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Woman with Birthmark
An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (4)
Written by Hakan Nesser


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38723-3 (0-307-38723-2)

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is on the case once more in this breathless thriller of deception, blackmail, and cold murder.

Van Veeteren and his associates are left bewildered by the curious murder of a man shot twice in the heart and twice below the belt. An utterly dull man, the only suspicious... Read more >
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Nairobi Heat

Written by Mukoma Wa Ngugi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-64-6 (1-935554-64-6)

For fans of smart foreign crime books, an action-packed crime story in an unusual setting–Kenya–and rooted in fascinating African history

In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana–famous for saving hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide–accepts a position at the university. Then a young girl is... Read more >
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The Poe Shadow
A Novel
Written by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7012-8 (0-8129-7012-8)

2009 Common Reading selection, Collin College (Plano, TX)

“I present to you . . . the truth about this man’s death and my life.”

Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion... Read more >
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Agents of Treachery

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47751-4 (0-307-47751-7)

For the first time ever, legendary editor Otto Penzler has handpicked some of the most respected and bestselling thriller writers working today for a riveting collection of spy fiction. From first to last, this stellar collection signals mission accomplished.

Including:

* Lee Child with an incredible look at the formation of a special... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

Edited by Otto Penzler
Foreword by Otto Penzler
Introduction by Keith Alan Deutsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45543-7 (0-307-45543-2)

An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary publication that turned a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream.

Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. It was the slum... Read more >
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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s
Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 1168 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28048-0 (0-307-28048-9)

The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled.

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train—a bullet couldn’t pass through it. Here are the best stories and... Read more >
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Another Time, Another Life
The Story of a Crime (2)
Written by Leif GW Persson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39021-9 (0-307-39021-7)

Stockholm, 1975: Six young people take the entire staff of the West German embassy hostage. The long siege ends with the deaths of two hostages and the wounding of several others. Jump to 1989: When a Swedish civil servant is murdered, the two leading detectives on the case find their investigation... Read more >
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Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End
The Story of a Crime (1)
Written by Leif GW Persson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39020-2 (0-307-39020-9)

A young man falls to his death from a window in a student dorm in Stockholm, his loose shoe striking and killing the little dog being taken for his evening walk by an old man. It seems to be a mundane suicide—at least that’s what the police choose to think. But... Read more >
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Free Falling, As If in a Dream
The Story of a Crime
Written by Leif GW Persson
Translated by Paul Norlen


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37747-0 (0-307-37747-4)

From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction—and one of the best crime writers of our time—here is the final volume in the critically acclaimed Story of a Crime trilogy, centered on the assassination of Olof Palme in 1986.
 
It’s August 2007, and Lars Martin Johansson, chief of the National Bureau of... Read more >
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Night Film
A Novel
Written by Marisha Pessl


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7978-7 (0-8129-7978-8)

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Angels of Catastrophe
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-063-4 (1-58322-063-1)

A cop is gunned down and unless Ricky Durrutti, a petty criminal with a short biography and a long rap sheet, can figure out who the real shooter is, he’s a dead man. From Hunt’s Donuts, opposite where the killing took place, to his room in the El Capitán Hotel, from... Read more >
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Elegy Written on a Crowded Street
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-931-6 (1-58322-931-0)

Welcome to San Francisco: the first fully gentrified city in America.

May Jones is a bail bondswoman, someone who makes her living by putting people back onto the streets. Her most recent client, a young black woman, is on trial for the murder of her boyfriend, a police informant in the Fillmore... Read more >
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Fogtown
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 1, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-639-1 (1-58322-639-7)

One foggy day in San Francisco brings together bloody ghosts, a dandyish thug, capricious cops, a suicidal punk rocker, a hyperliterate slumlord, and a sweet old lady sent by God to hand out cash from a hijacked armored car. In Fogtown, Peter Plate uses a loving hand to carve his characters... Read more >
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One Foot Off the Gutter
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-259-1 (1-58322-259-6)

The time is 1996. Our narrator, Coddy, a policeman, is underpaid, sleep-deprived, and overweight. Coddy’s partner, Bellamy, is homeless, living out of their shared squad car, littering the back seat with his dirty underwear and empty cigarette packs. Free Box and Barbie are squatters who rob Rainbow Health Foods at gunpoint... Read more >
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Police and Thieves
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-482-3 (1-58322-482-3)

The narrator of Police and Thieves, Doojie, is a small-time dealer who lives in a garage behind a laundromat with his two partners in crime. They sell dope of questionable quality at reasonable prices. But when one night Doojie sees a renegade cop shoot an unarmed Mexican, he knows that things... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Snitch Factory
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-258-4 (1-58322-258-8)

Amid a background of bank robberies and fatal gunshot wounds, the real drama here is bureaucratic and human. In her response to the adversity all around her, Peter Plate’s Charlene Hassler, a social worker at the huge, anthill-like Department of Social Services complex on San Francisco’s Otis Street, is a literary... Read more >
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Soon the Rest Will Fall
A Novel
Written by Peter Plate


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-839-5 (1-58322-839-X)

It seems like everyone in California is going to prison these days. And as another hot Christmas approaches in San Francisco, Robert Grogan and Slatts Calhoun are about to make the street after a stretch in San Quentin. On the inside Robert and Slatts were inmates and lovers, but Robert has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47477-3 (0-307-47477-1)

A new selection for the NEA’s Big Read program

A compact selection of Poe’s greatest stories and poems, chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.

This selection of eleven stories and seven poems contains such famously chilling masterpieces of the storyteller’s art as “The Tell-tale Heart,” “The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Savage Art
A Biography of Jim Thompson
Written by Robert Polito


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73352-2 (0-679-73352-3)

Robert Polito recounts Jim Thompson’s relationship with his father, a disgraced Oklahoma sheriff, with the women he adored in life and murdered on the page, with alcohol, would-be censors, and Hollywood auteurs. Unrelenting and empathetic, casting light into the darker caverns of our collective psyche, Savage Art is an exemplary homage... Read more >

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The Prince of Risk
A Novel
Written by Christopher Reich


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53506-9 (0-385-53506-6)

The New York Times bestselling author of Numbered Account and the Rules of Deception series returns to the treacherous world of Wall Street. The Prince of Risk is a high-octane financial thriller set at the crossroads of high finance and international terrorism.

Robert "Bobby" Astor is a rising New York hedge fund... Read more >

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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me

Written by Ruth Rendell


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3118-4 (1-4000-3118-4)

Minty’s boyfriend, Jock, was killed in the disastrous train wreck at Paddington, shortly after he borrowed all her savings. Now he has come back to haunt her. Zillah lost her estranged husband, Jerry, in that same accident. She is not convinced he is actually dead, but for reasons of her own... Read more >
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The Babes in the Wood

Written by Ruth Rendell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3419-2 (1-4000-3419-1)

This was an investigation which would call into question many of Wexford’s assumptions about the way people behave, including his own family. . .

In The Babes in the Wood Ruth Rendell brings her keen psychological insight and rigorous moral sense to bear on Wexford’s assumptions about the way people behave, including... Read more >
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Piranha to Scurfy
And Other Stories
Written by Ruth Rendell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72759-7 (0-375-72759-0)

Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell.

A self-appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out to their authors in vicious letters: Then one day he comes upon a book that attacks him. An elderly woman... Read more >
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The Secret in Their Eyes

Written by Eduardo Sacheri


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-450-4 (1-59051-450-5)

Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning... Read more >
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Self's Murder

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70909-8 (0-375-70909-6)

Gerhard Self, the seventy-something, sambuca-drinking, Sweet-Afton smoking sleuth returns in a riveting new mystery about money-laundering, murder, and mafiosi.

Despite his failing health and his girlfriend's pleading, Gerhard Self won't stop doing what he does best—investigating. And his most recent case is one of the most intriguing of his career. Herr Welker... Read more >
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