The Murderer Vine

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In the Deep South, the days are lovely—but the nights are murder…

BECAUSE OLD TIMES THERE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN…
On their summer off from college, three boys went to Mississippi to work for civil rights. They were never seen again. That’s why the father of one of the boys hired New York private eye Joe Dunne. His assignment: Find the men responsible, and don’t come home until they’re dead…

via Hard Case Crime

Shooting Star / Spiderweb

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When murder comes to Hollywood, only a one-eyed private eye can spot the killer…

SHOOTING STAR: A famous movie star found dead on the set of his latest picture…drugs hastily disposed of at the scene of the crime…it’s the stuff of Tinseltown scandal and could ruin the investment Harry Bannock made in the dead man’s library of films. For help, Bannock turns to Mark Clayburn, a one-eyed private eye with his own history of scandals. But can Clayburn uncover the truth about Dick Ryan’s murder before time runs out for Ryan’s co-stars… and for Clayburn himself?

Even A Phony Fortune Teller Could See Danger In Her Future

SPIDERWEB: Eddie Haines came to Hollywood to work in television, not to become a phony self-help guru, collecting secrets from his wealthy clients in order to blackmail them. But that’s what Eddie has become, under the tutelage of Professor Otto Hermann, Ph.D., a vicious little man with dollar signs where his soul should be. It’s a lucrative set-up for both of them—until the day the professor pushes Eddie too far…

A double novel, from the author of Psycho, via Hard Case Crime

Money Shot

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It would take more than bullets to stop Angle Dare

It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one more movie. Before she knew it, she’d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car. But Angel is a survivor. And that means she’ll get to the bottom of what’s been done to her even if she has to leave a trail of bodies along the way…

via Hard Case Crime Original artwork via

 

A Diet Of Treacle

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She Went Looking For Thrills — And Found Murder!

Anita Carbone was a good girl—and it bored her. That’s why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate—a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder…

via Hard Case Crime

Deadly Beloved

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Some men deserve to die.

TILL DEATH DO US PART…
Marcy Addwatter killed her husband—there’s no question about that. Shot him dead in the motel room where he was trysting with a blonde hooker. Shot the hooker, too. But where the cops might see an open-and-shut case, private eye Michael Tree—Ms. Michael Tree—sees a conspiracy. For Ms. Tree, digging into it could mean digging her own grave…and digging up her own murdered husband’s.

via Hard Case Crime

Dead Street

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Men would kill for the secrets locked in her head.

For 20 years, former NYPD cop Jack Stang has lived with the memory of his girlfriend’s death in an attempted abduction. But what if she weren’t actually dead? What if she somehow secretly survived—but lost her sight, and her memory, and everything else she had…except her enemies? Now Jack has a second chance to save the only woman he ever loved—or to lose her for good…

via Hard Case Crime

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Beauty Is Only Sin Deep

WARNING! THIS MAY BE THE MOST SHOCKING BOOK YOU EVER READ! Max Fisher used to run a computer company; Angela Petrakos was his assistant and mistress. But that was last year. Now Max is reinventing himself as a hip-hop crack dealer and Angela’s back in Ireland, hooking up with a would-be record-setter…in the field of serial killing. Will their paths cross again? What do you think?

By the authors of Bust. via Hard Case Crime

Kill Now, Pay Later [Hard Case reprint]

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Why would a party girl make him a party to murder?

When Ben Gates took the job guarding the presents at a ritzy upper-class wedding, he thought it would be a simple assignment: stand around, look tough, and make sure none of the bridesmaids walk off with the jewelry.
But that was before someone slipped sleeping pills into Ben’s coffee and a bizarre robbery attempt left two people dead. Now Ben’s reputation is on the line—and if he doesn’t figure out which of three beautiful women is hiding a murderous secret, his life may be as well…

A reprint of this book, with a new cover by the same artist, Robert McGinnis.
via Hard Case Crime.

Fright

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One Moment of Violence Began A Lifetime of Fear

A man. A woman. A kiss in the dark. That is how it begins. But before his nightmare ends, Prescott Marshall will learn that kisses and darkness can both hide evil intent—and that the worst darkness of all may be lurking inside him.

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Songs of Innocence

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Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

LITTLE GIRL…FOUND.
Three years ago, detective John Blake solved a mystery that changed his life forever—and left a woman he loved dead. Now Blake is back, to investigate the apparent suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke, a beautiful college student with a double life. The secrets Blake uncovers could blow the lid off New York City’s sex trade…if they don’t kill him first.

via Hard Case Crime. Artwork via Glen Orbik

Blackmailer

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She Was Born Bad

What did a gorgeous Hollywood starlet have to do with the disappearance of a Nobel Prize winner’s last manuscript?

IT’S THE STORY of a big-game hunter, fisherman, fighter, visitor to Cuba, drunk, and Nobel Prize-winning author, recently deceased of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, whose final unpublished manuscript could fetch a mint…

IT’S THE STORY of a short, balding man with a high-pitched voice and a vicious wit, whose cocktail parties are the talk of the town, especially when a beautiful woman dies at one of them…

IT’S THE STORY of Hollywood’s sexiest starlet, who manages to conceal things even when she’s wearing nothing but a towel… …and it’s the story of Dick Sherman, intrepid New York publisher, on the trail of the literary find of the century—and the killer who will stop at nothing to keep it from being found.

via Hard Case Crime. Artwork via Glen Orbik

The Wounded and the Slain

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Their vacation in paradise became a descent into hell.

Their marriage on the rocks, James and Cora Bevan flew to Jamaica for a last chance at patching things up. But in the slums of Kingston James found himself fighting for his life—while Cora found her own path to destruction, in the arms of another man.

via Hard Case Crime. Artwork via Glen Orbik

The Vengeful Virgin

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Shirley’s wealthy stepfather was dying—but not quickly enough…

What beautiful 18-year-old would want to spend her life taking care of an invalid? Not Shirley Angela. But that’s the life she was trapped in—until she met Jack. Now Shirley and Jack have a plan to put the old man out of his misery and walk away with a suitcase full of cash. But there’s nothing like money to come between lovers—money, and other women…

By the author of Satan is a Woman
via Hard Case Crime

Robbie’s Wife

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In A Farm On The Edge Of Nowhere Lie The Seeds Of Murder

Jack Stone fled Los Angeles, a failed marriage, and a failing career as a screenwriter to spend six months in the remote English countryside, hammering out the new script that would put him back on top. But what he found wasn’t solitude and peace—it was temptation. Because Maggie Barlow, the wife of the man putting him up, had something irresistible about her. Something that could drive a man to kill…

via Hard Case Crime

Lucky At Cards

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At Cards And With Women, Bill Maynard Knew How To Cheat

He Handled Cards Like A Master… But Could He Handle Her?

On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action—but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill’s latest mark. Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband. But in life as in poker, the other player sometimes has an ace up his sleeve…