Monthly Features > January

Its a New Year, here's a selection of great stories to get your reading list started, including several that kicked off great series.

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

Year: 1934
Genre: Crime FictionNoir Fiction

    The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich

When the wealthy ladies' man fell from his balcony in the midst of his engagement party, the police dismissed the death as the result of a freak accident. There was nothing to connect it with the poisoning of a lonely man in his squalid apartment, or with the married business-man killed after him, sealed into a closet and left to suffocate. No connection, that is, aside from the appearance of a beautiful woman in each case, just before the victims met their untimely ends.

Year: 1940
Genre: Noir Fiction

    Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming's agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who's been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

Year: 1953
Genre: Espionage

    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of humankind, and as he teaches them about grokking and water-sharing, he also inspires a transformation that will alter Earth's inhabitants forever...

Year: 1961
Genre: Alien ContactScience FictionSoft SF

    Marathon Man by William Goldman

Tom "Babe" Levy is a runner in every sense: racing tirelessly toward his goals of athletic and academic excellence--and endlessly away from the specter of his famous father's scandal-driven suicide. But an unexpected visit from his beloved older brother will set in motion a chain of events that plunge Babe into a vortex of terror, treachery, and murder--and force him into a race for his life . . . and for the answer to the fateful question, "Is it safe?"

Year: 1974
Genre: Thriller




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1934The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain Crime Fiction, Noir Fiction, Los Angeles
1940The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich Noir Fiction
1953Casino Royale by Ian Fleming Espionage, James Bond 007
1961Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Alien Contact, Science Fiction, Soft SF, Mars
1974Marathon Man by William Goldman Thriller
1985Fletch Won by Gregory Mcdonald Comic Mystery, Family Secrets, Murder Mystery, Fletch, Los Angeles





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