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    A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald

Her veneer was big city ... But one look and you knew that Toni Raselle's instincts were straight out of the river shack she came from. I watched her as she toyed with the man, laughing, her tumbled hair like raw blue-black silk, her brown shoulders bare. Eyes deep-set, a girl with a gypsy look. So this was the girl I had risked my life to find. This was the girl who was going to lead me to a buried fortune in stolen loot.

Year: 1955
Genre: Missing PersonStolen GoodsSuspense

    Beast in View by Margaret Millar

Hailed as one of the greatest psychological mysteries ever written and winner of the 1956 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel, Beast in View remains as freshly sinister today as the day it was first published.

Year: 1955
Genre: Psychological Thriller

    Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie

A most unusual series of crimes at a student hostel intrigues Inspector Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Hickory Dickory Dock, especially when a simple case of kleptomania paves the way to murder.

Year: 1955
Genre: Murder Mystery

    Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya

Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned that tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

Year: 1955
Genre: Battle of Midway

    Moonraker by Ian Fleming

The mysterious death of the head of security at Drax's missile base gives Bond the perfect opportunity to go undercover to find out the secret agenda of the supposed British war hero. With the help of another agent, the lustrous Gala Brand, 007 learns the truth about Drax's battle scars, his wartime allegiances--and his murderous plans for the deployment of Moonraker.

Year: 1955
Genre: Espionage

    The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney

On a quiet fall evening in the peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, friends, family, the woman he loves, and the entire world as he knows it.

Year: 1955
Genre: Alien Invasion

    The Dark Arena by Mario Puzo

After coming home at the end of World War II, Walter Mosca finds himself too restless for his civilian role in America. So he returns to Germany to find the woman he had once loved-and to start some kind of life in a vanquished country. Now he enters a different kind of war, one in which he must make a fateful decision-between love and ambition, passion and greed, life and death. . . .

Year: 1955
Genre: WWII: Post-War

    The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are always costs.

Year: 1955
Genre: Science Fiction

    The October Country by Ray Bradbury

Year: 1955
Genre: Fantasy

    The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

Year: 1955
Genre: Epic Fantasy

 

 

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1955A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald Missing Person, Stolen Goods, Suspense
1955Beast in View by Margaret Millar Psychological Thriller
1955Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, Hercule Poirot
1955Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan by Mitsuo Fuchida Non-Fiction
the Japanese Navy's Story
1955Moonraker by Ian Fleming Espionage, James Bond 007
1955The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney Alien Invasion
1955The Dark Arena by Mario Puzo WWII: Post-War, Germany
1955The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov Science Fiction
1955The October Country by Ray Bradbury Fantasy, Short Stories
1955The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien Epic Fantasy, Lord of the Rings
1955The Wounded and the Slain by David Goodis Crime Fiction, Noir Fiction
1955Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles

 

 

 


 

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