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Spade & Archer
The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON
Written by Joe Gores


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27706-0 (0-307-27706-2)

A wonderfully dark, pitch-perfect noir prequel to The Maltese Falcon, featuring Dashiell Hammett’s beloved detective, Sam Spade.

It’s 1921—seven years before Sam Spade will solve the famous case of the Maltese Falcon. He’s just set up his own agency in San Francisco and he gets off to a quick start, working cases... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Gray Mountain
A Novel
Written by John Grisham


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53714-8 (0-385-53714-X)

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic... Read more >

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A Novel
Written by Mark Haddon


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: July 31, 2003
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51210-7 (0-385-51210-4)

**Winner, The 2003 Whitbread Book Award

**Winner, 2003 Whitbread Award for First Novel

**ALA Notable Book, 2003


Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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The Big Knockover
Selected Stories and Short Novels
Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72259-5 (0-679-72259-9)

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to physical pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. He is also the hero of most of the nine stories in this volume. The Op's one enthusiasm is doing his job, and in The Big Knockover the jobs entail... Read more >

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The Continental Op

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72258-8 (0-679-72258-0)

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 girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman... Read more >

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The Dain Curse

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72260-1 (0-679-72260-2)

The Continental Op is a short, squat, and utterly unsentimental tank of a private detective. Miss Gabrielle Dain Leggett is young, wealthy, and a devotee of morphine and religious cults. She has an unfortunate effect on the people around her: they have a habit of dying violently. Is Gabrielle the victim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Glass Key

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72262-5 (0-679-72262-9)

Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Maltese Falcon

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72264-9 (0-679-72264-5)

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nightmare Town
Stories
Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70102-3 (0-375-70102-8)

In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story "Ruffian's Wife." "His Brother's Keeper" is a half-wit boxer's eulogy to the brother who betrayed... Read more >

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Red Harvest

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72261-8 (0-679-72261-0)

When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Thin Man

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72263-2 (0-679-72263-7)

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Woman in the Dark

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72265-6 (0-679-72265-3)

Originally published in 1933, Hammett's Woman in the Dark shows the author at the peak of his narrative powers. With an introduction by Robert B. Parker, the author of the celebrated Spenser novels. Read more >

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Angelmaker

Written by Nick Harkaway


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74362-6 (0-307-74362-4)

A rollicking romp of a spy thriller from the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World.

Joe Spork fixes clocks. He has turned his back on his father’s legacy as one of London’s flashiest and most powerful gangsters and aims to live a quiet life. Edie Banister retired long ago from her career... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Angelmaker

Written by Nick Harkaway


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59595-9 (0-307-59595-1)

From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.

Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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An Officer and a Spy
A novel
Written by Robert Harris


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34958-1 (0-385-34958-0)

Robert Harris returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.

Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to... Read more >


Available
December 30, 2014
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The Bishop's Wife

Written by Mette Ivie Harrison


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: December 30, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-476-5 (1-61695-476-0)

Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop’s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fifth Floor
A Michael Kelley Novel
Written by Michael Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38629-8 (0-307-38629-5)

Private detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning-paced, intricately woven mystery. When Kelly is hired by an old girlfriend to tail her abusive husband, he expects trouble of a domestic rather than a historical nature. Life, however, is not so simple.

The trail leads to a dead body in an abandoned... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Basket Case

Written by Carl Hiaasen


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80653-6 (0-345-80653-0)

Jack Tagger’s years in exile at the obituaries desk of a South Florida daily haven’t dulled his investigative reporter’s nose for a good story. When Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dies in a fishy scuba accident, Jack sees his ticket back to page one—if... Read more >

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Cogan's Trade

Written by George V. Higgins


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94722-2 (0-307-94722-X)

A hard-hitting, tour-de force tale of the mob and the man who makes sure their rules are the only rules, by the American master of crime George V. Higgins.

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the New England mob. When a high-stakes card game is heisted by unknown hoodlums, Cogan is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Digger's Game

Written by George V. Higgins


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94726-0 (0-307-94726-2)

A riveting George V. Higgins masterpiece about Jerry Doherty and his trip to Vegas that puts him eighteen grand in the hole.

Jerry "Digger" Doherty is an ex-con and proprietor of a workingman's Boston bar, who supplements his income with the occasional "odd job," like stealing live checks or picking up hot... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Rat on Fire

Written by George V. Higgins


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-94725-3 (0-307-94725-4)

A riveting, blistering novel about the shady side of the law and the business side of the Boston underworld by the one and only George V. Higgins.

Jerry Fein is a small-time lawyer, occasional booking agent, and full-time slumlord. But he’s nobody’s fool. So when the tenants of his dilapidated buildings refuse... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Blind Man with a Pistol

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75998-2 (0-394-75998-2)

New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace--their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cotton Comes to Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75999-9 (0-394-75999-0)

Black flim-flam man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he's counting on the big Harlem rally to produce a big collection—for his own private charity. But the take ($87,000)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Heat's On

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75997-5 (0-394-75997-4)

From the start, nothing goes fright for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run. Yet, try as they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Rage in Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72040-9 (0-679-72040-5)

For the love of fine and wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson loses his life savings to a con man who knows the secret of turning ten-dollar bills into hundreds and steals from his boss, only to lose the stolen money at a crap table. Luckily for him, Jackson has a savvy twin... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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