The Killing Lessons
By Saul Black
When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses - women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them - has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she's losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's 10-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she's running from.
A Key to the Suite
By John D. MacDonald
Corporate hatchetman Hubbard is on his way to an industry convention to carry out a termination - a fancy way of saying he's about to toss a man and his family out in the street. But the convention is a modern Sodom of cheating husbands and ambitious wives, ready to put out as much as necessary to ensure their husbands' jobs - and a plan is afoot to smear Hubbard ...
The King is Dead
By Ellery Queen
'Ellery Queen IS the American detective story' Anthony Boucher.King Bendigo is the wealthiest man alive. He has an enormous security detail on his private island, quite capable of dealing with international aggression. But not threats from within his own family. Fearing for his life, he hires brilliant detective Ellery Queen.The King's brother Judah makes no secret of wanting him dead. He even gives a date and a time on which he will commit the crime. So when the day comes, the King is kept in a hermetically sealed room while his brother is guarded by Ellery himself.But the King is still shot...This is the ultimate in locked-door mysteries from a classic master of the genre.
Knock, Knock, Who's There?
By James Hadley Chase
Johnny Bianda is a man with a dream. He wants to own a boat off the coast of Florida and he only needs $186,000 to buy it. He steals the money from his firm, knowing that one day they'll notice and one day they'll kill him for it - after all, it is the Mafia.But for Johnny Bianda, the risk is worth taking and he knows it will be at least a year before they catch up with him. Unfortunately for Bianda, the knock on his door comes sooner than he thinks ...
Kept Women Can't Quit
By Erle Stanley Gardner
Donald Lam arrives at work one day to find an outraged police sergeant Frank Sellers stewing in the office of his senior partner, Bertha Cool. Sellers is close to cracking an armoured car robbery case, but in the course of his investigation, a telephone number for the Cool-Lam detective agency was found on one of his primary suspects - one Hazel Downer.The same Hazel Downer employs Donald Lam to find her husband who has run off with another broad, taking her fifty thousand dollars with him. Wasn't it fifty thousand dollars that haven't been recovered from the armoured car job ... ?
By P. M. Hubbard
While hunting in the English countryside, Ben Selby stumbles upon the murdered body of Peter Gaston, a friend of some twenty years earlier. As they had both been agents in a clandestine organisation, he is convinced that Peter was killed to prevent their meeting and sets out to question his widow. What she tells him is the beginning of a perilous and exasperating search for something buried long ago on a remote island headland.
Kill or Cure
By Joan Fleming
Jeremy Fisher is a smart doctor in what he calls the 'Jag belt, south of London'. His friends are rich, drink too much and call one another Bunny. If a young unmarried girl has to have an abortion, it is smoothly hushed up - unless she has one at cut-price rate and dies. To oblige a friend, Jeremy Fisher agrees to keep quiet about the girl lying dead in his spare bedroom. But a blackmailer gets to work and Jeremy is exposed as a victim of malicious revenge.'Keeps you riveted all the way' Observer'Pace, drama, scalpel-like observation' The Times
Killer at Large
By Maurice Procter
Imprisoned for seven years for killing his fiancée's lover, now Guy Rainer has escaped, and Detective Inspector Martineau is on his trail.Martineau had sent Guy down. Now it's his job to find the escaped prisoner. But in the midst of the hunt for the killer, Martineau is faced with another problem: a nine-year-old girl, Dessie Kegan, has disappeared. Has Dessie been murdered? Has Guy Rainer taken her, for reasons of his own?Martineau has to work fast - and he knows it.
The Kyle Contract
By Donald MacKenzie
Brady Jordan wasn't hired to fall in love. He was hired to make a pass at a strawberry blonde and be the evidence in a divorce set-up that her husband badly needed. So when he started getting the usual human twinges he expected something to go wrong. And that Californian evening, when he stepped on the verandah and sniffed the marijuana and found the corpse of a body that should have been live and warm, he knew it had.
By Donald MacKenzie
Neil MacFarlane, a gentleman gambler on the French Riviera, is caught in a run of bad luck. His only chance to recoup his losses lies in gaining admittance to a private game, far from the eagle-eyed supervision of the Cannes casino croupier. But by the time he has succeeded in extracting an invitation from the rich Whitakers to dinner and a friendly game at their house, he is completely cleaned out. His hotel room is locked against him, and the angry manager refuses to open it until his bill is paid.Then an enigmatic Englishman makes him a curious offer, which he accepts - and is drawn into a game in which the stakes are much higher than he could ever have imagined . . .
By Michael Marshall
Everything's going to plan - until someone steals his life...With a lucrative job, great marriage and a beautiful house, Bill Moore is a man with a plan. It's all working out just fine, until the day he finds a card left on his desk, printed with just one word: MODIFIED.From that moment, his life begins to change - at first barely noticeably, then in more and more disturbing ways. Bill soon finds out, in the most terrifying way, that he has become the subject of a dark and deadly game . . . and that he has no choice but to fight back.
The Killer Inside Me
By Jim Thompson
THE KILLER INSIDE ME has been a cult classic since its first publication in 1952. Also a major motion picture starring Casey Affleck, directed by Michael Winterbottom.Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small Texas town, patient and thoughtful. Some people think he's a little slow and boring but that's the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his 'sickness'. It nearly got him put away when he was younger, but his adopted brother took the rap for that. Now the sickness that has been lying dormant for a while is about to surface again - and the consequences are brutal and devastating. Tense and suspenseful, THE KILLER INSIDE ME is a brilliantly sustained noir crime masterpiece.