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    The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner

Thanks to a bungled robbery at a fancy hotel, the already-married Eva Griffin has been caught in the company of a prominent congressman. To protect the politico, Eva's ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid his hush money. But Perry Mason has other plans. He tracks down the phantom fat cat who secretly runs the blackmailing tabloid—only to discover a shocking scoop.

Year: 1933
Genre: Extortion

    The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner

After con man Greg Moxley married Rhoda Lorton, he took her money and flew—only to have his plane crash. Years later, Rhoda weds millionaire scion Carl Montaine. But now Moxley has turned up alive and well….with plans to pocket the Montaine fortune—or else make Rhoda’s bigamy public.

Year: 1934
Genre: Extortion

    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: ExtortionHardboiled DetectiveMysteryPrivate Eye

    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: ExtortionHardboiled Detective

    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: 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

    Where is Janice Gantry? by John D. MacDonald

Sam Brice, the perfect rugged hero, is involved with a young widow named Janice Gantry. But when she vanishes, Janice leaves behind a trail of blackmail, murder and a man at war with his own sense of duty.

Year: 1961
Genre: ExtortionMissing Person

    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: ExtortionJewel 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: 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: Extortion

 

 

Titles

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1933The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner Extortion, Perry Mason
1934The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner Extortion, Perry Mason
1939The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Extortion, Hardboiled Detective, Mystery, Private Eye, Philip Marlowe
1942The High Window by Raymond Chandler Extortion, Hardboiled Detective, Philip Marlowe
1953The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister by Erle Stanley Gardner Extortion, Legal Thriller, Perry Mason
1956The Case of the Gilded Lily by Erle Stanley Gardner Extortion, Perry Mason
1961Where is Janice Gantry? by John D. MacDonald Extortion, Missing Person
1964The Light of Day by Eric Ambler Extortion, Jewel Thiefs
1964The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald Extortion, Travis McGee, Hollywood
1966One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald Extortion, Travis McGee
197452 Pickup by Elmore Leonard Crime Fiction, Extortion, Detroit
1975Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Baseball, Spenser, Boston
1978Fletch's Fortune by Gregory Mcdonald Comic Mystery, Extortion, Murder Mystery, CIA, FBI, Investigative Reporter, Fletch
1983The Widening Gyre by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Spenser
1989Killshot by Elmore Leonard Extortion
1990Dragon by Clive Cussler Extortion, Conspiracy, Terrorist, Dirk Pitt
1993Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen Comic Thriller, Extortion, Satire
2001The Brethren by John Grisham Extortion, Legal Thriller
2002Bleeders by Bill Pronzini Extortion, Nameless Detective, San Francisco
2006Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Private Eye, Spenser
2009The Associate by John Grisham Extortion, Conspiracy, FBI
2009The Professional by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Private Eye, Spenser
2017Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton Extortion, Private Eye, Kinsey Millhone

 

 

 


 

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