Book List in Order: 28 titles


  • An ambitious gambler may lose it all in this novel by an Edgar Award–winning “superlative storyteller” (Publishers Weekly).He was known as Cully the Arm—the best crapshooter in Chicago. Life was a game of both skill and luck, ...



  • A collection of short fiction, including an Edgar Award–nominated story, about hard-luck characters and the human instinct to survive.   A survivor of Little Bighorn faces down the resulting trauma in the decades following the bloody battl...



  • Gritty, suspenseful short fiction about criminals and other characters on the edge from an Edgar Award–winning author.   “Not all Howard’s heroes are ex-cons, but they might as well be. They’ve all been around the block, made more than t...



  • A gritty, action-packed novel about a World War II suicide mission that goes sideways from a “superlative storyteller” (Publishers Weekly).In the midst of World War II, a Japanese submarine base must be destroyed. But someone needs to dra...



  • A hunting trip turns into a manhunt in this chilling predator-versus-prey thriller from an Edgar Award–winning author.   Four guys from the suburbs are about to set out on a hunting trip. Wes is an architectural draftsman with a secret. Le...



  • Two LAPD detectives are at odds over a horrifying case in this “taut shocker” of a novel by an Edgar Award–winning author (The Boston Globe).   A pair of twins have been brutally murdered, and Los Angeles detectives George Casc...



  • One team of daredevils is planning the ultimate death stunt finale in this novel by a “superlative storyteller” (Publishers Weekly).   A team of professional stunt performers are likely to lose their livelihoods as a new law goes int...



  • A suspenseful novel about the last-minute battle to save a man on death row and the uproar surrounding his case as his time runs out . . .   Weldon Whitmen was arrested for committing a series of robberies and bizarre sex crimes w...



  • A wealthy man has been abducted—but it’s not his money the kidnappers are after—in this inventive thriller by an Edgar Award–winning author.Devlin’s beat is usually organized crime, but now he’s been called to the ...







  • As the Vietnam War rages, blood will be shed at a stateside Marine Corps prison, in this novel by a “superlative storyteller” (Publishers Weekly).Siberia 10 is a military prison in California, and tensions are coming to a slow boil within...



  • One man fights to foil a wild plot for worldwide destruction in this action-packed thriller from “a superlative storyteller” (Publishers Weekly).Herr Inman has a plan and the resources to pull it off.First there will be five assassination...



  • A small-town doctor copes with an escalating medical mystery in this thriller by a “superlative storyteller” (Publishers Weekly).Lee Madrigal became a doctor in spite of his difficult working-class upbringing, with a mother who died young...



  • Clark Howard has written 16 novels, and six books of non-fiction. However, Howard didn't start out as a novelist. He started out as a short story writer, and he remains a short story writer. He has won numerous awards for his stories, including the ...



  • in Best American Mystery Stories 2009

    Best-selling novelist Jeffery Deaver edits this latest collection of the genre's finest from the past year. Featuring "gritty tales told with panache," this is a "must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories" (Booklist)....



  • Challenge the Widow-Maker is about ordinary people whose pride helps them survive. Among the 12 tough but compassionate investigations into the human condition is Custer's Ghost, in which one of the last survivors of Little Bighorn finds closure afte...




  • in Modern Treasury of Great Detective and Murder Mysteries

    No hit-or-miss anthology, this first-rate collection of 25 contemporary mysteries offers a cross-section view of the American detective, suspense and mystery short-story worlds. Gorman, editor of Mystery Scene, gathers the works of such masters as To...





  • In Chicago, the death of a topless dancer leads Detective Joe Kelly and his partner, Nick Bianco, to the local mob. An investigation which costs the life of one of them and draws the survivor into a liaison with the other's widow. ...









  • In 1950s Chicago, twelve-year-old Richie, whose mother is a heroin addict, sets out to find his bootlegger, ex-con father--a search that leads him into the boxing ring and uncovers the secret of his parents' past...



  • An “intense, deeply haunting” saga about love, money, and murder, set amid Nevada’s mining and gambling booms (Publishers Weekly).   In the aftermath of World War I, three veterans—Mike, Jim, and Buck—meet a seducti...



  • This saga about the building of an oil empire and one man’s personal journey is “wonderful . . . A truly exciting novel” (Orlando Sentinel).   After Sam Sheridan returns home from the World War I battlefront, he receives an ...



  • in Master's Choice: Volume II

    An outstanding array of crime fiction by some of today's leading authors is accompanied by short stories from the acclaimed writers who inspired them and features works by Ian Rankin, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, Evan Hunter, Edgar Allan Po...



  • in More Mystery Cats

    Cats and crime make an irresistible combination in this second volume of Mystery Cats. Bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun uses her favorite breed, the Siamese, to chill us with a tale of a sinister violin-playing villain who gets his comeuppance...



  • Clark Howard brings to life a family of flawed, gritty characters in his epic tale The Wardens. The story centers around Dru, the daughter of the first in a long line of prison wardens, and sweeps through several generations of lawkeepers entwined a...





    • / General Fiction
    • Buy Buy

    "In less than three hours he would be killing the Greek shipping magnate. And probably one of his bodyguards. Maybe even his beautiful French mistress... if she happened to be there. He had killed twenty seven people in his seventeen years as a profe...