V.I. Warshawski Books In Publication Order
- Indemnity Only (1982)
- Deadlock (1984)
- Killing Orders (1985)
- Bitter Medicine (1987)
- Blood Shot (1988)
- Burn Marks (1990)
- Guardian Angel (1992)
- Tunnel Vision (1994)
- Hard Time (1999)
- Total Recall (2001)
- Blacklist (2003)
- Fire Sale (2005)
- Hardball (2009)
- Body Work (2010)
- Breakdown (2012)
- Critical Mass (2013)
- Brush Back (2015)
- Fallout (2017)
- Shell Game (2018)
- Dead Land (2020)
V.I. Warshawski Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Photo Finish (2011)
- Wildcat (2017)
- Death on the Edge (2018)
V.I. Warshawski Collections In Publication Order
- Windy City Blues (1995)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Ghost Country (1988)
- Bleeding Kansas (2007)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Taste of Life (2017)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- A Taste of Life and Other Stories (1995)
- Love & Other Crimes: Stories (2020)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Writing In An Age Of Silence (2007)
- Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing (2016)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Mean Streets: The Second Private Eye Writers of America Anthology (1986)
- Beastly Tales (1989)
- City Sleuths and Tough Guys (1989)
- A Woman’s Eye (1991)
- 1st Culprit (1992)
- Women of Mystery (1992)
- The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories (1992)
- Female Sleuths (1993)
- 3rd Culprit (1994)
- Bad Behavior (1995)
- Women on the Case (1996)
- Win, Lose or Die (1996)
- Crime After Crime (1999)
- The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000)
- Crime Story Collection (2000)
- A Century of Great Suspense Stories (2001)
- Sisters on the Case (2007)
- Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe (2011)
- Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold (2014)
- Chicago Blues (2014)
- Gary Phillips’ Hollis for Hire (2018)
- Crime Hits Home of Stories from Crime Fiction’s Top Authors (2022)
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In this gripping adventure the first V.I. Warshawski mystery America’s top private eye is tossed into a dangerous adventure when a seemingly straightforward assignment becomes complicated and deadly. Hired by a man who calls himself John Thayer, V.I. s assignment is to find Thayer s son Peter s missing girlfriend. But when V.I. Finds young Peter s dead body instead, her client disappears. Her efforts to track down her client and learn his true identity take her deep into a labyrinth of fraud and violence. By the time V.I. figures out the answers, she is in a race to find the missing young woman before the murderers do. Praise for the audio edition of Body Work: ‘Susan Ericksen s portrayal of Chicago private investigator V.I. Warshawski is pitch perfect.’ AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner Praise for the audio edition of Hardball: narrator Susan Ericksen ramps up the excitement in the story with a memorable voice that is intense and breathless. She s equally convincing as a gangbanger, a gentle nun, a kindly neighbor, and a stroke victim. Each character shines as an individual, making this one of the best Sara Paretsky productions ever. AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
From Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author, comes another V.I. Warshawski novel. When Chicago Black Hawks hockey legend Boom Boom Warshawski drowns in Lake Michigan, his private eye cousin, the intrepid V.I. Warshawski, questions the accidental death report and rumors of suicide. Armed with a bottle of Black Label and a Smith and Wesson, V.I. follows a trail of violence and corruption to the center of the Windy City’s powerful shipping industry. Dodging attempts on her life with characteristic grit and humor, V.I. wends her way through a maze of grain elevators and thousand ton freighters to ferret out Boom Boom’s killer.
Killing Orders, V.I. Warshawski’s third adventure, starts when her great-aunt Rosa summons the detective to her cold suburban home. Rosa made V.I.’s childhood miserable and the detective resents the command to help her aunt prove she didn’t embezzle five million dollars from a local Dominican priory. All hell breaks loose when a mysterious opponent tries to take Vic off the case by throwing acid in her eyes and burning down her apartment. And when a friend who’s involved in the case is brutally murdered, it begins to look as if Vic hasn’t got a prayer. But Warshawski continues to follow every lead, even when they point to some pretty unorthodox conclusions: Perhaps the Dominicans are covering up a financial scandal. Maybe the whole conspiracy is under the patronage of an international conglomerate, or of Don Pasquale, king of the Chicago mob. Worst of all, someone who’s close to Vic could be involved – her darkly handsome English lover, Roger Ferrant, or even Aunt Rosa herself.
Chicago private eye V. I. Warshawski knows from the start that Consuelo Alvarado’s baby is trouble. Consuelo is sixteen. Diabetic. And the daughter of a friend. When she goes into labor too early, even V. I.’s wild drive to get her to the hospital can’t save either Consuelo or her child. Soon V. I. is investigating possible malpractice at the emergency room and falling for a doctor who works there. Mixing business and love is always bad medicine, but V. I. finds herself listening to her heart, not her head. And when a brutal murder and the violent destruction of a woman’s clinic put her at the center of a very dirty conspiracy, justice may be the only remedy for a hurt that cuts deep…
and chills right to the bone…
‘The plot is fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn’t a single snag in its springs.’ Chicago Sun Times ‘Paretsky is still the best…
She doesn’t pull punches.’ The Washington Post Book World
V.I. Warshawski isn’t crazy about going back to her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promise is something she always keeps. Caroline, a childhood friend, has a dying mother and a problem after twenty five years she wants V.I. to find the father she never knew. But when V.I. starts probing into the past, she not only finds out where all the bodies are buried she stumbles onto a very new corpse. Now she’s stirring up a deadly mix of big business and chemical corruption that may become a toxic shock to a snooper who knows too much. From the Paperback edition.
Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news arrives in the form of her wacky, unwelcome aunt Elena. The fire that has just burned down a sleazy SRO hotel has brought Elena to V.I.’s doorstep. Uncovering an arsonist and the secrets hidden behind Elena’s boozy smile will send V.I. into the seedy world of Chicago’s homeless…
into the Windy City’s backroom deals and bedroom politics, where new schemers and old cronies team up to get V.I. off the case by hook, by crook, or by homocide. From the Paperback edition.
Vic begins by investigating the mysterious death of a disaffected alcoholic vagrant this leads her to uncover a trail of financial fraud and corruption with a disconcerting personal twist. By the author of ‘Killing Orders’, ‘Bitter Medicine’ and ‘Burnt Marks’.
Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she’s become a hold out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the baseme*nt, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she’s been implicated in a murder after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer’s wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.V.I., who had volunteered with Deirdre at a women’s shelter, suspects her death is linked to a case of upper class domestic abuse so slickly concealed that the police refuse to believe it. Increasingly at odds with the cops, V.I. is blindly plunging ahead after the truth. And her path may lead to corruption at the highest levels. or deep into the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago’s streets, where secrets are hiding in the dark like a child’s or V.I.’s worst nightmare.
Among the first, and perhaps the most compelling, female private investigators of contemporary fiction, Sara Paretsky’s incomparable character V. I. Warshawski at last returns to the page in her first full length appearance since 1994’s Tunnel Vision. Hard Time is the work of a master a riveting novel of suspense that is indisputably Paretsky’s best V.I. Warshawski novel yet. Multimedia conglomerate Global Entertainment has purchased the Chicago Herald Star, forcing the paper’s staff to scramble to stay employed. Reporter Murray Ryerson, V.I.’s longtime friend and sometime rival, manages to reinvent himself as the host of a television show on Global’s network. On her way home from a party celebrating Murray’s debut, V.I. almost runs over a woman lying in the street. Stopping to help, V.I. soon learns that her Good Samaritan act will drop her squarely in a boiling intrigue. In a case that forces her to go head to head with one of the world’s largest providers of private security and prison services, a case that exposes dark hidden truths behind the razzle dazzle of the entertainment industry, V.I. will be ahead of the game if she gets out alive.
The bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels have dazzled readers and earned the acclaim of critics everywhere. V.I. Warshawski rules, writes Newsweek, crowning her the most engaging woman in detective fiction. Of V.I.’s creator, the Chicago Tribune says Sara Paretsky has no peer. Now Paretsky brings her incomparable storytelling brilliance to her most powerful Warshawski novel yet. Total Recall follows the Chicago P.I. on a road that winds back more than fifty years and into an intricate maze of wartime lies, heartbreaking secrets, and harrowing retribution. For V.I., the journey begins with a national conference in downtown Chicago, where angry protesters are calling for the recovery of Holocaust assets. Replayed on the evening news is the scene of a slight man who has stood up at the conference to tell an astonishing story of a childhood shattered by the Holocaust a story that has devastating consequences for V.I. s cherished friend and mentor, Lotty Herschel. Lotty was a girl of nine when she emigrated from Austria to England, one of a group of children wrenched from their parents and saved from the Na*zi terror just before the war broke out. Now stunningly impossibly it appears that someone from that long lost past may have returned. With the help of a recovered memory therapist, Paul Radbuka has recently learned his true identity. But is he who he claims to be? Or is he a cunning impostor who has usurped someone else s history…
a history Lotty has tried to forget for over fifty years?As a frightened V.I. watches her friend unravel, she sets out to help in the only way she can: by investigating Radbuka s past. Already working on a difficult case for a poor family cheated of their life insurance, she tries to balance Lotty s needs with her client s, only to find that both are spiraling into a whirlpool of international crime that stretches from Switzerland and Germany to Chicago s South Side. As the atrocities of the past reach out to engulf the living, V.I. struggles to decide whose memories of a terrible war she can trust, and moves closer to a chilling realization of the truth a truth that almost destroys her oldest friend. With fierce emotional power, Sara Paretsky has woven a gripping and morally complex novel of crime and punishment, memory and illusion. Destined to become a suspense classic, Total Recall proves once again the daring and compelling genius of Sara Paretsky. From the Hardcover edition.
When Chicago Private Investigator V.I. Warshawski checks out reports of an intruder at derelict Larchmont Hall, she doesn’t expect to stumble over a dead man. But the murdered journalist is about to lead V.I. deep into the heart of a dark mystery, involving a terrified young Muslim boy, two of Chicago’s most powerful families, and a generation of shameful secrets political and sexual. It seems that somebody is desperate for the past to stay buried. But who? And why? And if attempting to bring the truth to light has already cost at least one man his life…
who’s next? /Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Privilege, politics, and perfidy jointly propel the circuitous plot of Blacklist, Sara Paretsky’s 11th novel featuring tenacious Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski. By the time this story runs its course, V.I. will have harbored an alleged Arab terrorist, resurrected the ghosts of America’s 1950s anti Communist hysteria, and questioned the integrity of a man she once admired ‘to the point of hero worship.’ In other words, it’s a typical case for this hard headed, sarcastic, and perpetually sleep deprived sleuth.
Still suffering from ‘exhaustion of the spirit’ in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, V.I. is hired to find out who may be sneaking into a vacated suburban mansion. Geraldine Graham, the home’s 91 year old former owner, who still lives nearby, claims she’s seen lights in the attic at night. Our hero*ine suspects this is simply a bid by the wealthy dowager for greater attention, but agrees to do some nocturnal prowling only to stumble literally across the body of a dead black journalist, Marcus Whitby, in the estate’s ornamental pond and encounter a teenage girl fleeing the scene. The girl turns out to be Catherine Bayard, the granddaughter of Calvin Bayard, an unapologetically liberal book publisher who survived a hounding by the U.S. House Un American Activities Committee in the ’50s without being Blacklisted like so many of his authors. Digging deeper, V.I. learns that Whitby was doing research for a book about an African American dancer and anthropologist who had enjoyed Bayard’s support before she too was branded a Communist. Was Whitby killed en route to visit Bayard, one of Graham’s neighbors and a man who has strangely vanished from public view? And is there any connection between this murder and the disappearance of an Egyptian dishwasher, or the recent demise of a right wing attorney and Bayard foe, in whose apartment V.I. is attacked by an intruder?
Except for a few astounding turns of luck including the 11th hour discovery of a revealing audiotape left in a car’s player, Paretsky rolls out a credible yarn here, enriched by meticulous character development and an agreeably ambiguous conclusion. The author’s intention to link McCarthy era abuses with post 9/11 government assaults on civil rights is obvious, without being didactic, and it adds currency to a fictional investigation that’s already rife with sex, betrayal, and long held secrets among the rich. It’s good to see that V.I. the P.I. hasn’t lost the compassion or righteousness that first made her attractive two decades ago, in Indemnity Only. J. Kingston Pierce
The astonishing new V. I. Warshawski novel from one of America’s foremost writers of crime fiction. V.I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls’ basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes. Through young Josie Dorrado, V.I. meets the girl’s mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount store behemoth By Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn’t know how she’ll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down. The elder Dorrado’s fears are realized when the plant explodes; V.I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V.I. begins to investigate, she finds herself onfronting the Bysen family, who own the By Smart company. Founder William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, ‘Young Mr. William,’ is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn’t cede more power to him. And then there’s ‘Billy the Kid,’ Young Mr. William’s nineteen year old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole. When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V.I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.
Chicago’s unique brand of ball is sixteen-inch slow pitch, played in leagues all over the city for more than a century. But in politics, in business, and in law enforcement, the game is Hardball. When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find Lamont Gadsden, a man who’s been missing for four decades, a search that she figured would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the city’s racially charged history, as well as haunting family secrets – her own and those of the elderly sisters who hired her – rise up to brush her back from the plate with a vengeance. To complicate matters, Petra, a young cousin whom V.I. has never met, arrives from Kansas City to work on a political campaign. It does not take long for the high-spirited yet likable Petra to win over V.I.’s affections. When Petra goes missing after a break-in at the office, V.I. is determined to find her beloved cousin. As the search to locate Petra becomes more desperate, V.I. is also having difficulties tracking down Lamont Gadsden. Unable to catch a break, she learns that a nun who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., has died before she can reveal crucial evidence. V.I. herself almost dies in a blazing fire, and new information has emerged about her father’s role in a politically and racially charged trial almost forty years ago. Afraid to discover that her adored father might have been a bent cop, V.I. takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.
‘The thing about Sara Paretsky is, she’s tough-not because she observes the bone-breaker conventions of the private-eye genre but because she doesn’t flinch from examining old social injustices others might find too shameful and too painful to dig up.’ – The New York Times Book Review ‘Doctors take days off – why not PIs?’ V.I. Warshawski demands. But when America’s hardest-working private eye goes clubbing, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago’s edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war vets – and V.I.’s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the vets into a violent rage. When the painter is shot, the cops figure it’s an easy collar – PTSD vet goes off the rails, stalks then kills young woman. But the vet’s family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicago’s South Side.
Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago’s Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago’s most powerful families: The grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is one of the world’s wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is the Illinois Democratic candidate for Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter’s childhood in Na*zi occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles for answers, she finds herself fighting enemies who are all too human.
It’s strictly Friends & Family as V.I. Warshawski, ‘the detective mystery fans have been waiting for’ Time, makes return appearances in a collection of stories that bring new meaning to ‘ties that bind.’ Decked out in her silk shirts and no nonsense Attitude, V.I. is out to make a living by the skin of her teeth. In ‘Grace Notes,’ V.I. has barely finished her morning coffee when she sees an ad in the paper asking for information about her own mother, long dead. The paper leads V.I. to her newfound Italian cousin Vico, who’s looking for music composed by their great grandmother. What’s the score? Clearly it’s something to kill for…
‘The Pietro Andromache’ finds V.I.’s friend Dr. Lotty Herschel with motive and means to dispatch her professional rival and steal his priceless statue. Lotty didn’t do it but does she know who did? V.I. soon cuts to the art of the case and it’s not a pretty picture at all!Summoned by an old high school friend to a race ‘At the Old Swimming Hole,’ V.I. ends up swimming with the sharks the FBI and a ruthless gambling kingpin in a pool of blood…
. And it’s only ‘Skin Deep’ when a relaxing facial transformation transforms a client into a stiff. V.I.’s pal Sal needs help. Her beautician sister Evangeline is prime suspect and V.I. has only eighteen hours to crack the case before it’s headline news…
‘ Three Dot Po’ proves there’s nothing like a dog. Especially a dog on the trail of her mistress’s killer, with V.I. in tow…
In ‘Strung Out,’ love means nothing and V.I.’s quick to learn the score as her old friend’s tennis champion daughter is under suspicion for strangling her father with a racket string. And there’s more, nine stories in all, in this masterful collection of short fiction starring V.I. Warshawski, ‘the most engaging woman in detective fiction since Dorothy Sayers’s Harriet Vane’ Newsweek. From the Paperback edition.
Sara Paretsky’s genius made Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski a household name. Now the New York Times bestselling author explores an unseen corner of the city she loves. In Ghost Country she has written a parable for the millennium, a powerful, haunting novel of magic and miracles, of four troubled people who meet beneath Chicago’s shadowy streets and of the woman whose mysterious appearance changes all of their lives forever. They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for all of them. Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers on Chicago’s streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage. Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary’s blood seeping through a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel. Mara, a rebellious adolescent cast out by her wealthy grandfather, becomes the catalyst for a war between the haves and have nots as she searches among society’s castoffs for the mother she never knew. As the three women fight for their right to live and worship beneath the hotel, they find an ally in Hector Tammuz, an idealistic young psychiatrist risking his career to treat the homeless regardless of the cost. Tensions in the city are escalating when a mysterious woman appears during a violent storm. Erotic to some, repellent to others, she never speaks; the street people call her Starr. And as she slowly transforms their lives, miracles begin to happen in a city completely unprepared for the outcome. In this extraordinary novel, Sara Paretsky gives voice to the dispossessed, to men and women struggling to bury the ghosts of the past, fighting for their lives in a world hungry for miracles, terrified of change. A magical, unforgettable story of myth and madness, hope and revelation, Ghost Country is Sara Paretsky’s most eloquent and ambitious work yet. From the Hardcover edition.
Set in the Kaw River Valley, where Paretsky grew up, Bleeding Kansas is the story of the Schapens and the Grelliers, two farm families whose histories have been entwined since the 1850s, when their ancestors settled the valley as antislavery immigrants. Today, the Schapen family, still terrified by the lawlessness of the 1970s when Lawrence was the most violent college town in the nation have turned to that old time religion for security. The Schapens keep a close eye on all their neighbors, most especially the Grelliers. They keep careful track of everyone’s misdeeds, and print the most egregious on their family website. When Gina Haring, a Wiccan, moves into a nearby empty farmhouse and starts practicing pagan rites, the Schapens are so outraged that they begin an active harassment campaign against the Wiccans. The family members worry, too, about who stands better with the Lord, they or the Grelliers. When a Schapen cow gives birth to what may be a Perfect Red Heifer needed if the Temple is ever rebuilt in Jerusalem the Schapens are convinced that God is indeed smiling on them. The pastor at their church, Salvation Bible, proclaims: We were given a miracle, a chance to make history, in Kansas. The nation and the world laugh at us. What is the matter with Kansas? liberals ask. We have a chance to say, Nothing s the matter with Kansas, generation of vipers. Everything s right with Kansas. What s the matter is, you have turned your backs on the truth of the risen Lord. Despite parental cautions, the Grelliers teenage children are enraged by the Schapens. All their short lives, they and the young Schapens have fought, first in their country elementary school and now in high school. One particularly angry confrontation causes Chip Grellier to be expelled from school and consequently to join the Army. Chip s death in Iraq is the catalyzing event for momentous, even monstrous, changes in the lives of not only the Schapens and the Grelliers but all the families in the Valley. The powerful, climactic scene at Gina Haring s Samhain bonfire will forever haunt the listener.
A revelatory exploration of the writer’s art, by the bestselling author of the V. I. Warshawski novels.
In this powerful new book, Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparalleled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today. In tracing the writer’s difficult journey from silence to speech, she turns to her childhood and youth in rural Kansas, and brilliantly evokes Chicago the city with which she has become indelibly associated from her arrival during the civil rights struggle in the mid 1960s to her most extraordinary literary creation, the south side detective V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky traces the emergence of V. I. Warshawski from the shadows of the loner detectives that stalk the mean streets of Dashiell Hammett’s and Raymond Chandler’s novels, and in the process explores American individualism, the failure of the American dream, and the resulting dystopia. Both memoir and meditation, Writing In An Age Of Silence is a compelling exploration of the writer’s art and daunting responsibility in the face of the assault on US civil liberties post 9/11.
Crime is common ground for the twenty one women writers in this extraordinary collection of contemporary mystery fiction. The voices here include professional crime solvers who take you from the mean streets of V.I. Warshawski’s Chicago in a case of music and murder…
to the California freeway where Kinsey Millhone’s beloved VW skids into a shooting…
to the gang held turf of Sharon says mum’s the word. And then there are mothers, grandmothers, battered wives, and social workers ordinary women in extraordinary situations whose voices reveal contemporary life as seen through A Woman’s Eye. From the opening tale of a girl down and out in London and what she steals from a corpse…
to the final story of a summer vacation in the Berkshires, complete with romance and sudden death…
this unique collection brings us great mystery writing that engages both our intellects and our hearts.
A diverse collection of stories of drama and suspense from writers such as Ruth Rendell, Sara Paretsky and Mary Higgins Clark. From cops to private eyes to ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, these stories feature hero*ines who face danger and solve crimes with panache.
The stories by the mystery genre’s best writers, such as Tony Hillerman, Lawrence Block, P. D James, Ruth Rendell and Ray Bradbury, are compiled into an anthology of twenty five of the year’s most suspenseful stories.
These are stories of P.I.s who keep guns in their handbags or their bras, of crime victims, homeless women, and housewives whose ordinary lives take a brutal, sometimes fatal twist. This collection brings several brilliant international authors to American readers for the first time, including Amel Benaboura, Irina Muravyova, and Helga Anderle. Mystery fans will also enjoy new works by familiar voices Sara Paretsky, Elizabeth George, Amanda Cross, Ruth Rendell, Antonia Fraser, Frances Fyfield, and many more contemporary masters.
In The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, best selling author Tony Hillerman and mystery expert Otto Penzler present an unparalleled treasury of American suspense fiction that every fan will cherish. Offering the finest examples from all reaches of the genre, this collection charts the mystery’s eminent history from the turn of the century puzzles of Futrelle, to the seminal pulp fiction of Hammett and Chandler, to the mystery story’s rise to legitimacy in the popular mind, a trend that has benefited masterly writers like Westlake, Hunter, and Grafton. Nowhere else can readers find a more thorough, more engaging, more essential distillation of American crime fiction. Penzler, BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES series editor, and Hillerman, whose Leaphorn/Chee novels have won him multiple Edgar Awards and millions of devotees, winnowed this select group out of a thousand stories, drawing on sources as diverse as ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE and ESQUIRE, COLLIER’S and THE NEW YORKER. Giants of the genre abound Raymond Chandler, Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Ellery Queen, Sara Paretsky, and others but the editors also unearthed gems by luminaries rarely found in suspense anthologies: William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Damon Runyon, Harlan Ellison, James Thurber, and Joyce Carol Oates. Mystery buffs and newcomers alike will delight in the thrilling stories and top notch writing of a hundred years’ worth of the finest suspense, crime, and mystery writing.
New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver’s enviable task? Choose the best mystery/horror detective stories from a century of work by the world’s most celebrated writers. The result is a triumph, featuring masterpieces of suspense by: Robert Bernard Robert Bloch Lawrence Block Anthony Boucher Frederic Brown James M. Cain Max Allan Collins Jeffery Deaver Stanley Ellin Harlan Ellison Erle Stanley Gardner Ed Gorman Anna Katharine Green Jeremiah Healy Patricia Highsmith Reginald Hill Tony Hillerman Evan Hunter Stephen King John Lutz John D. MacDonald Ross MacDonald Michael Malone Steve Martini Sharyn McCrumb Margaret Millar Marcia Muller Sara Paretsky Bill Pronzini Ellery Queen Ruth Rendell Lisa Scottoline Georges Simenon Mickey Spillane Rex Stout Janwillem van de Wetering Donald E. Westlake
The latest: an anniversary anthology of 25 short stories by today’s best women mystery writers: Sara Paretsky Sue Henry Sue Dunlap P.M. Carlson Rochelle Krich Linda Grant Carolyn Hart Libby Fischer Hellman Nancy Pickard Kate Grilley Medora Sale Barbara D’Amato Claire Carmichael McNab Charlotte MacLeod Annette Meyers Kate Flora Eve K. Sandstrom Patricia Sprinkle Margaret Maron Dorothy Salisbury Davis And more!
Authorized by the estate of the late Raymond Chandler, this volume reveals the missing life history and detective adventures of Philip Marlowe, one of the 20th century’s most enduring and beloved characters. Marlowe is the quintessential American detective: cynical yet idealistic; romantic yet full of despair; a gentleman capable of rough violence. The final story in the volume is Raymond Chandler’s last Marlowe adventure:The Pencil. The stories run chronologically through the career of Marlowe, from 1935 through 1960. These are classic Marlowe tales of betrayal, mistrust, and double dealing on the seamy side of Los Angeles.
Nobody does Blues like Chicago. This collection of dark stories, from today’s best Chicago crime fiction authors, captures the depths to which people sink when they run out of options. The emptiness and pain spawned by greed. The violence or occasionally, the bittersweet redemption that springs from a broken heart.
The writers who live and breathe in Chicago make Chicago live and breathe in this stunning collection. Contributors include Sara Paretsky, Stuart Kaminsky, Barbara D’Amato, Max Allan Collins, Marcus Sakey, Sean Chercover, Michael Black, JA Konrath, Libby Fischer Hellmann, and others. With an introduction by Rick Kogan.