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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Written by Stieg Larsson


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26999-7 (0-307-26999-X)

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—is under close supervision in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: when she’s well enough, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she... Read more >

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The Girl Who Played with Fire
Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy
Written by Stieg Larsson


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45455-3 (0-307-45455-X)

Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel.

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the... Read more >

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Motherless Brooklyn
A Novel
Written by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72483-1 (0-375-72483-4)

From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jade Lady Burning

Written by Martin Limon


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-61695-090-3 (1-61695-090-0)

Almost twenty years after the end of the Korean War, the U.S. Military is still present throughout South Korea, and tensions run high. Koreans look for any opportunity to hate the soldiers who drink at their bars and carouse with their women. When Pak Ok-Suk, a young Korean woman, is found... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Last Detective (Peter Diamond #1)

Written by Peter Lovesey


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-61695-081-1 (1-61695-081-1)

A nude female corpse has been found floating in a large reservoir just south of Bristol. In order to solve the mystery of the “Lady in the Lake,” Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors on the force to save a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Barbarous Coast

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27903-3 (0-307-27903-0)

The beautiful, high-diving blonde had Hollywood dreams and stars in her eyes but now she seems to have disappeared without a trace. Hired by her hotheaded husband and her rummy “uncle,” Lew Archer sniffs around Malibu and finds the stink of blackmail, blood-money, and murder on every pricey silk shirt. Beset... Read more >
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Black Money

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76810-4 (0-679-76810-6)

When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling... Read more >
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Blue City

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74073-1 (0-307-74073-0)

He was a son who hadn’t known his father very well.  It was a town shaken by a grisly murder–his father’s murder.  Johnny Weatherly was home from a war and wandering.  When he found out that his father had been assassinated on a street corner and that his father’s seductive young... Read more >
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The Blue Hammer

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27906-4 (0-307-27906-5)

The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only Archer can make sense of a killer who makes murder a work of art.

Finding a purloined portrait of a leggy blonde was supposed to be an easy paycheck for Detective Lew Archer, but that was before... Read more >
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The Chill

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76807-4 (0-679-76807-6)

In The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders, one twenty years old, the other so recent that the blood is still wet. What ensues is a detective novel... Read more >
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The Drowning Pool

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76806-7 (0-679-76806-8)

When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face-down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his seductive teenage daughter. In The Drowning Pool, Lew Archer takes this case in the L.A. suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred--and sufficient motive for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Galton Case
A Lew Archer Novel
Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76864-7 (0-679-76864-5)

Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family's fortune. Now Anthony's mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Instant Enemy

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27905-7 (0-307-27905-7)

Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel.

At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ivory Grin

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27899-9 (0-307-27899-9)

A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he's being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Moving Target

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70146-7 (0-375-70146-X)

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.

As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Three Roads

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74076-2 (0-307-74076-5)

Silken skin pale against dark hair, red lips provocatively smiling at him—that’s how Lieutenant Bret Taylor remembered Lorraine. He was drunk when he married her, stone cold sober when he found her dead. Out on the sunlit streets of L.A. walked the man—her lover, her killer—who had been with her that... Read more >
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The Way Some People Die

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27898-2 (0-307-27898-0)

In a rundown house in Santa Monica, Mrs. Samuel Lawrence presses fifty crumpled bills into Lew Archer's hand and asks him to find her wandering daughter, Galatea. Described as ‘crazy for men’ and without discrimination, she was last seen driving off with small-time gangster Joe Tarantine, a hophead hood with a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wycherly Woman

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70144-3 (0-375-70144-3)

Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly--or for someone to make her disappear. Before he can find the Wycherly girl, Archer has to deal with the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Zebra-Striped Hearse

Written by Ross Macdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70145-0 (0-375-70145-1)

Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all Archer is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Debba

Written by Avner Mandelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-370-5 (1-59051-370-3)

In Middle East lore the Debba is a mythical Arab hyena that can turn into a man who lures Jewish children away from their families to teach them the language of the beasts. To the Arabs he is a heroic national symbol; to the Jews he is a terrorist. To David... Read more >
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Before the Frost

Written by Henning Mankell


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9581-0 (1-4000-9581-6)

In this latest atmospheric thriller, Kurt Wallander and his daughter Linda join forces to search for a religious fanatic on a murder spree. Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father—the maverick approach... Read more >

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The Dogs of Riga
A Kurt Wallander Mystery (2)
Written by Henning Mankell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3152-8 (1-4000-3152-4)

A Kurt Wallander Mystery

On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is... Read more >

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An Event in Autumn
A Kurt Wallander Mystery
Written by Henning Mankell


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7064-2 (0-8041-7064-9)

After nearly thirty years in the same job, Inspector Kurt Wallander is tired, restless, and itching to make a change. He is taken with a certain old farmhouse, perfectly situated in a quiet countryside with a charming, overgrown garden. There he finds the skeletal hand of a corpse in a shallow... Read more >

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Faceless Killers
The First Kurt Wallander Mystery
Written by Henning Mankell


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3157-3 (1-4000-3157-5)

It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn’t present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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The Fifth Woman
A Kurt Wallander Mystery (6)
Written by Henning Mankell


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3154-2 (1-4000-3154-0)

A Kurt Wallander Mystery

In an African convent, four nuns and a unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered—the death of the unknown woman covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird... Read more >
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