By Jim Thompson
Mitch Corley has a female friend with dear tastes and a ruthless spouse who refuses to turn into an "ex" with no significant reimbursement. He wishes substantial cash and he wishes it quick. Which makes Texas Mitch's typical vacation spot, on the grounds that nowhere are wealthy males extra vulnerable to stake large sums on a roll of the cube. the one challenge is that Texans are sore losers--and they've got merciless and creative methods of having again at a person who cheats them.
Texas by way of the Tail is a high-spirited, horny, and ingeniously plotted novel of the grifting lifestyles, through a author who's a digital encyclopedia of the con, the rip-off, and the double pass.
By Charles Williams
By Dorothy B. Hughes
A vintage global warfare II-era noir with a page-turning plot, a solid of colorfully sinister characters and a protagonist who's thrust into the center of political intrigue, this fascinating 1943 novel parallels the undercover agent novels of Grahame Greene, Eric Ambler, and the movies of Hitchcock and Lang. yet in -signature Hughes type, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.
Born of yankee expatriate mom and dad, Julie Guilles was once a good looking, sheltered wealthy woman growing to be up in Paris, a favourite of the “Ritz Bar” set. yet every little thing replaced whilst the Nazis rolled into the town of lighting. After 3 years of lifestyles underground, Julie is hiding out in big apple; yet she is aware difficulty is coming whilst the corpse of an acquaintance seems to be on her doorstep. With a bunch of attainable hazards on her tail—the Gestapo, the FBI and the recent York cops—she embarks on a determined trip to Santa Fe looking for her final, top wish. “The Blackbirder”is a legend between refugees, a trafficker in human souls who flies lower than the radar to carry humans to safeguard around the Mexican border—for a price.
With no assets at her disposal yet a smuggled diamond necklace and her personal razor-sharp wits, Julie needs to navigate a tangle of dangers—and take a stand within the around the world fight that has shattered the lives of hundreds of thousands. unlike the common representations of wartime ladies as “Mrs. Minivers” guarding domestic and fireside, Dorothy B. Hughes offers her intrepid heroine a spot on the center of the action
Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) is the writer of various hardboiled secret novels. 3 of her books turned profitable movies: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the purple Horse (1947), and In a Lonely Place (1950), reprinted through the Feminist Press in 2003. In 1978 she was once named a Grand grasp through the secret Writers of America.
Femmes Fatales restores to print the easiest of women’s writing within the vintage pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From secret to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, those rediscovered queens of pulp provide subversive views on a turbulent period. benefit from the sequence: Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is lacking; through Cecile; The G-String Murders; the women in 3-B; In a Lonely position; Laura; mom unearths a physique; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.
By Ken Bruen
America—the land of chance, a spot the place financial prosperity beckons: yet now not for PI Jack Taylor, who’s simply been refused access. dissatisfied and sour, he thinks that an come upon with a very pleasant stranger in an airport bar is the least of his difficulties. other than that this stranger turns out to know much greater than he may still approximately Jack. Jack thinks not more in their assembly and resumes his previous lifestyles in Galway.
but if he’s referred to as to enquire a pupil murder—connected to an elusive Mr. K—he recalls the fellow from the airport. Is the stranger rather who he says he's? With assistance from the Jameson, Jack struggles to make feel of all of it. After a number of extra murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he could have met his nemesis. yet why has he been selected? and will he particularly have taken at the satan himself?
Suspenseful, haunting, and completely unique, The Devil is Bruen at his absolute best.
By John Connolly
What's the worst factor you've ever done?
"There are a few truths so bad that they need to no longer be spoken aloud, so appalling that even to recognize them is to chance sacrificing a vital a part of one's humanity, to exist in a chillier, crueler global than before."
Randall Haight has a mystery: he's a convicted assassin, a guy with the blood of a tender woman on his arms. He has outfitted a brand new existence for himself within the small Maine city of Pastor's Bay, yet somebody has stumbled on the reality approximately him. he's being laid low with anonymously despatched reminders of his crime. He wishes deepest detective Charlie Parker to lead them to cross away.
But one other lady has long gone lacking, this time from Pastor's Bay itself, and her relatives has its personal secrets and techniques to guard. Now, in a city outfitted on blood and shadowed via outdated ghosts, Parker needs to resolve a twisted background of violence and deceit concerning the police and the FBI, a doomed mobster and his enemies, and Randall Haight himself.
Because Randall is telling lies...
By David Goodis
In 1997 The Library of America's Crime Novels: American Noir collected, in volumes, 11 vintage works of the Thirties, 40s, and 50s--among them David Goodis's moody and very lyrical masterpiece Down There, tailored by means of François Truffaut for his 1960 movie Shoot the Piano Player. Now, The Library of the United States and editor Robert Polito crew up back to have a good time the complete scope of Goodis's signature kind with this landmark quantity amassing 5 nice novels from the peak of his profession. Goodis (1917-1967) used to be a Philadelphia- born pulp expressionist who introduced a jazzy type to his spare, passionate novels of suggest streets and doomed protagonists: an blameless guy railroaded for his wife's homicide (Dark Passage); an artist whose existence turns nightmarish due to a cache of stolen cash (Nightfall); a dockworker looking to understand his sister's brutal demise (The Moon within the Gutter); a petty legal derailed through impossible to resist ardour (The Burglar); and a recognized crooner scarred via violence and descending into dereliction (Street of No Return). lengthy a cult favourite, Goodis now takes his position along Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett within the pantheon of vintage American crime writers.
By Joe Gores
Gores has the excellence of successful the MWA Edgar in 3 different types: for his debut novel, A Time of Predators, a quick tale and a television movie. he's on the most sensible of his shape during this swiftly-paced story approximately what occurs while Runyan Elliot walks out of San Quentin, having served his sentence. Refusing the provided support of his brother artwork, a labor-union chief, Runyan begins his new lifestyles, meaning to get well the cache of jewels he have been stuck stealing. yet his plans are inhibited by means of many importunate humans, grasping for the jewels: an assurance investigator able to cut price for his or her go back; a gangster prepared to kill to snatch the stones; Runyan's associate within the robbery who had escaped felony, and others. most crucial to Runyan is gorgeous Louise Graham. Pretending to interview him for a booklet approximately ex-convicts, Louise turns into his lover and strength betrayer. occasions engender possible unending chilling ramifications, the suspense, punctuated via the author's earthy wit. Louise and Runyan's brother, paintings, play decisive roles within the drama; so does the destiny of the buried treasure. 50,000 promo.
By James M Cain
"Of Mignon, Mr. Cain says: it's a continuation, in subject, of a prior e-book, prior All Dishonor, within which the hero is tempted, by means of his love for a woman, so moderate his accountability - now not a lot, slightly bit."
By Lawrence Block
Matt Scudder is eventually top a comfy lifestyles. The crime rate's down and the inventory market's up. Gentrification's prettying-up the outdated local. the hot York streets do not glance so suggest anymore.
Then all hell breaks loose.
Scudder fast discovers the spruced-up sidewalks are as suggest as ever, darkish and gritty and stained with blood. he is residing in an international the place the earlier is a minefield, the current is a warfare region, and the future's an open query. it is a global the place not anything is bound and nobody's secure, a random universe the place no one's survival will be taken without any consideration. now not even his own.
A global the place every body dies.