Low Town (Low Town, Book 1)

By Daniel Polansky

Drug buyers, hustlers, brothels, soiled politics, corrupt law enforcement officials . . . 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 can find Low city. it truly is an unsightly position, and its cham­pion is an unsightly guy. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten conflict hero. self sustaining drug broker. After a fall from grace 5 years in the past, a guy often called the Warden leads a lifetime of crime, hooked on reasonable violence and dear medicines. on a daily basis is a continuing hustle to discover new consumers and shield 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 road . . . 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 is aware greater than someone 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 apartment, however the fact is way darker than he imagines. In Low city, nobody could be relied on.

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

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Blackbirder (Femmes Fatales)

By Dorothy B. Hughes

A vintage international warfare II-era noir with a page-turning plot, a forged of colorfully sinister characters and a protagonist who's thrust into the guts of political intrigue, this alluring 1943 novel parallels the undercover agent novels of Grahame Greene, Eric Ambler, and the flicks of Hitchcock and Lang. yet in -signature Hughes style, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.

Born of yankee expatriate mom and dad, Julie Guilles used to be a stunning, sheltered wealthy woman becoming up in Paris, a favourite of the “Ritz Bar” set. yet every thing replaced while the Nazis rolled into the town of lighting. After 3 years of existence underground, Julie is hiding out in big apple; yet she is familiar with difficulty is coming while the corpse of an acquaintance appears to be like on her doorstep. With a number of attainable risks on her tail—the Gestapo, the FBI and the hot 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 below the radar to convey humans to security 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 globe fight that has shattered the lives of hundreds of thousands. not like the common representations of wartime ladies as “Mrs. Minivers” guarding domestic and fireplace, Dorothy B. Hughes supplies her intrepid heroine a spot on the center of the action

Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) is the writer of diverse hardboiled secret novels. 3 of her books grew to become profitable motion pictures: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the crimson Horse (1947), and In a Lonely Place (1950), reprinted via the Feminist Press in 2003. In 1978 she was once named a Grand grasp by means of the secret Writers of America.

Femmes Fatales restores to print the simplest 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; by means of Cecile; The G-String Murders; the ladies in 3-B; In a Lonely position; Laura; mom reveals a physique; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.

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The Wrong Venus (aka "Don't Just Stand There")

By Charles Williams

From Amazon.com:

The past due Charles Williams is likely to be most sensible often called a author of taut action-adventure novels often with a nautical tie in (Dead Calm, Scorpion Reef, etc). He additionally wrote the very compelling noir masterpiece entitled the recent Spot. The fallacious Venus hence represents a one hundred eighty measure departure from William's traditional literary fare. It's an over-the-top comedy approximately americans in Paris. This very humorous booklet is populated with a couple of fascinating characters. A spinsterish authoress of top promoting intercourse soaking wet novels, a few completely inept kidnappers, a ruthless French gangster and a six foot tall blond great thing about a ghostwriter who's lovely strong at judo... to call just a couple of. There's additionally lots of slapstick motion and an abundance of very shrewdpermanent discussion. the incorrect Venus is a superbly interesting exhibit for a shockingly diversified facet to Charles William's significant talent.

*****

Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once 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 sooner than leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of worldwide warfare II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to surrender his task and write complete time for the remainder of his life.

Williams’ fresh and a little bit informal narrative variety distinguishes his novels, which diversity from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even supposing released by way of pulp homes, his paintings received nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) turning into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed through mythical long island occasions critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the monitor, 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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The Killing Kind: A Charlie Parker Thriller

By John Connolly

Irish writer John Connolly promises the 3rd novel in his bestselling, seriously acclaimed sequence that includes afflicted ex-cop grew to become detective Charlie Parker.

John Connolly takes battered ex-cop Charlie Parker on his 3rd day trip after Every lifeless Thing and Dark Hollow. nonetheless being affected by the terrible ghosts of his prior, Parker is now a disappointed inner most eye employed to enquire the conditions surrounding the loss of life of Grace Peltier—which neither her father nor a former US Senator think was once suicide. the path ends up in a mass grave in northern Maine the place a Baptist neighborhood disappeared 40 years prior. The deaths of the Baptists and style are hooked up and element towards a shadowy association often called the Fellowship. With the help of a few idiosyncratic and murderous acolytes, Parker quickly confronts the Fellowship's demonic chief and reveals himself stuck in a scenario extra grotesque than even he may well ever have imagined.

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This Sweet Sickness

By Patricia Highsmith

Following the nationwide bestseller Selected Stories, this autumn brings the republication of a gripping Highsmith classic.

In This candy Sickness, David Kelsey has an unyielding conviction that lifestyles will end up very well for him; he simply has to mend the location: he's in love with a married lady. keen about Annabelle and the lifestyles he has imagined for them, David prepares to win her over, no matter what it takes.

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The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir

By Foster Hirsch

A revised and up-to-date variation of the definitive learn of movie noir—the most unusual style of yank cinema—with a brand new afterword through the author

Since The darkish part of the Screen first seemed over 20 years in the past, it has served because the crucial tackle what has turn into one in every of today’s such a lot pervasive reveal impacts and enduringly renowned genres. masking over 100 amazing movies and providing greater than 2 hundred conscientiously selected stills, it truly is via some distance the main thorough and unique examine on hand of noir subject matters, visible motifs, personality forms, actors, and administrators. This landmark paintings covers noir in complete, from the long-lasting performances of Burt Lancaster, Joan Crawford, and Humphrey Bogart to the digicam angles, lighting fixtures results, and tale traces that symbolize the paintings of administrators Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles.

With a brand new afterword concerning the lasting legacy of noir in addition to lately rediscovered motion pictures deserving in their personal screenings along the classics, The darkish facet of the Screen reestablishes itself as either an unsurpassed source and a charming must-read for any fan of noir.
 

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Hope to Die

By Lawrence Block

While Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal domestic invasion, the full urban catches its collective breath. a couple of days later the killers take place lifeless at the back of a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his associate, then himself. the town sighs with reduction. The police officers shut the case.Matt and Elaine Scudder have been within the related room with the Hollanders hours prior to their deaths. inspite of himself, Scudder is attracted to the Hollander case. The nearer he appears to be like, the extra he senses the presence of a 3rd guy, a puppet grasp who manipulated his accomplices, then minimize their strings while he was once performed with them.The villain who looms within the shadows is one among Block's such a lot encouraged creations, chilly and diabolical, murdering for excitement and revenue. no one yet Scudder even suspects he exists — and he's now not performed killing.He's simply getting started....

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This is the fifteenth Matthew Scudder novel in 25 years, and readers of Block's noir sequence comprehend what to anticipate. It's all right here: an ideal evocation of the points of interest, sounds, and scents of recent York urban; journeys to AA conferences in church basements; Mick Ballou's bar; and the routine characters resembling Ballou, the streetwise TJ, and Elaine, the civilizing impact. during this most modern day trip, Matt and Elaine attend a "Mostly Mozart" gain live performance at Lincoln middle. on the similar live performance are a pair who're later murdered of their higher West part house. Then, the "murderers" are themselves killed in Brooklyn. with no a person quite asking him to, and for wish of anything greater to do, Scudder starts off to select at this situation until eventually the entire tale unravels ahead of him to a startling end. on occasion, the true assassin narrates a bankruptcy, which provides a cat-and-mouse aspect. yet these trying to find quickly motion won't locate it right here the speed is leisurely, and characters and set items are nearly as vital as plot. (Library Journal)

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Rumble Tumble: A Hap and Leonard Novel (5) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

By Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard is now a Sundance television series.

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are in for an action-packed event once they go paths with a towering Pentecostal preacher, a midget with a huge perspective, and a gang of bikers grew to become infantrymen of fortune.

Even even though a midlife drawback simply hit Hap Collins like a runaway pickup truck, he is nonetheless obtained his activity, he is familiar with his ally, Leonard Pine, will constantly be there for him, and naturally he is received his major squeeze, Brett Sawyer. issues hit a brand new low, besides the fact that, whilst Brett's daughter, Tillie, who has been strolling at the mistaken facet of the legislation without warning stands wanting a rescue. it really is will not be easy—it by no means is—but not anything goes to forestall Hap and Leonard as they hit the line destined for Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma to shake issues up. And with Hap and Leonard on the wheel this provides to be a wild ride.

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Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel

By John D. MacDonald

From a liked grasp of crime fiction, Nightmare in Pink is one of the vintage novels that includes Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
 
Travis McGee’s everlasting tackle is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isn’t a hell of much that compels him to depart it. other than possibly a decision from an previous military blood brother who wishes a prefer. If it wasn’t for him, McGee will not be alive. For that sort of pal, Travis McGee will shuttle nearly at any place, even long island urban. particularly while there’s a damsel in distress.
 
“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
 
The damsel in query is his previous friend’s child sister, whose fiancé has simply been murdered in what the experts declare was once a regular new york mugging. yet Nina is familiar with larger. Her soon-to-be husband were digging round, discovering scum and scandal at his actual property funding enterprise. And this scum will visit any lengths to ensure their secrets and techniques don’t get out.
 
Travis is decided to unravel issues, yet simply as he’s final in at the fact, he unearths himself drugged and brought captive. If he’s being locked up in a psychological establishment with a gentle move of substances siphoned into his physique, how can Travis continue his promise to his previous buddy? extra very important, how can he get himself out alive?
 
Features a brand new advent by way of Lee Child

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