Noir Fiction

The night gardener : a novel

Georges Pelecanos.

Mystery

They never found the killer. All they knew, back in the winter of 1985, was that someone was taking teenagers, killing them and leaving their abused bodies in public parks. Three victims in all, with no link between them except a oddity of their names. They read the same back-to-front - Otto, Ava and lastly Eve. A lot has happened in the twenty years since. Detectives Gus Ramone and Dan Holiday - two of the leads on the case - have pursued very d...


Diablerie : a novel

Walter Mosley.

Mystery

In this icy noir from a master of American fiction, the darkest secrets are the ones we keep hidden from ourselves. Ben Dibbuk has a good job, an accomplished wife, a bright college-age daughter, and a patient young mistress. Even as he goes through the motions of everyday life, however, inside he feels nothing. The explanation for this emotional void lies in the years he spent as a blacked-out drunk before pulling his life together--years in whi...


Inherent vice

Thomas Pynchon.

Mystery

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It'...


Mystic river

Dennis Lehane.

Thriller, Mystery

Sean, Jimmy and Dave were childhood friends. One day one of the boys got into a strange car where something terrible happened that ended their friendship and changed them all forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean works as a homicides detective, Jimmy is an ex-convict, and Dave tries to maintain his demons hidden: demons that make him do terrible things.


Sin city

Harold Robbins.

Thriller

For more than five decades, bestselling author Harold Robbins has thrilled millions with tales heavy in action, ruthless characters, international intrigue, and the sexiest people ever captured in print.Now, in Sin City, he takes us to a town famous for all of these: Las Vegas.Jack Lucky Riordan is anything but. The illegitimate son of Howard Hughes, both he and his mother are cast out of Las Vegas when Hughes learns of the pregnancy, only to ret...


The turnaround : a novel

George Pelecanos.

Mystery

On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever. Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it. THE TURNAROUND takes us on a journey from the rock-and-soul streets of the '70s to the changing neighborhoods of...


The cold six thousand : a novel

James Ellroy.

Mystery

The Black Dahlia,The Big Nowhere,L.A. Confidential,White Jazz,American Tabloid... James Ellroy's high-velocity, best-selling novels have redefined noir for our age, propelling us within inches of the dark realities of America's recent history. Now, inThe Cold Six Thousand, his most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most...


American tabloid : a novel

by James Ellroy.

Mystery

We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK's presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination--in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C. . . . Where the CIA, the Mob, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy . . . Where the right drugs, the right amount of cash, the right murder, buys a moment of a man's loyalty . . . Where three r...


FASTREADS Long night of Winchell Dear.

Robert James Waller.

The steady tick of an aged Regulator wall clock and the squeak of an overhead fan turning slowly are soft but insistent, counting down the night, while the high desert thrums like a half-remembered Victrola song. The sounds are below the consciousness of Winchell Dear, an old-time gambler, a Texas poker player on the southern circuit, as he waits for something . . . something vague that his life of chance tells him is evil and moving his way. He ...


The ax

Donald E. Westlake

Mystery

The multi-award-winning, widely-acclaimed mystery master Donald E. Westlake delivers a masterpiece with this brilliant, laser-sharp tale of the deadly consequences of corporate downsizing. Burke Devore is a middle-aged manager at a paper company when the cost-cutting ax falls, and he is laid off. Eighteen months later and still unemployed, he puts a new spin on his job search -- with agonizing care, Devore finds the seven men in the surrounding a...


The ghosts of Belfast

Stuart Neville.

Thriller

"The best first novel I've read in years...It's a flat-out terror trip."-James Ellroy "Not only one of the finest thriller debuts of the last ten years, but also one of the best Irish novels, in any genre , of recent times."- John Connolly " The Ghosts of Belfast is the book when the world finally sits up and goes WOW, the Irish really have taken over the world of crime writing . Stuart Neville is Ireland's answer to Henning Mankell."- Ken Bruen ...


The thin man

Dashiell Hammett.

Mystery

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.


We all fall down

Michael Harvey.

Detective, Mystery

Michael Kelly is back and racing to save Chicago from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed in the city's subway system. When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the government postures, people begin to die, especially on the city's grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of th...