Perfect Crime Books
While sexy cousin Tracy combats poachers trying to steal the weed crop, her fugitive cousins take the pot-dealing war to the enemy’s hometown. With FBI agents on their trail—including Jill Murphy, who may have a thing for one-eyed Jay McCray—the Americans square off with the Tijuana Cartel in a ruthless game that gives new meaning to the phrase “paint the town red.” 243 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
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Booklist loves it! "Early on, a woman purrs to the hero, 'I love it when you talk like a B-picture detective.' We know at once we’re reading a movie-drenched detective novel, echoing the look and sound of 1940s gumshoe flicks. The story is set in 1974, but even the premise, which sees L.A. PI Scott Elliott summoned to the home of a hot-shot young filmmaker, serves to rush us further into the past. The movie guy wants to learn more about a sting Elliott helped orchestrate on a racketeer back in the fifties. It connects to a puzzling mystery involving the unsolved murder of a big-band singer, killed in a nightclub part-owned by Errol Flynn. Now the singer’s sister, who’s been searching for the killer for years, is herself murdered. Overcomplicated? Yes. But did you ever figure out how the Sternwood chauffeur got into that canal in The Big Sleep? Readers will know to relish the pack of Luckies and the Rexall drugstore with a phone booth. And the allusions. Aren’t PIs big drinkers? 'Ever since Nick Charles,' Elliott laments, 'we’ve been trying to cut back.' " Don Crinklaw
So does James Reasoner: "[I]n the Raymond Chandler/Ross Macdonald vein, all the way down to a late reference to a Chandler novel that provides a clue. The plot is properly convoluted, involving mobsters, a con game, a beautiful torch singer, movie stars, blackmail, black marketeering during World War II, and numerous secrets bubbling up from the past to cause trouble in the present. To put it simply, this is a wonderful book. . . . Don’t let anybody tell you they don’t write ’em like they used to." Read the full review here.
Jay Stringer interviews Uriel E. Gribetz about Bronx private detective Sam Free for the excellent DoSomeDamage blog. Read here. The Bill Thrill, the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers, interviews Uriel Gribetz here.
202 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
Author-dramatist Joseph Goodrich's drama Panic won an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America in 2008 for Best Play. Here Goodrich offers a selection of short early plays that draw on the traditions of modernism and noir. The episodes seethe with violence and desperation. "There are no happy endings," says Goodrich in his introduction.
SOUTH OF SUNSETNine PlaysJoseph Goodrich134 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
(Previously published as The Bottom of Every Bottle)
207 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
The President's dirty little secret is deadly. Hayes Rutherford did his stint in Vietnam, flying a rescue chopper that earned him the nickname "Last Chance." And he was a standup guy forty years later when someone had to take the fall for a Pentagon billing scandal. After 18 months in a federal pen, Hayes figures he's done with the Washington crowd. Working for his daughter at a Hollywood P.I. firm, his biggest challenge is keeping the talent's nose out of the candy. But when rumors ping the White House that somebody is shopping an ugly movie script about the war-hero President, Hayes looks like suspect number one. Good thing he's in Hollywood, where anything goes, including a scheme to shake down the President who wants to kill him. 350 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
There's no plunge-protection team waiting when an ex-hedge fund manager goes off a hotel balcony. Nor is there anyone to rescue stockbroker sleuth John McCarthy and his actress wife Robin if they make a misstep in exposing a massive financial crime. As for those frisky markets and the wobbly economy, what's holding them up? 314 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
"Charles is everybody's fall guy," says Booklist, "but he's not quite ready to fall--and definitely not ready to see his mistress, daughter, and son fall with him. This slick thriller combines the noirish cool of French cinema (think Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai) with an almost jaunty, witty charm (Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief and Charade). Stylishly written and cleverly plotted crime fiction." 202 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart
Patrick McCarry, a down-on-his-luck Wall Street banker, can't expect much sympathy back home. A hedge fund has blown up, and McCarry looks just the right size for a federal prison cell. Hanging out in Europe, he hooks up with a folksy Midwesterner who wants help picking through failed businesses. Chester Holt and his ample wife Charity have a homily for every occasion. One of them is "Don't be a doom and gloomster!" That means: If you're right on the doorstep of the Balkans, pretty soon somebody is going to want to buy guns from you." 180 pages Trade Paperback and ebook amazon barnes & noble walmart