Ironic detective (Novelty)

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery


Kyril Bonfiglioli
Craig Brown

ISBN: 9781468312935
Year of publication: 2015

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery Kyril Bonfiglioli with Craig Brown From An Envoi to a Projected Work And patiently, O Reader, I thee pray, Take in good part this work as it is meant, And grieve thee not with ought that I shall say, Since with good will this book abroad is sent, To tell men how in youth I did assay What love did mean and now I it repent: That musing me my friends might well beware. And keep them free from all such pain and care. I: A pair of knaves for openers Trust me that ...

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Help, I Am Being Held Prisoner

Help, I Am Being Held Prisoner


Donald E Westlake

ISBN: 9780871311498
Year of publication: 1974

Donald E. Westlake Help, I Am Being Held Prisoner for Abby the gentle jailer 1 Sometimes I think Im good and sometimes I think Im bad. I wish I could make up my mind, so Id know what stance to take. The first thing Warden Gadmore said to me was, Basically, youre not a bad person, Kunt. Knt, I said quickly, pronouncing it the right way, as in koont. With an umlaut, I explained. A what Umlaut. I poked two fingers into the air, as though blinding an invisible man. Two dots over the U. Its a German ...

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Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air


Donald E Westlake

ISBN: 9780871313225
Year of publication: 1980

Donald E. Westlake Castle in the Air 1 Eustace Dench, master criminal, paid the cabby with a legitimate five pound note, accepted his change, gave the man a twenty pence tip not enough the chap did not touch his cap and turned away to take the delectable Lidas slender arm. It was not raining, but otherwise it was unmistakably London Belgravia, Herbert Way, a curving street of magnificent ivory-colored houses, several of them still private residences, the others all converted to embassies, ...

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The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning


ímur Helgason

ISBN: 9781611091397
Year of publication: 2012

Hallgrimur Helgason THE HITMANS GUIDE TO HOUSECLEANING for Barbara Taylor CHAPTER 1 TOXIC 05.15.2006 My mother named me Tomislav, and my father was a Boki. After my first week in the US, Id become Tom Boksic. Which then led to Toxic. The thing I am today. I often wonder if it was me who poisoned my name or the name that poisoned me. Either way, I bring danger. At least, thats what Munita says. My darling explosive, shes addicted to danger. Munita was living in Peru until her family got killed in ...

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The Busy Body

The Busy Body


Donald E Westlake

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Year of publication: 1966

Donald E. Westlake The Busy Body To Henry and Nedra If anyone shall dig up and plunder a buried corpse he shall be outlawed until he comes to an agreement with the relatives of the dead man, and they ask that he be allowed to come among men again. The Salic Law, c. 490 Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral. Charles Lamb 1 Engels knees hurt. This was the first time hed been inside a church in twelve years, and he wasnt used to it any more. Hed come in here, all unknowing, ...

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Chip Harrison Scores Again

Chip Harrison Scores Again


Lawrence Block

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Year of publication: 1971

Lawrence Block Chip Harrison Scores Again One At first i didnt pay very much attention to the guy. I was washing my hands in the mens room of a movie theater on Forty-second Street, and in a place like that its not an especially good idea to pay too much attention to anybody or you could wind up getting more involved than you might want to. Its not that everybody is a faggot. But everybody figures everybody else is a faggot, so if you let your eyes roam around you could get a groped by someone ...

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The Girl with the Long Green Heart

The Girl with the Long Green Heart


Lawrence Block

ISBN: 9780786701064
Year of publication: 1994

Lawrence Block The Girl with the Long Green Heart For BETSY and PO One When the phone rang I was shaving. I put my razor down and walked across the room to pick up the phone on the bedside table. A womans voice said, Its eight-thirty, Mr. Hayden. I thanked her and went back to finish shaving. I put on a plain white shirt and the good blue suit I had bought in Toronto. I picked out a dark blue tie with an unobtrusive below-the-knot design and tied it three times before I got the knot as small as ...

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No Score

No Score


Lawrence Block

ISBN: 9780451187963
Year of publication: 1970

Lawrence Block No Score Chapter one I shouldnt even be here, she said. Oh, you should, I said. I looked at her, and I got this very sudden, very tight feeling in my throat, as though I had done a very ungood job of swallowing something large. I swallowed again, and the tight feeling moved downward through my chest and stomach and down to the very pit of my stomach, where it settled and put down roots and applied for citizenship papers. Now, you really must be cool, I told myself. Because shes ...

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Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home

Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home


Harry Kemelman

ISBN: 9780743452380
Year of publication: 2002

Harry Kemelman SUNDAY THE RABBI STAYED HOME To my children Ruth and George, Arthur, Diane and Stanley THE CREATION OF RABBI SMALL A Special Foreword by Harry Kemelman I was born and grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Boston. We moved several times, but always to a Jewish neighborhood, that is, one which had enough Jews to support a Jewish butcher shop and a Jewish grocery where you could buy herring and hard-crusted rye bread rather than the wax-wrapped loaf advertised as untouched by human ...

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Introducing the Honourable Phryne Fisher

Introducing the Honourable Phryne Fisher


Kerry Greenwood

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Year of publication: 0

Kerry Greenwood Introducing the Honourable Phryne Fisher Foreword Thank you for buying this book. I have a wizard and three cats to feed. Picture the scene. There I am, in 1988, thirty years old and never been published, clutching a contract in a hot sweaty hand. I have been trying for four long and frustrating years to attract a publisher and now a divinity has offered me a two book conract about a detective in 1928. I am reading the ads as the tram clacks down Brunswick Street. They are not ...

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The Domino Men

The Domino Men


Jonathan Barnes

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Year of publication: 0

Jonathan Barnes The Domino Men Chapter 1 Im horribly aware, as I sit at the desk in this room that youve lent me, that time is now very short for me indeed. Outside, the light of day is fading fast in here, the ticking of the clock sounds close to deafening. Ive come to terms with the fact that I wont have time to write everything that Id hoped my definitive history of the war, from its origins in the dreams of the nineteenth century to the grisly skirmishes of my granddads day to the recent, ...

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The Somnambulist

The Somnambulist


Jonathan Barnes

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Year of publication: 0

Jonathan Barnes The Somnambulist Chapter 1 Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. It is a lurid piece of nonsense, convoluted, implausible, peopled by unconvincing characters, written in drearily pedestrian prose, frequently ridiculous and willfully bizarre. Needless to say, I doubt youll believe a word of it. Yet I cannot be held wholly responsible for its failings. I have good reason for presenting you with so sensational and unlikely an account. It is all true. Every word of ...

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Max Smart and the Ghastly Ghost Affair

Max Smart and the Ghastly Ghost Affair


William Johnston

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William Johnston Max Smart and the Ghastly Ghost Affair 1 Max Smart, Agent 86 for Control, trotted down the steps from the upper floor of his apartment, then halted at the landing and glanced out the window. He was pleased to see that the sun was out and the sky was clear. So far, so good, he thought. He had been up for nearly a half-hour, and, as yet, nothing startling or disastrous had occurred. Perhaps one of those days unlike any other day was beginning. Maybe this Monday would go down in ...

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Max Smart Loses Control

Max Smart Loses Control


William Johnston

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William Johnston Max Smart Loses Control 1 Max Smart, Agent 86 for Control, was awakened that morning by the jangling of his telephone. Always alert, Max jumped out of bed instantly-and went to the door of his apartment. Yes. . what is it Max muttered, looking out into the corridor. There was no one there. Yet, the bell was still ringing. Maxs eyes opened wide. Thats a very good trick, he said, impressed, addressing the empty corridor. How do you do it The only response was the continuing jangle ...

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The Spy Who Went Out to the Cold

The Spy Who Went Out to the Cold


William Johnston

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William Johnston The Spy Who Went Out to the Cold 1 Max Smart, Agent 86 for Control, leaned back in his beach chair, sighed contentedly, and addressed the attractive young woman who was seated in the other beach chair near him. This is the life, 99, Max said. No hired killers, no mad scientists, no abominable monsters. Just sand and sea and sun-and you and I alone. Alone, Max 99 looked around. Id guess that there are approximately ten thousand other people here at the beach with us. Im so ...

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