Crime Fiction > Extortion

    52 Pickup by Elmore Leonard

Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell has had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately, someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep his infidelity a secret. And if Harry doesn't pay up, the blackmailer plans to press a lot harder--up to and including homicide, if necessary.

Year: 1974
Genre: Crime FictionExtortion

    Dragon by Clive Cussler

A Japanese cargo ship bound for the United States is instantly, thunderously vaporized, taking with it a Norwegian vessel. Japanese fanatics have developed a chilling plan to devastate and destroy the Western powers. From the ocean depths to the discovery of cache of lost Nazi loot, Dirk Pitt is untangling a savage conspiracy and igniting a daring counterattack.

Year: 1990
Genre: ConspiracyExtortionTerrorist

    Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker

Everybody loves a winner, and the Rabbs are major league. Marty is the Red Sox star pitcher, Linda the loving wife. She loves everyone except the blackmailer out to wreck her life.

Year: 1975
Genre: Extortion

    One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald

It only takes one word to get Travis McGee to leave the sunny deck of his houseboat in Ft. Lauderdale for the gray cold of Chicago. The word is help, and it's uttered by Glory Geis, an old girlfriend of McGee's and the pretty young widow of world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Fortner Geis. The trouble is, the good doctor converted his considerable estate into cash before he died. But where he stashed it, no one knows.

Year: 1966
Genre: ExtortionHardboiled

    Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen

Only in America could an innocent, if drunken, guest of honor at a strip club bachelor party become a mortal threat against Big Money and Big Government. Only in South Florida, land of roadside honky-tonks and sinister pleasure boats--not to mention blackmail and murder--would a virtuous topless dancer join forces with a cool but clueless cop. And only in the fiction of Carl Hiaasen do readers experience riveting suspense, razor-sharp characters, and the most wicked humor imaginable.

Year: 1993
Genre: Comic ThrillerExtortionSatire

    The Associate by John Grisham

Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they'll use to ruin him-unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something any ambitious young lawyer would kill for: a job in Manhattan as an associate at the world's largest law firm. But there's a catch.

Year: 2009
Genre: ConspiracyExtortionFBI

    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces us to Philip Marlowe, a thirty-eight-old private detective moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. The case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail, and murder.

Year: 1939
Genre: ExtortionHardboiledMysteryPrivate Eye

    The Brethren by John Grisham

They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion. Another, for skimming bingo profits. The third for a career-ending drunken joyride. Meeting daily in the prison law library, they can use their time in prison to get very rich--very fast.

Year: 2001
Genre: ExtortionLegal Thriller

    The Case of the Gilded Lily by Erle Stanley Gardner

Stewart Bedford is willing to cooperate with a blackmailer to protect his beloved wife. But when he wakes up in a daze to find the man shot dead with Bedford's gun and his blond escort missing, he'll need some help from defense lawyer Perry Mason . . .

Year: 1956
Genre: Extortion

    The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister by Erle Stanley Gardner

Beautiful Sylvia Bain Atwood is overseeing her ailing father's estate while her sister serves as his caregiver. But their father's fortune has shadowy roots--and now one of his creditors is blackmailing the family. When the situation escalates to murder, defense lawyer Perry Mason will have his hands full.

Year: 1953
Genre: DetectiveExtortion

    The High Window by Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler's gripping novel is set in the California underworld, where Philip Marlow searches for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin collector.

Year: 1942
Genre: ExtortionMurder MysteryPrivate Eye

    The Light of Day by Eric Ambler

When Arthur Abdel Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. Then, when he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey's notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something both less sinister and much, much more audacious.

Year: 1964
Genre: ExtortionInternational CrimeJewel Thiefs

    The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald

Sultry movie star Lysa Dean has gotten herself into a spot of blackmail, posing for naked photos while participating in a debauched party near Big Sur. If the pictures get out, Lysa's engagement to her rich, strait laced fiancé doesn't stand a chance. Enter Travis McGee, who's agreed to put a stop to the extortion, working alongside Lysa's assistant, Dana Holtzer.

Year: 1964
Genre: ExtortionHardboiled

    Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate--and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered.

Year: 2017
Genre: ExtortionPrivate Eye


TitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

52 Pickup Elmore Leonard Crime FictionExtortion
Dragon Clive Cussler Dirk PittConspiracyExtortionTerrorist
Mortal Stakes Robert B. Parker SpenserExtortion, Baseball
One Fearful Yellow Eye John D. MacDonald Travis McGeeExtortionHardboiled
Strip Tease Carl Hiaasen Comic ThrillerExtortionSatire
The Associate John Grisham ConspiracyExtortionFBI
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler Philip MarloweExtortionHardboiledMysteryPrivate Eye
The Brethren John Grisham ExtortionLegal Thriller
The Case of the Gilded Lily Erle Stanley Gardner Perry MasonExtortion
The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister Erle Stanley Gardner Perry MasonDetectiveExtortion
The High Window Raymond Chandler Philip MarloweExtortionMurder MysteryPrivate Eye
The Light of Day Eric Ambler ExtortionInternational CrimeJewel Thiefs
The Quick Red Fox John D. MacDonald Travis McGeeExtortionHardboiled, Hollywood
Y is for Yesterday Sue Grafton Kinsey MillhoneExtortionPrivate Eye