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  1. 7.9 hrs • 3/4/2014 • Unabridged

    Raymond Chandler’s incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career “It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it’s being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere.” So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe—yes, that Philip Marlowe. Channeling Raymond Chandler, Benjamin Black has brought Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City, California. It is the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson’s disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune. Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of the originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today’s best crime fiction.

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    3.6 hrs • 8/13/2013 • Unabridged

    Bukowski’s final novel is a slightly surreal pastiche of the classic Mickey Spillane, Chandleresque private eye novel. Nick Belane is a lonely, middle-aged, egotistical, alcoholic private detective who is badly in need of some lucrative work, but what he gets is a series of increasingly strange assignments from a bizarre collection of clients. Belane is asked to track down the long-dead French classical author Celine and an elusive red sparrow. He encounters aliens, heavies, and even Lady Death herself along the way. All the while Belane is convincing himself he’s still a white-hot detective and that nobody can take him for a ride—or make him feel like he’s losing his mind. Bukowski’s deliberately overdone writing takes us on a fantastical ride through the dark corners and dodgy dealings of Belane’s film noir world with guns, broads, and heavyset thugs. Pulp is a great demonstration of Bukowski’s imaginative talents and special brand of humor and realism.

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    Pulp

    3.6 hrs • 8/13/13 • Unabridged
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    4.7 hrs • 8/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Acclaimed crime fiction writer Jim Nisbet sets forth a noir gem that lays bare the foibles of modern-day America with tremendous force. Banerjhee Rolf, a bright, levelheaded Indian American scientist, is content to spend his days with his wife, tending his garden and studying his beloved astronomy. When Rolf ’s relationship with Toby Pride, his seedy, drug-dealing neighbor, and Pride’s stoner girlfriend takes a weird turn, Rolf’s placid world is shattered and he becomes a fugitive from justice. Crime, cosmology, politics, philosophy, physics, and more enter into this cautionary tale, which climaxes with the suddenness of a cobra strike and then delivers a denouement that’s both stunning and absolutely perfect.

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    Dark Companion by Jim Nisbet

    Dark Companion

    Read by Neil Shah
    4.7 hrs • 8/1/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    It was supposed to be only a temporary job—something to pay the bills until Dusty could get his feet back on the ground and raise enough money for medical school. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being a bellboy at a respectable hotel like the Manton—that is, until she came along.Marcia Hillis. The perfect woman. Beautiful. Experienced. Older and wiser. The only woman to ever measure up to that other her—the one whose painful rejection Dusty can’t quite put from his mind.But while Dusty has designs on Marcia, Marcia has an agenda of her own. One that threatens to pull the Manton inside-out, use Dusty up for all he’s worth and leave him reeling and on the run, the whole world at his heels.A richly-imagined crime narrative of the Oedipal and betrayal, A Swell-Looking Babe is Thompson at his very best—a cornerstone in Thompson’s enduring legacy as the Dimestore Dostoyevsky of American fiction.

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    A Swell-Looking Babe

    5.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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    8.8 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Kenzie and Gennaro are private investigators in the blue-collar neighborhoods and ghettos of South Boston-they know it as only natives can. Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician: to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential state documents. Finding Jenna, however, is easy compared to staying alive once they’ve got her. The investigation escalates, implicating members of Jenna’s family and rival gang leaders while uncovering extortion, assassination, and child prostitution extending from bombed-out ghetto streets to the highest levels of government. A Drink Before the War, the first in Lehane’s acclaimed series with Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, is a remarkable debut that is at once a pulsating crime thriller and a mirror of our world, one in which the worst human horrors are found closest to home, and the most vicious obscenities are committed in the name of love.

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    A Drink Before the War

    8.8 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    A classic crime novel, Mr. Majestyk is vintage Elmore Leonard—an edgy, dark, fiendishly compelling tale of a quiet man making a whole lot of noise. Vincent Majestyk saw too much death in the jungles of Southeast Asia. All he wants to do now is farm his melons and forget. But peace can be an elusive commodity, even in the Arizona hinterlands—and especially when the local mob is calling all the shots. And one quiet, proud man’s refusal to be strong-armed by a powerful hood is about to start a violent chain reaction that will leave Mr. Majestyk ruined, in shackles, and without a friend in the world—except for one tough and beautiful woman. But his tormentors never realized something about their mark: this is not his first war. Vince Majestyk knows more than they’ll ever know about survival … and everything about revenge.

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    Mr. Majestyk

    4.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1936, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.

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    Double Indemnity

    3.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.1 hrs • 12/17/2008 • Audio Theater

    Tough gumshoes, rotten yeggs, and dangerous dames In the 1930s and ’40s, Black Mask was the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. In its pages writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Earl Stanley Gardner reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the “hard-boiled” private eye. Now comes this series in which the toughest of tough detectives are resurrected from its pages in sonic dramatization from the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear. Stories included in this volume are “Lost and Found” by Hugh B. Cave, “Pigeon Blood” by Paul Cain, “Rough Justice” by Frederick Nebel, “Black” by Paul Cain, “The Missing Mr. Lee” by Hugh B. Cave, “Taking His Time” by Rueben J. Shay, “Trouble Chaser” by Paul Cain, “Waiting for Rusty” by William Cole, and “Too Many Have Lived” by Dashiell Hammett.  “Lost and Found” Did a spoiled rich girl die in a plane crash, or is she hiding with her homicidal lover in the Florida Keys? Whose body is that in the wreckage? Who put it there? “Black” A big-city tough guy comes to a small Minnesota town to settle a deadly fight between the local crime boss and his chief rival—his son. “Pigeon Blood” A society matron’s life is threatened after she engineers the theft of her own priceless jewelry to pay off a gambling debt. Only a debonair connoisseur of crime can save her and recover her gems—for a price. “Taking His Time” In this comic vignette, a carnival barker’s valuable watch gets stolen during an illegal poker game. The local sheriff seems in no hurry to apprehend the thief, until a reward is offered. “Rough Justice” Mississippi heat—A Manhattan gumshoe pursues a convict to St. Louis, where he gets mixed up in a cop killing and nearly loses his own life at the hands of a “B” girl. “Trouble Chaser” A starlet’s plot to blackmail a film-studio executive results in her murder. Only the “trouble chaser” can clear her volatile lover and solve the crime. “The Missing Mr. Lee” An eccentric boarding-house denizen winds up dead; his presumed killer, a fellow boarder, has vanished. The baffling case unfolds through the testimony of witnesses, who are themselves suspects. “Waiting for Rusty”This account of a fugitive gun moll masterfully compresses the essence of “noir” fiction into three incredibly tense pages. “Too Many Have Lived”One of only three Sam Spade short stories, this one involves a blackmailing poet, a seductive chanteuse, her rough-hewn stage-door-johnny, and, of course, murder. Recorded before a live audience in New York.

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    Black Mask Audio Magazine, Vol. 1 by various authors, Dashiell Hammett, Hugh B. Cave, Frederick Nebel, Paul Cain, Reuben J. Shay, William Cole

    Black Mask Audio Magazine, Vol. 1

    5.1 hrs • 12/17/08 • Audio Theater
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  9. 13.9 hrs • 8/29/2006 • Unabridged

    On January 15, 1947 the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history. In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both LA cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy side of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life. This fictionalized version of Hollywood's most notorious murder case takes readers on a hellish journey through the movie capital and into a region of total madness.

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    7.1 hrs • 1/8/2004 • Unabridged

    The Maltese Falcon is the definitive masterpiece of the hard-boiled detective genre. It introduces legendary PI Sam Spade, a loner who follows his own code and the rules of the street as he zeros in on his partner’s killer and the famous jewel-encrusted bird. Humphrey Bogart immortalized the tough-guy detective in the classic 1941 film.

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    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

    The Maltese Falcon

    7.1 hrs • 1/8/04 • Unabridged
    1 reviews 0 5 4.3 4 out of 5 stars 4.3/5 (1)
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