Low Town (Low Town, Book 1)

By Daniel Polansky

Drug purchasers, hustlers, brothels, soiled politics, corrupt police officers . . . and sorcery. Welcome to Low city.

In the forgotten again alleys and flophouses that lie within the shadows of Rigus, the best urban of the 13 Lands, you'll find Low city. it truly is an unpleasant position, and its cham­pion is an unpleasant guy. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten battle hero. self reliant drug broker. After a fall from grace 5 years in the past, a guy referred to as the Warden leads a lifetime of crime, hooked on reasonable violence and dear medications. on a daily basis is a continuing hustle to discover new shoppers and safeguard his turf from low-life pageant like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s lifetime of drugged iniquity is shaken via his dis­covery of a murdered baby down a dead-end highway . . . set­ting him on a collision path with the existence he left in the back of. As a former agent with Black House—the mystery police—he understands higher than a person that homicide in Low city is a regular factor, the type of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. to guard his domestic, he'll participate in a perilous video game of deception among underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black condo, however the fact is much darker than he imagines. In Low city, nobody could be relied on.

Daniel Polansky has crafted an exciting novel steeped in noir sensibilities and incessant motion, and set in an unique international of gorgeous mind's eye, resulting in a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable end. Low Town is an attention grabbing debut that would depart readers riveted . . . and hun­gry for more.

From the Hardcover edition.

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He Won't Need It Now

By James Hadley Chase

James Hadley Chase offers us a difficult, hard-boiled tale filled with motion, ugly occasions, and bizarre characters. now not a observe is wasted. From the 1st web page to the final you're concerned with a sinister and compelling scenario, that might hurtle you ahead with the rate of an convey teach.

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Blackmailer (Hard Case Crimes)

By George Axelrod

From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Manchurian Candidate comes a wide ranging tale of homicide and mischief…

it is the tale of a big-game hunter, fisherman, fighter, customer to Cuba, inebriated, and Nobel Prize-winning writer, lately deceased of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, whose ultimate unpublished manuscript may well fetch a mint…

it is the tale of a quick, balding guy with a high-pitched voice and a vicious wit, whose cocktail events are the debate of town, particularly while a gorgeous girl dies at one among them…

it is the tale of Hollywood’s sexiest starlet, who manages to hide issues even if she’s donning not anything yet a towel…

…and it’s the tale of Dick Sherman, intrepid long island writer, at the path of the literary locate of the century – and the killer who will cease at not anything to maintain it from being came upon.

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Encyclopedia of Film Noir

By Geoff Mayer

When audience give some thought to movie noir, they generally photograph actors like Humphrey Bogart taking part in characters like Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, the movie in line with the e-book through Dashiell Hammett. but movie noir is a style a lot richer. The authors first learn the controversy surrounding the parameters of the style and the numerous alternative ways it's outlined. They speak about the Noir urban, its environment and backdrop, and in addition the cultural (WWII) and institutional (the condominium UnAmerican actions Committee, and the construction Code management) impacts at the subgenres. An research of the low price range and sequence movie noirs offers info on these cult classics. With over two hundred entries on movies, administrators, and actors, the Encyclopedia of movie Noir is the main whole source for movie lovers, scholars, and scholars.

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The Green Ripper: A Travis McGee Novel

By John D. MacDonald

From a cherished grasp of crime fiction, The eco-friendly Ripper is one of the vintage novels that includes Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
 
Travis McGee has identified his proportion of gorgeous ladies, yet real love consistently handed him by—until Gretel. lifestyles aboard the Busted Flush hasn't ever been so candy. yet unexpectedly, Gretel dies of an unidentified illness—or so he’s informed. confident that the girl who stole his middle has been murdered, McGee reveals himself pursuing a less-than-noble reason: revenge.
 
“To diggers one thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald will be a treasure at the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
 
McGee has misplaced not just the affection of his existence but additionally his final desire for balance. quickly grief turns to blinding rage. So whilst he unearths the folks chargeable for Gretel’s loss of life, McGee is going off the rails—and off the grid, 3 thousand miles from home.
 
McGee emerges within the California woods as Tom McGraw, a fisherman searching for his long-lost daughter. This mysterious newcomer begins knocking off goals one after the other. yet as he pursues his single-minded campaign for justice, he turns into a growing number of unhinged. McGee has spent his lifestyles saving people, yet now he’ll have to locate the energy to avoid wasting himself—before he loses his mind.
 
Features a brand new creation through Lee Child

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The Cold Spot

By Tom Piccirilli

Chase used to be raised as a getaway driving force by means of his grandfather, Jonah, a con guy feared through even the hardened profession criminals who make up his staff. but if Jonah crosses the road and murders certainly one of his personal, Chase is going solo, stealing automobiles and pulling ratings around the country….And then he meets Lila, a strong-willed deputy sheriff with a beguiling smile who exhibits him what love should be. Chase is at the instantly and slender for the 1st time in his life—until tragedy hits, and he needs to reenter the darkish global of grifters and crooks. Now Chase is out for revenge—and he’ll need to flip to the single guy he hates such a lot on this planet. basically Jonah can educate Chase easy methods to develop into a stone-cold killer. yet while the 2 males interact, Chase is familiar with that their unresolved previous will finally cause them to a showdown in their personal.

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Dutch Uncle (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback))

By Peter Pavia

3 days out of criminal and attempting to remain at the correct part of the legislation, Harry Healy doesn’t actually need to get entangled with Manfred Pfiser’s drug bargains. yet he wishes the money – so he consents to make one basic delivery.

basic, that's, until eventually Harry stumbles throughout a lifeless physique, the results of a theft cooked up through an outdated cellmate of his including a former highschool baseball megastar, a trigger-happy sociopath, and a seashore bunny who can’t appear to hold her garments on.  

Now they’re all at the run – from the Miami police, from the drug kingpins they ripped off, and from one another…

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Talk of the Town (aka "Stain of Suspicion")

By Charles Williams

Stranded in a small city, a stranger falls for a suspected murderess.

Bored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his method to the Gulf of Mexico whilst he passes via a small city by way of the river. It’s a depressing little burg—four stoplights and never a lot else—and he’s nearly escaped it while a drunk’s vehicle darts out in entrance of him, inflicting a bad fender-bender. the concept of 3 days expecting his clunker to get fastened is a grim one, yet although he doesn’t are aware of it, there won’t be a lifeless minute.

Chatham reveals hospitality within the attractive kind of Mrs. Langton, lodge proprietor and native pariah. Seven months in the past her husband was once murdered, and although the police might locate no proof to aid the speculation, all people on the town is confident she killed him. Now a string of nameless threats have left her as regards to a fearful breakdown, and the violence is set to turn into actual. In a city this small there’s no room for secrets and techniques, yet lots of areas to bury a corpse.

Charles Williams (1909-1975) used to be one of many preeminent authors of yankee crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of college in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years ahead of leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of global battle II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill lady (1951) allowed him to surrender his task and write complete time for the remainder of his life.

Williams’ fresh and just a little informal narrative type distinguishes his novels, which diversity from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even if released by means of pulp homes, his paintings received nice severe acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) changing into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed by way of mythical manhattan occasions critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the display, together with useless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.
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Unknown resource epub, fresh with operating bankruptcy breaks.

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