Download E-books Talk of the Town (aka "Stain of Suspicion") PDF

By Charles Williams

Stranded in a small city, a stranger falls for a suspected murderess.

Bored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his strategy to the Gulf of Mexico while he passes via a small city by means of the river. It’s a depressing little burg—four stoplights and never a lot else—and he’s virtually escaped it whilst a drunk’s vehicle darts out in entrance of him, inflicting a bad fender-bender. the concept of 3 days watching for his clunker to get fastened is a grim one, yet although he doesn’t comprehend it, there won’t be a lifeless minute.

Chatham reveals hospitality within the attractive type of Mrs. Langton, inn proprietor and native pariah. Seven months in the past her husband used to be murdered, and notwithstanding the police may perhaps locate no facts to aid the speculation, everybody on the town is confident she killed him. Now a string of nameless threats have left her just about a anxious breakdown, and the violence is ready to develop into actual. In a city this small there’s no room for secrets and techniques, yet lots of locations to bury a corpse.

Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yank crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of college in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years prior to leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of global struggle II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the good fortune of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to hand over his task and write complete time for the remainder of his life.

Williams’ fresh and a little bit informal narrative sort distinguishes his novels, which variety from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even if released through pulp homes, his paintings gained nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) turning into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed by means of mythical ny occasions critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the monitor, together with useless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.

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Download E-books The Night Before Murder PDF

By Steve Fisher

Note: First released in 1951

Dorothy was once a skilled younger actress suffering for attractiveness and Rhea had the facility to put her in a starring position in a Broadway play. while she arrived at Rhea's state domestic Dorothy stumbled on Rhea loss of life of a gradual poison. And within the unusual condo there appeared to be sinister forces that pulled at Dorothy with a malevolent objective. Then one evening a prowler entered her room and, as Dorothy watched the menacing shadow strategy, she knew the killer had come for her!

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Download E-books The Song Is You: A Novel PDF

By Megan Abbott

From Edgar® -nominated novelist Megan Abbott, who makes “devotees of Cain and Chandler cave in and beg for mercy” (The Hollywood Reporter), The music Is You imagines an exhilarating end to the nonetheless unsolved due to the fact 1949 Black Dahlia homicide case.

On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter goodbye and left for an evening shoot at a Hollywood studio. "Wish me luck," she stated as she crossed her hands, winked, and walked away. She used to be by no means noticeable back. the single clues left in the back of: a handbag with a damaged strap present in a close-by park, a cryptic word, and rumors approximately mobster boyfriends and ill-fated romances with motion picture stars.

Drawing in this true-life lacking individual case, Megan Abbott's The music Is You tells the tale of Gil "Hop" Hopkins, a smooth-talking Hollywood publicist whose profession, regardless of his advanced own existence, is at the upward push. it's 1951, years after Jean Spangler's disappearance, and Hop unearths himself unwillingly drawn into the nonetheless unsolved secret via a chum of Jean who blames Hop for concealing information about Jean's whereabouts the evening she vanished. pushed through guilt and worry of blackmail, Hop delves into the case himself, feverishly attempting to remain one step sooner than an intrepid girl reporter additionally chasing the tale. Hop notion he'd noticeable all of it, yet what he uncovers either tantalizes and horrifies him as he plunges deeper and deeper into Hollywood's substratum in his try and discover the truth.

In the culture of James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia and Joyce Carol Oates's Blonde, The tune Is You conjures a heady brew of fact and hypothesis, of truth and pulp fiction, taking the reader on a depressing journey of Tinseltown, from motion picture studios, gala premieres, and posh nightclubs to gangsters, blackmailing B-girls, and the darkest secrets and techniques that lie in the back of Hollywood's luminous façade. on the middle of all of it is Hop, a guy torn among cutthroat ambition and his personal most sensible intentions.

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Download E-books The Hunter: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels) PDF

By Richard Stark

You most likely haven’t ever spotted them. yet they’ve spotted you. They become aware of everything. That’s their activity. Sitting quietly in a nondescript motor vehicle outdoor a financial institution making word of the tellers’ paintings conduct, the positions of the protection guards. Lagging a number of motor vehicle lengths at the back of the Brinks truck on its day-by-day rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the deal with of an unmarked carrier door on the racetrack.
They’re thieves. Heisters, to be designated. They’re execs, and Parker is much and away the simplest of them. If you’re making plans a role, you will want him in. difficult, shrewdpermanent, hardworking, and relentlessly thinking about his alternate, he's the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t are looking to move him, and also you don’t are looking to get in his manner, simply because he’ll cease at not anything to get what he’s after.
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous secret novels, is likely one of the so much unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir.  Lauded by way of critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and cherished by means of lovers who flip every one intoxicating web page with expanding urgency—Stark is a grasp of crime writing, his books as influential as any within the style. The college of Chicago Press has launched into a undertaking to come the early volumes of this sequence to print for a brand new new release of readers to discover—and turn into addicted to.
In The Hunter, the 1st quantity within the sequence, Parker roars into long island urban, looking revenge at the girl who betrayed him and at the guy who took his cash, stealing and scamming his solution to redemption.
“Westlake is familiar with accurately easy methods to seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip until eventually get away is impossible.”—Washington put up e-book World
“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there earlier than. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does with no Leonard. . . . previous grasp that he's, Stark does them all one better.”—Los Angeles Times
“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are one of the small variety of books I learn persistently. put out of your mind all that crap you’ve been telling your self approximately War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll wish on that wasteland island.”—Lawrence Block

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Download E-books Fast One: The Most Hard-Boiled Novel of the 1930s! PDF

It is the final days of Prohibition and the 1st days of the melancholy and East Coast crime bosses are vying for keep an eye on of la. stuck in the course of the intrigues is Gerry Kells, a former manhattan enforcer now residing a lifetime of ease at the West Coast. because the fiercely autonomous Kells rejects the appeals of assorted crime bosses who need to make use of his skills, strong forces align opposed to him. Being framed for a homicide seems to be the least of his problems and because the stakes get better, and the chances get longer, it is only Kells' nerve and longevity that retain him one step prior to the law—and the reaper. that includes probably the most brutal finales in crime fiction background, this misplaced 1933 masterpiece took hard-boiled writing as a long way is it competently may perhaps. a few say too some distance.

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Download E-books The Two Faces of January PDF

By Patricia Highsmith

“[A] vintage mental thriller.”—USA Today

Originally released in 1964, and the winner of the CWA most sensible overseas Novel Award, Patricia Highsmith’s The Faces of January is a chilling story of suspense, suffused along with her trademark gradual, creeping unease.

In a grubby Athens resort, Rydal Keener is bored and killing time with petty scams. but if he runs into one other American, Chester MacFarland, dragging a man’s physique down the resort corridor, Rydan rapidly has the same opinion to aid, might be simply because Chester seems like his father. Then Rydal meets Collete, Chester’s more youthful spouse, and captivated, turns into entangled of their sordid lives, because the drama marches to a stunning climax on the ruins of the labyrinth at Knossos.

A movie model of The Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac (Drive, inside of Llewelyn Davis) is in construction. tailored by means of Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive), and produced by means of operating name and Timnick movies (The gifted Mr. Ripley), will probably be published later this fall.

“An offbeat, provocative and soaking up suspense novel.”—The manhattan Times

“Patricia Highsmith is likely one of the few suspense writers whose paintings transcends genre.”—The Austin American-Statesman

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Download E-books Night Has a Thousand Eyes: A Novel PDF

By Cornell Woolrich

A new Pegasus Crime version of the landmark noir novel through "the splendid grasp of suspense." (Marilyn Stasio, The long island instances e-book Review)

In Woolrich's iconic story, Detective Tom Shawn saves a beautiful younger lady from a suicide test one evening, and later hears her tale. She is in melancholy as the demise of her filthy rich father has been anticipated through a self belief guy likely talented with the ability of clairvoyance; a guy whose predictions have unerringly aided her father in his company again and again ahead of. Shawn and a squad of detectives examine this dire prediction and check out to avoid the millionaire businessman from assembly his ordained finish on the stroke of middle of the night.  

One of Cornell Woolrich's so much influential novels, this vintage noir story of a guy suffering from his skill to work out the long run is arguably the author's most sensible in its depiction of a doomed imaginative and prescient of predestination.

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Download E-books The Seventh: A Parker Novel PDF

By Richard Stark


      Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous secret novels, is among the such a lot unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded via critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style—and loved by means of fanatics who flip every one intoxicating web page with expanding urgency—Stark is a grasp of crime writing, his books as influential as any within the style. The college of Chicago Press has launched into a undertaking to come the early volumes of this sequence to print for a brand new new release of readers to discover—and turn into hooked on. This season’s choices contain volumes 7–9 within the sequence: The Seventh, The Handle, and The infrequent Coin Score.

            In The Seventh, the heist of a school soccer video game is going undesirable, and the take is stolen via a crazed, violent beginner. Parker needs to outrun the cops—and the killer—to retrieve his cash.  In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by means of the mob to knock off an island on line casino guarded via speedboats and heavies, 40 miles from the Texas coast.  The Rare Coin Score positive aspects the 1st visual appeal of Claire, who will thieve Parker’s heister’s heart—while jointly they scouse borrow million funds of infrequent coins.

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Download E-books The Black Angel: A Novel (Pegasus Crime (Paperback)) PDF

By Cornell Woolrich

A vintage is again in print! This hypnotic mystery, by way of one of many originators of the noir shape, exposes its heroine to a waking nightmare.

during this vintage crime novel, a panic-stricken younger spouse races opposed to time to end up that her convicted husband didn't homicide his mistress. Writing in first individual from the wife’s point of view, Woolrich inspires her love and affliction and, ultimately, desperation as she turns into an avenging angel in her try and rescue her husband from execution.

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Download E-books The Moth PDF

By James M. Cain

A sweeping story of affection, loss, and the pursuit of good looks through the nice DepressionFrom start, Jack Dillon is a golden baby. Blessed with blond locks, glittering eyes, and an ideal voice, he's the most well-liked baby singer in Baltimore. but if puberty robs him of his voice and the inventory industry wipes out his relations fortune, Jack is pressured to rebuild. Over the subsequent fifteen years, Jack will see all of it. From Maryland to California and again back, he'll develop into a soccer megastar, a soldier, and a tramp. via all of it, he by no means loses his eye for attractiveness, or his starvation for a girl he has recognized on the grounds that youth. to discover happiness within the face of the melancholy, Jack must keep in mind that regardless of how the area has replaced him, a part of his soul is still as natural because the first observe he sang.

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