All The Way (aka "The Concrete Flamingo")

By Charles Williams

All The Way is a compact, well equipped factor dependent round an fascinating premise: for you to dedicate the precise crime, Jerry Forbes has to spend per week impersonating a guy he doesn’t resemble… whom he helped homicide.

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

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

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Give Us a Kiss: A Novel

By Daniel Woodrell

"My mind's eye is often skulking approximately in a flawed place." And now Doyle Redmond, thirty-five-year-old nowhere author, has crossed the road among mind's eye and genuine reside hassle. at the lam in his soon-to-be ex-wife's Volvo, he is operating a kin errand again in his boyhood domestic of West desk, Missouri--the center of the red-dirt Ozarks. The legislations desires his massive brother, Smoke, on a criminal warrant, and Doyle's speculated to speak him into giving up. yet Smoke is hunkered down within the hills along with his companion, giant Annie, and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Niagra, making different plans: they are approximately to reap a ecocnomic patch of homegrown marijuana.

Doyle takes only one examine Niagra's flattering crimson boots prior to becoming a member of his brother's scheme. in fact it capability facing the legislations and perhaps worse--the Dollys. A mythical extended family of principally felony persuasion, the Dollys were feuding with the Redmonds for generations. Now they need a section of Smoke's funds crop, no matter if it capability killing to get it. Doyle is quickly knowing that certain, you could continually positioned the rustic again within the boy...but occasionally that is not clever.

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The Root of His Evil

By James M. Cain

Whereas slinging hash in a diner, a would-be Cinderella meets her Prince CharmingCarrie Selden isn't in any respect just like the girl you've examine within the papers. even though she was once raised in an orphanage, she isn't an orphan. She didn't end highschool till she used to be nineteen, yet that was once simply because she was once operating as a waitress, now not simply because she used to be sluggish. And although she's very crafty, good, she's no femme fatale. yet her good looks . . . oh certain, her good looks is every little thing you've heard. At twenty-one, she takes her discounts and strikes to ny urban, touchdown a task at a diner known as Karb's, on the backside rung of the eating place chain's tall company ladder. even though she makes minimal salary, Carrie is savvy, and it isn't lengthy earlier than she begins to climb. while her coworkers unionize, they pick out her as president, and from there, the sky's the restrict. yet simply because the union will get underway, she meets a mysterious highbrow named Grant—who will both aid her upward thrust to the head, or drag her directly all the way down to hell.

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Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir

By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

The movie noir male is an infinitely watchable being, showing quite a lot of feelings, behaviors, and motivations. a few of the characters from the movie noir period are super violent, comparable to Neville Brand's Chester in D.O.A. (1950), whose sole excitement in lifestyles turns out to come back from causing ache on others. different noirs characteristic unsuitable authority figures, reminiscent of Kirk Douglas's Jim McLeod in Detective tale (1951), managed through a inflexible ethical code that bills him his marriage and eventually his lifestyles. Others current ruthless crime bosses, hapless men whose lives are grew to become the other way up as a result of their ceaseless eager for a lady, or even brave males at the correct aspect of the law.
the personal and public lives of over 90 actors who starred within the movies noirs of the Forties and Nineteen Fifties are awarded right here. a few of the actors, equivalent to Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Raymond Burr, Fred MacMurray, Jack Palance and Mickey Rooney, loved nice renown, whereas others, like Gene Lockhart, Moroni Olsen and Harold Vermilyea, have been much less customary, fairly to trendy audiences. An appendix specializes in the actors who have been least recognized yet often noticeable in minor roles.

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No Orchids for Miss Blandish

By James Hadley Chase

This can be a newly revised variation of the recognized crime novel NO ORCHIDS FOR pass over BLANDISH. For the 1st time this version combines the unique textual content from 1939 with the revisions made by way of the writer in 1961. the unconventional is now largely considered as one of many most sensible thrillers of the final century. while it used to be initially released it driven the social obstacles of the time via its relentless exploration of crime and sexual exploitation. not like such a lot crime novels of that period, the characters are wealthy, deeply discovered pictures of these who lived at the fringes of society through the nice melancholy -- particularly the gangsters, their ladies, and the boys who hunted them. the radical broke revenues documents while released and has long gone onto to promote over 4 million copies world wide. traditionally vital, such literary greats as George Orwell and Graham Greene immediately well-known its advantages. In a long essay that securely put NO ORCHIDS in an commemorated place in crime fiction, George Orwell wrote that, "In a e-book like NO ORCHIDS one isn't, as within the old-style crime tale, easily escaping from boring fact into an imaginary international of motion. One's get away is basically into cruelty and sexual perversion...a superb piece of writing, with rarely a wasted be aware or a jarring word anywhere." Set within the heartland of the US in the course of demanding occasions, the tale finds itself alongside the again roads, roadside diners and highway corners of a jaded, threadbare society - a really unnerving novel up to date for a brand new iteration of readers able to observe the area of James Hadley Chase.

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Death's Sweet Song

His face was once burned to the colour of previous leather-based, and that i guessed he used to be the sort that spent loads of time on a golfing direction, or perhaps a tennis courtroom. We talked a bit concerning the climate and the way sizzling it was once, after which I hung up the hose and went to paintings at the windshield. That used to be whilst I acquired my first solid examine the girl. and she or he with regards to took my breath away. initially released in 1955.

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Cotton Comes to Harlem

By Chester Himes

A vintage access in Chester Himes’s trailblazing Harlem Detectives sequence, Cotton involves Harlem is one in every of his hardest-hitting and so much wonderful thrillers.
Flim-flam guy Deke O’Hara isn't any faster out of Atlanta’s nation penal complex than he’s again at the streets operating the rip-off of an entire life. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa stream, he’s relying on an incredible Harlem rally to supply an important collection—for his personal inner most charity. however the take is hijacked by way of white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that unexpectedly every body desires to get his arms on. As NYPD detectives “Coffin Ed” Johnson and “Grave Digger” Jones piece jointly the complexity of the scheme, we're handled to Himes’s model of hard-boiled crime fiction at its very best.

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The Avenger

By Matthew Blood

Note: First released in 1952.

Morgan Wayne knew that the peddlers of vice and dope have been untouchable. He knew that the Mafia's arm was once lengthy and its handheld a killer's knife. He knew the prepared girls they might ship to tempt and betray him. He knew his personal nerve and energy and ability. He knew the white hate inside him for the crime lords and their gunmen. So he walked by myself into the very middle of gangland to deal justice the place the legislation had failed.

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The Glass Key

By Dashiell Hammett

Paul Madvig was once a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to anything larger: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he wish her badly sufficient to devote homicide? And if Madvig used to be blameless, which of his dozens of enemies was once doing a very solid task of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's travel de strength of detective fiction combines an hermetic plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.

A one-time detective and a grasp of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett nearly invented the hard-boiled crime novel.  This vintage Hammet paintings of detective fiction combines an hermetic plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.

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