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By Mary Higgins Clark, Roxane Azimi. 1997
By Pol Koutsakis. 2017
Stratos hates being called a hitman He takes care of problems Permanently Problems that people pay handsomely… to have solved His clients don t want to know the details but Stratos is conscientious He will only take on a job if his research shows that the targets deserve their fate In the midst of the Greek economic crisis Stratos takes on the highest-profile case of his career The most celebrated lawyer in Greece and his beautiful actress wife both bid for his services but which one is telling the truth Helped by his three childhood friends Drag a homicide cop Teri a high-class transgender sex worker and Maria the love of his and Drag s life he realises that truth is always relative Especially when shattered loves and broken families are involved
By Mayra Santos-Febres. 2016
"Santos-Febres and 13 other contributors of Puerto Rican heritage take full advantage of San Juan's wide range of disparities between… rich and poor, weak and powerful, tourists and residents, in this fine addition to Akashic's noir anthology series."--Publisher's Weekly"I have never been to San Juan, Puerto Rico, but I traveled some of its streets in these stories. Of course, the city is more than noir. That's what I love about the Akashic Noir stories, these are not the Tourist Bureau stories of the city. They are gritty, sometimes nasty, sometimes gross, but always interesting."- Tonstant Weader Reviews"San Juan Noir is a brilliantly polished literary gem that showcases life on the fringes of society. Every tale glows in its own darkness, piercingly tugging at the remnants of human decency. We must do better, it screams. Yes, we must. Highly recommended."-- Jamaica GleanerAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Brand-new stories by: Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos, Ernesto Quiñonez, Mayra Santos-Febres, José Rabelo, Luis Negrón, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Ana María Fuster Lavín, Janette Becerra, Manolo Núñez Negrón, Tere Dávila, Edmaris Carazo, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Charlie Vázquez, and Manuel A. Meléndez. Translated by Will Vanderhyden.From the introduction by Mayra Santos-Febres:"Puerto Rico is often portrayed as sandy beaches, casinos, luxury hotels, relaxation, and never-ending pleasure--a place that satisfies all senses and appetites.Yet the city of San Juan is much more than that. The capital of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is the oldest Spanish settlement in all the territories and colonies of the United States. Since Puerto Rico is economically dependent on the US, the financial downturn of 2008 hit us hard. Many Puerto Ricans have left the island, looking for a better life. Crime has risen and the black market has thrived. As in many crises, art, music, and literature have also flourished. Never before has there been so much literary production. We have responded to our crisis with many stories to tell. And, especially in these times, many of those stories are noir...I hope these stories spark your imagination, and reveal a side of Puerto Rico otherwise obscured by the tourist trade and preconceptions. Maybe it will also pique your curiosity, and you will come visit our 'pearl of the Caribbean.'"
By Anthea Bell, Hans Werner Kettenbach. 1994
By Anthea Bell, Hans Werner Kettenbach. 2001
By Howard Curtis, Gianrico Carofiglio. 2006
A man gets sixteen years for smuggling drugs into Italy Guerrieri takes on the appeal discovers the accused… was a neo-Fascist thug and ends up in bed with his beautiful half-Japanese wife the gnawing boredom of routine
By Harlan Coben, Otto Penzler. 2011
The Best American Series First Best and Best-SellingThe Best American series is the premier annual showcase for… the country s finest short fiction and nonfiction Each volume s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines journals and websites A special guest editor a leading writer in the field then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 includesLawrence Block Brendan DuBois Loren D Estleman Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin Ed Gorman Richard Lange S J Rozan Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins and others
By Lisa Scottoline, Otto Penzler. 2013
A best-selling novelist and Edgar Award winner, Lisa Scottoline brings her mastery of the thriller genre as well as her… wit and heart to this collection of the must-reads in mysteries.
By Marek Hlasko, Tomasz Mirkowicz. 1967
"Hlasko was an original. His novels were fearless, his vision unsparing, and decades later, his darkly brilliant work has lost… none of its power to unsettle. He achieved what few other writers ever have: he turned the literary landscape into a much more interesting place than it was when he found it." --Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, Last Night in Montreal and The Singer's Gun"Blowtorch of a novel . . . matchless and prescient."-Publishers Weekly"Spokesman for those who were angry and beat . . . turbulent, temperamental, and tortured."-The New York Times"A self-taught writer with an uncanny gift for narrative and dialogue . . . a born rebel and troublemaker of immense charm."-Roman PolanskiIn this novel of breathtaking tension and sweltering love, two desperate friends on the edge of the law-one of them tough and gutsy, the other small and scared-travel to the southern Israeli city of Eilat to find work. There, Dov Ben Dov, the handsome native Israeli with a reputation for causing trouble, and Israel, his sidekick, stay with Ben Dov's recently married younger brother, Little Dov, who has enough trouble of his own. Local toughs are encroaching on Little Dov's business, and he enlists his older brother to drive them away. It doesn't help that a beautiful German widow named Ursula is rooming next door. What follows is a story of passion, deception, violence, and betrayal, all conveyed in hardboiled prose reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a cinematic style that would make Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando green with envy.Marek Hlasko, known as the James Dean of Eastern Europe, was exiled from Communist Poland and spent his life wandering the globe. He died in 1969 of an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills in Wiesbaden, Germany.
By Matthew Heiti. 2013
?A northern gothic noir, The City Still Breathing is an acid-washed love letter to the 1980s. A body is found… on the side of a highway. Naked, throat slashed, no identification. It disappears from the back of a police van and begins a strange odyssey, making its way, over the course of one early winter night, around a northern Ontario town and through the lives and dreams of eleven very different people. These eleven people - from the police officers who retrieve the body to the teenager who carries it away to the young woman planning to strike out for Toronto and Sudbury's local drug dealer - are all damaged in some way, and eventually, through the body itself, are brought together in a strange moment of violence.
By Otto Penzler. 2007
If ever a subject begged to be associated with crime it is gambling writes Otto Penzler in his introduction… to this collection of short stories set at the poker table and beyond In Walter Mosley s Mister In-Between a bagman is sent to collect from a rigged poker game but soon begins to wonder who the real mark is In One Dollar Jackpot Michael Connelly s detective Harry Bosch finds himself looking for tells when facing off against a professional poker player in the interrogation room And a young woman learns how to bluff the hard way in Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman In these and others stories aces of the mystery-writing world-including Joyce Carol Oates Alexander McCall Smith Jeffery Deaver John Lescroart and others-combine to form a winning hand
By Otto Penzler. 2017
Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler s new anthology brings together the most cunning ruthless and brilliant criminals in… mystery fiction for the biggest compendium of bad guys and girls ever assembled The best mysteries--whether detective historical police procedural cozy or comedy--have one thing in common a memorable perpetrator For every Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade in noble pursuit there s a Count Dracula a Lester Leith or a Jimmy Valentine These are the rogues and villains who haunt our imaginations--and who often have more in common with their heroic counterparts than we might expect Now for the first time ever Otto Penzler gathers the iconic traitors thieves con men sociopaths and killers who have crept through the mystery canon over the past 150 years captivating and horrifying readers in equal measure The 72 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most depraved of psyches from iconic antiheroes like Maurice Leblanc s Ars ne Lupin and Sax Rohmer s Dr Fu Manchu to contemporary delinquents like Lawrence Block s Ehrengraf and Donald Westlake s Dortmunder and include unforgettable tales by Robert Louis Stevenson Bram Stoker Washington Irving Jack London H G Wells Sinclair Lewis O Henry Edgar Wallace Leslie Charteris Erle Stanley Gardner Edward D Hoch Max Allan Collins Loren D Estleman and many more
By Sue Pike, Joan Boswell. 2005
This newest anthology of short crime fiction from the Ladies’ Killing Circle takes a spirited look at baby boomers as… they go from young, hairy and hip to old, bald and bad. The children of the sixties are are up to no good in another wicked anthology from this prolific collective of writers. The editors, themselves celebrated short crime fiction writers, have assembled such luminaries of crime fiction as Barbara Fradkin, H. Mel Malton, Vicki Cameron and Melanie Fogel, as well as Arthur Ellis Award winners Barbara Fradkin, Mary Jane Maffini and Sue Pike.
By Sue Pike, Joan Boswell. 2001
Sport, fitness, games and murder are the main themes of this collection of wicked and witty crime fiction and poetry… by the Ladies’ Killing Circle, who brought you Menopause is Murder and Cottage Country Killers. From the gym to the golf course to the supposedly peaceful practice of tai chi, murder, rage and revenge refuse to respect the human quest for immortality through fitness and can victimize the most tanned and toned bodies as easily as those of couch potatoes and gourmands. Excessive good health can lead to an early demise in this energetic new anthology. You’ll watch your back in the hot tub after reading this book…
By Mel Bradshaw. 2004
Winner of the 2004 ForeWord Book of the Year Award Toronto in 1856 is industrializing with little time for scruple… or sentiment. When Reform politician William Sheridan dies suddenly and his daughter Theresa vanishes, only one man persists in asking questions. A former suitor of Theresa’s, bank cashier Isaac Harris has never managed to forget her, despite her marriage to another man. Thrust into the role of amateur detective, he must now struggle with the demands of his job and the shortcomings of the fledgling city police. He also faces the hostility of Theresa’s powerful husband, a steamboat and railway magnate. Harris’s search takes a grisly turn when, in a valley outside of town, he finds human remains decked in traces of Theresa’s finery. If she is dead, who is responsible? And who cares to find out, apart from the man who wooed her too timidly and now would do anything to make up for it? Death in the Age of Steam whirls the reader through a richly realized Victorian landscape, from Niagara Falls to Montreal and north as far as the shores of Lake Superior. It’s a world at once near and exotic, a world of noise and smoke and churning pistons, but a world still very familiar to denizens of the 21st century.
By David Skene-Melvin. 1997
"There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold;The Arctic trails have their… secret tales That would make your blood run cold." Robert W. Service, "The Cremation of Sam McGee." The High Arctic has long been a land of romance, a magnet drawing adventurers. From the 60th Parallel to the North Pole across the tundra and the Barren Lands, the Far North has beckoned the brave, the foolhardy, and the curious. The mystery of the Land of the Midnight Sun has fascinated poets and writers, painters and sculptors, no less than scientists and explorers. In this anthology, a spectrum of Canadian writers explore in their imaginations crime and malfeasance and thrilling danger under the flickering Northern Lights. Come mushing down these secret trails with John Ballem, John Buchan, Rose De Shaw, Carol Newhouse, Marjorie Pickthall, James Powell, Peter Sellers, Robert W. Service, and Eric Wright, as they probe the wilderness of human evil in this entertaining melange of short stories old and new. From the paleolithic to high-tech oil drilling, the enduring saga of crime and punishment is told by these talented story-spinners in these tales of detection, mystery, and adventure.
By Colin Wilson, G. J. Schaefer, Sondra London. 1995
Including a foreword by a woman who once dated him, the perverse, violent stories, poetry, and fantastic scribblings of a… man convicted in 1972 of murdering two women chart the killer's extreme pathology.
By Peter Maravelis. 2009
Classic reprints from: Ambrose Bierce, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Jack London, Fletcher Flora, Bill Pronzini, Joe Gores, Janet Dawson, Oscar… Penaranda, Seth Morgan, Craig Clevenger, and others.Peter Maravelis is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of the first volume of San Francisco Noir. He's been known to occasionally moonlight with private investigators.
By John Sandford, Otto Penzler. 2017
“A venerable series . . . there isn’t enough Xanax in anyone’s medicine cabinet to calm the jitters these twenty… skillful stories will unleash.” —Kirkus Reviews Number-one New York Times best-selling author John Sandford—“one of the great summer-read novelists of all time” (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)—selects the best mystery writing of the year that “will have you on the edge of your seat” (USA Today).
By Arturo Pérez Reverte. 1998
Tercera entrega de Las aventuras del capitï¿½n Alatriste, El sol de Breda escenifica las batallas y el asedio de la… ciudad de Breda en 1625 por los Tercios espaï¿½oles en Flandes. El joven vasco ï¿½ï¿½igo de Balboa es el narrador, como siempre, pero ahora adquiere en este relato un papel mï¿½s protagonista: es mochilero del tercio viejo de Cartagena, donde sirve de ayudante a su amo el capitï¿½n Alatriste, y empuï¿½a por primera vez las armas en el combate.