps die–for England, he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Where There's Love, There's Hate

Written by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo
Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Ernst Powell


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-150-8 (1-61219-150-9)

In seaside Bosque de Mar, guests at the Hotel Central are struck by double misfortune: the mysterious death of one of their party, and an investigation headed by the physician, writer and insufferable busybody, Dr. Humberto Huberman. When quiet, young translator Mary is found dead on the first night of Huberman’s... Read more >
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Rock Paper Tiger

Written by Lisa Brackmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-951-3 (1-56947-951-8)

American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighur–a member of a Chinese Muslim minority–at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple security organizations are hounding her for information... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Trail of the Serpent

Written by Mary Braddon
Edited by Chris Willis
Introduction by Sarah Waters


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6678-7 (0-8129-6678-3)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837–1915), Victorian England’s bestselling woman writer, blends Dickensian humor with chilling suspense in this “exuberantly campy” (Kirkus Reviews) mystery. The novel features Jabez North, a manipulative orphan who becomes a ruthless killer; Valerie de Cevennes, a stunning heiress who falls into North’s diabolical trap; and Mr. Peters, a... Read more >
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The Godfather of Kathmandu
A Royal Thai Detective Novel (4)
Written by John Burdett


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9707-4 (1-4000-9707-X)

John Burdett's famed Royal Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep confronts the most shocking crime of his career and is put to the test both as a Buddhist and as a cop in this riveting tale.

Sonchai’s Jitpleecheep’s boss, Colonel Vikorn, has decided to make Sonchai his consigliere in a heroin smuggling operation. Vikorn’s... Read more >
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The Last Six Million Seconds

Written by John Burdett


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74529-3 (0-307-74529-5)

It is April 1997, and all of Hong Kong is counting down to July 1, when Britain will hand over rule of the country to China. Public anxiety about the transfer of power is running high, but “Charlie” Chan Siu-kai’s biggest concern is a gruesome triple murder case, with no solid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Vulture Peak

Written by John Burdett


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27267-6 (0-307-27267-2)

Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact—more or less—despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Cocktail Waitress

Written by James Cain


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78116-034-3 (1-78116-034-1)

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Double Indemnity

Written by James M. Cain


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72322-6 (0-679-72322-6)

Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir. Read more >
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Mildred Pierce

Written by James M. Cain


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72321-9 (0-679-72321-8)

Mildred Pierce (1941)

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and... Read more >
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The Postman Always Rings Twice

Written by James M. Cain


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72325-7 (0-679-72325-0)

First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus... Read more >
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The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories

Written by James M. Cain


Format: Hardcover, 632 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: July 22, 2003
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41438-1 (0-375-41438-X)

These three classics from the master of the noir novel, along with five otherwise unavailable short stories, are electric with the taut narrative voice, the suspense, and the explosive violence and eroticism that were James M. Cain’s indelible hallmarks.

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain’s first novel—tried for obscenity in Boston, the... Read more >

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Three by Cain
Serenade, Love's Lovely Counterfeit, The Butterfly
Written by James M. Cain


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72323-3 (0-679-72323-4)

All three books are written with an enduring view of the dark corners of the American psyche. Cain hammered high art out of the crude matter of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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