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Patricia Highsmith! Patricia Highsmith (2001)
Strangers on a Train. (First published 1950) W. W. Norton
In her first novel published in 1950, Patricia Highsmith introduced the character of a subtle, murderous, sociopath who lives unsuspected for years. Highsmith's psycho-thriller was the source of a famous Alfred Hitchcock film in 1953. The book is one of the great classics of psychological crime fiction. More...
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Patricia Highsmith! Patricia Highsmith (1992)
The Talented Mr. Ripley. (First published 1955) Vintage
Patricia Highsmith wrote stories in which you almost physically feel the coming of a catastrophe. It is so unnerving that you might just want to throw away the book, because you can no longer stand the tension. But then you read on through the night. Don't get confused by the silly title or lousy cover. This is one of the best psycho-thrillers - ever! More...
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Dennis Lehane! Dennis Lehane (2010)
Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel. William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition.
Private detectives Kenzie and Gennaro have gone to visit drug dealer Cheese in prison because they think he's involved in the kidnapping of 4-year-old Amanda McCready. In this absolutely gripping story Lehane delves again into Boston's crime underworld. More...
Henning Mankell! Henning Mankell (2004)
The Fifth Woman. Vintage
In one of the best thrillers of the Kurt Wallander series the Swedish detective is trying to cope with the death of his father, while he struggles to make sense of a series of seemingly unrelated, brutal killings in southern Sweden. He uncovers the ties that bind these murders to killings in Algeria, many years ago. More...
Ruth Rendell! Ruth Rendell (2001)
The Lake of Darkness. (First published in 1976) Vintage
Martin Urban, a quiet bachelor, wins a large fortune at the football pools. As he decides to share his newfound wealth with those in need the disaster begins to unfold. The seemingly normal benefactors of Martin's altruistic impulses are vicious nut cases. His good intentions become fatally distorted. One of Rendell's best novels. More...
Ross Macdonald! Ross Macdonald (1996)
The Drowning Pool. (First published in 1950) Vintage
Hard-boiled novel noir filled with sex, blackmail, deceit and murder. This is the second novel in Macdonalds Lew Archer series. Complex plot, combined with psychological depth, in economic prose. More...
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