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The Glass Key

By Dashiell Hammett

Paul Madvig was once a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to anything higher: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he wish her badly sufficient to devote homicide? And if Madvig used to be blameless, which of his dozens of enemies used to be doing a very solid task of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's travel de strength of detective fiction combines an hermetic plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.

A one-time detective and a grasp of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett almost invented the hard-boiled crime novel.  This vintage Hammet paintings of detective fiction combines an hermetic plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.

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Fake I.D. (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback))

By Jason Starr

A brand new York bar bouncer with desires of being extra, Tommy Russo jumps on the likelihood to affix a horse-owning syndicate. yet to take action he will need to pony up $10,000--and that is cash he hasn't acquired. So what is an bold younger guy to do? whatever he has to...

First U.S. book ever! via the Barry and Anthony Award-winning writer of THE FOLLOWER, and co-author (with Ken Bruen) of BUST, SLIDE, and THE MAX

Four of Starr's novels were optioned for the flicks David Thompson of Houston's homicide via the e-book on pretend I.D.: "Jason Starr--in his first solo demanding Case Crime appearance--shows why he is one in all THE noir novelists of his new release, and pretend I.D. is well between my favourite of Starr's books!"

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Hammett: A novel

By Joe Gores

From Chinatown's darkish alleys to the fog-shrouded Golden Gate, crooked politicians ran San Francisco. To Hammet, retired Pinkerton detective and suffering author, it used to be all simply grist to his fictional mill. until eventually the evening his friend walked right into a baseball bat. Then Hammett hung up his typewriter, wear his gumshoes and went out into the brawling, swaggering urban to discover the brutal assassin.

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Go for the Body

It used to be my first day in Paris however the feeling was once nonetheless with me: like i used to be on the point of explode, as though my guts have been a lit fuse racing as much as my mind. Being cooped up will get me that method, even supposing i used to be camped in an important room during this swank inn. Twelve greenbacks an evening and it was once the simplest lodge room i might ever been in. i might docked at Le Havre the afternoon sooner than, got here instantly to this fancy joint from Gare St. Lazare, like they instructed me to. I had a swell swimsuit of garments, a dear great suitcase, and gave the impression of prepared money-except I had precisely forty-seven greenbacks on me. All I needed to do used to be look forward to a choice, but i used to be jumpy. i would promoted a care for one of many largest men within the American struggle racket, and that i was once in Paris to place the cap on it-the deal i would been sucking round on for over a part yr. And in case you received to butter up a goon like Slats, your nostril is scraping the ground of a filthy barrel.

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Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed

By John Paul Athanasourelis

When you consider that their inception, detective novels were a wildly profitable style of yank fiction, that includes a uniquely American trust in rugged individualism. This ebook makes a speciality of Raymond Chandler's production of Philip Marlowe, a detective whose feeling for neighborhood and willingness to compromise noticeably replaced the genre's vigilantism and violence. It compares Chandler's paintings to early and mid-20th century American detective novels, really these through John Carroll Daly, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald, in addition to modern British detective fiction, highlighting Chandler's contribution to the yankee style.

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The Heel

By William L. Rohde

Up from the Chicago slums, schooled in sin and violence, Ray Hitchcock understood merely 3 words—self-preservation, avarice and lust.

He had a brain like a metal seize; ice-water in his veins; dynamite in his fists; chilly stone the place his middle must have been. To him, each girl was once easily a feminine who had her expense. Ray additionally had a scheme to swindle 1000000 funds, and he vowed that neither the police officers nor the crime syndicate have been going to push him opposed to the rail! Then he started to get the soiled finish of the deal.

William Rohde, a grasp craftsman of the hard-boiled novel college blasts the lid off New York’s most recent and ugliest racket—a brutal, one-man extortion online game within which loose-moneyed, loose-moral-ed women and men are effortless prey for underworld leeches just like the Heel, Ray Hitchock. He was once a merciless, crafty mobster who performed Romeo to a dear, man-hungry blonde—long sufficient to get a crack at one million buck jackpot. shrewdpermanent as a whip, Hitchcock might have been winning as a straight-up businessman; regrettably, his ego acquired within the way—causing him to consistently search for an attitude and a short and straightforward greenback.

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Pale Gray for Guilt: A Travis McGee Novel

By John D. MacDonald

From a loved grasp of crime fiction, Pale grey for Guilt is one of the vintage novels that includes Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
 
Travis McGee’s previous soccer blood brother Tush Bannon is resisting strain to unload his floundering lodge and marina to a bunch of influential movers and shakers. Then he’s came upon lifeless. For an enormous guy, Tush was once a tom cat: dedicated to his spouse and 3 little ones and constantly positive approximately his business—even while issues have been at their worst. So even if his dying is governed a suicide, McGee suspects homicide . . . and a vile conspiracy.
 
“As a tender author, all I ever sought after was once to the touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.”—Dean Koontz
 
Tush Bannon used to be within the improper spot on the improper time. His measly plot of land in order that occurred to sit down correct in the course of a wealthy parcel of 5 hundred riverfront acres that big-money genuine property pursuits made up our minds they only needs to have.
 
It didn’t topic that Tush was once a pleasant man with a relations, or that he by no means knew he was once facing a felony aspect. They squashed him like a trojan horse and walked away, counting their swap. yet something they by no means counted on: the light big had a not-so-gentle pal in Travis McGee. And now he’s going to lead them to pay.
 
Features a brand new advent by way of Lee Child

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The Guards: A Novel (Jack Taylor Series)

By Ken Bruen

Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana--The Guards, Ireland's police force--and observing the realm throughout the smoky backside of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is caught in Galway with not anything to seem ahead to. In his sober moments Jack aspires to develop into Ireland's most sensible inner most investigator, let alone its first--Irish historical past, jam-packed with betrayal and espionage, discourages any occupation so heavily regarding informing. yet truthfully Jack is teetering close to his life's sharpest edges, his thoughts of the previous slicing deep into his soul and his customers for the longer term nonexistent.

Nonexistent, that's, until eventually a stunning girl walks into the bar with a wierd request and a rumor approximately Jack's expertise for locating issues. Odds are he can't climb off his barstool lengthy adequate to become involved together with his radiant new buyer, but if he surprises himself by means of getting employed, Jack has little concept of what he is getting into.

Stark, violent, sharp, and humorous, The Guards is an outstanding novel, person who leaves you surprised and breathless, flipping again to the start in a mad sprint to discover Jack Taylor and input his international yet again. it is an unforgettable tale that is gritty, soaking up, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by way of authors and critics world wide, The Guards heralds the coming of an important new novelist in modern crime fiction.

The Guards is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for most sensible Novel.

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Film Noir: Films of Trust and Betrayal (Pocket Essential series)

By Paul Duncan

The laconic deepest eye . . . the corrupt cop . . . the heist that is going mistaken . . . the femme fatale with the wealthy husband and dim lover—all are trademark characters of the circulate often called movie noir, that elusive mix of stark lights or even starker feelings. "Noir" explores the darkish part of post-war society—gangsters, hoodlums, prostitutes, and killers—and indicates the way it corrupted the nice and the attractive. lots of those movies are actually touchstones of vintage Hollywood—The Maltese Falcon (1941), The vast Sleep (1946), Double Indemnity (1944), and The Postman continuously jewelry Twice (1946). This Pocket crucial charts the development of the noir type as a automobile for filmmakers, who desired to checklist the darkness on the center of yankee society because it emerged from global struggle into chilly struggle. in addition to an introductory essay at the origins of movie noir, this consultant discusses the entire classics from the heyday of the circulate intimately and incorporates a convenient reference part for readers who need to know more.

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Bust (Hard Case Crime Novels)

By Ken Bruen, Jason Starr

Five [IMPORTANT / priceless] classes you could study by means of READING BUST:

1) When you rent an individual to kill your spouse, don’t lease a psychopath.

2) Don’t use Drano to eliminate a useless body.

3) Those locks on inn room doors?  no longer very secure.

4) A curly blond wig isn’t a lot of a disguise.

5) Secrets can kill.

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