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Cold Trail

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Felony File

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Lieutenant Luis Mendoza and the LAPD homicide division tackle some of their most shocking cases to date. Half a million dollars is stolen from a fashionable department store; a young divorcée is murdered by her ex-husband's lover; three flawless robberies occur in rapid succession and a middle-aged woman is senselessly murdered in a public park.The continually erupting crime in Los Angeles stretches the team to the limit. However, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza handles all this action with his own characteristic, inimitable finesse.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times.

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Paper Chase

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Lawyer Jesse Falkenstein thought his secretary Miss Williams was a remarkably efficient typist, but he felt she had drawbacks as a legal secretary. She had an earnest face, unfashionable tight curls and she irritated him very much. Jesse wished he could fire her.But she'd been his secretary for nine years, so even when, on a particularly busy day, she called to say that an urgent matter would keep her away from the office, Jesse didn't fire her. He also didn't realise how urgent the matter was until it was almost too late . . .'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald Tribune

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Felony at Random

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A bunch of kids from a Catholic School on a school trip to the Museum of National History seems like a safe day out. But when the nuns counted heads outside the building, young Joyce McCauley was missing. The Feds, believing it to be a snatch, are waiting for the ransom note to turn up.But Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the LAPD has other suspicions. He has been working with violence and death longer than he cares to remember and has seen it all. Mendoza is certain some nut has kidnapped Joyce, and sets about tracing the girl in his suave, tough and matchless fashion.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

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Murder Most Strange

Dell Shannon
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Spring fever has hit Luis Mendoza, both on the job and at home. But it hasn't erased the LAPD's endless caseload of bizarre crimes and difficult cases.'Dapper Dan', the rapist and murderer whose dashing looks and easy charm give him the perfect ploy to trap his pretty victims; a stickup artist who has found a foolproof weapon: a ferocious Doberman; a gruesome double homicide-suicide with a weird twist; a senator's 'natural' death that suddenly doesn't appear so natural - all add up to a month of murder most strange, and Mendoza knows it's time to finally clean house.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

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Exploit of Death

Dell Shannon
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September is the worst month for heat in Southern California, and LAPD lieutenant Luis Mendoza is feeling the burn as the sweltering temperatures raise tempers and violence.Heading the list is the bizarre murder of a young French girl - which eventually leads Mendoza to Paris. An old man smothered in his hospital bed; a polite holdup artist nicknamed Baby Face; a Hollywood matron who disappears while visiting a sick friend and the grisly murder of a family who has just moved from Wisconsin keep the skilful Mendoza and his force pounding the scorching pavements in a crime wave that, like the heat, offers no sign of relief.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

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Destiny of Death

Dell Shannon
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A nice young man is helping little old ladies with their groceries . . . then stealing their Social Security; an enormous 'ape man' with a face like King Kong is robbing liquor stores; 'Jack the Stripper' is leaving gas-station registers empty . . . and the attendants naked; a pretty Hispanic woman is killed and ethnic tensions are ready to explode; a little girl is mutilated; a cop is fatally shot.Between the weather and the crime wave, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza - the family-man cop - finds shelter at home, knowing that even violence on the streets of Los Angeles eases up . . . eventually.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Timesc

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Chaos of Crime

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

An early June hot spell takes its toll as it fuels a wave of bloody and bizarre crimes for Luis Mendoza of the LAPD. Grisliest by far is the psycho they call the werewolf, who gets his kicks by killing hookers before vanishing into the dark. A gorgeous teenage redhead holds up liquor stores with her boyfriend. And to make the caseload really interesting, 'Jack the Stripper' hits the city's gas stations - stealing cash and his victim's clothes . . .'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

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Blood Count

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

The weather in LA hasn't been living up to its sunny reputation - the murder of an unwanted newborn and the assault of a twelve-year-old girl don't make things pretty for the family-man cop, especially with a new baby at home.The most puzzling crime of all is the murder of a respectable middle-aged woman from Indianapolis. A string of hit-and-runs involving a Model A Ford, and a bizarre mugger with a penchant for footwear all add up to another high-voltage month in the city of the stars for Lieutenant Luis Mendoza.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

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Murder by the Tale

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

A perfect collection of short stories for Dell Shannon fans and mystery lovers everywhere, featuring eight cases of her popular Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, alongside six intriguing non-series tales.Mysteries include the case of an exasperated husband who may have murdered his nagging wife - but would he have killed his beloved pet as well? A young girl dies in an 'accident' when a parked truck slips its brakes and slams into the house where she's staying. And a nursing home resident suspects that old age is not the only thing eliminating his neighbours.'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald Tribune

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The Dispossessed

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The Manson Curse

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The Proud Man

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The Long Watch

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Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneNew York in the days preceding the American Revolution was a dangerous place to be. Just ask sixteen-year-old James Bethune, who seems to be constantly followed by trouble. Offered a job at a newspaper, James sees out the revolution through the eyes of the paper, surviving incredible odds. When trouble finally catches up to him again, how will he get himself out of it this time?

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Malicious Mischief

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneCharles O'Connor of the Glendale police and Vic Varallo are having dinner with their wives when they are interrupted by a call informing them of murder. The victim is an old, nearly blind woman, killed in her daughter's flat.This is the first of a spate of crimes including a serial dog thief, the hit-and-run killing of a young mother and her two children, a knife fight and a row of flower pots - growing marijuana. All in a day's work for the Glendale P. D.

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The Motive on Record

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

Death is everywhere. A child in a playground. A playboy in a cheap hotel. A John Doe in a freight yard. A nanny and her two charges in a church pew.After twenty-six years in homicide, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza knows death is all in a day's work. But in the heat of a Los Angeles summer, even the predictable becomes bizarre. And for a hard-boiled cop with a decidedly soft centre, nothing is more implausible than human nature - especially when it comes to murder . . .'A Luis Mendoza story means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

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Sorrow to the Grave

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneIn the quiet suburb of Santa Monica, eighty-eight-year-old Mabel Foster loses her husband to a stroke. Rather than move Mabel into a retirement home, the neighbours hire Josephine Slaney to take care of her. The immense nurse is a godsend, the cost of her help is a bargain.Soon it becomes clear, however, that all is not right with Josephine. Mrs Foster, once bright and alert, falls quickly into a torpor and retreats into seclusion at Josephine's command. It is up to detective Dan Valentine to uncover a strange, lethal pattern among Josephine's former patients, and the race is on to stop her before she can strike again.

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Date with Death

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneRonnie and Ruth, a young couple engaged to be married, are shot dead. Someone hated their guts so bad he reloaded and pumped nine shots into their car.Maddox was stymied. Why should anyone kill two nice, respectable young people? Who was the funny man playing practical jokes all over the neighbourhood? And what was the band of American Nazis doing with an arsenal of deadly weapons?

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Crime By Chance

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

With a brief note to her employer, Dorrie Mayo left her job - and another note taped to a neighbour's door claimed she was taking her baby to live with her in-laws on the other side of the U.S. A natural enough thing for a young widow with a fifteen-month-old daughter to do.Only why didn't Dorrie tell any of her friends where she was going? And why were her notes typewritten when Dorrie didn't own a typewriter? For Maddox and his colleagues of the Wilcox Street precinct, this is a conundrum that will take all their skill and resources to solve.

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Crime for Christmas

Dell Shannon
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Dell Shannon

It's Christmas, but there isn't much Christmas spirit in the Glendale Police Department. Delia Riordan's father has just died, Detective Jim Harvey's family have left for the holidays, there are power blackouts, and of course no let-up in murders, muggings, burglaries and a perplexing triple murder/suicide.The department's mood improves with the addition of a dog and a family of kittens to the office. Some crimes even have comic outcomes, including the burglar who is given away by a trail of wool. So it turns out to be a happy Christmas after all - except for the victims.'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald Tribune