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The Neon Rain

Thumbtack    The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke

New Orleans Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with police brass, with killers and hustlers, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux haunts the intense and heady French Quarter--the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he beomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou.

Year: 1987
Genre: Detective Fiction

A Morning for Flamingos

Thumbtack    A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke

Desperately holding together the pieces of his shattered life, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the New Iberia police force. While transporting two death-row prisoners, Dave is wounded, his partner is killed. Now he's trailing a killer into the heart of the Big Easy's underworld.

Year: 1990
Genre: Detective Fiction

A Stained White Radiance

Thumbtack    A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke

Oil speculator Weldon Sonnier is the patriarch of a troubled family intimately bound to the CIA, the Mob, and the Klan. Now, the murder of a cop and a bizarre assassination attempt pull Detective Dave Robicheaux into the Sonniers' hellish world of madness, murder, and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own--and they may just destroy the tormented investigator and the two people he holds most dear.

Year: 1992
Genre: Detective Fiction

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

Thumbtack    The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories by Otto Penzler

An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary publication that turned a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream. Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. It was the slum in which such American literary titans like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler got their start, and it was the home of stories with titles like "Murder Is Bad Luck," "Ten Carets of Lead," and "Drop Dead Twice."

Year: 2010
Genre: Detective Fiction

The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries

Thumbtack    The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries by Otto Penzler

The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, with puzzling mysteries by Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many, many more

Year: 2014
Genre: Detective FictionLocked Room

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

Thumbtack    The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler collects eighty-three wonderful stories about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, published over a span of more than a hundred years. Featuring pitch-perfect cases by acclaimed modern-day Sherlockians Leslie S. Klinger, Laurie R. King, Lyndsay Faye and Daniel Stashower; pastiches by literary luminaries both classic (P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy B. Hughes, Kingsley Amis) and current (Anne Perry, Stephen King, Colin Dexter); and parodies by Conan Doyle's contemporaries A. A. Milne, James M. Barrie, and O. Henry, not to mention genre-bending cases by science-fiction greats Poul Anderson and Michael Moorcock.

Year: 2015
Genre: Detective Fiction

The Big Book of Female Detectives

Thumbtack    The Big Book of Female Detectives by Otto Penzler

For the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the most iconic women of the detective canon over the past 150 years, captivating and surprising readers in equal measure. The 74 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most determined of gumshoe gals, from debutant detectives to spinster sleuths, from groundbreaking female cops to contemporary crime-fighting P.I.s, and include indelible tales from Agatha Christie, Carolyn Wells, Edgar Wallace, L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Laura Lippman, and many more.

Year: 2018
Genre: Detective Fiction

The Feral Detective

Thumbtack    The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble--caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end.

Year: 2018
Genre: Detective Fiction

Five Decembers

Thumbtack    Five Decembers by James Kestrel

December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, far from home and the woman he loves; and though the U.S. doesn't know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already steaming toward Pearl Harbor.

Year: 2021
Genre: Attack on Pearl HarborCrime FictionDetective FictionWhats NewWorld War II

The Heathens

Thumbtack    The Heathens by Ace Atkins

Sheriff Quinn Colson and his former deputy Lillie Virgil find themselves on opposite sides of a case for the first time after a woman is found dead and three delinquent teens go on the run.

Year: 2021
Genre: Crime FictionDetective FictionWhats New

 

 

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Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1987The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke Detective Fiction, Dave Robicheaux, New Orleans
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1990A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke Detective Fiction, Dave Robicheaux, New Orleans
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1992A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke Detective Fiction, Dave Robicheaux, Montana
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2010The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories by Otto Penzler Detective Fiction
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2014The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries by Otto Penzler Detective Fiction, Locked Room
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2015The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Otto Penzler Detective Fiction, Short Stories
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2018The Big Book of Female Detectives by Otto Penzler Detective Fiction, Short Stories
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2018The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem Detective Fiction, Los Angeles
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2021Five Decembers by James Kestrel Crime Fiction, Detective Fiction, Whats New, World War II, Hawaii
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot2021The Heathens by Ace Atkins Crime Fiction, Detective Fiction, Whats New, Quinn Colson, Mississippi

 

 

 


 

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