The Wrong Venus (aka "Don't Just Stand There")

By Charles Williams


The past due Charles Williams may be top often called a author of taut action-adventure novels often with a nautical tie in (Dead Calm, Scorpion Reef, etc). He additionally wrote the very compelling noir masterpiece entitled the new Spot. The incorrect Venus for this reason represents a one hundred eighty measure departure from William's traditional literary fare. It's an over-the-top comedy approximately american citizens in Paris. This very humorous publication is populated with a couple of attention-grabbing characters. A spinsterish authoress of most sensible promoting intercourse soaking wet novels, a few completely inept kidnappers, a ruthless French gangster and a six foot tall blond fantastic thing about a ghostwriter who's beautiful strong at judo... to call just a couple of. There's additionally lots of slapstick motion and an abundance of very smart discussion. the incorrect Venus is a perfectly pleasing show off for an incredibly assorted part to Charles William's monstrous talent.


Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yank crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of faculty in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years prior to leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of worldwide conflict II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the luck of the “backwoods noir” Hill lady (1951) allowed him to hand over his activity and write complete time for the remainder of his life.

Williams’ fresh and just a little informal narrative type distinguishes his novels, which diversity from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even though released by means of pulp homes, his paintings gained nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) changing into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed through mythical ny occasions critic Anthony Boucher. lots of his novels have been tailored to the monitor, together with lifeless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.

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The Avenger

By Matthew Blood

Note: First released in 1952.

Morgan Wayne knew that the peddlers of vice and dope have been untouchable. He knew that the Mafia's arm was once lengthy and its handheld a killer's knife. He knew the keen girls they'd ship to tempt and betray him. He knew his personal nerve and power and talent. He knew the white hate inside of him for the crime lords and their gunmen. So he walked on my own into the very center of gangland to deal justice the place the legislation had failed.

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By Joe Gores

Neil Fargo is a San Francisco inner most investigator employed via the rich Maxwell Stayton to discover his lacking daughter. His seek takes him into the very center of the city's gruesome underbelly. And Fargo makes the flow into the drug enterprise at with reference to an analogous time as Docker, a Vietnam veteran with shut hyperlinks to Fargo, is storming via San Francisco's felony underworld on a murderous crusade of revenge.

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Pale Gray for Guilt: A Travis McGee Novel

By John D. MacDonald

From a liked grasp of crime fiction, Pale grey for Guilt is one of the vintage novels that includes Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
Travis McGee’s outdated soccer blood brother Tush Bannon is resisting strain to dump his floundering hotel and marina to a bunch of influential movers and shakers. Then he’s came across useless. For a major guy, Tush was once a feline: dedicated to his spouse and 3 young ones and continually confident approximately his business—even while issues have been at their worst. So even supposing his dying is governed a suicide, McGee suspects homicide . . . and a vile conspiracy.
“As a tender author, all I ever sought after used to be to the touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.”—Dean Koontz
Tush Bannon used to be within the incorrect spot on the improper time. His measly plot of land in order that occurred to take a seat correct in the course of a wealthy parcel of 5 hundred riverfront acres that big-money actual property pursuits determined they just needs to have.
It didn’t topic that Tush used to be a pleasant man with a relations, or that he by no means knew he was once facing a legal aspect. They squashed him like a computer virus and walked away, counting their switch. yet something they by no means counted on: the mild significant had a not-so-gentle buddy in Travis McGee. And now he’s going to lead them to pay.
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Night Has a Thousand Eyes: A Novel

By Cornell Woolrich

A new Pegasus Crime variation of the landmark noir novel through "the ideal grasp of suspense." (Marilyn Stasio, The manhattan instances booklet Review)

In Woolrich's iconic story, Detective Tom Shawn saves a stunning younger girl from a suicide test one evening, and later hears her tale. She is in melancholy as the loss of life of her prosperous father has been envisioned via a self belief guy likely talented with the facility of clairvoyance; a guy whose predictions have unerringly aided her father in his company repeatedly sooner than. Shawn and a squad of detectives examine this dire prediction and take a look at to steer clear of the millionaire businessman from assembly his ordained finish on the stroke of dead night.  

One of Cornell Woolrich's so much influential novels, this vintage noir story of a guy suffering from his skill to work out the long run is arguably the author's top in its depiction of a doomed imaginative and prescient of predestination.

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The Heel

By William L. Rohde

Up from the Chicago slums, schooled in sin and violence, Ray Hitchcock understood merely 3 words—self-preservation, avarice and lust.

He had a brain like a metal catch; ice-water in his veins; dynamite in his fists; chilly stone the place his middle must have been. To him, each girl used to be easily a feminine who had her expense. Ray additionally had a scheme to swindle one million cash, and he vowed that neither the law enforcement officials nor the crime syndicate have been going to push him opposed to the rail! Then he started to get the soiled finish of the deal.

William Rohde, a grasp craftsman of the hard-boiled novel institution blasts the lid off New York’s most modern and ugliest racket—a brutal, one-man extortion online game during which loose-moneyed, loose-moral-ed women and men are effortless prey for underworld leeches just like the Heel, Ray Hitchock. He used to be a merciless, crafty mobster who performed Romeo to a dear, man-hungry blonde—long sufficient to get a crack at 1000000 greenback jackpot. shrewdpermanent as a whip, Hitchcock might have been profitable as a straight-up businessman; regrettably, his ego bought within the way—causing him to continuously search for an perspective and a brief and simple greenback.

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361 (Hard Case Crime Novels)

By Donald E. Westlake

The lads within the tan-and-cream Chrysler got here with weapons blazing. while Ray awakened within the sanatorium a month later, he used to be lacking a watch, and his father used to be useless. Then issues began to get bad...

From the incomparable Donald E. Westlake comes a devastating tale of betrayal and revenge, exploring the bounds of kinfolk loyalty and the way a ways a guy will move whilst every little thing he loves is taken from him.

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42 Days for Murder

Shean Connell, a personal detective, units out to resolve a divorce case in Reno, and reveals that he has been framed by way of the guy who's boss of the town's criminals. After he perspectives the girl within the morgue and has the top of his ear shot away, he realizes that homicide and never divorce is being plotted. Why would not Tod Wendel's spouse communicate to him? among the rich society girl and her husband stood the forces of the underworld-gangsters, white slavers, dope runners-and Shean Connell breaks the case during this hard-hitting, lusty secret novel. initially released in 1938.

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The Jugger: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels)

By Richard Stark, John Banville

You most likely haven’t ever spotted them. yet they’ve spotted you. They detect everything. That’s their activity. Sitting quietly in a nondescript vehicle outdoors a financial institution making observe of the tellers’ paintings conduct, the positions of the safety guards. Lagging a number of motor vehicle lengths in the back of the Brinks truck on its day-by-day rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the deal with of an unmarked provider door on the racetrack.

They’re thieves. Heisters, to be designated. They’re professionals, and Parker is much and away the easiest of them. If you’re making plans a role, you will want him in. difficult, shrewdpermanent, hardworking, and relentlessly interested by his exchange, he's the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t are looking to move him, and also you don’t are looking to get in his method, simply because he’ll cease at not anything to get what he’s after.

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous secret novels, is among the such a lot unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir.  Lauded through critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and cherished by way of enthusiasts who flip each one intoxicating web page with expanding urgency—Stark is a grasp of crime writing; his books as influential as any within the style. The collage of Chicago Press has launched into a undertaking to come back the early volumes of this sequence to print for a brand new iteration of readers to discover—and develop into addicted to.

 In The Jugger, Parker travels to Nebraska to assist out a geriatric safecracker who is familiar with too lots of his felony secrets and techniques. by the point he arrives, the safecracker is useless and Parker’s skeletons are at the verge of escaping from their closet—unless Parker lodges to deadly measures.

“Whatever Stark writes, I learn. He’s a stylist, a professional, and that i completely take pleasure in his attitude.”—Elmore Leonard

“Westlake is aware accurately how one can seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip until eventually break out is impossible.”—Washington put up e-book World

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are one of the small variety of books I learn persistently. put out of your mind all that crap you’ve been telling your self approximately War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll wish on that desolate tract island.”—Lawrence Block

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