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Blind Fear

By Hilary Norman

Held captive in a dark room in New York State, a young woman is at the mercy of a killer. As guide-dog trainer Joanna finds herself fighting her attraction to blind sculptor Jack Donovan she also begins to feel dangerously unwelcome. Meanwhile, another object of beauty is being stalked ...

'Hilary Norman specialises in creepy thrillers and this one is just as gripping as her previous work' Woman's Own

'Hilary Norman's novels are some of the genre's scariest' ScotsmanHilary Norman was born and educated in London. After working as an actress she had careers in the fashion and broadcasting industries. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and lived for a time in the United States before writing her first international bestseller, In Love and Friendship, which has been translated into a dozen languages. Her subsequent novels have been equally successful. She lives in North London, where she has spent most of her life, with her husband and their beloved RSPCA rescue dog.
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What's Better Than Money?

By James Hadley Chase

She came out of his past to threaten his future

Out of Jefferson Halliday's past comes Rima Marshall. She's got nothing to lose - she's sunk just about as far as a woman can go. But she knows enough to put Jefferson in the hot seat. And he knows she knows. With the deck stacked against him, blackmail becomes a deadly weapon to fool around with ...

'The thriller maestro of the generation' Manchester Evening News

'Master of the art of deception' New StatesmanBorn René Brabazon Raymond in London, the son of a British colonel in the Indian Army, James Hadley Chase was educated at King's School in Rochester, Kent, and left home at the age of 18. He initially worked in book sales until, inspired by the rise of gangster culture during the Depression and by reading James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, he wrote his first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Despite the American setting of many of his novels, Chase (like Peter Cheyney, another hugely successful British noir writer) never lived there, writing with the aid of maps and a slang dictionary. He had phenomenal success with the novel, which continued unabated throughout his entire career, spanning 45 years and nearly 90 novels. His work was published in dozens of languages and over thirty titles were adapted for film. He served in the RAF during World War II, where he also edited the RAF Journal. In 1956 he moved to France with his wife and son; they later moved to Switzerland, where Chase lived until his death in 1985.
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The Alamut Ambush

By Anthony Price

By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to Glory

A brilliant young electronics expert is killed by a car bomb seemingly meant for the head of the Foreign Office's Middle-Eastern Section. Intelligence officer Hugh Roskill is sent by David Audley on an investigation that takes him from London clubland to the Hampshire countryside, and deep into the complexities of Middle Eastern politics, to find the answer to two questions: who was the real target of the bomb? And what is Alamut?

Against the backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the period before the Camp David Accords, Dr Audley and Colonel Butler are confronted with an assassin capable of turning the Middle Eastern conflict into Armageddon.

By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to GloryAnthony Price was born in Hertfordshire and educated at Oxford. His long career in journalism culminated in the editorship of the Oxford Times. He is the author of 19 novels and has won the CWA Silver and Gold Daggers.
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Beware of the Dog

By Elizabeth Ferrars

The dog was old and unappealing - which may have been why Virginia Freer decided to adopt him; that and the fact that he had belonged to her mother's old friend Helen Lovelock, who had recently died.

The tensions evident among the mourners at Helen's funeral soon erupt, and before long one of them is dead, and so is the dog. When Virginia calls in her ex-husband Felix, the Freers discover the death was convenient for several who attended the funeral. But why should anyone poison the dog? Yet someone had - and therein lay the solution to the murder . . .

'An engrossing whodunit' Publishers Weekly

'There are few detective-story writers so consistently good' Sunday Times

Elizabeth Ferrars 1907-1995
One of the most distinguished crime writers of her generation, Elizabeth Ferrars was born in Rangoon and came to Britain at the age of six. She was a pupil at Bedales school between 1918 and 1924, studied journalism at London University and published her first crime novel, Give a Corpse a Bad Name, in 1940, the year that she met her second husband, academic Robert Brown. Highly praised by critics, her brand of intelligent, gripping mysteries beloved by readers, she wrote over seventy novels and was also published (as E. X. Ferrars) in the States, where she was equally popular. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine described her as as 'the writer who may be the closest of all to Christie in style, plotting and general milieu', and the Washington Post called her 'a consummate professional in clever plotting, characterization and atmosphere'. She was a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association, who, in the early 1980s, gave her a lifetime achievement award.

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Cogan's Trade

By George V. Higgins

A crime masterpiece brought back into print - and transformed into the major film, Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt.

Jackie Cogan doesn't advertise what he does. But when the New England mob have a mess they need cleared up, they know who to call. Markie Trattman runs a high-stakes card-game under their protection. When the game gets raided by a couple of no-name hoodlums, Jackie's out of pocket. Unless of course he set up the heist himself. Either way the mob's got a problem. To restore credibility and keep things running smooth, they need to find out who's behind the heist - and then justice must be seen to be done. Which is where Jackie comes in. The trouble is, this is one game with a lot of players, including an out-of-town hitman, a sleazy attorney, a professional dog-stealer, and enough hoods, hangers-on and high-rollers to really make Jackie earn his dough.

Filmed as Killing Them Softly.

A crime masterpiece brought back into print - and transformed into the major film, Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt.George V. Higgins was a lawyer in the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, in the Organized Crime section and the Criminal Division, and an Assistant United States Attorney, in Boston. He then founded his own private practice, defending Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy and Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver. Described as 'the Balzac of the Boston underworld', he wrote more than twenty novels, including a number of lowlife masterpieces constructed almost entirely out of pitch-perfect dialogue. He died in 1999. Cogan's Trade is the book behind the major motion picture Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt.A major film adaptation starring Brad Pitt will be released in Autumn 2012.The movie of Higgins' THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE ('The best crime novel ever written' - Elmore Leonard), starring Robert Mitchum, is a classic
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Beast In View

By Margaret Millar

A classic whodunit and a deep, disturbing study of the dark places of the human psyche...

At thirty, Helen Clarvoe is alone: her only visitors are the staff at the hotel where she lives, and her only phone calls come from a stranger.

Until that stranger, with a quiet, compelling voice, lures the aloof and financially secure Miss Clarvoe into a world of extortion, pornography, vengeance, madness and murder.

But who is the hunter and who is the victim...?

A gothic chiller which still feels incredibly modern, BEAST IN VIEW is a true classic of the crime fiction genre.

A classic whodunit and a deep, disturbing study of the dark places of the human psyche...Margaret Millar (1915-1994) was born in Ontario, Canada and was educated at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, majoring in Classics. In 1938 she married Kenneth Millar (who wrote under the name Ross Macdonald). She published her first novel, THE INVISIBLE WORM, in 1941 and she worked as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers. She was active in the conservation movement in California in the 1960s and was named a Woman of the Year by the LOS ANGELES TIMES in 1965, and in 1982 she became a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.A classic in crime fiction.Winner of the 1955 EDGAR AWARD.
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Sherlock Holmes's Greatest Cases

By Arthur Conan Doyle

The greatest adventures of the greatest detective of them all

The most famous of all fictional detectives in a selection of his most challenging cases, including the stories A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA and THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE and his most famous novel THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.

Conan Doyle has a beloved place at the top of the crime fiction genre and his Sherlock Holmes books regularly appears in "top crime fiction novels of all time" polls.

Interpretations from Basil Rathbone to Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller have ensured that Sherlock Holmes will forever remain a major part of the crime fiction world.

The greatest adventures of the greatest detective of them all - 'Sherlock Holmes is without doubt the world's most famous detective' (Ruth Rendell)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 -1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.

The first two Sherlock Holmes novels, A STUDY IN SCARLET and THE SIGN OF FOUR, were published in 1887 and 1890, but it was the publication in the STRAND MAGAZINE from 1891 onwards of the immortal short stories, starting with 'A Scandal in Bohemia', that brought him real fame. The complete canon was voted the greatest crime series of all time by the Mystery Writers of America.

Celebrating 130 years since the first Sherlock Holmes story was published#2 in the Crime Masterworks series - a library of the finest crime novels and thrillers ever publishedVoted the greatest crime series of all time by the Mystery Writers of AmericaSir Arthur Conan Doyle is widely regarded as the father of crime fiction
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The Postman Always Rings Twice

By James M. Cain

'Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler' Tom Wolfe

The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and established Cain as a major novelist with a spare and vital prose style and a bleak vision of America.

'Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler' Tom WolfeJames M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War 1, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920s. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977.All the titles in the READ A GREAT MOVIE promotion are being specially designed, and supported by excellent point of sale material.THE BOOK:One of the most famous crime novels ever written.The two other James Cain novels made into films, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and MILDRED PIERCE, are also published by Orion.THE FILM:Famously filmed in 1946 starring Lana Turner and John Garfield.It was also remade in 1981 with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.Both versions are available on DVD.
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POP. 1280

By Jim Thompson

A classic crime novel from 'the best suspense writer going, bar none' New York Times

Nick Corey likes being the high sheriff of Potts County. But Nick has a few problems that he needs to deal with: like his loveless marriage, the pimps who torment him, the honest man who is running against him in the upcoming elections and the women who adore him.

And it turns out that Nick isn't anything like as amiable, easy-going or as slow as he seems. He's as sly, brutal and corrupt as they come.

I don't read many books twice but Jim Thompson novels - due to their concise, dirty power, their relentless violence and purity - can always draw me in for a second time. Some of the most psychological crime writing ever done. I love James M Cain and Elmore Leonard but Jim Thompson holds a special place in my heart.A classic crime novel from 'the best suspense writer going, bar none' New York TimesJim Thompson (1906-1977) was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After an itinerant childhood during which his sheriff father was driven from office for embezzlement; and as a roughneck in the Texan oil fields of the 1920s, Thompson became successful as a writer with the pulp fiction houses of the 1950s, writing a dozen of his more enduring novels in just 19 months. Among his many novels are The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, The Getaway and After Dark, My Sweet. He also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory). Pop. 1280 was an acclaimed French film under the title Coup de Torchon.Pop. 1280 was an acclaimed French film under the title Coup de Torchon.Published alongside THE GRIFTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE ME and THE GETAWAY - all in a brand new cover style.
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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

By George V. Higgins

'The best crime novel ever written' - Elmore Leonard

When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he's looking at three years in the pen - that is, unless he sells out one of his big-fish clients to the DA. But which of the many hoods, gunmen and executioners he calls his friends should he send up river?Set on the mean streets of Boston and told almost entirely in crackling dialogue by a vivid cast of cops and lowlifes, The Friends of Eddie Coyle set a standard for authentically gritty crime fiction that has never been bettered.

'The best crime novel ever written' - Elmore LeonardGeorge V. Higgins was a lawyer in the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, in the Organized Crime section and the Criminal Division, and an Assistant United States Attorney, in Boston. He then founded his own private practice, defending Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy and Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver. Described as 'the Balzac of the Boston underworld', he wrote more than twenty novels, including a number of lowlife masterpieces constructed almost entirely out of pitch-perfect dialogue. He died in 1999.The release of the film version of Higgins' second great masterpiece Cogan's Trade (filmed as Killing Them Softly and starring Brad Pitt) will generate wide media interest in this forgotten genius of American crime fiction.The Friends of Eddie Coyle was also made into one of the all-time great crime movies by the director of Bullitt and starring Robert Mitchum.Out of print for many years, this is a must-have book for all genuine crime fiction fans.
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