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The Right Murder
A dozen murders and counting—and any one of them could lead a Chicago attorney to a hotheaded female tycoon.
It’s 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and criminal lawyer John J. Malone is nursing his blues in a Chicago dive bar. He’s been two-timed by his inamorata and abandoned by his favorite gumshoe partners, crime reporter Jake Justus and socialite Helene Brand, for their Bermuda honeymoon. But Malone’s not lonely for long. Suddenly, a stranger staggers into the bar, calls out the attorney’s name, and drops dead—stabbed in the back. In his possession is a key that could unlock the cold heart of Mona McClane, a wealthy and beautiful thrill-seeker who once challenged Jake in a high-stakes gamble: She’d bet him she could get away with murder.
Is this dead man a pawn in Mona’s game? If so, thank goodness Jake and Helene’s honeymoon turned as sour as a margarita. They’re already back in town, at odds, yet ready to play. With a crazy wager like Mona’s, Malone fears they’ll be ringing in the New Year with a countdown of corpses.
The first mystery writer to ever make the cover of Time magazine, Craig Rice is “the Queen of the Surrealistic Crime Story” (Thrilling Detective).
Plunder of the Sun
This globe-spanning treasure-hunt adventure is filled with “action, suspense, and excitement . . . Pure escape” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Al Colby should never have said yes. When asked to smuggle a package from Chile to Peru, he should have run in the other direction. But he needed money, and he wanted the adventure. Now a man is dead, and two beautiful women seem out to seduce Al or kill him—or maybe both.
A handful of gunmen, however, definitely aren’t planning on seducing him first. And it all has something to do with that package, an ancient manuscript that reads like a treasure map . . .
From the bestselling author of the classic To Catch a Thief—the basis for the Hitchcock film—this is an entertaining, fast-paced story of international intrigue and danger.
Enemy in the House
A tale of murder and suspense in Revolutionary-era South Carolina, from an Edgar Award–winning author: “One of America’s favorite writers” (Mary Higgins Clark).
Amity Mallam fears that her family’s loyalty to King George III may result in their land being seized by George Washington’s army—and in a last-ditch effort to save it, she marries her cousin Simon, a rebel. After the priest who officiated the ceremony is murdered—along with a lawyer who attended—she sets off to Jamaica to find her father, who had left her behind to run the plantation.
But even more danger and turmoil awaits in the Caribbean, and Amity must untangle the truth and stave off the armies of two nations to protect them all.
“One of the most thorough and ingenious plotters in the trade.” —The New Yorker
The Footprints on the Ceiling
Edgar Award–Winning Author: A sleuthing magician investigates an allegedly haunted house on an island off Manhattan—and uncovers a murder.
“Wanted To Rent: Haunted House, preferably in rundown condition. Must be adequately supplied with interesting ghost.” Ross Harte knows that only the Great Merlini could be behind such a strange classified ad. A magician, salesman, and occasional sleuth, Merlini is producing radio investigations of paranormal activity, and he needs ghosts to put on-air. His first target is Skelton Island, an eerie speck of land just a few hundred feet off the coast of Manhattan, but seemingly out of another time. On a late-night trip to the island, Merlini and Harte find the house perfectly rundown and well-stocked with ghosts, including one fresh one. Linda Skelton, granddaughter of the famous Scourge of Wall Street, has been poisoned with cyanide. Unless Merlini works quickly, he and Ross will join her among the ranks of Skelton Island’s famous spirits.
The Joy of Killing
Don’t miss this “fascinating and frightening” psychological thriller “if you were a fan of HBO’s The Jinx or Netflix’s Making a Murderer” (The Huffington Post).
On a stormy fall night in the northern woods of Minnesota, a writer returns to the lake house where he spent his childhood summers. There, he locks himself in the attic, intent on writing the final story of his life. Playing on a continuous loop in his mind are key moments in his past: his childhood in small-town Iowa, where he and his best friend befriended a local drifter; the summer a local boy drowned in a storm; and the central fixation of his erotic meeting with a girl on a train bound for Chicago. All of these threads weave together as the writer tries to piece together the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up one human life.
With its elegant structure, multiple storylines, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, The Joy of Killing is a fascinating look into the fugue state of one man’s mind as well as a searing, philosophical look at the impact of violence on the human condition. It is a tour-de-force fiction debut by one of America’s premier writers of true crime.
The Hammond Innes Collection Volume Four
Three hard-hitting thrillers from the author of The Wreck of the Mary Deare and “Great Britain’s leading adventure novelist” (Financial Times).
British novelist Hammond Innes was perhaps best known for his nautical mystery, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, which was made into a film starring Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston. But the prolific writer, World War II veteran, and dedicated yachtsman wrote over thirty novels of adventure and suspense during his long career. The collected fiction gathered here follows three very different quests and spans the locales of Western Australia, the North Sea, and the Arabian Desert. As always, “for sheer excitement Hammond Innes will be hard to beat” (Daphne du Maurier).
19 Purchase Street
In Gerald A. Browne’s spellbinding New York Times bestseller, a man bent on vengeance infiltrates a cabal of blue-blooded bankers that have taken over the Mafia
In a quiet suburb of New York City, a mansion on a gated estate houses one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the United States—an elite Mafia whose dons belong to the finest families that the WASP establishment has to offer. Millions of dollars flow in and out of 19 Purchase Street, toted by bagmen who gladly risk everything to share in the syndicate’s profits. Nothing disrupts operations—until a courier gets a dangerous idea.
To avenge a loved one’s death, Drew Gainer joins the money-laundering scheme, plotting a billion-dollar heist with the help of a beautiful, daring woman and pitting himself against a ruthless opponent. From New York to Paris to Zurich, Gainer risks his life to become the winner who takes all. But who is really conning whom?
The Florentine Deception
In this action-packed techno-thriller, a routine computer cleanup sets off an electrifying quest for an enigmatic—and deadly—treasure.
After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of twenty-five, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer’s untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking.
What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. Not just a lost treasure, it’s something far more insidious: a weapon that could bring the developed world to its knees. Now Alex must race through the dark underbelly of Los Angeles in a desperate quest to find the Florentine before it falls into the wrong hands. Because if nefarious forces find it first, there’ll be nothing Alex—or anyone else—can do to prevent a catastrophic attack.
A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yacht
When Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn’t even have time to finish his bath before the police come knocking. The out-of-work charter captain has just returned from Nassau, where he was looking to buy a boat on behalf of a millionaire. But the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his “millionaire” disappeared, and the yacht went with him.
Ingram convinces the cops that he was only an unwitting accomplice in stealing the boat, and offers to help recover it for the owner, a beautiful widow with secrets of her own. He only has eight thousand square miles of open ocean to search. Finding the ship is the easy part. Escaping it will be harder, as Ingram finds himself caught in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and murder, surrounded by endless miles of the most beautiful water on earth.
It doesn’t take a genius to see Albert Einstein’s life is in danger, but it will take a hard-headed Hollywood PI to save him. It’s all relative
It’s April 1942, the world is at war, and LA private detective Toby Peters has been summoned to Princeton, New Jersey, to deal with a situation of the utmost gravity—the world’s greatest physicist is being threatened. Blackmailers claim to have evidence that Albert Einstein has been passing nuclear secrets to Russia, and Nazi assassins want to do away with one of the most famous opponents of Hitler’s rule. Sounds like a formula for disaster.
Peters is used to dealing with Hollywood’s elite—not exactly a brain trust—but the East Coast is a new beat for him. Soon he’s swept up in some serious Manhattan mayhem, trying to keep Einstein from harm but also trying to stay alive himself.
Incorporating cameos from Paul Robeson and Frank Sinatra, Edgar Award–winning author Stuart M. Kaminsky “has such a good time writing, and he so loves the period, that the reader is swept along willy-nilly” (The New York Times Book Review).
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