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MAX ALLAN COLLINS - QUARRY'S LIST (1976)

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Killer-for-hire Quarry is trying to lie low when he gets a midnight visit from two other gunmen sent by an old associate. Someone wants Quarry off the scene--for keeps. Back in print, this early crime novel by the author of The Road to Perdition shows once again that…
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Added by Colman on March 9, 2016 at 6:37pm — No Comments

BILL PRONZINI - SCATTERSHOT (1982)

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Business is booming for Nameless; he's started in on three new cases in one week. But every single one of them turns bad some way. In the first, a husband disappears from a car that Nameless has been following. In the second, a woman is mysteriously…
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Added by Colman on March 8, 2016 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Review: "Where It Hurts: A Novel" by Reed Farrel Coleman

Retired Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy is living a dead existence. Alive, barely functioning, and deep in a well of painful memories that has destroyed his marriage, his relationships, and nearly him. He has been that way since his son died. Divorced, he drives a courtesy van at night for The Paragon Hotel of …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 2:38am — No Comments

Review: "Favorite Kills" from the Top Suspense Group

The anthology Top Suspense: Favorite Kills features 12 very strong suspense tales. Assembled and published in 2011 by Top Suspense Group the short stories are ones that were previously published in various places. Due to their length as short stories one can’t go into too much detail…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 2:12am — No Comments

Review: "Thuglit: Issue 21" Editors Todd Robinson, Allison Glassgow, and Julie Mccarron

Thuglit: Issue 21 continues the anthology tradition of hard hitting noir stories. Eight new stories that tell tales of folks living on the edges doing what needs to be done due to compulsion or  to survive. Of course, since these are short stories, it is not possible to say much as to do otherwise…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 1:12am — No Comments

Review: "A Judgement In Stone" by Ruth Rendell

We know from the first line of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone who did the crime. Eunice Parchman killed the Cloverdale family. We know from the second line of the compelling book the reason why she did it. But, that reason is far more complicated than described. Yet, at the same time, it…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 8, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

MAX ALLAN COLLINS - SCRATCH FEVER (1982)

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Return of a femme fatale. Beautiful, homicidal Julie has one lethal solution for every problem. And now Nolan and his sometime sidekick Jon have gotten on Julie's "problem" list. If a pair of out-of-town hitmen can't do the job, Julie will do it herself. Said the…
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Added by Colman on March 7, 2016 at 8:02pm — No Comments

NOREEN AYRES - THE JUAN DOE MURDERS (2000)

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“Tough, hip, visceral and lusty.” – Kirkus Reviews
 
Someone is killing illegal, Hispanic immigrants and leaving their bodies strewn like trash across Orange County, the playground of Southern California’s…
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Added by Colman on March 6, 2016 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell

Could a book get much better than this? I was glued to the seat of my reading chair, I didn't want to miss a second of this whodunit. 

Chief of Police, Dove Carnahan is called out to a brutal crime scene of a young girl. She knows she's over her head on this case so she calls in State Police CID Investigator Nolan for assistance. I fell in love with Chief Dove when she's out in this no…

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Added by sheryl jeffries on March 6, 2016 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

Wow, what a ride! Ms. Kepnes is one of the best! This is one dark series but it's so addictive. I love her characters they are so unreal!!! I had trouble getting into this at the beginning for some reason, but I buckled down and I got lost in Joe Goldberg and the other characters. We are introduced to real doozies in this latest installment of her series. …

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Added by sheryl jeffries on March 6, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

One Police Plaza by William J. Caunitz

I thought I had read more of Mr. Caunitz's books I probably have but it was way before I started keeping track of them.…



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Added by sheryl jeffries on March 6, 2016 at 1:34pm — No Comments

One Police Plaza by William J. CaunitzMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI thought I had read more of Mr. Caunitz's books I probably have but it was way before I started keeping track of them.I really enjoyed go…

One Police Plaza One Police Plaza by William J. Caunitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I thought I had read more of Mr. Caunitz's books I probably have but it was way before I started keeping track of…

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Added by sheryl jeffries on March 6, 2016 at 1:33pm — No Comments

BILL PRONZINI - QUICKSILVER (1984)

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A weekend fling turns into a week-long manhunt as the Nameless Detective's last solo case involves him in a cat and mouse chase through San Francisco's Japantown that ends in a confusion of murder, rape, and…
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Added by Colman on March 5, 2016 at 6:54pm — No Comments

LAWRENCE BLOCK - KELLER IN DALLAS (2009)

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This novella continues the story of Keller, after the wistful stamp-collecting hit man retired in New Orleans at the end of Hit & Run. A phone call and an economic downturn is all it takes to put him back in business.
 
Keller…
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Added by Colman on March 4, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

SEAN COSTELLO - SQUALL (2015)

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MAYHEM. MURDER. RETRIBUTION. (THIS BOOK is RATED-R FOR LANGUAGE by the publisher.)
 
Bush pilot and family man Tom Stokes is about to face the worst day of his life. On a clear winter morning, he sets out in his Cessna…
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Added by Colman on March 3, 2016 at 7:07pm — No Comments

LAWRENCE BLOCK - A BAD NIGHT FOR BURGLARS (2011)

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“A Bad Night for Burglars” was written sometime in the fall of 1975, probably not much more than six months before I began work on Bernie Rhodenbarr’s debut in Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. I didn’t have the short story consciously in mind when…
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Added by Colman on March 2, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

BENEDICT J. JONES - PENNIES FOR CHARON (2014)

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A novel by Benedict J. Jones
 
Welcome to London - where the ferryman always has to be paid and the price is two shiny pennies over your cold dead eyes.
 
When the son of the city’s leading…
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Added by Colman on March 1, 2016 at 5:42pm — No Comments

ED McBAIN - GUNS (1976)

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Colley Donato loved guns. Even more than his women. He was sixteen when he first shot a guy – with an Astra Firecat pistol.
 
Brought up in Harlem, he lived amongst the hookers, pimps and junkies. A gun wasn’t a…
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Added by Colman on February 29, 2016 at 7:10pm — No Comments

J. A. KAZIMER - A VERY F***ED-UP VALENTINE'S TALE (2016)

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From the author of CURSES! comes a very f***ed-up version of Little Red Riding Hood.
 
A racy red-hooded woman going over the river and through the dark and dangerous…
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Added by Colman on February 28, 2016 at 6:12pm — No Comments

LAWRENCE BLOCK - DEATH OF THE MALLORY QUEEN (2016)

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Rediscovered—a Chip Harrison short story!
 
In addition to the four novels (No Score, Chip Harrison Scores Again, Make Out With Murder, and The Topless Tulip Caper), Lawrence Block wrote two short stories about young Chip…
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Added by Colman on February 27, 2016 at 6:18pm — No Comments

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