House of Flesh
by Bruno Fischer

All-star athlete Harry Wilde retreats to a remote rural village to escape the pain of a failed marriage and the recent loss of the national basketball championship. Seeking only peace of mind, he soon finds himself entangled in an intense and demeaning love affair with a strange and sullen woman whose primal power holds control over his most basic desires. Unable to stop himself from wandering down a path of darkness, the only thing that will save him is his instinct for survival. With its menacing undercurrents of psychological torment, HOUSE OF FLESH crosses the boundaries of crime fiction and strays into the murkier depths of horror. This landmark crime novel is available again for the first time in many years.

Deliver Me from Eva
by Paul Bailey

Although DELIVER ME FROM EVA opens with the breeziness of a mystery/romance novel typical for the 1930’s & 40’s, it quickly descends into a tale of madness and depravity. Mark Allard, a young lawyer with bright prospects, has just married Eva. It was a whirlwind romance and following the nuptials he finds that he knows very little about his bride. After an all too brief honeymoon in San Francisco , Mark drives Eva to her family’s estate in Pasadena so that he can meet his new in-laws. Mark is instantly struck by the cool, beguiling beauty of Thalamus. Expecting a pleasant weekend, he instead finds himself prisoner of a clan of brilliant New Age whackos who seek eternal enlightenment through addictive chiropractics. At turns grotesque, unpredictable and darkly humorous, DELIVER ME FROM EVA is regarded as one of the best horror/ crime novels of the 20th Century. It is a non-stop, head-spinning, cover-to-cover read.

 

Prester John
b
y John Buchan

Prester John is an exceptionally entertaining example of an early 20th century adventure story. Its hero is a young Scotsman who travels to South Africa to make his fortune. Expecting to settle down to a quiet life as a storekeeper, he instead finds himself embroiled in a hotbed of social unrest and violence. Part mystery, part travelogue, part spy novel, part treasure hunt, it has all the makings of a crackling good read. It is firm proof that John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps, Green-mantle, and so many other novels of intrigue) remains a storyteller of the first order. Prester John is a thrilling story, full of daring heroes and wondrous villains—a forgotten gem of early 20th Century literature.

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To Catch A Thief
by David Dodge

TO CATCH A THIEF is David Dodge's most famous novel, and rightly so. Alfred Hitchcock firmly cinched its place in the annals of crime fiction by adapting it into an Academy Award winning film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The story centers on John Robie, American expatriate and skilled gymnast, who once-upon-a-time was Le Chat, the famous and elusive cat burglar who worked the South of France. The legend of Le Chat grew with each crime. Following the war, Robie retires to a quiet life in France and vows to leave his past behind. His retirement is shattered when a copy-cat burglar commits a string of robberies that puts the police on Le Chat's trail again. Robie must catch the phony Le Chat before the police catch him. The Bruin Books edition of TO CATCH A THIEF is the first publication of the novel in many years and includes an introduction by Randal S. Brandt and afterword by Jean Buchanan. At last this beloved mystery is back in print.

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Death and Taxes
by David Dodge

“Death and Taxes” is the first novel written by David Dodge, who would go on to write some of the finest novels in the mystery genre, including the legendary “To Catch a Thief.” Often compared to Dashiell Hammett, Dodge’s urbane writing style stands the test of time. His novels are fresh, fast-paced and witty. “Death And Taxes” was originally written on a bet with his wife and it draws extensively from his experience as a tax consultant. Who’d of thought the subject of tax fraud, when mixed with murder, romance and binge drinking, could be so entertaining. “Death and Taxes” has one of the funniest drinking scenes in all of literature—not to be missed, and Whit Whitney, tax man turned detective in 1940’s San Francisco, is one of the most endearing characters in crime fiction.

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Flesh of the Orchid
by James Hadley Chase

FLESH OF THE ORCHID is a wild, thrill-ride of a sequel to NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH. Taking up the story 22 years later, the central figure is once again a Blandish girl, but Carol Blandish is not the helpless victim that her mother was. Indeed, she is a volatile blend of simmering sexuality, strained innocence and hair-trigger cruelty. Her explosive outbursts of savage violence make her a force to be reckoned with. Escaping from a mental institute during a raging storm, and definitely off her meds, Carol Blandish is soon pursued by a seedy cast of characters who all want a piece of the Blandish fortune. The novel bristles with crazy plot twists, edge-of-the-seat suspense and intriguing low-life’s who mix it up for an immensely enjoyable read.   

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Knock Three-One-Two
by Fredric Brown

Written late in his career and while at the height of his powers, KNOCK-THREE-ONE-TWO is Fredric Brown’s tour de force of suspense. Taking place over the span of a single evening, we find a city enflamed by fear. A serial killer is on the loose, and while the maniac ties the city into knots, the lives of ordinary citizens are drawn into an inescapable spiral of greed and chance. Brown, purveyor of the surprise ending, does not disappoint. Step now into a world of shadow and anxiety. You need only knock 3-1-2.

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No Orchids For Miss Blandish
by James Hadley Chase

Much admired by Graham Greene and George Orwell, the novel set the standard for thrillers, selling half a million copies upon publication. "In a book like NO ORCHIDS one is not, as in the old-style crime story, simply escaping from dull reality into an imaginary world of action. One's escape is essentially into cruelty and sexual perversion...a brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a wasted word or a jarring note anywhere." -- George Orwell

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Cardinal Bishop, INC.
by Jonathan Eeds

Cardinal Bishop, finding himself friendless and penniless, starts a new business in the dilapidated Gunter Building. Although his business has no real plan or charter, or purpose for that matter, it does serve as a launching pad for a journey of self-discovery that takes him to the very depths of his soul, plus a few other interesting places. Along the way he learns what it means to love someone for a lifetime.