By James Sallis
They name him Lucky—but he hasn't ever had a fortunate day in his existence. A nineteen-year-old hobo simply commencing to journey the rails, he's hiding within the coal automobile whilst the railroad detective comes via. They get right into a scuffle, and Lucky’s hand unearths a railroad spike. sooner than he understands it, he has smashed the investigator’s head and shoved him out of the auto. If he hurries, if he’s fortunate, he'll come back to l. a. in time to set up an alibi, burn his outfits, and keep away from the electrical chair. yet as fortunate will detect, the deadliest danger is lurking inside of his personal mind.
“Dead guy” is only one of the phenomenal tales incorporated during this quantity. the writer of a few of the main hard-boiled prose ever written, James M. Cain understood worry in all its forms—and knew larger than somebody the fear of a killer at the run.
By Cornell Woolrich
A new Pegasus Crime version of the landmark noir novel by way of "the ultimate grasp of suspense." (Marilyn Stasio, The big apple occasions publication Review)
In Woolrich's iconic story, Detective Tom Shawn saves a beautiful younger lady from a suicide try one evening, and later hears her tale. She is in melancholy as the loss of life of her filthy rich father has been anticipated by way of a self assurance guy probably proficient with the facility of clairvoyance; a guy whose predictions have unerringly aided her father in his company time and again ahead of. Shawn and a squad of detectives examine this dire prediction and check out to steer clear of the millionaire businessman from assembly his ordained finish on the stroke of nighttime.
One of Cornell Woolrich's such a lot influential novels, this vintage noir story of a guy suffering from his skill to work out the longer term is arguably the author's top in its depiction of a doomed imaginative and prescient of predestination.
By Jason Starr
Issues aren’t going so good for Richie Segal. His clients on the task are beautiful depressing and, what’s extra humiliating, his wife’s clients at her task are beautiful reliable. Richie is aware he’s a great salesman, yet he simply can’t appear to land an account. And he’s commencing to drink back. And fear approximately no matter if Paula’s due to the fact that previous highschool flame, or perhaps somebody new. It’s a bit early, at thirty-four, for a mid-life predicament, yet that’s pretty well what it seems like. And there’re these unwelcome thoughts of the local bully, Michael Rudnick and what he did to Richie while he was once 13. Richie Segal’s feeling, good, abused.
Just while Richie’s approximately as little as he can get, he runs into Rudnick in the street and understands precisely what he must do. And unexpectedly issues appear to be going far better. that's until eventually they get a lot, a lot worse. within the vintage culture of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain, Hard Feelings is novel that shall we us into the brain of a standard man in a position to issues that even he couldn’t have imagined.
By Chester Himes
At as soon as grotesquely comedian and unflinchingly violent, Blind Man With a Pistol is the ultimate access in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series.
New York is sweltering in the summertime warmth, and Harlem is with regards to the boiling aspect. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, now and then it kind of feels as though the total international has long past mad. making an attempt, as continuously, to maintain a few form of peace—their mythical nickel-plated Colts a great deal in evidence—Coffin Ed and Grave Digger locate themselves pursuing totally different situations via a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to rip Harlem apart.
By Raymond Chandler
A film starlet with a gangster boyfriend and 2 siblings with a shared mystery entice Marlowe into the fewer than glamorous and greater than a bit harmful international of Hollywood popularity. Chandler's first foray into the that dominates the corporate city that's la.
By Lawrence Block
Bad cop Jerry Broadfield did not make any associates at the strength whilst he volunteered to squeal to an formidable d.a. approximately police corruption. Now he'saccused of murdering a decision lady. Matthew Scudder does not imagine Broadfield's a killer, however the police officers are not approximately to aid the unlicensed p.i. turn out it -- they usually might do much worse than simply get in his way.
By David Goodis
"Nobody does depression like [Goodis] did!"—Time Out
Alvin Darby’s cozy, heart type way of life is plunged into turmoil whilst he starts to suspect his spouse of adultery and is at the same time haunted by means of stories of his adolescence courting along with his sister. Alvin deserts the family members domestic and strikes to the Tenderloin the place he's taking up back along with his ex-girlfriend, Geraldine, who's now a cocaine addict. There, he plans the homicide of his previous pal, Pete Lanson, whom he suspects of being his wife’s lover.
Born in Philadelphia in 1917, David Goodis used to be the writer of many noir classics—Dark Passage, The Burglar, Moon within the Gutter, Shoot the Piano Player—many of which were made into cult movies. His books are at present having fun with a substantial revival of curiosity. David Goodis died in 1967.
By Dashiell Hammett
A treasure worthy killing for. Sam Spade, a marginally shopworn deepest eye along with his personal solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fats guy identify Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a stunning and treacherous lady whose loyalties shift on the drop of a dime. those are the materials of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a unique that has haunted 3 generations of readers.
By Richard Stark
“Westlake understands accurately tips to seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip till get away is impossible.”—Washington submit booklet World
“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there earlier than. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does with no Leonard. . . . outdated grasp that he's, Stark does them all one better.”—Los Angeles Times
“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are one of the small variety of books I learn again and again. omit all that crap you’ve been telling your self approximately War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll wish on that wilderness island.”—Lawrence Block