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Five to Try – Hard-Boiled Mysteries

  • Five to Try – Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Inherit the Dead

Mark Billingham, Lee Child, Lawrence Block, C. J. Box, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke

Twenty masters of suspense join forces to present one gripping mystery that follows a one-time NYPD homicide cop as he, hired by a wealthy Upper East Side matron to find her daughter, discovers that there is much more to this story during a bitterly cold winter where everyone has something to hide. Reprint.

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Live Wire

Harlan Coben

When Myron Bolitar gets involved in the family drama of his former tennis star client and her rock star husband, he discovers secrets about his own family, specifically his brother, who abandoned the Bolitars long ago. As Myron races to locate his missing brother while their father clings to life, he must face the lies that led to their estrangement-including the ones told by Myron himself.

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A Man Without Breath

Philip Kerr

Bernie Gunther enters a dangerous battleground when he investigates crimes on the Eastern Front at the height of World War 2 in this gripping historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Philip Kerr. Berlin, 1943. A month has passed since Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, morale is low and commanders on the ground know better. Then Berlin learns of a Red massacre of Polish troops near Smolensk, Russia. In a rare instance of agreement, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched. In Smolensk, Bernie finds an enclave of Prussian aristocrats who look down at the wise-cracking, rough-edged Berlin bull. But Bernie doesn’t care about fitting in. He only wants to uncover the identity of a savage killer—before becoming a victim himself.

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Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland

Ace Atkins

When boxing trainer and long-time friend Henry Cimoli asks for Spenser's help with a heavy-handed developer who is sending thugs to pressure Henry to sell his beachfront condo, Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, follow a trail to a beautiful woman, a megalomaniac Vegas kingpin and plans for a sprawling casino in Boston.

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Complex 90

Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins

Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge; he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him? Why does Russia want him back, and why was he singled out to accompany the senator to Russia in the first place?

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