The Postman Always Rings Twice

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ISBN: 9780679723257
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 14th, 1989

Of the hundreds of lurid drug store paperbacks from the '30s to the '50s, the big three that live on are Hammett, Chandler and Cain.  The 1st two are seminal American detective literature.  Cain is deliciously raw noir melodrama, and Postman is...well, read the first line...   


Pineapple Grenade

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ISBN: 9780061876936
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 10th, 2012

Like Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey is a native Floridian and a newsman (so he knows the way things really work under the surface).  He expresses his rage at the rampant degradation of his state with wicked, absolutely berserk humor.  Like Hiaasen dialed up to 10.


The Twenty-Year Death

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ISBN: 9780857689184
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Published: Hard Case Crime - August 6th, 2013

Three novels, each in the style of a classic detective novelist, combine to tell one story. Simenon, Chandler, and Thompson, watch over the life of American author Shem Rosenkrantz as death and tragedy follow him throughout his life. This is a must for fans of classic and contemporary detective novels and for anyone who enjoys old stories told in new ways.


At the End of a Dull Day

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By Massimo Carlotto, Antony Shugaar (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609451141
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Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2013

Bad boy of the Veneto Giorgio Pellegrini has been living the quiet life running a restaurant with his beautiful wife after killing and robbing his way to respectability 11 years ago. But now his crooked lawyer is cheating him and serving him up cold to the Mob, and Giorgio doesn’t like it one bit. To get revenge, he’s back to his old tricks- killing, robbing and more killing. This book is the definition of Mediterranean noir, with a character who gives “mad, bad and dangerous to know” a whole new set of wheels.


Island of Bones

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ISBN: 9780670026272
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - October 11th, 2012

eighteenth-century physician -- one who has taught himself all the
latest in anatomy and forensics -- and a sailor's widow team up to defy
convention and solve mysteries. Robertson's writing is witty, and her
characters make this series a compelling read.Sarah

Tremor of Forgery

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ISBN: 9780802145642
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Published: Grove Press - November 8th, 2011

Highsmith goes deepest into her trademark amorality (the Tom Ripley books) and enters Graham Greene territory:exotic plot and  locale and unusual moral questions.  She also manages to catch that strange North African torpor familiar to readers of Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky.  Like a weird fever dream.



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ISBN: 9781596914278
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 4th, 2008

Of our three favorite "Ancient Rome proto-detective" series, Steven Saylor has great historical figure portraits, Lindsay Davis has a bit o' the music hall and Ruth Downie has Tula - the Celt slave of the army doctor/investigator Gaius Ruso.  Slave she may (start out to) be, but she causes no end of...complications for our hero.  Medicus is the 1st book of the series, all of which are vastly satisfying.


Long Time Coming

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ISBN: 9780385343619
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Published: Bantam - March 2nd, 2010

An intelligent, exciting dual mystery, alternately unraveling in Belgium and Ireland, in World War 2 and 1976, ultimately meshing together in the denouement.  Goddard is a most satisfying analog to Eric Ambler, Le Carre, Joseph Kanon.



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