Shot in the Dark

Review: The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Classic crime fiction set in old Hollywood with storytelling as smooth as a ride in a Deusenberg. Archer’s hired to find a rich eccentric who’s gone missing; maybe kidnapped — or worse. This short novel is packed with lyrical dialogue, plot twists and a cast of deliciously sinister characters tromping through the seedy side of L. A. I’m already itching to read more of Ross Macdonald’s fine books. Highly recommended!

The Private Practice of Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday—only $1.99

The Private Practice of Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday

“One of the best of the tough sleuths” tangles with blackmail and murder in Miami Beach in this hardboiled detective tale by one of the all-time greats (The New York Times).

The day he met Phyllis Brighton, Mike Shayne saved her from jumping out a window—and he has been rescuing her ever since. First he helped her beat a murder rap; now he’s trying to pry her away from the sleaziest lawyer in Dade County: Harry Grange. A mouthpiece for every crook in Miami, Grange is running a blackmail racket when Shayne sees him with Phyllis on his arm at a local gambling hall. Shayne warns his friend to ditch her crooked beau, but she is too proud to take his advice. Unfortunately for her, the relationship will end with murder.
Shayne gets the call just after he gets back to his office. Harry Grange has been found dead on the sands of Miami Beach. Even worse, Shayne’s gun is missing and his friend Larry Kincaid may have used it to gun down the blackmailing lawyer. To save his friends, Mike Shayne will have to outsmart the cleverest killer in town.

Adapted into the film Michael Shayne, Private Detective, this classic PI novel is part of the long-running mystery series that also inspired a 1940s radio show and translations around the world.

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The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo — only $1.99


Publisher Description

Oslo is sweltering in the summer heat when a young woman is murdered in her flat. One finger has been cut off and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagram — a five-pointed star — is found under her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a colleague he neither likes nor trusts. He believes Tom is behind a gang of arms smugglers — and the murder of his partner. But Harry, an off-the-rails alcoholic, is barely holding on to his job and has little choice but to play nice.

Five days later, another woman is reported missing. When her severed finger is found adorned with a star-shaped red diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is on the loose. Determined to find the killer and expose the crooked Tom Waaler, Harry discovers the two investigations melding in unexpected ways. But pursuing the truth comes at a price, and soon Harry finds himself on the run and forced to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.

One of the brightest stars of Scandinavian crime writing, Jo Nesbø has been compared to Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and Henning Mankell. His novels are bestsellers throughout Europe, acclaimed by critics and revered by aficionados of thrillers and mysteries. Brilliantly plotted and paced, The Devil’s Star shows Nesbø at his absolute best, combining powerful emotional resonance with truly stunning suspense.

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Your Labor Day Book Deals


Everywhere That Mary Went

by Lisa Scottoline

Mary DiNunzio is trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She’s too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she’s been getting—until they fall into a sinister pattern. Mary can’t shake the sensation that someone is watching her. Following her every move. Then the shadowboxing turns deadly, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than a partnership—her life. (Rosato & Associates Series #1)

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Changing Planes

by Ursula K. Le Guin

A New York Times Notable Book from the National Book Award–winning author of A Wizard of Earthsea: Stuck at the airport, Sita unlocks the ability to visit other planes of existence, making for “vivid stories” with a “wildly inventive array of societies and cultures” (Booklist).

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Science Fiction




The Serial Killer’s Wife

by Robert Swartwood

Fans of taut psychological thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs will be enthralled by this USA Today bestseller: Elizabeth Piccioni is forced to confront the terror of her past — or lose her son forever. A “scary, thrilling, page-turning” read (Blake Crouch).

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by Douglas Clegg

From a New York Times bestselling author who “can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby” (Dean Koontz): Disturbing events unfold when a child arrives in the sleepy town of Stonehaven…

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Edited by Shane Allison

An achingly hot collection that captures the voyeuristic thrill and startling intimacy of sex in public places. From truck stops to dorm showers, parks to bathhouses, these men find pleasure in spaces both familiar and utterly unexpected.

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Erotic Romance / LGBT






Edited by Al Sarrantonio

A “horror utopia” (Booklist): Delve into the darkest depths of the macabre in this “spine-tingling” anthology (People) — including stories from Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and more! “A new benchmark of excellence” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

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51KK803INOL (1)Dead on the Island

by Bill Crider

In his lonely island home, retired investigator Truman has nothing to do but dwell on his failures — until he’s tasked with finding an old friend’s missing daughter. A Shamus Award–nominated novel featuring “a moody, introspective PI in the finest tradition” (Publishers Weekly).

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Crime Fiction