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  • Constable Guard Thyself

    By Henry Wade
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    Henry Wade
    Two threats from a newly released convict - a poacher framed on a murder charge - put Captain Scole, Chief Constable of Brodshire, on his guard. Special men are assigned to protect him.But four days later, Captain Scole is found shot through the head at his desk in Police Headquarters.A full week later, young Inspector Poole of Scotland Yard is called in to follow a cold trail in the face of open hostility from the local police. And the further he explores the murder, the more baffling it becomes.Could Scole's First World War past be catching up with him - or something much closer to home?
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    A Chosen Sparrow

    By Vera Caspary
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    Vera Caspary
    Leni Neumann is rebuilding her life as a Jewish survivor in post-war Vienna, having lost her mother in a Nazi prison. As a singer going from café to café, she meets all kinds of people: good people, who want to leave the horrors of war behind; neurotics, who hope to restore days of perverse glory. Drawn by the splendid, strange new world in which she finds herself, Leni is easy prey for the forces that surround her.Then she meets Gerhard, who offers her money, power, luxury and refinement, and Leni accepts his proposal. But Gerhard is a troubled man, and Leni finds herself forced to seek the truth about her marriage - a truth that may threaten her very life.
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    The Case Against Phillip Quest

    By Michael Underwood
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    Michael Underwood
    Vernon Gray is the oldest and richest of the residents of the four flats on the sixth floor of a block in his small seaside town. After seeing her on TV, he has instructed Rosa Epton to draft his last will and testament, when another of her clients demands her attention on an urgent matter: he has been accused of stealing five pounds from the collection plate at the end of the Sunday morning service.And then Vernon Gray disappears, along with his housekeeper, leaving a welter of puzzling clues to confuse the police, and the learned Rosa.
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  • Crime Without Passion

    By Richard Grindal
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    Richard Grindal
    An aristocratic young woman, Denise de Richemont, has murdered an important journalist, Jaques Le Tellier. She is acquitted by a sympathetic jury when she confesses it to be a crime of passion - revenge for the journalist's indiscreet revelation of his mistress' sordid family secrets. But the real reason why Mademoiselle de Richemont killed Le Tellier is far more sinister, and Inspector Gautier pursues the case from the haute monde of fashionable Paris to the seething and dangerous slums, determined to solve the mystery behind the murder.
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    Conjurer's Coffin

    By Guy Cullingford
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    Guy Cullingford
    In the cheerful, grubby backstreets of Soho, Jessie Milk finds herself a most unsuitable occupation as a receptionist in a hotel frequented by unsuccessful variety artists. Among the hotel's regulars is a dyspeptic conjurer with a plain wife and pretty assistant, both of whom drive him to distraction and encourage his professional and lethal tendencies . . .Miss Milk confides her troubles to a retired Merchant Navy captain, now employed as a store detective. Combining their resources they are pursue the murderer in the bustle and crush of Coronation week.
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    Cases

    By Joe Gores
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    Joe Gores
    It's 1953, and Pierce Duncan leaves college an innocent. Seeking the freedom of the road, Dunc sets off to see America. His road trip brings strange, fateful encounters: with a savage Georgia chain gang; with a killer on a lonely Texas road; and with the darker side of the Las Vegas fight game. Finally, Dunc reaches San Francisco, a city seething with the unexpected.In the backstreets and along the freight lines, Dunc meets beautiful women, dangerous men . . . and murder. In California, home of the lost and the outcast, he joins up with the hard-nosed head of a private investigation agency, and his life changes for ever.A violence-marked love letter to a time in America now lost, Cases is as vivid as a lightning storm over a deserted highway, as unforgettable as a first kiss, as haunting as a dead woman's eyes.
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    The Candy Kid

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
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    Dorothy B. Hughes
    Jose Aragon is a ranch hand between jobs. Looking and smelling just like a piece of border-town trash, he's hoping the Chenoweth Hotel, El Paso, will let him in for a much-needed shower, a room and a couple of cold beers.But a beautiful and wealthy woman with golden-brown hair, Dulcinda Farrar, mistakes him for a local, and offers him money to pick up a package for her. Jose goes along for the ride, but his playfulness is about to get him in trouble.Just minutes after he's picked up the package, it disappears, and suddenly he has the border's toughest thugs on his tail. Jose knows how to round up a herd of cattle, but a classy blonde is going to prove more difficult . . . and more dangerous.
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    The Cross-Eyed Bear Murders

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
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    Dorothy B. Hughes
    Alone in New York City, Lizanne Steffasson comes face to face with reality when her dream of acting on Broadway collapses.Now she just needs to pay her rent. So she answers an unusual ad in the paper, for 'a beautiful girl. One not afraid to look on danger's bright face'.Lizanne is neither beautiful nor fearless, yet she is certainly about to look danger in the face. A New York estate lawyer wants her help to track down a young man who has vanished into the wilds of the city on the eve of inheriting a vast sum of money from his billionaire late father, a Swedish man known as the Cross-Eyed Bear.It turns out that Lizanne is the perfect person for the job, as she knows more about the story than her employer has bargained for . . .
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    Come Morning

    By Joe Gores
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    Joe Gores
    After eight hard years in San Quentin prison, Runyan is out and ready to lead a quiet life - an honest life. But certain people have been planning for the day of his release - people who desperately want the two million dollars in diamonds Runyan was carrying just before he went to jail ... Like the insurance investigator who arranged his parole. A beautiful woman who wants him alive. The unknown killer who definitely wants him dead.Runyan goes to recover the diamonds from where he has stashed them, so he can buy his way out ... but the diamonds are gone. Now he must pull another robbery - something he swore never to repeat - and use the proceeds to stay alive.
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  • Cons, Scams and Grifts

    By Joe Gores
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    Joe Gores
    On a Hollywood studio lot, a dancing bear - a Gypsy in a fur suit - does a little sly pickpocketing. In San Francisco, Daniel Kearny Associates are waging a campaign to repossess twenty-seven classic cars from people who are creatively determined to keep them. And in a fortress in the Big Sur wilderness, a rich man vows to steal a collectors' item. Soon the bear, DKA and the millionaire entangle in a twisted plot of betrayal and murder.When the dancing bear is killed, the police start searching for his beautiful wife, Yana. But Yana is eluding everyone - DKA included - and working a grift of her own.Meanwhile a helicopter is headed for Big Sur, carrying the greatest scam of all.
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  • Contract Null and Void

    By Joe Gores
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    Joe Gores
    Their job is to bring back the goods bought but not paid for by San Francisco's deadbeats. But the repo men of Daniel Kearny Associates have their own problems. Boss man Dan Kearny has been bounced by his wife. Bart Heslip is wearing leather in the Tenderloin, and Ballard has finally met a woman who's his match.Just when things couldn't get tougher, four DKA cases come together - with a bang. Shotguns, politics and a multimillion-dollar brawl between two high-tech wizards open up bad blood on the streets, exposing a plot to punch DKA's ticket for good.
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  • Cold Trail

    By Dell Shannon
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    Dell Shannon
    The body of a woman from respectable, conservative Glendale is found stashed under a ramshackle house in the middle of the inner city. Detective Luis Mendoza marks the rising heat by the crime and violence raging through the sun-baked streets of Los Angeles - and it's going to be a hot one . . .A thug is shot to death. A mysterious string of robberies continues unabated . . . all without a clue. But the family-man cop knows that where there's heat there's fire - and a cold trail to nowhere promises to turn into a red-hot path leading straight to the damned.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times
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  • The Case of the Blonde Bonanza

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
    Authors:
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    'Why would anyone hire a girl with the figure of a stripteaser and pay her $100 a week to put on weight?' Perry Mason asked Della Street.'In the course of my secretarial career,' Della said demurely, 'I've seen quite a few approaches, but this is a new one.''According to the letter of this contract,' Mason mused, 'if Dianne Alder should marry a millionaire and her husband should die, the party of the first part would be entitled to fifty percent.' Suddenly Mason snapped his fingers.'You've got it?' Della Street asked.'I have an explanation. I don't know whether it's the explanation, but it's quite an explanation'.
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  • The Case of the Duplicate Daughter

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    Muriell Gilman left her father at the breakfast table while she cooked seconds of sausage and eggs. When she returned, he had disappeared - seemingly into thin air.She searched the house from cellar to attic. Then she went out to the workshop ... there, scattered on the floor, were hundred-dollar bills - and in their midst a spreading, crimson stain. That's when she telephoned Perry Mason, who soon discovers that the missing piece of the mystery seems to belong to his arch nemesis Hamilton Burger.
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  • The Case of the Lucky Loser

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
    Authors:
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    The first woman wouldn't even give her name. But the clear, feminine voice faltered considerably over the question of what Perry Mason's charges would be for a day in court - a day doing nothing but listening.The second woman gave a good deal more - but the question was, what did she expect to get? Dorla Balfour, lethally lovely and dangerously rich, forced a $1,000 retainer on Mason to deal with a case already tried and decided.The offense involved appeared to be manslaughter, hit-and-run, but it soon became murder ... with the corpse killed twice.
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  • The Case of the Gilded Lily

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    The ingredients were quite simple: one middle-aged tycoon with a lovely young wife; one oh-so-apologetic visitor to the tycoon's office; one devoted secretary, graduate of a correspondence course of How to Be a Detective.But when these ingredients were combined and brought to the boil with the addition of one inflammable blonde - the result was murder.And when Perry Mason was called in to clean up the kitchen, he found that too many cooks almost spoiled the broth.
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  • The Case of the Negligent Nymph

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
    Authors:
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    She pulled herself out of the water and into a canoe and gasped, 'I don't know who you are ... but you'd better paddle like hell!' Flashlights appeared on the shore. Someone shouted 'There she is!' but Perry Mason was doing as he was told for a change, paddling into the night, with a strange girl, towards the hottest water he had ever been in.By morning, Mason was in all the papers - wanted for robbery. By afternoon, he had a second client - in jail. Then murder arrived and he was precipitated into the tensest battle of his career.
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  • The Case of the Baited Hook

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    Who was that masked woman?That was the question plaguing Perry Mason. No one loves a good mystery more than Mason - but being asked to represent a client who is concealing her identity, not to mention the particulars of her case, has given even the legendary legal eagle a case of ruffled feathers.Yet the intriguing cloak-and-dagger tactics have Perry hopelessly hooked. As for the silent siren behind the mask, is she heiress Byrl Gailord or penniless Adelle Hastings? Both women have ties to a man named Tidings, a man who may be a protector or predator. A man who could answer a lot of tough questions - if only he hadn't been murdered.
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  • The Case of the Turning Tide

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    District Attorney Frank Duryea had more than a simple murder case on his hands. Had someone killed both Addison Stearne and C. Arthur Right and then vanished? Or had it been a murder and a suicide? And, in either case, who died first? A vast fortune depended on the answer.The obvious suspect was Nita Moline, who claimed she discovered the bodies, rushed up on deck and fainted. However, nobody had seen her come aboard. And through the tangled web of evidence, there seemed to be more than one mystery. Fortunately for Frank Duryea, his wife's grandfather - the black sheep of a wild family - came for a visit and got in everybody's way.
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  • The Count of Nine

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
    Authors:
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    You might call Bertha Cool the broad beam of the Cool and Lam Detective Agency. As this story begins, all 200-odd pounds of her are quivering happily at the thought of a fat fee to come.All Bertha has to do is guard the priceless treasures of wealthy explorer Dean Crockett II, who is about to throw a fabulous party. But somebody's hand is quicker even than Bertha's gimlet eye, and one valuable jade Buddha and a primitive blowgun disappear.That's when brainy bantam-weight Donald Lam steps in, and the pace sets off fiercely, before reaching a sensational, unexpected climax.
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