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Gillian Flynn! Gillian Flynn (2012)
Gone Girl: A Novel. Crown; First Edition edition
A portrait of a marriage so hilariously terrifying, we can only give you the initial premise: on their fifth anniversary, Nick Dunne’s beloved wife Amy disappears, and all signs point to very foul play. Nick has to clear his name before the police finger him for Amy’s murder. Masterful storytelling. More...
Lawrence Block! Lawrence Block (2011)
A Drop of the Hard Stuff. Mulholland Books
Former NYPD cop with a drinking problem outsmarts a clever and elusive killer. Excellent. More...
       
Nic Pizzolatto! Nic Pizzolatto (2010)
Galveston: A Novel. Tantor Media, Unabridged CD edition
Pizzolatto's crime fiction debut is a no-nonsense novel noir with psychological depth. His hero is dying of lung cancer as he tries to save a pretty 18-year old prostitute and her child from ruthless hoodlums. Brutal, but honest. Much better than the best-selling run-of-the-mill thrillers. More...
Georges Simenon! Georges Simenon (2005)
Tropic Moon. New York Review Books Classics
In the former French colony of Gabon, Joseph Timar has taken on a job with a timber company. He stays at a small hotel in Libreville, where he gets obsessed with the hotelier's wife, Adèle. In the sweltering heat of the tropical sun, Joseph is dragged into the moral decay of crude lust, drinking and brutality of the French expatriates. More...
       
Georges Simenon! Georges Simenon (2005)
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By. (First published in 1938) New York Review Books Classics
Kees Popinga, a Dutch bourgeois and model husband, likes to play chess and look on impassively as the trains to the outside world go by. But then his life falls apart as his company goes into bankruptcy. He quickly degenerates into a amoral creature and embarks on a journey of ruthless brutality. More...
Raymond Chandler! Raymond Chandler (1988)
The Big Sleep. (First published in 1939) Vintage
First published in 1939, Chandler's book created the archetypal character of street-smart private investigator Philip Marlow. He works a case of blackmail in the underbelly of San Francisco, populated by con men, weird ladies, mobsters, cheap sluts, pornographers, gamblers, drunks, and other despicable characters. In this tough world, Marlow is the straight and loyal guy. More...
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