Sinner Man by Lawrence Block

Sinner Man

Sinner Man tells the story of small town insurance-peddler Don Barshter, and how after a few too many drinks, inadvertently murders his wife following an errant strike.  Rather than call the police and turn himself in, Don decides to cram his wife’s body into a closet and flee town.  It’s during his aimless travels that…

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

Midnight Sun

After crossing Oslo’s drug kingpin The Fisherman, low-level thug Jon flees to a tiny mountain town a stone’s throw from the North Pole.  Careful not to get too comfortable as his enemies are just over the horizon, Jon takes up the temporary alias of “Ulf”, a hunter from the city, and befriends a single mother,…

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

Red Harvest

No, this book isn’t about farming in communist Russia. The Continental Op travels to Personville, USA following an invite from the editor of the local newspaper, but upon the Op’s arrival, he finds out that his host had been gunned down in cold blood.  Just another day in Poisonville.  When Personville’s most powerful man enlists…

The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

The Black Eyed Blonde

Marlowe is tasked with tracking down a man who up until recently was believed to be dead.  However, it’s those who are also on the missing man’s trail that will prove to be Marlowe’s biggest challenge.  Can Marlowe find his man before two mean Mexicans do or did ol’ Phil bite off more than he…

Playback by Raymond Chandler

Playback

“Wherever I went, whatever I did, this was what I would come back to. A blank wall in a meaningless room in a meaningless house.” Philip Marlowe is tasked with tailing a young, rich and beautiful woman.  The catch?  He has no idea why and neither does the shady lawyer who hired him. That is…

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

The Thin Man

Nick and Nora Charles are staying at a swanky hotel in Manhattan when word arrives of a missing man.  Content to leave his old life behind as a private detective, Nick wants no part of the investigation.  However, it isn’t long before Nick is forced into the case and in order to deal with the…

The Hunter (Parker #1) by Richard Stark

The Hunter

Career criminal Parker is double crossed and left for dead but they didn’t confirm the kill.  After surviving an attempt on his life, Parker’s search for the scumbag responsible has led him to New York City.  While finding the man may prove difficult for Parker, one thing is for sure, he’ll get his revenge or…

A Swollen Red Sun by Matthew McBride

A Swollen Red Sun

Officer Dale Everett Banks comes into money when he nabs fifty-two thousand from the trailer of known meth dealer Jerry Dean Skaggs. When Skaggs discovers his loot is missing, all hell breaks loose. You see, the money wasn’t all his – it’s owed to several partners as well as a crooked cop. With his back…