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    Suspense

    Nov-2014

    'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneIreland, 1749. Dennis McDermott, a witty, charming and daring young man with shades of the Scarlet Pimpernel, lives two lives in eighteenth-century Dublin. Fashionable society idolises him a...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2014

    '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 ...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2014

    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 co...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2014

    'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneIn the sixteenth century lived two queens about whom much has been written: Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart. However, there are more than just two countries in the British Isles and there is...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    Mystery writer Brendan Monroe is tormented by the fear that his flamboyant fictional detective P. I. Roy Barron has come to life. Is the author losing his mind? Or is someone making it seem that way? When Barron is found dead, Sergeant Dan Valentine...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    Beautiful Nell Varney was a newcomer to Contera - and to murder. Suddenly she found herself in a strange courtroom faced with seven pairs of hate-ridden, accusing eyes. Seven witnesses had identified her as the murderer who had caused the death of t...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    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-...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    Ronnie 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 ...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    In the Hollywood Division of the L.A.P.D., chief of detectives Ivor Maddox and his team have their hands full. There are the routine cases, including the TV actress who overdoses on drugs and alcohol. There are the more complex cases, such as armed r...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    Charles 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 ...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    Helen is eighteen, respectable, modestly pretty; she disappears. Juanita isn't much older, and a stunner; she picks men up in bars and then robs them at gunpoint. Old Mrs Peller's bungalow has been broken into and she is found dead - but she had mana...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2014

    Ivor Maddox and his men of the Hollywood police department face, as ever, a formidable load of tricky and puzzling cases. An unknown woman walks into a lawyer's office and shoots him dead: who is she and what is her motive? A housewife in a reputabl...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Vic Varallo is an ambitious police officer. He and his wife Laura fix up a room for a guest, Ross Duncan, who seems extremely likeable but a little odd. Ross reveals to Vic that he is flat broke, financially crippled by alimony to his ex-wife Helene....

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    The Glendale Police Department are as busy as usual; crime, unlike the weather, is not seasonal. Detective Delia Riordan has moved into a new apartment with her parrot Harry after her father's death, but her colleagues feel it is time she found a new...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    The Glendale P.D. have their hands full again. What with an epidemic of motel hold-ups, a rapist with a fixation on hospital nurses, a teenager's suicide, an art gallery theft and a killing that leads to a zoo, there is no time for respite for Vic Va...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    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, mu...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Vic Varallo and the Glendale P.D. are startled by the latest addition to their team: a woman detective no less, and a very smart one at that. Delia Riordan soon makes her mark with enthusiasm, flair and a capacity for sheer hard work. And Riordan so...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Four years ago Wayne Burgess killed his parents, and his plea of insanity lead to a verdict of not guilty. Now, after four years in a mental institution, he has been released and is obsessively determined to murder his wife and young daughter. Delia...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Jesse Falkenstein was just putting away his notes at the end of the day when he was visited by Mrs Lester, an acquaintance of his sister, who came to him claiming her husband, Glen, had been seen frequently dining with another woman. Jesse was loath...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Raymond Austin, a neat, discreet banker, was Jesse Falkenstein's client. Jesse should only have been concerned with Austin's wife, Tamar, because she was being sued for divorce. But then Tamar is found dead, so Jesse has to find out a lot more about...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Someone in Glendale is murdering elderly housewives in their homes. The signs point to a serial killer but could the police be mistaken? In each case, the killer knew the victim's routine; but what possible connection can there be between victims at ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    The neighbours all said ten-year-old Paul Brandon would grow up to be a detective: he was remarkably observant and inquisitive. But Paul doesn't grow up to be a detective; after failing to return one night, his body is found buried under a road excav...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    The bodies of three young children, abandoned on a bleak hillside, are discovered by Lieutenant O'Connor's Afghan hound, and so begins another long and tough investigation for the Glendale Police Department. Vic Varallo, O'Connor and team are also t...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Sergeant Andrew Clock of Homicide is an honest policeman, but now there's a very grave charge against him: concealing evidence in a murder investigation in return for a bribe. The evidence seems damning, but Clock's friends, including Jesse Falkenste...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-2014

    Lieutenant Charles O'Connor of the Glendale police bureau is warned by the Feds that Conway, a crook whose brother was shot by O'Connor during a hold-up, has escaped from jail and is probably bent on vengeance. This news could not have come at a wor...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    To the California police the murder of Lilian Blake seems an open-and-shut case. In less than twenty-four hours they have arrested and charged Harry Nielsen, a mentally disabled youth. At first only Harry's mother believes his innocence, insisting he...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    When Nonie Johnson kidnaps her daughter from the adoptive parents, Jesse Falkenstein is brought in. Something seemed wrong from the start - Nonie just wasn't the maternal type, and then she suddenly vanished from sight. The search for Nonie Johnson ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    The brutal and baffling murder of an elderly couple in their quiet suburban home, the kidnapping of two little girls, a bank hold-up, a jewel robbery from a big store - Vic Varallo and the Glendale police force are kept more than usually busy in this...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Walt McLean, the proprietor of Walt's Malt Shop, had been found dead by his niece. The attack did not appear to be motivated by robbery, but who would want to murder such a harmless and popular man? And what could the message in green really mean? A...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Twenty years ago the five-year-old Traxler heir was kidnapped from his Hollywood home and never seen again. Now his widowed mother is overjoyed when a plausible young man claims to be her long-lost son, a claim supported by accurate childhood memorie...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Dick Tredgold has spent seven years in jail for a murder he insists he did not commit. Now eligible for parole, he refuses to apply, because he feels that by doing so he would acknowledge his guilt. His family, at their wit's end, appeal to Jesse Fal...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Old Vandeveer is an odd client for the famous Jesse Falkenstein; dressed head to toe in shabby clothes it seems like he can hardly afford Jesse's standard fee to draw up a will. But when he and his wife are murdered a few weeks later, Falkenstein is ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    The Manning Company is a big business, but although it was headed by Claire Manning, the founder's widow, before her death, her son John had been running the firm for many years and was the undisputed successor. So why did Claire leave almost everyth...

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    Thriller

    Jul-2014

    It was strictly a duty call and Pat Carroll wasn't looking forward to it one bit. But she was in Wales and her fiance's family lived nearby. He was dead now, killed in an accident, and Pat felt that since she was so close to his family's home she sho...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Jewel, a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl, has disappeared from her home in a squalid suburb of Los Angeles. A popular young salesman, Steven Wray, is found slumped over the wheel of his car, dead from an overdose. A respectable old lady left her sister'...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    The Wilcox Street precinct is as busy as ever. Sergeant Maddox and his team face three tricky murder cases, with motives that turn out to be as strange and bizarre as the crimes themselves. But it is not only murder that is occupying Maddox. When po...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Sergeant Ivor Maddox of the Wilcox Street precinct has more crime on his hands than even he is accustomed to: murders, con-men, a dismembered corpse, runaway teenagers and a multiple rapist. To catch the rapist, whose victims are always attractive a...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    As always, Jesse Falkenstein and Sergeant Clock have a score of cases on their hands, but Jesse is mainly interested in the murder of Margaret Brandon, a trance medium. He was her lawyer and liked her, and someone had gone to great efforts to make he...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Sergeant Ivor Maddox and the Wilcox Street precinct do not have time to rest on their laurels. Currently there is a curious wave of shoplifting among teenagers, an elderly pensioner has been shot dead from the window of a passing car, a six-month-old...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-2014

    Robert Kinsolving is healthy, wealthy and forty-one, and has asked Jesse Falkenstein to draw up a will leaving everything to his sister, just in case. However, before signing, Kinsolving is found dead in an apparent suicide. Jesse is far from convinc...

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    Suspense

    May-2014

    At first the murder of Nelson Jamison seemed fairly straightforward. He had been strangled, but next to his corpse lay a hand-printed card with the words The Vengeance is Just. Jamison, a rich ne'er-do-well, has a prison record for rape, and everythi...

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    Suspense

    Jul-1992

    When Mabel Foster's husband's death from a stroke leaves the eighty-eight-year-old woman in the care of Josephine Slaney, a practical nurse with a reputation for murder, Dan Valentine must race against time to save Mabel. 15,500 first printing....

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    Suspense

    Nov-1990

    When American journalist John Harkness is reassigned to his paper's London office, he quickly becomes embroiled in a bizarre tale involving an ancient family curse. While he is out for a weekend drive in the West Country, his car becomes surrounded b...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-1988

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    Suspense

    Apr-1988

    The Dispossessed is an historical novel set in Ireland in the middle of the 17th century, when Cromwell and his troops destroyed the Gaelic aristocracy and seized their lands. The survivors were given the option of 'To Hell or Connacht.' The plot is ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Nov-1987

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 38

    This is the perfect short-story collection for Dell Shannon fans, because it gives them eight never before published stories featuring the popular Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department as well as six fine nonseries tales. We se...

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    General Fiction

    May-1987

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Oct-1986

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 37
    Worldwide Mysteries - 6

    It's a gray November for Detective Luis Mendoza, and it's not getting any brighter The weather in L.A. 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 pre...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jun-1985

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 36
    Worldwide Mysteries - 15

    It's springtime in Los Angeles, and there's murder in the air .. An early June hot spell takes its toll as it fuels a wave of bloody and bizarre crime for Luis Mendoza of the LAPD. Grisliest by far is the psycho they call the werewolf, who gets hi...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Apr-1984

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 35
    Worldwide Mysteries - 73

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    May-1983

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 34
    Worldwide Mysteries - 61

    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 - a search th...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Apr-1982

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 33
    Worldwide Mysteries - 49

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    Suspense

    Jan-1982

    As usual, crime is a boom industry in Los Angeles. A gunman walks into a caf? and shoots a waitress dead, seemingly at random. A schoolgirl is shot from a passing car. A prostitute trying to escape her job is killed by her pimp. Then there's the kidn...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Apr-1981

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 32
    Worldwide Mysteries - 37

    Aided by his men in the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery and Homicide Division, seasoned veteran Luis Mendoza bravely meets the tough challenge of big-city crime and violence. Working with faint clues, he and his detectives systematically brea...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Feb-1980

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 31

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Apr-1979

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 30

    The bizarre, haphazard pattern of big-city crime and violence has never been more vividly portrayed than in this, Dell Shannon's 30th novel. As avid fans of this series have long recognized, no one handles his job with more finesse than Lt. Luis Mend...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Apr-1978

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 29
    Worldwide Mysteries - 27

    The body of a woman from respectable, conservative Glendale is found stashed under a ramshackle house in the middle of the inner city. Detective Luis Mendoza marks the rising heat by the crime and violence raging through the sunbaked streets of Los ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1976

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 28

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1976

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 27

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1975

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 26

    It was a bloody hot August -- even for Los Angeles. Robbery-Homicide was shorthanded because of vacations, but crime didn’t let up. The usual cases of human violence and venery were on hand: A young girl hurtled to her drug-induced death… A hands...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jul-1974

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 25

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1973

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 23

    There's no holiday from crime at the Los Angeles Police Department, not even at Christmas. Among a string of bizarre cases, there's the very mysterious killing of Lila Askell, the young devout Mormon who was on her way home for Christmas but is found...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1973

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 24

    Queer cases run in batches in Los Angeles and Lieutenant Luis Mendoza has a few of them on his books. There's the case of the man who is terrified of vampires and who comes to a violent end; there's the odd affair of the theft of tropical fish known ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1972

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 21

    An earthquake shakes Southern California and the Los Angeles Police Department. With no air-conditioning and a temperature around 98 degrees the heat is turned up when there's a triple shooting of a highly respected Doctor, his wife and his nurse. C...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1972

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 22

    When a respectable young woman's naked body is found far from her home, the case proves baffling for Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Homicide squad. But Mendoza is struggling with more than the case. He's a man down too. Sergeant Higgins'...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1971

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 20

    One of Lieutenant Luis Mendoza's most respected colleagues, young detective Tom Landers is sunder suspicion in a stolen car racket. Internal affairs are investigating but Mendoza is not going to leave his man to the uncertain processes of department...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1971

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 19

    Things begin to heat up in the Los Angeles Police Department when Lieutenant Luis Mendoza's stolid and good-natured colleague Sergeant Higgins is kidnapped by three dangerous escaped prisoners. A manhunt is launched but no one expects Higgins to be ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1970

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 18

    A beautiful Hollywood blonde inexplicably vanishes from the restaurant she is dining in with her fiancé and is found with her neck broken and miles away from the scene of her disappearance. Who lured her away? How? And, the most puzzling question f...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1969

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 17

    When a con-man with many aliases is found shot dead in his car, there is only one clue - a single word that he had scrawled on a memo-pad as he was dying - and the suspects are many. Enter Lieutenant Mendoza and his team at the Los Angeles Police De...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1969

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 16

    Two little girls have been raped and murdered and every available officer in The Los Angeles Police Department is on the case. Lieutenant Mendoza's team meticulously make enquiries - there's house-to-house checking, and exact tracing of the girl's m...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1968

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 15

    'There oughta be a law against charity - the selfish kind. But there's not. So when I heard about the nurse who was carrying her contribution too far, what could I do? Still the story made no sense. The thing had me going...' It seemed this babe, ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1967

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 14

    Lt. Luis Mendoza, the dapper, very rich, and very clever head of the L.A.P.D. (Homicide), had little time to indulge his new-found delight in Kipling. For the rains came, bringing with them a torrent of crime to the Los Angeles area. There was the us...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1966

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 13

    Two men involved in a heist are wanted for double homicide; the body of a young punk is found in an alley; the corpse of a girl lies in the dry riverbed. Everything is, in fact, more or less routine for Lieutenant Luis Mendoza and his colleagues in t...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1966

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 11

    To a man, the members of the LAPD homicide department were yawning with unaccustomed inactivity. Then everything happened at once - a cop killed by a hit-and-run driver; the questionable suicide of a young girl; and the victim (apparently) of a heart...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1966

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 12

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1965

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 10

    A novel featuring the suave and sophisticated Mexican police detective, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza. It's January in Los Angeles, and the city is experiencing a heatwave. Mendoza's homicide squad is depleted by the murder of one its members, and the crim...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1965

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 9

    The Death-bringers means tragedy for LAPD Homicide. One of Lieutenant Luis Mendoza's friends is killed while going into a bank. Now Mendoza and his team of detectives are dealing with the loss of a friend and a colleague - and trying to find his mur...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1964

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 8

    MENDOZA WANTS BLOOD... Lt. Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department was vacationing in Bermuda with his wife when the call came. His friend, Sgt. Art Hackett, had been forced over the edge of a mountain road in a murderous automobile atta...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1964

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 7

    Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, Los Angeles Police Department, Homicide, is once again involved in a complex case. A Jane Doe is identified: she's Valerie Ellis, a spoiled rich kid, suddenly left penniless when her parents died. Lieutenant Mendoza, who like...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1963

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 5

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1963

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 6

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1962

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 4

    Has an innocent man suffered for another's crime? Is there, lurking in the background a cunning maniac killer, selecting his victims carefully in turn? Lieutenant Luis Mendoza has a hunch that could lead him to the killer - but not until his beloved ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1961

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 3

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1960

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 2

    The Ace of Spades continues the case histories of Mendoza, the Mexican detective of the Los Angeles Police Department. Lt. Mendoza specializes in homicides … he has brains, uncanny flair, wealth, a passion for justice and Abyssinian cats. He has a ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1960

    A Luis Mendoza Mystery - 1

    In Lieutenant Luis Mendoza's first case, he is faced with a three-way mystery involving the senseless killing of Elena Ramirez, a blackmailing involving a below-the-radar adoption, and a young man's guilt. And when Mendoza connects Elena's death with...

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