Book List in Order:36 titles

  • THE TEASEWes McCord and his wife are fighting again, and this time it looks like she’s going to leave him for good. She doesn’t trust him; thinks he drinks too much. Alone that evening, Wes receives an unexpected guest, a terrified young ...


  • DIE ONCE—DIE TWICEThe opening sentence of “I Had Sex with a Martian” warns its readers, “If you are at all shocked by startling unconventionality and descriptions of male sexual members, do not read my story.”Here are 24 previously unpublis...


  • DEATH IS A PRIVATE EYE“The reason these stories are being published only now, rather than 40 or more years ago when they were first written, is that Gil Brewer’s markets have come back to him. Brewer published his first great noir story in 1955, ...



  • Chandler, on a week-long break from school, has an awkward homecoming. To clear his head, he takes an aimless walk. However, he has forgotten the nature of his hometown and ends up in a diner, where he is nearly beat up for being black in a white nei...


  • After an Indian massacre, Second Lieutenant Jonathan Allan Haggard is tasked with a mission he doesn't like: stopping the band of Apaches led by Bleeding Cloud. But Lt. Haggard knows something the others don't: there may be a white man -- a renegade ...




  • Grisson, Halliwell, and Dibble are cops in their station when Marvin Hewitt walks in, wondering whom to talk to about witnessing a murder. Hewitt is a landscaper, working on a new development; he claims to have witnessed a murder in one of the houses...









  • Carmoody looked down again at the slack and awkwardly positioned nude body of the young girl lying on the kitchen floor of No. 5, Gulf-ways Motel. Nice figure, dusty black hair in sharp contrast against the white tile floor, dark blue eyes that were ...


  • THE RED SCARFRoy Nichols needs to find some quick cash to keep from losing his motel. The new highway was supposed to go through, providing plenty of business, but now it’s been delayed. The bank refuses to help, and his brother turns him down. Des...


  • Caffery was tired. He was beat. There were a lot of ragged years strung out behind him, and they all amounted to nothing. There was only the one way left to make it, and he was worn out trying. It was a rough program; a caper that had frayed the last...


  • FLIGHT TO DARKNESS I murdered my brother with a sculptor's mallet. But it was only a dream. It was a dream I always had. I hated my brother. I was going home to see him now, get it out of my System, and then spend the rest of my life hunting Leda. Sh...


  • Flight to DarknessI murdered my brother with a sculptor's mallet. But it was only a dream. It was a dream I always had. I hated my brother. I was going home to see him now, get it out of my system, and then spend the rest of my life hunting Leda. She...


  • Two noir thrillers originally published in 1959 and 1961, filled with desperate characters, twisted obsessions and crazy schemes. As Bill Pronzini said of Gil Brewer, "he produced some of the most compelling noir softcover originals of the 1950's." H...


  • Gil Brewer (1922–1983), a second-generation noir writer, followed in the footsteps of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain. He spent most of his life in the Tampa Bay area, where he also set most of his fiction. Like his characters...


  • Alex came innocently into the house. His friend had a mysterious sickness.Alex did not know that the sickness was in a woman’s soul, and that he would almost die of it, too.Still another big printing of the high-octane novel that had all America ta...


  • They would stop at nothing!The willowy blonde, in a fluffy white skirt, stood over him. She was smoking a cigarette through the black mask that covered her face. “Hello, honey,” she said softly. “Do you like me?”She knelt on one knee. Her han...


  • She was even lovelier than my memory of her. I watched her as she walked into the room, admiring the smooth movement of her fine legs and the curves under the soft weave of her sweater.She tossed her thick dark hair back and walked over to me. "It's ...


  • What I can t stand is knowing she s out right now playing around. The tall, heavy-set man stared at me, his eyes burning a hole in my bullet-proof vest. Trail her every minute, Morgan. Every minute. Don t let her out of your sight It was the easies...


  • She looked at the rotting, sun-blasted shack, the one room where they all lived, slept, made love, died. Looked at the dusty lawn where no grass grew. At the steaming swamp, at her tobacco-spitting mother. Saw the sly, lustful eyes of her father's fr...


  • He shot Jake Halloran in the head, then turned to me, smiling, the Luger held loosely in his right hand."Hello, pal," he said. "My name's Ralph Angers. What's yours?"That's how I met him, this grave-looking, clean-cut, totally mad young man, who walk...


  • Where was he? Why was he here, with this kid? What had he done?Hazily he watched her come toward him, saw her hips sway beneath flimsy lace, the swell of full breasts in the skimpy bra. “How did we get here?” he demanded.She laughed “Don’t yo...


  • I never knew what trouble was until she came back into my life and started fanning the flames on an old torch. "I need you, Lee," she said. Then she looked up at me with those wonderful, burning dark eyes of hers and I fell into them just like I alwa...


  • He met a gutter angel on the roadway to hell!It began here for Baron—the whole grotesque skein of terror— here in this Marseilles street of despair, the street called the Rue Paradis.There was Gorssmann, fat and corrupt, who waited until Baron sc...


  • From one of the masters of noir comes perhaps his most compelling novel. Roy Nichols is trying to make a go of running a motel with his wife, but forces are conspiring against them. The highway that was supposed to run past their motel may never get ...






  • Eric Garth is a Korean War veteran who has spent the last several months of his life in a psychiatric ward. There, he becomes romantically involved with a nurse named Leda, who seems to have more than just a passing interest in the inheritance that E...


  • HER WEALTHY STEPFATHER WAS DYING-- BUT NOT QUICKLY ENOUGH... What beautiful 18-year-old would want to spend her life taking care of an invalid? Not Shirley Angela. But that's the life she was trapped in--until she met Jack. Now Shirley and Ja...



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    Joe Morley is fond of watching Miriam sunbathe nude (behind a screen). Unfortunately, she is the wife of the bank robber Frank Garret. Complicating matters, a contract hitman is looking for Garret, who has double-crossed his employer on a bank job...


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    Crattock strained against the ropes binding his wrists behind the chair. He cursed his brother, who breathed harshly as he lashed Crattock’s legs to the chair, knotting the biting hemp. “I won’t stay tied forever, Mel,” Cratto...


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    When Jim comes home early, he finds a man sneaking out the back door of his house. Of course, being the jealous type, he can't help but take his revenge, and in typical Gil Brewer style, things spiral out of control from there....


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