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Diplomat's Folly

By Henry Wade
Authors:
Henry Wade
Aylwin Hundrych is a diplomat with political aspirations, who was once involved with a French girl, Antoinette, with whom he unwittingly shared details about a royal visit to Paris - details which put the King's life in danger. Antoinette's brother holds the former lovers' letters, and is threatening to use them. Hundrych makes a first payment, but the demands continue.Hundrych enlists his old friend Sir Vane Tabbard's son, an ex-commando called Gray Tabbard, who is not too scrupulous about what he does. Gray searches the blackmailer's apartment, but reports back that he cannot find a particularly compromising note.And Gray is in love with the girl Hundrych plans to marry . . .
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The Dying Alderman

By Henry Wade
Authors:
Henry Wade
At a meeting of Quenborough Borough Council, the Mayor, Sir John Assington, is accused by Alderman Trant of wasting money and turning a blind eye to speculators on the make.Then Trant is stabbed with his own knife, and while dying, manages to scratch the initials 'MA' on a piece of paper.Local Chief Constable Race is on the case. He is new to the force, so Superintendent Vorley comes to his aid. With the help of Scotland Yard, in the shape of Inspector Lott, they each bring a different approach to the investigation.For the truth is rarely straightforward . . .
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  • The Duke of York's Steps

    By Henry Wade
    Authors:
    Henry Wade
    A wealthy banker, Sir Garth Fratten, dies suddenly from an aneurysm on the Duke of York's Steps. His doctor is satisfied that a mild shock such as being jostled would be enough to cause Sir Garth's death. It all seems so straightforward, and there is no inquest.But Fratten's daughter Inez is not satisfied. She places an advertisement in the London newspapers that comes to the attention of Scotland Yard, and Inspector John Poole is assigned to make enquiries.Poole's investigation leads him into a world of high finance where things are not as they seem; a sordid world in which rich young men make fools of themselves over chorus girls.
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    A Dying Fall

    By Henry Wade
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    Henry Wade
    Charles Rathlyn has everything - a benefactress, a rich wife and a comfortable country life. But while riding to hounds one day he takes a terrible spill, and, on reviving, finds himself looking into a pair of beautiful brown eyes. He knows he has fallen once again . . . in love.But are his fall and those soft brown eyes linked to another fall - the fatal plunge his wife, Kate takes over the banister to the parquet floor below, supposedly while sleepwalking?Did she fall or was she pushed? Kate Rathlyn's death begins an investigation into blackmail and murder among the sporting set.
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    The Davidian Report

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
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    Dorothy B. Hughes
    One of them is the link to Davidian.One of them is holding out . . .Steve Wintress's flight to Los Angeles is forced down in bad weather, and he shares a car into town with three fellow travellers: a shy young soldier, a cool Hollywood actress and a Justice Department official.But all four passengers have something in common - something any one of them might kill to get their hands on.Every secret agency in the world wants to possess the Davidian Report, smuggled out of East Berlin by a Communist defector, and it's lying somewhere in LA. Steve wants that Report, but he'll have to fight with the big guns, like the CIA and the FBI, if he's going to get there first . . .
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    Dread Journey

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
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    Dorothy B. Hughes
    One-way ticket to death . . .? In the four years since she arrived in Los Angeles, Kitten Agnew has become a star. Not all by herself, of course; though beautiful and talented, Kitten would be lost without her director, the acclaimed and powerful Vivien Spender. But Spender is a dangerous man. Kit knows that, and has heard all the stories - of discarded stars that have ended up in a chorus line, or a sanatorium, or worse.Spender knows that Kit knows, and wouldn't dare destroy her glittering career. But he may be willing to kill her . . .On a train from LA to Chicago, Kit makes a discovery that could have her fighting not just for her career, but for her life.
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    The Delicate Ape

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
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    Dorothy B. Hughes
    Diplomatic corps man Piers Hunt watches the glittering lights of Broadway from his Hotel Astor room. The German girl's mocking voice returns to his mind yet again: 'More melodrama, Piers?' Yes: this time it's 'more melodrama', but with a vengeance.In New York incognito, only Piers knows that his superior, Samuel Anstruther, has been murdered, possibly to get him out of the way of a plan to withdraw a police force that governs post-Second World War Germany. Rumours abound that the Germans might be allowed free reign once again.Piers is a man of peace, but he may have to get his hands dirty if he doesn't want to be murdered - before telling the world what Anstruther knew . . .
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    Deceiving Mirror

    By Margaret Yorke
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    Margaret Yorke
    Nesta Falconer, an attractive widow, lives with her fifteen-year-old daughter Philippa, managing brother-in-law Charles Falconer's household after the breakdown of his marriage. Nesta's comfortable position is threatened when her sister Claire, returning from America, comes to stay at her cottage.Charles realises that Nesta is a menace to Philippa's happiness, and that she has been responsible for much distress. His mother, a formidable old lady, plays a part in revealing Nesta not only to her family but to herself as a negative person who contributes little to the happiness of others.
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    The Drowner

    By John D. MacDonald
    Authors:
    John D. MacDonald
    Lucille Hanson had rid herself of the wrong man - her rich husband who lived casually and loved carelessly. Then she found another man she hoped would be right. She was putting together the pieces of her life - until all of her hopes came to rest at the bottom of a lake, where her body was found.It must have been an accident was what most people said. It might have been suicide, was what others wanted to think. But among her mourners just one person refused to believe it was anything but murder ...
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    Deadly Welcome

    By John D. MacDonald
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    John D. MacDonald
    Alex Doyle is a tough man on a tough assignment in Ramona Beach, Florida - the kind of place that doesn't trust strangers and is policed by a sheriff who echoes the locals' sentiments with a billy club. But Alex isn't an outsider, exactly. He grew up in Ramona Beach - until they railroaded him out of town. 'Can't trust trash,' they said.Alex has never been back, until his employer sends him home to locate a government scientist and get him out alive. Unfortunately for Alex, Ramona Beach has a long memory. Unfortunately for Ramona Beach, so does Alex.
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    The Deceivers

    By John D. MacDonald
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    John D. MacDonald
    Her name was Cindy, and she was his neighbour's wife - the woman next door in the kind of suburbia that didn't make headlines. These were real people, nice people like Cindy and Carl who fought with the desperation of the damned to keep from wanting each other.Suddenly, though, it was the right time, right place. And there was no room left for pretence. In that moment all innocence drained out of their lives. Two real people, two nice people, became creatures of passion - and guilt.
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    Death Trap

    By John D. MacDonald
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    John D. MacDonald
    In life, Jane Ann never had much use for a halo, but in her violent death she finally earned one. When they found a suspect, everyone relaxed except Hugh MacReedy.Maybe he should have stayed out of it, but MacReedy owed a big debt to the patsy they were sending to the electric chair in a week. And he would have stayed out of it, if he'd known what his chances were of coming out alive ...
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  • Death at Four Corners

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday ExpressWhen Doctor Terence Ambrose visits Gervase Blount at Four Corners he notices the body of a man low down on a cliff near the house. His enquiries into the man's death point suspicion at several people, particularly his old friend from Balliol Gervase Blount himself. As he delves into the past a complicated web of intrigue is slowly exposed . . .
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  • Death Wears a Mask

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    May Forbes, forty plus and single, came four nights a week to feed the wild cats on Broomstick Common. That was how she happened to glimpse a masked man with a spade. Fearful for her own life, she lands up at the Mettlesome Horse, where that remarkable lawyer, Arthur Crook, is drinking at the bar.So when the body of pretty eighteen-year-old Linda Myers is found buried on the Common, Crook discovers a number of people who might want the girl dead.Then May Forbes leaves for work one lunchtime and does not reappear . . . 'Ingenious plot leavened with sly humour' Evening News 'The plot is knife-edge tension all the way' Belfast Telegraph
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    Duffy

    By Dan Kavanagh
    Authors:
    Dan Kavanagh
    Things aren't going so well for Brian McKechnie. His wife was attacked in their home, his cat was brutally killed and now a man with a suspiciously erratic accent is blackmailing him. When the police fail spectacularly at finding out who's after him, McKechnie engages the services of London's most unusual private eye.Duffy is a detective like no other. A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of ticking watches and a penchant for Tupperware. But what he lacks in orthodoxy he makes up for in street-smart savvy and no-nonsense dealings. Intrigued by McKechnie's dilemma and the apparent incompetency of his ex-colleagues, Duffy heads to his old patch, the seedy underbelly of Soho, to begin inquiries of his own.Helped by some shady characters from his past, Duffy discover that while things have changed in the years since he was working the area, the streets are still mean and the crooks walk arm in arm with the blues.Full to bursting with sex, violence and dodgy dealings, DUFFY is a gripping and entertaining crime novel with a distinctly different and entirely lovable anti-hero.
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  • Double or Quits

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Do Not Disturb

    By Helen McCloy
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    Helen McCloy
    The sign read 'Do Not Disturb', and at first Edith Talbot ignored the pitiful whimpering that came through the door. The hotel clerk assured her that the room was occupied by a sick boy under the care of a physician. Later in the night, when the cries resumed, she felt something must be done, and she made the fatal mistake of knocking on the door ...From then on things begin to happen, strange things that at first seem like coincidence but crescendo into a series of hair-raising events.'Continuous action, and extra good writing' Saturday Review of Literature
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  • The D.A. Takes a Chance

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    Blond Eve Dawson came to Hollywood to be a star and didn't make the grade. But as a party girl she was much in demand - until someone shot her during a wild party given for a lot of prominent politicians. Everyone clammed up and pressure was brought to bear - even on popular D.A. Doug Selby. But Selby and Sheriff Brandon wouldn't hush. The next time beautiful Eve turned up she was a corpse with a carving knife deep in her chest. And even that suave old fox A.B. Carr couldn't stop the D.A. from finding out who killed her and why.
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  • The D.A. Holds a Candle

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
    Authors:
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    Douglas Selby, the ambitious young District Attorney of the territory around Madison City, had up before him a young man guilty of embezzling a comparatively small sum of money which he had spent gambling. Selby could have locked him up - and perhaps ruined his life. But he wanted to find the how and the why of this otherwise law-abiding young man's gambling.Selby's investigations led him to a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, to blackmail, and to the doorstep of DeWitt Stapleton, the local big-wig, who ran things in that part of the country by and for himself.
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  • The D.A. Calls it Murder

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
    Authors:
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    The little clergyman had died peacefully in bed in the Madison Hotel. But Douglas Selby, recently elected District Attorney, suspected there was more to this death than meets the eye, and soon knew that something was definitely wrong.So Doug finds himself faced not only with a wily murderer, but with virulence from a hostile press, reluctant witnesses, and a film star unwilling to explain why she was on the spot.
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