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Hardboiled stand-alones?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Jarossi Apr 27, 2009.

 

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May 7, 2009
Robin Jarossi replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"How about Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen – not very Chandleresque, but funny."
Apr 27, 2009
Dave Zeltserman replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"A recent book to check out is Roger Smith's Mixed Blood--this is about as hardboiled as you're going to get. Some older books--Dead City by Shane Stevens, Name of the Game is Death by Dan Marlowe, Cockfighter, The Woman Chaser, The…"
Apr 24, 2009
Neil Nyren replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"Anything by Charlie Huston -- trust me on this."
Apr 23, 2009
Donna Moore replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"Tony Black's PAYING FOR IT. Not a standalone (there are currently 2) features an ex journalist and is set in Edinburgh. Or Al Guthrie's KISS HER GOODBYE )also set in Edinburgh). You could try Joe Lansdale's THE BOTTOMS - the…"
Apr 23, 2009
minervaK replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"For my money you can do no better than Megan Abbott."
Apr 23, 2009
John McFetridge replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"Have you ever read any Christopher Brookmeyer? He's a series charcter, journalist Jack Parlabane, but he also writes stand-alones and at least one of them, A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away, is about a high school teacher (and a couple of students)…"
Apr 23, 2009
John Dodds replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"I've written just such a book, as it happens. BONE MACHINES will shortly be available as a free e-book on my blog, but it was originally published by Bright Spark publishing in the UK in 2007. It's not USA, though, but set in Scotland. But…"
Apr 23, 2009
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Apr 22, 2009
Brian O'Neill replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"Thanks for all of the responses--even from those of you who saw fit to recommend your own books. I have already read much of Elmore Leonard's work, and I agree that it fits the bill. I will definitely check out Chasing the Dime. I love…"
Apr 22, 2009
steve reeder replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"Brian go to www.abook2read.com and have a look at the title 'Adrenalin Rush' It's exactly what you are looking for!"
Apr 22, 2009
Denis OLeary replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"The first one that came to mind for me was Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly."
Apr 22, 2009
John McFetridge replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"There are a lot of Elmore Leonard novels that might fit this, although often the "civilian" is on the other side of the law. Chili Palmer in Get Shorty and Be Cool, Harry Arno in Pronto, that kind of thing. And they're all good."
Apr 22, 2009
Jack Getze replied to Brian O'Neill's discussion Hardboiled stand-alones?
"LA BRAVA is a great place to start reading Elmore Leonard. Just what you describe, if I remember right. A Vietnam vet runs a second-rate motel in Florida. Bad stuff happens... :-)"
Apr 22, 2009
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Hardboiled stand-alones?

Hi, everyone. I'm looking for recommended titles that DO NOT feature a private investigator, cop, reporter, lawyer, etc. I'm looking for stand-alone books, where a civilian is pulled out of his everyday life to become involved in a mystery/adventure. My preference is for a male protagonist, and something stylistically similar to Chandler, Hammett, and MacDonald (although I don't have a preference for whether the book is modern older).Thanks in advance for any recommendations!--BrianSee More
Apr 22, 2009

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At 8:54pm on June 25, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Brian, I wanted to introduce to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.

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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

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