Jimmy the Kid

By Donald E. Westlake, Michael Kramer

"Taking cues from a pulp novel, Dortmunder arranges a kidnapping. Kelp has a plan, and John Dortmunder is aware that implies hassle. His pal Kelp is a jinx, and his schemes, irrespective of how good intentioned, are inclined to spiral quick uncontrolled. yet this one, Kelp swears, is hermetic. He learn it in a publication. In county lock-up for a site visitors cost, Kelp stumbled on a library of trashy novels by means of an writer named Richard Stark. The hero is a thief named Parker whose plans, in contrast to Kelp and Dortmunder's, continuously determine. in a single, Parker orchestrates a kidnapping so awesome that, Kelp thinks, it is going to need to paintings in genuine lifestyles. notwithstanding indignant that his traditional function as planner has been usurped, Dortmunder is of the same opinion to aim utilizing the unconventional as a blueprint. regrettably, what's uncomplicated at the web page turns advanced in genuine lifestyles, and there's no e-book to lead him throughout the insanity he's signed on for."--OverDrive.

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Hell's Half Acre

By Will Christopher Baer

Solid adrift after the blood symphony of Penny Dreadful, Phineas Poe tracks Jude to San Francisco, the place he reveals her concerned with John Ransom Miller, a prosperous sociopath assisting Jude s revenge fantasies in trade for her complicity in an unspeakable crime. by myself and outgunned, Poe hopes he can keep Jude from herself, make experience of his personal earlier, and navigate the tortuous inner panorama he calls Hell s part Acre.

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Sleep with the Devil

By Day Keene

Ferron used to be sizeable, tricky and ruthless—he'd holiday your arm once examine you. He had the morals of a tomcat and the instincts of a rattlesnake. yet Ferron was once sitting lovely. In long island urban he had Lydia —a attractive redhead who enjoyed him to distraction. Upstate he had Amy—lovely, virginal and filthy rich; she may possibly not often wait until they have been married. within the trunk of his battered motor vehicle he had 100000 dollars.
—And he had actually gotten away with homicide! Ferron was once very fortunate. Then his international began to come aside on the seams with shattering suddenness ...

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A Quiet Flame: A Bernie Gunther Novel

By Philip Kerr

Bernie Gunther returns to path a serial killer in 1950's Buenos Aires

while he brought Bernie Gunther within the unique Berlin Noir trilogy, Philip Kerr instantly validated himself as a mystery author on par with Raymond Chandler. His new Bernie Gunther novels have received him comparisons with Alan Furst, John le Carré, and Graham Greene. A Quiet Flame unearths Gunther in Argentina, circa 1950, the place he- falsely accused of Nazi struggle crimes-has been provided a brand new lifestyles and a fresh passport by way of the Perón govt. however the difficult, fast-talking detective does not have the luxurious of laying low whilst a serial killer- whose crimes may well achieve again to Berlin prior to the war-is mutilating younger women. Taut, gritty, and loaded with evocative ancient aspect, A Quiet Flame is between Kerr's top paintings but.

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Breakout

By Richard Stark

Parker's again in reformatory, yet not only any previous reformatory; it is the correctional middle, the place humans with out bail wait earlier than and through their trial. So Parker's first order of commercial is to construct a community between those cons and holiday on via to the opposite part. as soon as out, he will get interested in a heist manage by way of considered one of his co-conspirators, however the deal heads south, and Parker and his fellow escapees are operating for his or her lives. A solid of police officers, busybodies, snitches, and susceptible hyperlinks quick have the partitions remaining in on him. For Parker, the final word jailbreak is ready to start.

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If The Coffin Fits

By Day Keene

Day Keene wrote just a couple of novels with a p.i. because the major personality, yet this can be one in all them. i feel it's a diffusion of a pulp story, yet I'm uncertain. besides, Tom Doyle is the first-person narrator. He has his personal employer in Chicago. he is taking a role in primary urban, Nevada, to assist out an previous pal, who desires Doyle to end up a guy blameless of homicide. whereas he's at it, Doyle's additionally going to need to freshen up important urban, that's a type of corrupt cities replete with playing, prostitution, and police officers at the take, all less than the regulate of Mr. Big.

As quickly as Doyle steps off the airplane, he's in a struggle, and after that issues by no means decelerate as Doyle is overwhelmed, drugged, overwhelmed, drugged, propositioned, jailed, and overwhelmed. in the meantime a lot of people are loss of life, simply as others have died prior to while they've come just about uncovering Mr. tremendous. the tale occurs over a few days, and the single sleep Doyle will get is while he's knocked subconscious (which is usually) or drugged. the tale is lots extra advanced than i will describe right here, yet it's loads of enjoyable. in case you just like the outdated pulp-styled p.i. tales, you'd discover a lot to love right here. i do know I did.

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Shakedown: Freddy Otash Confesses (Kindle Single)

By James Ellroy

James Ellroy is an American unique of the main profane order. The bestselling writer of the noir classics "L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dahlia," and "The chilly Six Thousand," he has been hailed by way of the "Los Angeles occasions" as "one of the simplest writers of our era." In his most up-to-date brief fiction, "Shakedown," he's as frenetically wicked as ever, minting an antihero who's a cad for the ages.

Meet Freddy Otash: corrupt cop became sleaze hustler, extortionist, pimp, and a precise old determine who made the Fifties journal "Confidential" the go-to resource for the sins of the wealthy and recognized. In his leading, Freddy raised hell, and within the pages of "Shakedown" he reveals himself in purgatory—literally—waiting for a move. Will he make it to heaven, or is his destiny trending south? Promised redemption if he confesses, Freddy writes a tell-all peopled by way of Hollywood greats like Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and Gary Cooper (to identify a few), who're as much as every type of improper. Threesomes, foursomes, men’s room misadventures—anything is going during this licentious world.

"Shakedown" explodes the postwar the USA of June and Ward Cleaver and breathes randy new lifestyles into the guy who whetted our nationwide urge for food for intercourse and scandal and whose loss of scruples makes today’s gossip tradition appear nearly blameless. What’s actual and what’s fiction? Ellroy’s no longer telling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Ellroy is the writer of the groundbreaking Underworld united states Trilogy of novels—“American Tabloid,” “The chilly Six Thousand,” and “Blood’s a Rover.” His L.A. Quartet novels—“The Black Dahlia,” “The great Nowhere,” “L.A. Confidential,” and “White Jazz”—were overseas bestsellers. “My darkish Places,” his memoir, was once a “Time” most sensible ebook of the yr and a “New York occasions” awesome ebook in 1996. His novel “The chilly Six Thousand” was once a “New York occasions” remarkable publication and a “Los Angeles instances” top booklet for 2001. Ellroy lives in l. a..

PRAISE FOR “SHAKEDOWN”

Need paint peeled? pores and skin flensed? Zombies repelled? disclose the matter to Ellroy’s scabrous, excoriating glance in the back of the curtains of golden-era la and presto—solved. … most certainly no longer great, although if you happen to like your language salty sufficient to drift on with no ever hitting water, then this is often simply the item. —Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR JAMES ELLROY

“Ellroy rips into American tradition like a chainsaw in an abattoir.” —Time

“Bold, electrifying. … Ellroy strips prose to its uncooked, glowing bone. … James Ellroy is an American unique, a worldly primitive as tender because the snick-snick! of a pump shotgun and as refined because the inevitable blast.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Ellroy’s characters are drawn with a company brush, he has an outstanding line in flinty, sardonic discussion, and also you extraordinarily need to know how the whole lot goes to see within the end.” —The manhattan Times

“More than the other modern writer, Ellroy will get contained in the cranium of the sadistic psychopath. … a real original.” —Jonathan Kellerman

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River Girl

Now here's Charles Williams' River lady, in each manner a huge of a book--the tale of a guy and a girl who met and knew immediately that now not all of the international could tear them aside. River lady, first released in 1951 as "The Catfish Triangle," is a ebook that stocks a few similarities with Cain's The Postman continuously jewelry two times. Down in swamp nation a deputy sheriff meets and falls in love with a tender lass, yet her husband stands within the way... for a time.

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Texas by the Tail

By Jim Thompson

Mitch Corley has a female friend with dear tastes and a ruthless spouse who refuses to develop into an "ex" with no significant reimbursement. He wishes monstrous funds and he wishes it speedy. Which makes Texas Mitch's average vacation spot, on the grounds that nowhere are wealthy males extra susceptible to stake large sums on a roll of the cube. the single challenge is that Texans are sore losers--and they've got merciless and inventive methods of having again at an individual who cheats them.

Texas via the Tail is a high-spirited, horny, and ingeniously plotted novel of the grifting lifestyles, by means of a author who's a digital encyclopedia of the con, the rip-off, and the double move.

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