Nightfall

by David Goodis The type he was dealing with was the most dangerous and clever of them all. On the surface a soft-voiced innocence, an unembroidered sincerity. Beneath the surface a chess player who could do amazing things without board and chessmen. Vanning is caught between the law and a murderous pack of thieves, all... Continue Reading →

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Dark Passage

by David Goodis Hate walked in and floated at the side of fear. After a daring prison escape, innocent Parry finds himself at the mercy of Irene who followed his trial and believes in his innocence despite the guilty proclamation. Parry’s first order of business is to make himself unrecognizable to the law, and his... Continue Reading →

In A Lonely Place

by Dorothy B. Hughes She was greedy and callous and a bitch, but she was fire and a man needed fire. Dix Steele is enjoying a year off in California on his rich Uncle’s dime in order to write a book. He stumbles across Brub, an old service-buddy who’s now a detective, and learns a... Continue Reading →

The Horizontal Man

by Helen Eustis It was as if his whole life was a trail by torture to prove himself worthy of death. Young Professor Kevin Boyle has had his head bashed in with a fireplace poker, and one of his students, deeply in love with him, has confessed to his murder. The girl is hysterical and... Continue Reading →

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett “At one time or another I’ve had to tell everybody from the Supreme Court down to go to hell, and I’ve got away with it. I got away with it because I never let myself forget that a day of reckoning was coming.” In his debut, hard-boiled detective Sam Spade’s partner is... Continue Reading →

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

by Horace McCoy ‘It’s peculiar to me,’ she said, ‘that everybody pays so much attention to living and so little to dying.’ Robert, a young man looking for fame and fortune as a Hollywood director, chances across a girl named Gloria, and he enters a marathon dance contest with her. Contestants get 10 minutes off... Continue Reading →

Farewell, My Lovely

by Raymond Chandler “Who put me in here, why and how? I’m in a wild mood tonight. I want to go dance in the foam. I hear the banshees calling. I haven’t shot a man in a week. Speak out, Dr. Fell. Pluck the antique viol, let the soft music float.” In addition to the outstanding... Continue Reading →

Vengeance is Mine!

by Mickey Spillane "Cut it out." "No." She drew the word out. Her eyes were half closed. "It's me that wants you, Mike. I'll do what I can to get you. I won't stop. There's never been anyone else like you." "Later." "Now." Sex! Gorgeous, naked women feature heavily in this novel, and that’s saying something... Continue Reading →

The Dain Curse

by Dashiell Hammett "Kill yourself into a hole, and the chances are a time comes when you have to kill yourself out." In the author's second novel the Continental Op feature in Red Harvest is dispatched to the investigation of a few stolen diamonds. He quickly discovers the theft has elements which don't add up... Continue Reading →

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