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In Baja California to help a friend’s daughter, John Crane finds himself crossing swords with a sadistic American trust fund heir and the drug cartel that’s taken him under its wing. But he soon uncovers something even more dangerous using them both for cover.
At a remote luxury hotel deep in the Canadian Rockies, the world’s elites gather at the Amersfoort Conference to plot the course of the planet. Agent John Crane is just there to see who shows up and who’s talking to whom. But someone at the conference is a target, and the isolated hotel quickly becomes a killing ground.
John Crane is an elite covert agent whose agency suddenly vanished. He’s all dressed up with nowhere to spy. Josh Sulenski is an Internet prodigy with some serious James Bond fantasies and more money than 37 countries. Together, they’re out to save the world…in style.
In this town, it pays to be bad . . .
Allison is an L.A. celebrity, a folk hero, and a modern-day Jesse James who loves a good armed robbery. She has a compulsion to steal, a knack for publicity, and the conscience to give it all to charity. In fact, one of her biggest fans is a cop. And no one’s ever been hurt—until last night. Now she and the rookie deputy are on the run for their lives.
Deputy Sheriff Charlie Hood cruises the dusty backroads of the new American West. But when his partner is shot dead and Hood is drafted to find the killer, the investigation takes him to places he never wanted to go-where there’s no clear line between good and evil.
Along the U.S./Mexico border, a man named Finnegan wakes up in the border-town of Buenavista after a hit and run-eerily aware of events he should know nothing about, $90,000 richer, and with Charlie Hood’s name and address in his wallet.
Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.
Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?
THE MURDER HOUSE
It has an ocean-front view, a private beach–and a deadly secret that won’t stay buried.
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
THE BLACK BOOK
Three bodies in a beautiful and luxurious bedroom.
Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy’s tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing he wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself-who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.
One missing black book.
A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address-an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene-but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now with shock waves rippling through the city’s elite, everyone’s desperate to find it.
Chicago has never been more dangerous.
When Leroy “Chinese” Gordon breaks into a professor’s lab at the University of Los Angeles, he’s after some pharmaceutical cocaine, worth plenty of money. Instead, he finds the papers the professor has compiled for the CIA, which include a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom, unless of course someone actually uses the plan to throw a large city into chaos—Los Angeles, for instance? Assigned to cope with the crisis and restore the peace, veteran agent Ben Porterfield steps onto the scene to remind us that the CIA’s middle name is, after all, Intelligence. Enlivening the mix are Gordon’s beautiful girlfriend, Margaret, his temperamental cat, Dr. Henry Metzger, and Metzger’s friend, an enormous half-wild dog with huge teeth.
THE BUTCHER’S BOY (Butcher’s Boy #1)
** The Edgar Award–winning novel by the “master of nail-biting suspense”(Los Angeles Times)
Murder has always been easy for the Butcher’s Boy—it’s what he was raised to do. But when he kills the senior senator from Colorado and arrives in Las Vegas to pick up his fee, he learns that he has become a liability to his shadowy employers. His actions attract the attention of police specialists who watch the world of organized crime, but though everyone knows that something big is going on, only Elizabeth Waring, a bright young analyst in the Justice Department, works her way closer to the truth, and to the frightening man behind it.
SLEEPING DOGS (Butcher’s Boy #2)
He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he’s a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher’s Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there’s been a price on his head.
Now, after a decade, they’ve found him. The Butcher’s Boy escapes back to the States with more reasons to kill. Until the odds turn terrifyingly against him . . . until the Mafia, the cops, the FBI, and the damn Justice Department want his hide . . . until he’s locked into a cross-country odyssey of fear and death that could tear his world to pieces . . .
THE INFORMANT (Butcher’s Boy #3)
In Thomas Perry’s Edgar-winning debut The Butcher’s Boy, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. Many years later, the Butcher’s Boy finds his peaceful life threatened when a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. He knows they won’t stop coming and decides to take the fight to their door.
Soon Waring, now high up in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department, receives a surprise latenight visit from the Butcher’s Boy. Knowing she keeps track of the Mafia, he asks her whom his attackers worked for, offering information that will help her crack an unsolved murder in return. So begins a new assault on organized crime and an uneasy alliance between opposite sides of the law. As the Butcher’s Boy works his way ever closer to his quarry in an effort to protect his new way of life, Waring is in a race against time, either to convince him to become a protected informant—or to take him out of commission for good.
** Thomas Perry’s novels of suspense have been celebrated for their “dazzling ingenuity” (The New York Times Book Review)
By turns horrifying and erotic, Perry’s new thriller takes us on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that pits two women against each other: a beautiful serial killer and the detective who is determined to stop her.
Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly’s age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.
It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way – all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.
Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women’s pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he’s after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
THE BOMB MAKER
** Thomas Perry’s biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet.
A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber’s predictions of human behavior—a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder—and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost.
Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster’s life—has been hailed as “the best book ever written on organized crime” (Cosmopolitan).
This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds…with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.
Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob—from one who’s lived it. Then watch the movie.
Format: Blu-ray | Prime Video | DVD
Posing as jewel thief “Donnie Brasco,” FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone carried out the most audacious sting operation ever, working undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant community of mafia soldiers, “connected guys,” captains, and godfathers.
Now his unforgettable eyewitness account brings to pulsating life the entire world of wiseguys—their code of honor and their treachery, their wives, girlfriends and whores, their lavish spending and dirty dealings.
Format: Blu-ray | Prime Video | DVD
From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO crime series True Detective, comes a dark and visceral literary debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston.
With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.
A number-one New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.
Format: DVD The Godfather 3-Movie Collection
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After Mario Puzo wrote his internationally acclaimed The Godfather, he has often been imitated but never equaled. Puzo’s classic novel, The Sicilian, stands as a cornerstone of his work–a lushly romantic, unforgettable tale of bloodshed, justice, and treachery. . . .
The year is 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Guiliano back with him to America. But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas. In Sicily, Guiliano is a modern day Robin Hood who has defied corruption–and defied the Cosa Nostra. Now, in the land of mist-shrouded mountains and ancient ruins, Michael Corleone’s fate is entwined with the dangerous legend of Salvatore Guiliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.
L.A. SECRET POLICE: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network
Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
This incredible non-fiction book rips the lid off the LAPD and exposes the reader to its dark underbelly of corruption during the reign of Chief Daryl Gates. L.A. cops ruined lives and reputations, inflicted mindless brutality, committed murder and engaged in massive cover-ups. In Los Angeles, police corruption was much more than unmarked envelopes stuffed with cash. It was a total corruption of power.
For decades LAPD engaged in massive illegal spying and lied about it. Its spying targets included politicians, movie stars, professional athletes, news reporters and anyone wielding power or those of interest to Daryl Gates. Incredibly, the spying targets included a Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a Secretary of Defense, a current Governor and the President of the United States. It all happened in Los Angeles.
Called in to assist the sheriff from a remote, rural area of Wisconsin in his investigation into a brutal triple homicide, Lucas Davenport begins to uncover a shocking series of vicious crimes that stun even Davenport with their evil intent. By the author of Eyes of Prey.
DARK OF THE MOON (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 1)
The first Virgil Flowers novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford.
“Virgil Flowers, introduced in bestseller Sandford’s Prey series, gets a chance to shine…The thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), who reports to Prey series hero Lucas Davenport, operates pretty much on his own..”*
He’s been doing the hard stuff for three years, but he’s never seen anything like this. In the small rural town of Bluestem, an old man is bound in his basement, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Three weeks before, a doctor and his wife were murdered. Three homicides in Bluestem in just as many weeks is unheard of. It’s also no coincidence. And it’s far from over…
SLIP & FALL
Faced with a struggling practice, a pregnant wife, and a sister in trouble, Robert Principe realizes the white-collar world isn’t as easy as he thought. He needs money. Fast.
Desperate, he approaches his wiseguy cousin Jackie with an insurance scheme–a way for the Mob to collect from guys who owe but can’t pay, and a chance for Robert to use his law degree to make a few quick bucks when he needs it most.
Robert thinks it will be a one-time thing. It isn’t. The scheme works well–too well. The money flows, the violence escalates, and Robert soon learns that getting out of a deal with the Mafia isn’t exactly easy…especially when the FBI is onto you.
A gritty thriller from the writer of THE SOPRANOS!
Is it really insider trading if you’ve been an outsider your entire life?
Five men. Five walks of life. Every day they come together at the white shoe law firm Olmstead & Taft. But they’re not lawyers. They’re “Printers”: blue-collar guys consigned to the dark basement of the firm charged with copying, collating and delivering the mountains of paperwork that document millions of dollars of sensitive legal secrets.
Until the five are approached by an ambitious young attorney who teaches them what they have: insider information. Together they make a plan to take the classified documents that pass through their hands every day and use them to get rich. They create a joint account to deposit the spoils. An account with a safeguard–each one only knows one section of the access code.
Which means that for all five conspirators, there’s no way out. But as too much money piles up to go unnoticed, the Printers will discover there’s one thing even worse than being an outsider: being in too deep.
She’s looking for the truth in a place where there are no easy answers– only deadly secrets…
The daughter of a Florida drug runner, Alison Kerry lives from day to day, in seedy motels, surviving on cigarettes, Wild Turkey, and the adrenaline rush of danger. Allie is a runner and her latest job should go down easy: easy pickup, easy payoff– easy money. But in a bar outside Seattle, everything goes horribly wrong. Allie finds her contact with a bullet in his brain– and a government-issued Colt in his jacket.
Suddenly Allie has a killer on her trail, and the computer disk he killed for burning a hole in her pocket. For Allie, it’s a cross-country journey through the Cascade Mountains to the winding back roads of Montana and into the darkest corners of a country’s secret history. Because somewhere between the killing fields of Vietnam and the wide-open heartlands of America, a horrifying truth is buried. A truth about a people, a war, and one woman’s past. A truth Allie may not survive…
Discovered by a group of Benedictine nuns in a muddy ditch by the side of a French country road, Eve has only good American dentistry and a tattered Moroccan ferry ticket scribbled with Arabic letters to point to her identity. That, and a bullet wound to her brain that she miraculously survives, even as it destroys her memory.
Plagued by horrific nightmares, reluctant to face the truth about her past, Eve makes a life for herself within the convent’s walls. But when the nuns who have sheltered her for a year are brutally massacred and the one terrified survivor declares to Eve: “They came for you,” Even realizes that, whoever she was in her past life, she had powerful enemies, enemies who still wish to harm her and those around her.
She sets out for Morocco in a desperate attempt to retrace her steps, uncover her past, and figure out who’s after her, and why–before it’s too late.
When journalist Kevin Burns gets a call from former schoolmate Carl Greene, he’s surprised. They weren’t that close at school and the temperature cooled even more when Carl married Kevin’s girl, Lucy. Carl, a scientist, sounds anxious and afraid. They arrange to meet at a baseball game in Denver but Carl never makes it. Someone kills him first. Soon after, Lucy surprises a masked figure prowling Carl’s study. Whatever her husband was working on, a lot of people want to get their hands on it. Some are clearly prepared to kill for it.
A riveting suspense novel about a headstrong repo woman in Montana.
On Missoula’s coldest day of the year, the police pull Clay Bennett’s corpse from the weeds. For the cops, his death is an open-and-shut case, the result of a drunken brawl gone out of control. For repo woman Meg Gardner, who’d been looking to snag Bennett’s Jeep, his death is an opportunity: without him around to make life difficult, the job should be a breeze. But rumors about a mysterious missing military plane –and about her own father’s other family –leave Meg feeling decidedly uneasy about the cops’ casual assumptions.
Only one year out of prison, romantically involved, and working the first legitimate job she’s ever had, Meg has a lot to lose. So when Bennett’s Jeep is stolen from outside her house, instinct and experience demand she walk away. Driven by haunting suspicions and ghosts from her past, however, Meg plunges full speed ahead — and finds herself implicated in a dangerous web of infidelity, greed, and murder.
Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake, one of the greats of crime fiction, wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hard-boiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists and a code all his own.
Parker’s got a new fence and a new plan to get the loot back from a botched job in Dirty Money, but a bounty hunter, the FBI, and the local cops are on his tail. Only his brains, his cool, and the help of his lone longtime dame, Claire, can keep him one step ahead of the cars and the guns.
A hardened ex-cop, Tony Valentine now nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and the Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino in South Florida desperately needs his expertise. A blackjack dealer has rigged a game, dealt a player eighty-four winning hands in a row, and then disappeared.
But the missing dealer is part of an even bigger, far deadlier scheme. Valentine’s trail leads him to Rico Blanco, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, elusive partner-in-crime, Victor Marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross. It appears they have a con going down involving a cocky, filthy-rich Brit and his millions of dollars. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together . . . before his luck runs out and his life goes bust.
Recently liberated from a Japanese prison camp, a young British woman takes a job as a waitress in order to escape the hard pavement of 1940s San Francisco. Life doesn’t get any easier. At first.
“Don’t pass up this riveting novella featuring a beguiling character who is sure to capture your heart and have you laughing your ass off at the same time over some of the most amazing predicaments ever imagined.” –Adam James
OUT ON THE RIM
Booth Stallings, a terrorism expert just fired from his job at a bashful organization that never admitted its mount in the Washington merry-go-round, is wary. So wary that he cuts in con man “Otherguy” Overby, who in turn involves Artie Wu, pretender to the throne of China, and his partner, Quincy Durant.
Obviously, good patriots don’t want to hand over all that money to bad guys. Better they keep it for themselves. Which inevitably raises the question: Who among them will end up with the money?
THE FOOLS IN TOWN ARE ON OUR SIDE
When Lucifer Dye is released from three months in a Hong Kong prison, debriefed, handed a false passport, a new wardrobe and a $20,000 check, his haughty control makes it clear that Dye’s career with his country has been permanently terminated. But a good agent is always in demand, and just a few hours later Dye is being interviewed for a highly ingenious position.
Victor Orcutt, although a not very good imitation of a British pre-war gent, has creative talents of his own. He has his sights a small southern city, with the ordinary run-of-the-mill corruption one would expect in such a place. The canny Orcott knows there’s no profit in that . His creed is “To get better, it must be much worse.” He and his two associates have looked up Dye’s history, and he now offers the ex-spy’s a mission.
For two and a half times the government’s bounty, Dye is to thoroughly corrupt the town. And the sly Dye takes the offer.
TWILIGHT AT MAC’S PLACE
The quiet death of an aged spy triggers a desperate race to control his memoirs, which threaten to reveal Cold War secrets many would prefer stayed secrets.
When the spy’s estranged son receives the then dizzying sum of $100,000 for all rights to the work, he is properly dizzied. He is also smart enough to seek the help of veteran Cold Warriors McCorkle and Padillo, owners of a D.C. bar called Mac’s Place that is both a capital landmark and a nest of intrigue.
THE BACKUP MEN
This is the story of one Captain Edd “Twodees” Partain, drummed out of the Army and hounded by rumors of his involvement in a secret operation in El Salvador. Twodees gets hired on to help a fundraiser for the “Little Rock folks” recover funds that were stolen from an illicit stash used to smooth over problems and pay off hush money.
Meanwhile, Partain is involved in a storefront operation called VOMIT (Victims of Military Intelligence Treachery) trying to defend former intelligence operatives from those trying to cover up the past permanently.
A long-distance call from a Texas city on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister–it’s her birthday, too, they were born exactly ten years apart–has died in a car bomb explosion. It’s the chief of police calling–Felicity Dill worked for him; she was a homicide detective. Thus begins Dill’s dogged search for her killer.
What he finds is no surprise to him, because Benjamin Dill is never surprised at what awful things people will do.
THE EIGHTH DWARF
THE NATIONAL TRUTH: A Sensational Tabloid Thriller
Now on the wagon, tail between his legs, he’s back doing that same gig, writing BS for THE NATIONAL TRUTH, America’s most sensational tabloid. But the tall tales TNT publishes take a backseat to the real-life murder and mayhem going down: a transvestite biker nun kills to be a woman; a muffin addict is slain on basilica steps; a hit man is assassinated twice; a fiancée vanishes on a practice honeymoon; and a psycho stalker “schoolgirl” refuses to stay dead.
Dave’s world is a wacky thrill ride. Staying alive and sober is a killer.
San Francisco Daily Pulse crime reporter Mike Green is a man killing time. Waiting to join his wife in paradise while fantasizing about her kid sister. Waiting for his Navy SEAL son to respect his draft dodger dad. Wishing he had the guts to play hardball with murderers the system doesn’t have the balls to strike out. But the thought of slow death behind bars terrifies Mike. Until his doctor tells him he has less than a year to live.
Tasked with hunting this killer vigilante is SFPD homicide inspector Siena Mancini, a single mom with a bullseye on her forehead and a drinking problem she thought she’d beat. A problem that dogs her as the bodies pile up and she races the clock to save her only child, herself, and the ex who dumped her for a younger, hotter model.
When Adam Wolf retires from a killer career (one that Uncle Sam would deny existed) and resurrects himself as an author of young adult books, he soon discovers that no way in hell is the pen mightier than the sword; not when the mob slaps a verbal contract on your head.
Moments after reluctantly snuffing his 60th birthday candle, Wolf witnesses the snuffing of an ace crime reporter. Wolf’s decision to testify against the shooter puts him, and the only woman he’s ever let close enough to imperil, in the crosshairs of a ruthless crime family and their outlaw biker hit men. The one problem his hunters didn’t count on is that their target is no ordinary senior citizen. Wolf is a black ops vet with a bloody backstory he can never tell. A shadow man who knows that at the end of the day, covert actions speak louder than words.
HEAVEN’S ON HOLD
Robbi Viper’s hot new CD HEAVEN is a battle cry to protect women from violent men.
In a twisted case of wanting to crucify the messenger, one of those sickos vows to silence the guitar-slinging rocker for good, unless she kills her Heaven World Tour that’s set to kick off in Montreal on Halloween, just 13 days from now. When Robbi refuses, her manager/husband Billy Starr asks security ace Night Owl to safeguard his star asset. Problem is, Night Owl is laid up with a broken leg, collateral damage from Montreal’s crumbling infrastructure. Troubled by what Starr tells him he enlists his brother-in-arms Adam Wolf to neutralize the threat. Wolf, a 60-year-old YA author with a killer black ops past and a passion for Lady Justice, is up for the challenge – even though hunting two-legged animals in Canada is a no-no. Unless, of course, you’re a pro at covering your tracks…
Donald E. Westlake—The Dortmunder Series
THE HOT ROCK —Dortmunder # 1
BANK SHOT —Dortmunder # 2
John Dortmunder has been working an encyclopedia-selling scam while waiting for his next big heist. Unfortunately, his latest mark seems to be wise to the con, and he has to cut his sales pitch short and make a quick escape.
But opportunity awaits: Main Street bank has temporarily relocated to a mobile home. All Dortmunder has to do is get past seven security guards, put the bank-on-wheels in gear, and drive away. It’s a simple plan, until it all goes wrong . . .
JIMMY THE KID —Dortmunder # 3
NOBODY’S PERFECT —Dortmunder # 4
An art collector hires Dortmunder to steal one of his own paintings.
WHY ME? —Dortmunder # 5
GOOD BEHAVIOR —Dortmunder # 6
Dortmunder agrees to do a dangerous favor for a gang of nuns.
DROWNED HOPES —Dortmunder # 7
An old cellmate asks Dortmunder for help robbing a reservoir.
In his day, Tom was a hard man. He came up with Dillinger in the 1930s, and pulled a lot of high-profile jobs before the state put him away. They meant it to be for good, but after twenty-three years the prisons are too crowded for seventy-year-old bank robbers, and so they let the old man go. Finally free, he heads straight for John Dortmunder’s house.
DON’T ASK —Dortmunder # 8
Dortmunder has a job offer. He’s been hired by third parties to pull off heists in the past, but never to lay his hands on anything this peculiar. Frankly, it’s a bone. Not just any bone. A femur. Well, not just any femur, either. A femur which, 800 years ago, was part of a 16-year-old girl who, having been killed and eaten by her own family, was made a saint by the Church. The femur, her only relic, is all that’s left. Now two small eastern European countries – Tsergovia and Votskojek – are fighting like dogs over…well, the bone. There’s only room for one of them in the United Nations General Assembly, and the choice is in the hands of a powerful Catholic prelate. The country that tosses him the bone is sure to be in like Flynn.
Dortmunder’s first reaction to the Tsergovian ambassador’s offer is to ask for more front money. His second is to round up his gang – light-fingered Kelp, master driver Murch, and man-mountain Tiny Bulcher – and case the Votskojekian mission, a former tramp steamer parked in the East River. The current repository of the bone, it will be the target of a heist carried out by land and sea, with the team displaying the finesse and split-second timing for which they’re famous.
It should only be that easy. Before the gang can say “Saint Ferghana’s knee”, they’ve got a major fiasco on their hands, one that will reach from the snow-capped mountains of Votskojek to a billionaire’s art-crammed estate in New Hampshire. But it will show, once and for all, that when it comes to getting revenge, Dortmunder can cut to the bone.
WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? —Dortmunder # 9
It started with a ring. A cheap ring.
The yellow metal said brass, not gold, and the sparkly bits were certainly not diamonds. But the ring belonged to May’s horseplaying uncle, who swore it brought good luck. Dortmunder, who wouldn’t kick a little good luck out of bed, puts it to the test when he goes to burglarize Long Island billionaire Max Fairbanks. As luck would have it, Dortmunder is greeted by Fairbanks himself – and a loaded gun – as soon as he strolls through the door.
When the cops arrive, the mogul adds insult to injury by claiming that Dortmunder’s lucky ring is actually his. Big mistake, big guy. As soon as Dortmunder can give the cops the slip, the world’s most single-minded burglar goes after the fat cat with a vengeance and a team of crooks that only he can assemble. And from the get go everything will go Dortmunder’s way – everything, that is, except the ring.
BAD NEWS —Dortmunder # 10
Master crook John Dortmunder is offered a grand to dig up a grave in a Queens cemetery and switch the bodies of two 70-years-dead Indians. Ex-Vegas showgirl Little Feather Redcorn, one of the Indian’s great-granddaughter, plans to pose as the last of the Pottaknobbee tribe, one-third owners of the largest casino in the east. When the scam goes into play, it’s Dortmunder and his band who must make sure things run smoothly.
Andy Kelp, Tiny Bulcher and the Murches (Stan and Mom) join Dortmunder in horning in on another crew’s scam cheating two Native American tribes out of one-third of the take from a lucrative Indian casino in upstate New York. Fitzroy Guilderpost, mastermind of the con has enlisted Little Feather Redcorn, a Las Vegas card dealer and showgirl, to pose as the last living member of an extinct tribe with a claim to the casino. Unknown to the schemers, the casino managers have been cooking their books and will go to any length to avoid sharing the wealth.
As the foes switch dead Indians from grave to grave, seeking to prove or deny Little Feather’s tribal membership, Dortmunder plots an impossible and hilarious robbery using a blizzard as an accessory, and comes up with the usual mixed results.
THE ROAD TO RUIN —Dortmunder # 11
Ever-lovable but hapless crook John Dortmunder and his merry band of misfits attempt a con against a corrupt CEO who has lavished more of his company’s money on himself than the boys at Enron and WorldCom combined.
The loot? A fleet of vintage automobiles that would leave the Sultan of Brunei blushing.
The catch? Trying to outsmart a collection of angry union men who’ve been taken for a ride and blue-blooded suckers who’ve been taken for their family fortunes.
But if Dortmunder and his band are to drive off with the loot, they’ll have to act fast – before they get caught in a deadly crossfire.
THIEVES’ DOZEN —Dortmunder # 12
Featuring Westlake’s hapless hero John Dortmunder, this original compilation of short stories ties in to the author’s latest Dortmunder hardcover, “The Road to Ruin.”
WATCH YOUR BACK! —Dortmunder # 13
God save anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and his most improbable plans.
It’s a long way from the island of Manhattan to the island resort where Preston Fareweather has his hedonistic hideout-avoiding the legal prosecutions of five embittered ex-wives and enjoying the attentions of the prettiest gold diggers who happen to come his way. A terrible human being, Preston makes the terrible mistake of getting friendly with an equally dyspeptic personality: a New York fence named Arnie Albright.
Arnie went to the island paradise to become a happier man. It worked. After a week with Preston, Arnie comes home to New York with a whole new attitude and a proposition for his associate John Dortmunder: a can’t miss, million-dollar robbery-of Preston’s nearly unguarded, art-filled Fifth Avenue penthouse.
But when Dortmunder and his clean-up crew get together to plan the heist, they quickly get distracted and suddenly a billionaire from Fifth Avenue and a would-be Tony Soprano from New Jersey have one thing in common: John Dortmunder is after them both at the same time…and disaster can’t be far behind.
WHAT’S SO FUNNY? —Dortmunder # 14
John Dortmunder takes on an impossible crime, one he doesn’t want and doesn’t believe in. But a little blackmail goes a long way in… WHAT’S SO FUNNY?
All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he musters his always-game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar, which unfortunately reached Russia after that party was over.
From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn, he faces insurmountable odds. The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board. Success is not inevitable with John Dortmunder leading the attack, but he’s nothing if not persistent, Band some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move.
GET REAL —Dortmunder # 15
Dortmunder is caught red-handed when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to do a reality show that captures their next score. The producer guarantees to find a way to keep the show from being used in evidence against them. They’re dubious, but the pay is good, so they take him up on his offer.
A mock-up of the OJ bar is built in a warehouse down on Varick Street. The ground floor of that building is a big open space jumbled with vehicles used in TV world, everything from a news truck and a fire engine to a hansom cab (without the horse).
As the gang plans their next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp sneak onto the roof of their new studio to organize a private enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit viewers glued to their television sets, but Dortmunder is nothing if not persistent, and he’s determined to end this shoot with money in his pockets.
Wayne Prentice is a midlist author who must face the hard fact that the world no longer values his work. He has watched a pseudonym, two careers, and his sales disappear and feels like it may be time to quit writing for good.
On the other hand, Bryce Proctorr fires out one bestseller after the next and has a multi-million dollar deal for his next book. Unfortunately, his divorce has given him writer’s block and Bryce cannot solve his dilemma as his deadline rapidly approaches. So, Bryce proposes a partnership to Wayne: give Bryce his unpublished manuscript and the two of them can split the advance 50/50.
There’s just one small catch — Wayne has to put Mrs. Proctorr six feet under.
The Program has a hidden agenda: The protected have become the hunted.
“Every precious thing I lose, you will lose two.” A condemned man’s last words to New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord.
When her husband is gunned down in front of her, Lord has no choice but to flee the wrath of the murderer’s vengeance. She pulls up stakes, changes her name, and accepts the Witness Protection Program’s offer to hide her and her young daughter in Boulder, Colorado. Soon thereafter, they are befriended by Program veteran Carl Luppo, a solitary mob assassin tormented by his former life who has nothing but time for regret.
Sensing that someone inside the Program has compromised Lord and her daughter’s safety, Luppo takes on the role of sentinel, fully realizing that this may be his last shot at redemption. Even though Lord suspects that Luppo’s warnings about the Program’s dark side are justified and that she should believe the former hit man’s instincts, the only people she can really trust are her nine-year-old daughter and perhaps her Program-appointed psychologist Alan Gregory.
THE DAWN PATROL
Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have “real j-o-b-s”; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat. But Boone’s most recent gig-investigating an insurance scam—has unexpectedly led him to a ghost from his past. And while he may have to miss the biggest swell of his surfing career, this job is about to give him a wilder ride than anything he’s ever encountered. Filled with killer waves and a coast line to break your heart, The Dawn Patrol will leave you gasping for air.
THE GENTLEMEN’S HOUR
Former cop turned investigator Boone Daniels lives to surf. He begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers who have one another’s backs in and out of the water. When one of their own, a local legend, is murdered, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core. But when Boone agrees to defend the young man accused, the outrage from the community is more than he ever anticipated, and as he digs deeper into San Diego’s murkier side, it becomes clear that not just a murder case is at stake.
Boone soon finds himself out there alone, struggling to stay afloat as the waves get rougher and rougher . . . and more deadly.
THE KINGS OF COOL
In this high-octane prequel to Savages, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers.
As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents’ history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their loyalty to one another.
Ben, Chon, and O are twentysomething best friends living the dream in Southern California. Together they have made a small fortune producing premium grade marijuana, a product so potent that the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut.
When Ben and Chon refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps O, igniting a dizzying array of high-octane negotiations and stunning plot twists as they risk everything to free her. The result is a provocative, sexy, and darkly engrossing thrill ride, an ultracontemporary love story that will leave you breathless.
THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE
Frankie Machianno, a hard-working entrepreneur, passionate lover, part-time surf bum, and full-time dad, is a pillar of his waterfront community—and a retired hitman. Once better known as Frankie Machine, he was a brutally efficient killer. Now someone from his past wants him dead, and after a botched attempt on his life, Frankie sets out to find his potential killers. However, the list of suspects is longer than the California coastline.
With the mob on his heels and the cops on his tail, Frankie hatches a plan to protect his family, save his life, and escape the mob forever. Then things get really complicated.
THE POWER OF THE DOG
This explosive novel of the drug trade that takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge.
This prequel to The Cartel is set about 10 years earlier. The Power of the Dog introduces a brilliant cast of characters. Art Keller is an obsessive DEA agent. The Barrera brothers are heirs to a drug empire. Nora Hayden is a jaded teenager who becomes a high-class hooker. Father Parada is a powerful and incorruptible Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell’s kitchen who grows up TThissto be a merciless hit man.
All are all trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federación. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you’ve never seen it.
This is a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic story of power, corruption, revenge, honor, sacrifice and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars. One man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul. It is the story of the war on drugs and the men—and women—who wage it.
It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world’s most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller’s partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead.
Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice—or is it revenge?—becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington’s corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona.
Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico’s drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera—and himself—that he always knew must happen.
This is Don Winslow”s tour de force! Just started reading it (March 2018) and Winslow’s smooth prose continues to blow me away. And right off there’s this great quote to put in my Quote Box:
“. . . the life you walk–you start out pointed true north, but you vary one degree off, it doesn’t matter for maybe one year, five years, but as the years stack up you’re just walking farther and farther away from where you started out to go, you don’t even know you’re lost until you’re so far from your original destination you can’t even see it anymore.”
DAWN GIRL (Special Agent Tess Winnett #1)
A GRIPPING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER
Her blue eyes wide open, glossed over. A few specks of sand clung to her long, dark lashes. Her beautiful face, immobile, covered in sparkling flecks of sand. Her lips slightly parted as if to let a last breath escape.
Who is the beautiful girl found at dawn, on a deserted stretch of golden sand beach? What is her secret?
FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before.
Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Agent Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost?
THE WATSON GIRL (Special Agent Tess Winnett #2)
ANOTHER GRIPPING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER
Laura Watson is young, she’s beautiful, and she’s a serial killer’s loose end.
An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For fifteen years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he’s now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she’s living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old.
A therapist has asked her to participate in regression session treatments to attempt to bring back those lost memories. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is going to silence her, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night, when she was an innocent witness.
Join the smart, relentless, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team in a heart-stopping search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden for many years. Explore the inner workings of the murderer’s mind, and find out what motivates such predatory, blood-lusting behavior, while following every twist and turn of an existence spent taking lives.
LAS VEGAS GIRL
A GRIPPING, SUSPENSEFUL CRIME NOVEL
Two mavericks make an intriguing team: Baxter and Holt trust each other with their lives, only not with their darkest secrets.
Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the elite: Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual visitors, they’re hunting for a killer.
The Crime: Audacious
In a glamorous Las Vegas hotel, in front of hundreds of witnesses and under the lenses of countless video surveillance cameras, a young girl is brutally murdered. What promises to be a quick and easy investigation soon becomes a nightmare. The most recorded crime in Vegas is missing one key protagonist, the killer.
The Forensics: Stupefying
A crime-scene fingerprint unleashes dozens of unsettling questions instead of providing answers. Was this a murder for hire? In the politically-charged case, the scenario seems plausible; the victim’s secret life could’ve been the obstacle in an ambitious politician’s path. As the investigation unspools the well-concealed secrets surrounding the girl’s life, Baxter and Holt attract the attention of someone desperate to keep history’s terrible secrets buried.
The Truth: Shocking
A testimony from beyond the grave turns into a death warrant for the two unrelenting detectives. While they expose a connection with the victim’s distant past that could hold the key to catching her killer, they must learn to rely on each other to survive.
GLIMPSE OF DEATH (Special Agent Tess Winnett #3)
A RIVETING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER
Her beautiful face, serene and immobile, resting on her folded arm. Her long, luscious hair, undulating gently in the evening breeze. Her eyes half-closed, a hint of a smile on her pale lips, as if to welcome an unseen lover.
When the body of a young woman is found in her own backyard, a week after her disappearance, evidence leads investigators to a chilling conclusion. She is not the first victim of a serial killer no one knew existed. She most definitely is not the last.
FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett joins the local detectives assigned to the case and searches for answers in the intriguing investigation that offers a plethora of forensic evidence, yet no viable leads. When another body is found, the search intensifies, and details about the killer’s unusual signature emerge. He likes to stalk his victims before abducting them. He likes to show them a flash of what’s coming, a foreboding warning of their grim future.
How can you outrun a killer you won’t see coming?
They are the most violent, blood-thirsty, and vicious of criminals. While hunting for them, FBI profilers call these monsters UNSUBS, short for unknown subjects of ongoing investigations. At any given time, in the United States there are more than fifty serial killers at large, preying on vulnerable, unsuspecting victims.
Until yesterday, no one knew Florida had another serial killer on the loose. Special Agent Tess Winnett calls this particularly elusive one the Taker of Lives.