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In Cold Blood

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74558-7 (0-679-74558-0)

This is a new edition of Capote's true crime masterpiece: the riveting re-creation of the brutal slaying of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas.  As Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy.



"The best... Read more >

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The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 2, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60140-1 (0-679-60140-6)

These two classic novels featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe, made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction. The Big Sleep was an instant success when it was first published in 1939. It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a... Read more >

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The Big Sleep

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75828-2 (0-394-75828-5)

Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case includes as characters a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, plus blackmail, murder, corrupt wealth, secret vices, family scandal, and more.

"Chandler [writes] like... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 696 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41501-2 (0-375-41501-7)

The three early novels that established Chandler as a master of the art. The Big Sleep introduced Philip Marlowe—the essence of 1930s L.A. private detective—in a case of blackmail, murder, a paralyzed millionaire, and his two psychotic daughters. Farewell, My Lovely takes Marlowe inside the gambling circuit with three beautiful (and... Read more >

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Farewell, My Lovely

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75827-5 (0-394-75827-7)

Marlowe stumbles upon a murder in '30s L.A., taking in the city's gambling circuit and three deadly beauties en route Read more >
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The High Window

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75826-8 (0-394-75826-9)

Set in the California underworld where Philip Marlowe searches for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin dealer.  Marlowe seeks a priceless gold coin and becomes entangled in the shady dealings of a dead collector. Read more >
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The Lady in the Lake

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75825-1 (0-394-75825-0)

Philip Marlowe goes out of his usual city habitat into the mountains outside of Los Angeles in his strange search for a missing woman.  Dealing with a betrayed husband and missing wife--and Marlowe, impeded by a few vicious cops, takes on this maze-like trail. Read more >
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The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 1016 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41502-9 (0-375-41502-5)

Chandler's four later novels. The Lady in the Lake follows Marlowe out of his natural (city-streets) habitat, into the mountains above L.A. and deep into trouble. In The Little Sister, he uncovers a little blackmail, a lot of drugs, and more than enough murder. In The Long Goodbye, a war-scarred drunk... Read more >

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The Little Sister

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75767-4 (0-394-75767-X)

Chandler's fifth novel has Philip Marlowe going to Hollywood as he explores the underworld of glitter capital, trying to find a sweet young thing's missing brother.  In deep with a rising movie star, her blackmailing brother, agents, prostitutes, and studio heads, Marlowe sardonically takes on the interlocking levels of Hollywood society Read more >
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Playback

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75766-7 (0-394-75766-1)

Philip Marlowe meets a well-endowed redhead who drags him to the California coast to solve a tale of big money and murder. Read more >
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The Simple Art of Murder

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75765-0 (0-394-75765-3)

The Simple Art of Murder contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler  mysteries.  This is the best of Chandler's pulp stories--plus his notorious attack on Britain's "Golden Age"                       eminences. Read more >
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Trouble Is My Business

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75764-3 (0-394-75764-5)

This is a collection of four classic Marlowe mysteries: Trouble Is My Business, Finger Man, Goldfish, and Red Wind. Read more >
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Chinatown Beat

Written by Henry Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-478-5 (1-56947-478-8)

NYPD Detective Jack Yu was raised in Chinatown. Some of his old friends are criminals now; some are dead.

Recently transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white, Jack is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly... Read more >
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America Noir
Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Written by David Cochran


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-218-8 (1-58834-218-2)

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic... Read more >

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Written by Arthur Conan Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 213 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 26, 2005
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-9746078-7-0 (0-9746078-7-8)

“It’s an ugly business, Watson, an ugly dangerous business, and the more I see of it the less I like it.”

Sherlock Holmes had been dead for eight years–killed of in another story–when Arthur Conan Doyle decided to bring the famous detective back for a new story that he told friends was... Read more >
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The Coroner's Lunch

Written by Colin Cotterill


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-418-1 (1-56947-418-4)

Laos, 1975. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.

He is expected to come up... Read more >

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The Collected Stories of Amanda Cross

Written by Amanda Cross


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 20, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42113-5 (0-345-42113-2)

Amanda Cross is a master of the American literary whodunit. In her delicately menacing short fiction, assembled here in one volume, dangerous impulses seize the most unlikely individuals, and everyday existence is fast eclipsed by the bizarre. Among the compelling intrigues: The cold-blooded murder of Mrs. Byron Lloyd, shot dead during... Read more >
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The Puzzled Heart

Written by Amanda Cross


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 26, 1998
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-41884-5 (0-345-41884-0)

Kate Fansler's husband, Reed, has been kidnapped--and will be killed unless Kate obeys the carefully delineated directives of a ransom note. Tormented by her own puzzled heart, Kate seeks solace and wise counsel from both old friends and new. But who precisely is the enemy? Is he or she a vengeful... Read more >
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The Last Good Kiss

Written by James Crumley


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75989-0 (0-394-75989-3)

An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Read more >

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The Wrong Case

Written by James Crumley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1985
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73558-0 (0-394-73558-7)

Milo once had a thriving divorce-case business in the small town of in the Pacific Northwest, but because of liberal new divorce laws has taken to drinking and staring out the window. He’s up to his third drink of the morning when an attractive young woman walks into his office and... Read more >

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Murder In Memoriam

Written by Didier Daeninckx
Translated by Liz Heron


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-146-1 (1-61219-146-0)

On the evening of October 17, 1961 twenty-thousand Algerians marched in Paris in defiance of and in protest against a curfew imposed by Maurice Papon, chief of the Paris Metropolitan Police. The protesters were met with ferocious and uninhibited violence. Eleven-thousand were arrested; more than one thousand injured; as many as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bad Blood
A Crime Novel
Written by Arne Dahl
Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42536-3 (0-375-42536-5)

In Arne Dahl’s riveting follow-up to Misterioso, the Intercrime team is assigned the task of tracking down an American serial killer on the loose in Sweden—quietly, and as quickly as possible.

When a Swedish literary critic is found tortured to death in a janitor’s closet at Newark International Airport, the police realize... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Misterioso
A Crime Novel
Written by Arne Dahl
Translated by Tiina Nunnally


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38803-2 (0-307-38803-4)

The first novel in Arne Dahl’s gripping Intercrime series—considered one of Sweden’s best—Misterioso is a piercingly dark and absorbing detective thriller.

After dismantling a bloody hostage situation at a bank outside Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is dropped into an elite task-force assembled to find an elusive murderer with a sophisticated method. The... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Calling Mr. King

Written by Ronald De Feo


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-475-7 (1-59051-475-0)

Long considered cool, distant, and absolutely reliable, an American-born hit man, working throughout Europe, grows increasingly distracted and begins to develop an unexpected passion for architecture and art while engaged in his deadly profession. Although he welcomes this energizing break from his routine, he comes to realize that it is an... Read more >
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Cosi Fan Tutti
An Aurelio Zen Mystery
Written by Michael Dibdin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77911-7 (0-679-77911-6)

An Aurelio Zen Novel

Michael Dibdin's overburdened Italian police inspector has been transferred to Naples, where the rule of law is so lax that a police station may double as a brothel. But this time, having alienated superiors with his impolitic zealousness in every previous posting, Zen is determined not to make... Read more >
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