Nobody’s Angel

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Take A Cab Ride Into The Heart Of Murder

Eddie Miles is one of a dying breed: a Windy City hack who knows every street and back alley of his beloved city and takes its recent descent into violence personally. But what can one driver do about a killer targeting streetwalkers or another terrorizing cabbies? Precious little—until the night he witnesses one of them in action…

via Hard Case Crime Painting via oldcarguy41

The Valley of Fear

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They all answered to…the BODYMASTER!

Years ago, a P.I. out of Chicago brought justice to a dirty town. Now he’s going to pay.

A sawed-off shotgun blast to the face leaves one man dead–and reveals a secret that has pursued another across an ocean and set the world’s most ruthless criminal on his trail. The man needs the help of a great detective…but could even Sherlock Holmes save him now?

via Hard Case Crime with original artwork by Glen Orbik

The Corpse Wore Pasties

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Sometimes There’s No Difference Between The Naked And The Dead

WHO BUMPED OFF THE BUMP-AND-GRINDER? Usually, when you call a burlesque act a “show stopper,” you don’t mean it quite so literally. But this time, that’s just what happened: The show stopped dead, and so did the girl. And as I looked at her nearly naked and completely lifeless body and the bottle of poison in her hand with my fingerprints all over it, I thought to myself: Porkpie, you’re in for it this time…

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Losers Live Longer

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Death Prowls The Streets Between C & D

The death of legendary private eye George Rowell looked like an accident—but searching for the truth behind it will put down-and-out East Village detective Payton Sherwood on the corpse-littered trail of a runaway investment scam artist, a drug-addicted reality TV star—and the bewitching beauty whose appearance set it all in motion…

With preliminary sketches!

via Hard Case Crime, back cover inset via via

House Dick

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What Goes On Behind Closed Doors At A Washington D.C. Hotel?

HOUSE DICK is one of Hunt’s very best, a classic hardboiled story of a detective in a Washington D.C. hotel (no, not that hotel) investigating a twisty tale of burglary and murder, of skullduggery under cover of darkness, of deception and shifting loyalties—and of the price you pay when you trust the wrong people…

The author was convicted of burglary, conspiracy and wiretapping, eventually serving 33 months in prison as part of the Watergate affair.
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The Cutie

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There are many ways to sell yourself.

SOME PEOPLE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY Mavis St. Paul had been a rich man’s mistress. Now she was a corpse. And every cop in New York City was hunting for the two-bit punk accused of putting a knife in her. But the punk was innocent. He’d been set up to take the fall by some cutie who was too clever by half. My job? Find that cutie—before the cutie found me.

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Somebody Owes Me Money

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Even a New York cabbie can get taken for a ride…

SOMETIMES WINNING FEELS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE LOSING. Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it—but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two rival criminal gangs who each think Chet’s working for the other, and to the dead man’s beautiful sister, who has flown in from Las Vegas to avenge her brother’s murder…

via Hard Case Crime

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…

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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

 

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

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

Witness To Myself

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He knew he was guilty… but of what?

Fifteen years ago, teenager Alan Benning jogged off a beach—and into a nightmare. Because what awaited him in the Cape Cod woods was an unspeakable temptation, a moment of panic, and a brutal memory that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Now a successful lawyer, Alan finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime, desperate to learn the truth about what happened on that long-ago summer day. But even as he grapples with his own dark secrets, he finds himself hounded by a shadowy adversary—and by the forces of justice, drawing their net around him tighter by the day…

via Hard Case Crime