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Year of publication: 1997
Rex Stout Target Practice Target Practice The man lay on a cot near a window in one of the wards of the French army hospital at Toulon. Dr. Dumain, who was showing me through the hospital and who had been called away to attend a delirious patient in another ward, had told me that the mans name was Bonnot, and that he had shot himself in the breast two days before in the barracks at the fort. I had started after the doctor, thinking to take advantage of the opportunity to make my escape I had ...
Year of publication: 2000
Richard Stark Flashfire One 1 When the dashboard clock read 2:40, Parker drove out of the drugstore parking lot and across the sunlit road to the convenience storegas station. He stopped beside the pumps, the only car here, hit the button to pop the trunk lid, and got out of the car. A bright day in July, temperature in the low seventies, a moderate-sized town not two hundred miles from Omaha, a few shoppers driving past in both directions. A dozen blocks away, Melander and Carlson and Ross ...
Joan G Robinson
Year of publication: 2014
C ONTENTS Cover Title Page 1. Anna 2. The Peggs 3. On the Staithe 4. The Old House 5. Anna Follows Her Fancy 6. A Stiff, Plain Thing 7. and a Fat Pig 8. Mrs Peggs Bingo Night 9. A Girl and a Boat 10. Pickled Samphire 11. Three Questions Each 12. Mrs Pegg Breaks Her Teapot 13. The Beggar Girl 14. After the Party 15. Look Out for Me Again 16. Mushrooms and Secrets 17. The Luckiest Girl in the World 18. After Edward Came 19. The Windmill 20. Friends No More 21. Marnie in the Window 22. The Other ...
Year of publication: 2015
Ian Rankin The Travelling Companion My French isnt very good, I told him. The sellers English. Youll be fine. Mr. Whitman thrust the postcard towards me again. He had insisted I call him George, but I couldnt do that. He was my employer, sort of. Moreover, if the stories were to be believed, he was a descendant of Walt Whitman, and that mattered to me. I had graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Edinburgh that same summer. My focus had been on Scottish rather than American ...
Year of publication: 1982
Ed McBain Beauty and the Beast This is for Mile Peretzian and Irene Webb 1 In Calusa, Florida, the beaches change with the seasons. What in May might have been a wide strand of pure white sand will by November become only a narrow strip of shell, seaweed, and twisted driftwood. The hurricane season here is dreaded as much for the damage it will do to the condominiums as for the havoc it might wreak upon the precious Gulf of Mexico shoreline. There are five keys off Calusas mainland, but only ...
Robert B Parker
Year of publication: 2016
Robert Knott, Robert B. Parker Robert B. Parkers Blackjack For Julie 1 Ruth Ann was running now, moving as fast as she could through the dense forest. The Comanche moon hanging directly above dimly lit her way through thick timber of pine, blackjack, birch, and maple. There were no shoes on her bloody feet and what was left of her dress was ripped, soiled, and hanging off her bare shoulders. She was dirty, with leaves and sticks tangled in her auburn hair. She glanced back as she ran. She was ...
Year of publication: 1981
Evan Hunter Love, Dad THIS IS FOR ALL THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS, ALL THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS Mac Arthur Park is melting in the dark All the sweet green icing flowing down Someone left the cake out in the rain And I dont think that I can take it Cause it took so long to bake it And Ill never have the recipe again Oh no Oh no. Jimmy Webb 1968 1 Jamie was still working at midnight, hanging the matted enlargements on every available inch of wall space, using double-faced Scotch tape for the plaster ...
Year of publication: 2017
John Grisham The Rooster Bar 1 The end of the year brought the usual holiday festivities, though around the Frazier house there was little to cheer. Mrs. Frazier went through the motions of decorating a small tree and wrapping a few cheap gifts and baking cookies no one really wanted, and, as always, she kept The Nutcracker running nonstop on the stereo as she gamely hummed along in the kitchen as though the season was merry. Things were anything but merry. Mr. Frazier had moved out three years ...
Year of publication: 1986
Robert Goldsborough Murder In E Minor In memory of my mother, who first introduced me to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Foreword I realize that a lot was written and broadcast about the case that follows, not just in New York, but across the country. However, nobody, not even Lon Cohens Gazette, had the space or the knowledge to come anywhere close to giving the whole account. I didnt think it would ever get printed anywhere, for that matter. Let me explain. Because this episode was such a ...
Erle Stanley Gardner
Year of publication: 1939
Erle Stanley Gardner The Monkey Murder Chapter I Lester Leith, his slender, well-knit form attired in a cool suit of Shantung pongee, sprawled indolently in the reclining wicker chair. The cool afternoon breezes filtered through the screened windows of the penthouse apartment. Leiths valet, Beaver, nicknamed Scuttle by Lester Leith, ponderous in his obsequious servility, siphoned soda into a Tom Collins and deferentially placed the glass on the table beside his masters chair. If Leith had any ...
James Lee Burke
Year of publication: 2019
James Lee Burke The New Iberia Blues For Julian Higgins, a poet with a movie camera Chapter One Desmond Cormiers success story was an improbable one, even among the many self-congratulatory rags-to-riches tales we tell ourselves in the ongoing saga of our green republic, one that is forever changing yet forever the same, a saga that also includes the graves of Shiloh and cinders from aboriginal villages. That is not meant to be a cynical statement. Desmonds story was a piece of Americana, ...
Year of publication: 1988
Lawrence Block Random Walk: A Novel for a New Age Authors Note This book is about a walk, and it seems appropriate to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to some of the people who have provided valuable assistance along the way. I owe much to Thomas Mullane, Marilyn White, and Martin OFarrell, three among many who taught me to follow the path a step at a time to Sondra Ray, Fredric Lehrman, Leonard Orr, and Bob and Mallie Mandel, indispensable teachers to Peter Russell, for The Global Brain, and ...
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce
Year of publication: 0
The Suitable Surroundings by Ambrose Bierce THE NIGHT One midsummer night a farmers boy living about ten miles from the city of Cincinnati was following a bridle path through a dense and dark forest. He had lost himself while searching for some missing cows, and near midnight was a long way from home, in a part of the country with which he was unfamiliar. But he was a stout-hearted lad, and knowing his general direction from his home, he plunged into the forest without hesitation, guided by the ...
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce
Year of publication: 0
The Secret of Macargers Gulch by Ambrose Bierce NORTHWESTWARDLY from Indian Hill, about nine miles as the crow flies, is Macargers Gulch. It is not much of a gulcha mere depression between two wooded ridges of inconsiderable height. From its mouth up to its headfor gulches, like rivers, have an anatomy of their ownthe distance does not exceed two miles, and the width at bottom is at only one place more than a dozen yards for most of the distance on either side of the little brook which drains it ...
Burl Wesley Barer
Year of publication: 1997
Burl Barer The Saint film novelization The Saint is the title of a mystery novel by Burl Barer published by Pocket Books in 1997. It was based upon the screenplay for the film The Saint, which in turn was loosely based upon the character Simon Templar, created by Leslie Charteris. Val Kilmer portrayed Templar and is pictured on the books front cover. This was the first book featuring Templar since Salvage for the Saintended the original series of books which began in 1928 in 1983. It is also the ...