King, Laurie, & Leslie S. Klinger, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)...Kindle it! The infamous anthology that broke the back of the Doyle estate's attempts to keep Holmes & Watson out of the public domain is worth tracking down for more than just its historical significance -- it's also full of great stories inspired by the Great One himself, including a Harry Bosch story by Michael Connelly, plus yarns by Sara Paretsky, Jeffrey Deaver, Harlan Ellison, john Lescroart, Denise Hamilton and others.
Lewis, Ted, Jack Carter's Law (non-P.I.; classic Brit noir) (r). Kindle it!
Mann, William J., Tinseltown (true crime) .Kindle it!
Nakamura, Fuminori, Last Winter, We Parted (Japanese noir)..Kindle it!
Penzler, Otto, editor, The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries...Kindle it! Penzler rides again, with another brick of a book, digging up a ton of impossible crime stories, from everyone from usual suspects Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie and Carter Dicksons to outliers like Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett and P.G. Wodehouse.
Shames, Terry, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek (non P.I.; Samuel Craddock).Kindle it!
Abbott, Megan, The Fever (non-P.I.; noir)..Kindle it!
Baldacci, David, editor, FaceOff (anthology).. Kindle it! This star-spangled collection might be the first time anyone's attempted rounding up a whole book of short stories pairing various popular series characters by various popular thriller writers. I haven't even read it yet, but a few of the stories definitely sound like stories P.I. fans should be investigating: Harry Bosch and Patrick Kenzie? Heather Graham's Michael Quinn and Repairman Jack? Nick Heller and Jack Reacher? Sign me up...
Clifford, Joe, editor, Trouble in the Heartland (anthology) A collection of crime stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen songs. Contributors include Dennis Lehane, John McFetridge, Chuck Wendig, Hilary Davison and more. Spit in the face of those badlands.
Vandersteen, Jochem, editor, The Shamus Sampler II (anthology) . Kindle it! A new digital sampler full of P.I. stuff from around the world, by the likes of Mark Troy, Nick Quantrill, Will Viharo, Nick Andreychuk, Graham Smith, Philip Thompson, Dana King and Jochem Vandersteen, with an intro from Timothy Hallinan.
Wright, Erica, The Red Chameleon (1: Kathleen Stone)..Kindle it!
May 2014 e-books
Allan, Barbara, Antiques Con (non-P.I. by Max Allan & Barbara Collins)..Kindle it!
Black, Benjamin, The Black-Eyed Blonde (Phillip Marlowe).Kindle it! Booker Prize-winning novelist uses his crimewriting alter ego to dig up Chandler's immortal sleuth and play with the bones. Whereas Parker, Estleman, Collins, Paretsky, Crais, Kaminsky, Healy, Randisi, Schutz and a slew of others did this way back in 1988, as a sort of heartfelt tribute to mark what would have been Chandler's 100th birthday, this one smells mostly of ka-ching. But we shall see...
Eagleton, Craig, editor, Hoods, Hot Rods and Hellcats (anthology)...Kindle it Rev it up and go! Nasty, noir-injected tales from the fifties from the likes of Chad Eagleton, Thomas Pluck, Eric Beetner, Heath Lowrance and others. consider Richie Cunningham roadkill.
Evanovich, Janet, & Lee Goldberg, The Chase (non-P.I.). Kindle it!
Jakubowski, Maxim, editor, The New Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction(anthology).. Kindle it! Updated edition of the pretty much essential 1996 collection of reprints, including a never-before-reprinted Dashiell Hammett story. Plus classic stories by the likes of Mickey Spillane, Donald Westlake, John D. MacDonald, Jim Thompson, Robert Leslie Bellem, Paul Cain, Lawrence Block and others -- you know, those guys.
Beetner, Eric, The Year I Died Seven Times (1: Ridley). Kindle it! Part one of an ambitious pulp serial about a hapless sap who falls in love with the wrong girl -- and gets killed -- seven times -- for his troubles.
Cranmer, David, & Elise Wright, editors, Beat to a Pulp 3 (anthology)..Kindle it! Cranmer (hard)boils up another dark & delicious stew, featuring tasty new tales from Patti Abbott, Fred Blosser, Hilary Davidson, Chris F. Holm, Sophie Littlefield, Andrew Nette, Keith Rawson, Kieran Shea and Josh Stallings.
Child, Lee, et al, Inherit the Dead (1: Perry Christo).. Kindle it! With chapters by Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman.
Penzler, Otto, editor, The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (anthology).. Kindle it! And so here comes Penzler's hefty chunk of merriment and menace to round up all the usual suspects, as well as a few shiny new surprises. Featuring stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Sara Paretsky, Ed McBain, Mary Higgins Clark, Max Allan Collins, Stanley Ellin, John D. MacDonald, Damon Runyon; Donald E. Westlake, John Mortimer and others.
Recko, Corey, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster...Buy this book...Kindle it! Non-fiction account of NY cop turned Pinkerton op who became the first spy executed in Civil War
Vandersteen, Jochem, editor, The Shamus Sampler (anthology).Kindle it! Anthology of new PI srtories from Reed Farrel Coleman, Bill Crider, Jim Winter, Fred Zackel, J.L. Abramo, Keith Dixon, Jochem Vandersteen, and others.
Williams, Tom, A Mysterious Something in the Light: The life of Raymond Chandler (biography).Kindle it!
O'Brien, Charles, Death of a Robber Baron (1: Pamela Thompson & Jeremiah Prescott).. Kindle it!Penzler, Otto, editor, Kwik Krimes (anthology)..Kindle it! Collection of 81 short-shorts (each under 1000 words) from the likes of Reed Farrel Coleman, loren Estleman, Steve Hockensmith, Peter Blauner, Ken Bruen, Rob W. Hart, K. A. Laity, Tasha Alexander, Patricia Abbott, Bruce DeSilva, Chuck Caruso, Gregory Gibson, Joe R. Lansdale and others.
Weinman, Sarah, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives...Buy this book...Kindle it! Fantastic collection of stories from the domestic side of hard-boiled & noir, stretching from the 40s through the 70s, with stories by Helen Nielsen, Patricia Highsmith, Margaret Millar, Elisabeth Saxnay Holding, Dorothy B. Hughes and more.
Hallas, Richard, You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up (non-P.I. noir classic) (r)..Kindle it! Which is stranger? That Simpsons creator Matt Groening wrote the intro for this classic noir reprint or that the book tself was written by Lassie's creator?