Book List:72 titles
  • ROGUE WARS With the U.S. seemingly linked to a terrorist bombing in a Baltic nation and a Russian troop buildup just over the border, the covert Gray Outfit sends Thomas Laker to untangle the mess. But after a second attack leaves him out in the col...


  • JOHN LUTZ IS . . . A MAJOR TALENT. John Lescroart AMONG THE BEST. San Diego Union IN RARE FORM. The New York Times Book Review THE UNKNOWN SPY Officially, Thomas Laker is an employee of the NSA. His real employer, know...


  • LOVE THEM TO PIECES A beautiful jogger, drained of blood, dismembered, then meticulously reassembled on the the grass in Central Park. Subway derailments, plummeting elevators, collapsing construction cranes, apartment explosions -- all creating a...


  • Prepare for the supernatural, the fantastic, the mysterious and the strange. Nine thrilling tales of suspense from award-winning author John Lutz.This collection of short stories includes:KittyPlagueShell GameStutter StepThe President’s Cat Is Miss...


  • A Short Story by John LutzExcerptThere are some people I owe money, but I'm square with the law and with my Aunt Amanda. Which is why she said it was okay if I stayed at her secluded little farmhouse outside Washington, D.C., while she spent the mont...


  • A Short Story by John LutzExcerptEDDIE HAYES SLOWED ALMOST TO A STOP AFTER THE FOOTBALL WAS SNAPPED, THEN SPRINTED DOWN THE SIDELINES, WHIRLED AT the fifty-yard line, and there was the ball. Willard, the quarterback, had made a perfect pass, and all ...


  • A Short Story by John LutzExcerptIt began because Confederate Major General Henry Heth's troops needed boots.In search of a new supply in a town called Gettysburg, Heth's men marched unknowingly toward death and history. They were noticed by Union so...



  • New York Times bestselling author John Lutz brings back his popular homicide detective Frank Quinn in a gritty, fast-paced serial killer thriller, and like Jeffery Deaver and Harlan Coben, twists an ingenious plot driven by a murderer who will stop a...






  • A honeymooner's disturbing dreams are just a preview of his kittenish bride's strange powers.ExcerptWhy not love at first sight? Especially if that sight was Katherine Prim?William had never regarded himself as the sort to conduct a whirlwind courtsh...


  • JOHN LUTZ IS . . . "A MAJOR TALENT." John Lescroart "ONE OF THE MASTERS." Ridley Pearson "IN RARE FORM." The New York Times Book Review "AMONG THE BEST." San Diego Union THE BIRTH OF A KILLING FRENZY The killer has a pattern. Ab...


  • Kill. . .Or Be Killed Frank Quinn is a decorated ex-cop. A former homicide detective specializing in tracking serial killers. Now his niece, Carlie Hobbs, needs help. Someone is stalking her, and the NYPD can't stop him. A blonde, blue-eyed beauty...


  • Some Killers Come Back For More The killer’s depravity is insatiable. What he does to his victims is unthinkable. Homicide detective turned P.I. Frank Quinn has seen this M.O. before. A demented ritual, it’s the work of Daniel Danielle -- a no...


  • FIND THE CAT, CATCH THE KILLER Dead in her penthouse apartment. Designer scarf around her neck. Dismembered finger in a place it should never be. What the police haven’t found is her diamond-and-ruby bracelet, switched with a cheap imitation. A br...



  • After a messy break-up, Allie Jones finds herself living alone in New York City apartment, no one to share her bed with--and more urgently, no one to share her rent. The solution seems clear: she needs a roomate. And Hedra Carlson seems perfect--she'...


  • THE KILLER BECOMES THE HUNTED She was gagged. Violated. Tortured. Nailing the killer is priority number one and only the best will do -- that means Frank Quinn. And Quinn wouldn't want it any other way. Because he recognizes the victim. Years ago, a...


  • Fear Leaves A Mark He mutilates his victims. Slices their throats. And carves an X into their flesh. Five years ago, he claimed the lives of six women. Then the killings abruptly stopped -- no one knows why. Ex-homicide detective Frank Quinn remembe...



  • For A Killer, Once Is Never Enough Homicide detective Frank Quinn can't stay retired when a new breed of murdering madman is on the prowl. In a city terrorized by bloody brutality, Quinn and his team hunt a psychopath who lures beautiful women int...


  • Good Night, Sleep Tight A computer programmer, a casting director, a call girl. The victims have nothing in common except the manner in which they spent their last night -- wrapped in their own bed sheets in a bloody ritual of slow, agonizing deat...



  • Frank Quinn is sure he is hunting for a madman: someone who is shooting young women in the heart, defiling their bodies, leaving only the torsos to be found. Quinn, a former NYPD detective, mobilizes his team of brilliant law-enforcement misfits to t...


  • Frank Quinn, the relentless detective who made his debut in John Lutz's acclaimed thriller... Darker Than Night, faces his toughest-and most personal-case yet... AN INVITATION WRITTEN IN BLOOD... A madman is stalking women in the city. By the tim...


  • The Justice Killer There's a twisted serial killer stalking the streets of New York City, dealing his own perverse version of justice. He kills swiftly and silently, leaving his calling card--a red "J"--on the bodies of his prey. His victims have on...


  • A MADMAN'S OBSESSION IS A CITY'S NIGHTMARE He comes out when the sun goes down. He delivers death from the barrel of a rifle. He's made New York City his shooting gallery. Men and women, natives and tourists, young and old, have all been his victi...


  • in Show Business Is Murder

    Lights...Camera...Murder! Behind the velvet ropes and closed curtains, buried in the back lots, you'll find the darker side of the spotlight. It's where stars are created overnight, and burn out just cis quickly. Where deals are made to be broken,...


  • A killer dubbed "The Night Prowler" has turned the city that doesn't sleep into a town kept awake by terror. Unseen, he enters couples' homes. Unsuspected, he lingers until the perfect moment arrives. He leaves "gifts" for his victims--before taking ...


  • ALL WRAPPED UP AND READY TO DIE Each woman slept in her Manhattan high-rise, behind securely locked doors. Each was sealed alive in her bedsheets and stabbed repeatedly. Each bled to a slow end. Mouths frozen in silent screams tell little to retir...






  • Lou Roebuck, in "The Truth of the Matter," seemingly has it all: cushy, high-paying advertising job, beautiful trophy wife, and stellar war record. But it's all a house of cards. Roebuck is a pathological liar. The war record is a lie, the job histor...


  • Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious high-rise apartments. Bound, gagged - brutally murdered in the 'safety' of their own homes, by someone whose modus operandi is as horrifying as anything NYP...


  • Young, Beautiful … And Dead When he stumbles across his only daughter’s corpse in a deserted beachfront bungalow, devastated Ezekiel Cooper vows to find her murderer. What the formerNYPD detective doesn’t know is that there have been other vic...


  • Alo Nudger, the St. Louis ex-cop whose office is just upstairs from Danny's Donuts, is both the most normal of all fictional private eyes and the most surprising. He's got an uncertain stomach he doses with nonstop antacids; he doesn't like guns or v...



  • in First Cases Volume 3

    Follow Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee as he investigates rumors of witchcraft in the steamy Southwest. Join Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan when she looks into a suspicious house fire in Baltimore. Compare the detecting tactics of Maxine O'Callaghan's pione...



  • Nudge looked 30 floors down at the hole in the net, winced and wondered why the stranger blamed him for everything. Then he started digging and uncovered one nasty scam in "Before You Leap". And in "Ride the Lightning", Nudge has to prove the gas sta...


  • It is impossible not to respond warmly and with affection to John Lutz's rather hapless private investigator, Alo Nudger. In this, his tenth attempt to make order in the chaos of the world around him, he is coerced by a very young, fearless, feckless...


  • When Florida PI Fred Carver and his lover, Beth, decide to keep their unborn child, Beth insists she stop by the abortion clinic in person to cancel her appointment. While Beth runs inside, Carver waits across the street in the car, watching pro-life...


  • David and Molly Jones, urban professionals, live happily with their toddler son Michael on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Then Diedre Grocci moves into their apartment building. She's David's moody ex-wife, and she wants him back. Slowly, Diedre lure...


  • Private investigator Nudger is hired by an eccentric attorney to learn about the client he is defending on a murder charge. The defendant's wife has disappeared. The police and prosecution say she is dead and that her wealthy-banker husband killed he...


  • The ninth mystery in this acclaimed series finds disabled Florida P.I. Fred Carver in his most obscure case yet. Carver winds up in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse, when his client, who's accused of stalking a woman he says he's never me...



  • A Short Story by John LutzExcerptThe lowering sun was like a red eye peering over the pine trees on Gray Mountain, into the quiet band room. Hans Jorgan had been the music teacher and band director at Allville High School for ten years. He was forty-...


  • Sit back and spend some time with some of North America’s favorite mystery writers. Their heroes have caught more criminals " and imaginations " than any other gumshoes in recent American fiction. John Lutz has twice won the Private Eye Writers...


  • Disabled Florida P.I. Fred Carver takes on a strange case: a married woman wants him to follow her--and her lover. After the woman commits suicide, Carver stays on the case. And when her husband also kills himself and the lover disappears, Carver kno...


  • When shy, country girl-woman Norva Beane hires Alo Nudger to investigate a possible securities fraud, he thinks it will be a routine case. He doesn't realize it will involve a wandering daughter, drug dealers, a dangerous, tattooed muscleman, a dysfu...


  • In John Lutz's seventh mystery of this acclaimed series, disabled Florida P.I. Fred Carver is hired by the redoubtable Hattie Evans to investigate the death of her seventy-year-old husband, Jerome. Although the doctors say he had a heart attack, an a...


  • St. Louis realtor Mary Arlington, whose mother is alcoholic and whose lover is physically abusive, lives for her mambo, cha-cha and tango lessons with Mel Holt at the Romance Studio. After kicking her lover out of her life and checking her mother int...






  • In this latest Fred Carver mystery, Lutz ( Kiss ; Tropical Heat ) sets his aging knight errant from Orlando, Fla., against younger villains on the nowhere fringes of the Florida Keys. Crusty old Henry Tiller--an ex-cop from Milwaukee living on tiny K...


  • At first Fred Carver agrees to help distraught Bob Ghostly find his missing, heroin-addicted wife, Elizabeth. But all it takes is a corpse, a narrowly dodged bullet, and the discovery that his client is Florida's most notorious drug dealer for the cr...


  • PI Alo Nudger, at the St. Louis airport to pick up a pal, offers his business card to a distraught woman just before an incoming plane blows apart. The next morning she arrives at his office with a wild story about a bomb in an attache case and a for...


  • No matter how much you think you know, you're still taking a chance when you shop for a new roommate. But after Allie Jones throws out Sam, her sexy but two-timing live-in lover, she desperately needs someone to split the rent on her Upper West Side,...


  • in Dick Tracy: The Secret Files

    CRIMESTOPPERS' CASEBOOK: 1944 -- Everyone knew the beautiful Hollywood starlet's death was suicide. Everyone but a hack screen- writer -- and DICK TRACY... 1955 -- A new music called rock'n'roll is sweeping the country -- but someone wants one...


  • The frightened old man in Carver's office said he was Bert Renway -- a Florida pensioner hired to impersonate wealthy meat magnate Frank Wesley. Moments later, he was nobody -- just a charred corpse blown to unrecognizable bit The cops claimed the vi...


  • Private investigator Alo Nudger of St. Louis beguiles the reader again in the fifth of Lutz's droll, deftly plotted mysteries. Timid Nudger, determined to be a mensch, gives new meaning to fighting city hall on an assignment from Adelaide Lacy. Her s...


  • New York policeman E.L. Oxman is investigating the death of an ex-cop working as security guard on the set of Shadowtown, a popular soap opera. The only man at the scene claims that the murderer was-a vampire. The pressure of finding the black-caped ...


  • Lou Roebuck's trouble began with a little lie, that's all it was, but it had made him a hunted man. The lie led to his being fired from his job, then came the final fight with his wife, his wild impulse to run down that slob Ingrahm when he stepped o...


  • Florida: a paradise for elderly pensioners seeking the warm kiss of the southern sun. But certain aging residents of the Sunhaven Retirement Home have recently been kissed by grim misfortune. Held captive by confusion, repression, and terror, they'...


  • Helen Crane, a beauty ''men build dreams around,'' hires private eye Alo Nudger to find out what's troubling her lover Jake Dancer. Middle-aging, old-shoe Nudger tails Dancer and manages to save him from a couple of strong-arm men. Dancer handsome, f...


  • Thirty-five short stories by Edgar-winning novelist Lutz are reprinted here, following a perceptive introduction by Nevins. Reflecting the ingenious plotting and characterizations in Tropical Heat, Nightlines and the author's other full-length advent...


  • Someone is going around Orlando, Florida incinerating people with a homemade flame thrower. Drawn into the affair by personal tragedy, Carver, ex-cop turned private eye, begins checking into the killings and soon learns that all evidence points to Pa...


  • Welcome to Miami. Keep one hand on your wallet and the other on your gun. It was what you might call a lucky shot. A single bullet ended Carver's day as a cop and began his career as a P.I. When a dark-haired beauty needs help finding a missing lover...


  • No one thought Curtis Colt had been railroaded for the shooting of a liquor store owner, least of all St. Louis private investigator Alo Nudger. It had been an open-and-shut case of cold blooded murder, and the people of Missouri were just waiting fo...


  • New Orleans is off Alo Nudger's beaten path; the St. Louis private detective likes the comforts of home. But he also loves jazz and when he's given a round-trip ticket to the Crescent City by legendary clarinetist Fat Jack McGee, who needs to talk to...


  • A murderer is stalking the streets of St. Louis and the only connection between his victims are the nightlines, special phone lines used by the phone company to test equipment. At night, lonely people use them to make contact with each other: to talk...


  • A KILLER OF MANY PERSONALITIES Martin Karpp was Alan Hobson, a compulsive thief. He was Willy Bennet, a flagrant homosexual. He was Jay Jefferson, a fanatic right-winger. He was Paul Liggett who hid his true nature behind a mask of mystery. Martin Ka...



  • For the parents of the torn form that had been a boy, it was a tragedy. For the merchants in this sleepy Ozark resort, it was a gold mine. But for the sheriff who had to deal with the army of thrill-seekers drawn by the "Bonegrinder" terror, it was w...


  • Wilson Capp is an honorable man in a dishonorable profession. While the others involved in the notorious Gateway scandal that toppled a President told all and made their fortunes, Wilson Capp kept the faith, kept his silence... and was rewarded with...


  • Hired to return a kidnapped child to her father, Alo Nudger discovers that he's been set up for fraud--and possibly murder. "One of the best and most unusual novels in the history of private eye fiction....