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Books About Mystery Fiction

A Few Classic Mysteries

Selected Mystery Novels

Mysteries by Well-Known Authors

Kindle Editions

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Mystery Story Anthologies
Winter's Crimes series

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Akashic Noir Mystery Stories

"To preserve the truth, we need mysteries."
— Andrei Tarkovsky

Best Mystery Stories Page
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Best Detective StoriesBest Regional Detective Stories

'Books on Noir Film' Page
Mystery & Thriller ebooks catalog at Amazon
Hardboiled Mystery catalog at Amazon

Edgar Awards for Best First Mystery Novel [est. 1946]

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's 150 Essential Mystery Novels Page

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Films Noir Festival Pages

Great Detectives book edited by Otto Penzler  "The Great Detectives: The World's Most Celebrated Sleuths Unmasked By Their Authors" [1978]
Edited by Otto Penzler

includes Foreword by Otto Penzler; Roderick Alleyn by Ngaio Marsh; John Appleby by Michael Innes; Lew Archer by Ross Macdonald; Father Bredder by Leonard Holton; Flash Casey by George Harmon Coxe; Pierre Chambrun by Hugh Pentecost; Inspector Cockrill by Christianna Brand; Captain José Da Silva by Robert L. Fish; Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene; The 87th Precinct by Ed McBain; Fred Fellows by Hillary Waugh; Inspector Ghote by H.R.F. Keating; Matt Helm by Donald Hamilton; Duncan Maclain by Baynard H. Kendrick; Mark McPherson by Vera Caspary; Lt. Luis Mendoza by Dell Shannon; Mr. & Mrs. North by Richard Lockridge; Patrick Petrella by Michael Gilbert; Supt. Pibble by Peter Dickinson; Quiller by Adam Hall; Inspector Schmidt by George Bagby; The Shadow by Maxwell Grant; Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday; Virgil Tibbs by John Ball; Dick Tracy by Chester Gould; and Inspector Van der Valk by Nicolas Freeling
Kindle Edition from Mysterious Press [8/2012] for $7.69
Penguin mass pb [8/79] out of print/used
Little, Brown & Co. 8¼x5¾ hardcover [3/78] out of print/many used

Murder By Category  "Murder By Category: A Subject Guide To Mystery Fiction" [1991]
by Tasha Mackler

covers 1800 mysteries in 90 categories, emphasis on post-1985 works
Scarecrow Press 8¾x5½ pb [11/91] out of print/used
Blues Detective  "The Blues Detective: A Study of African American Detective Fiction" [1996]
by Stephen F. Soitos

Univ MA Press 9½x6 pb [2/96] for $24.95
Univ MA Press 9½x6½ hardcover [2/96] out of print/used
Nancy Drew & Company book edited by Sherrie A. Inness  "Nancy Drew and Company: Culture, Gender & Girls' Series" [1997]
Edited by Sherrie A. Inness

Chapters/topics include: Anne of Green Gables, the Isabel Carleton series, early twentieth-century girls’ automobile series, girls’ scouting novels (1910–1935), Cherry Ames in World War II, Nancy Drew & Judy Bolton
Popular Press 8¾x6 pb [8/97] for $15.25
Popular Press 9x6 hardcover [8/97] for $41.95
Web of Iniquity / Early Detective Fiction by American Women book by Catherine Ross Nickerson  "The Web of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction By American Women" [1999]
by Catherine Ross Nickerson

a study of detective fiction written by American women between the Civil War & World War II
Duke Univ Press 9¼x5¾ pb [2/99] for $23.95
Duke Univ Press 9½x6 hardcover [2/99] for $84.95
Art of Detective Fiction  "The Art of Detective Fiction" [19 essays; 2000]
by Warren Chernaik, Martin Swales & Robert Vilain

Palgrave Macmillan 8¾x5¾ hardcover [5/2000] for $110.00
Women of Mystery  "Women of Mystery: The Lives & Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists"
[2000] by Martha Hailey DuBose

featured women authors (half British, half American) include Margery Allingham, Lilian Jackson Braun, Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Anna Katharine Green, Patricia Highsmith, P.D. James, Emma Lathen, Ngaio Marsh, Margaret Millar, Anne Perry, Ruth Rendell, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey & Minette Walters
St Martin/Minotaur 9½x6½ hardcover [12/2000] out of print/used

Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction book edited by Martin Priestman  "The Cambridge Companion To Crime Fiction" [2003]
Edited by Martin Priestman

Topic is covered broadly and includes thriller & spy fiction
Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [2003 edition] for $17.20
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2003] for $29.32
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [12/2003] for $104.00 {sic}
Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths book by Michael G. Cornelius & Melanie E. Gregg  "Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths: Essays On The Fiction of Girl Detectives" [2008] by Michael G. Cornelius & Melanie E. Gregg
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [8/2008] for $31.50

and more on BlackHat Bookstore's Nancy Drew Mystery Series Page

The Lineup / The World's Greatest Crime Writers book edited by Otto Penzler  "The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell The Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives" [2009] Edited by Otto Penzler
The stories of the creation of their main characters from Ken Brown, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, John Connelly, Robert Crais, Jeffery Deaver, Colin Dexter, John Harvey, Stephen Hunter, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kedllerman, John Lescroart, Laura Lippman, David Morrell, Carol O'Connell, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Anne Perry, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin & Alexander McCall Smith
Little, Brown 9¼x6 hardcover [11/2009] for $17.15
Making the Detective Story American book by J.K. Van Dover  "Making The Detective Story American: Biggers, Van Dine, and Hammett and the Turning Point of The Genre, 1925-1930" [2010] by J.K. Van Dover
Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [4/2010] for $14.74
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [4/2010] for $35.00

see also the pages about Earl Derr Biggers [1884-1933], Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961],
and S.S. Van Dine [1887-1939]

Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction book edited by Catherine Ross Nickerson  "The Cambridge Companion To American Crime Fiction" [2010]
Edited by Catherine Ross Nickerson

Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [10/2012] for $24.00 {sic}
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/2010] for $26.34
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [8/2010] for $76.00 {sic}
Los Angeles Review of Books - Issue 4 book by   "Los Angeles Review of Books - Issue 4: Noir" [2012]
contains 'snappy and reckless' essays about Kent Anderson, noir master Paul Cain, Robert Crais (by Megan Abbott), James Ellroy, Richard Hallas, Andrey Kurkov’s oddball Russian crime fiction, Ross Macdonald, Georges Simenon, Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö’s Martin Beck, Richard Stark, and P.G. Sturges (by Dan Fante)
Kindle Edition from L.A.R.B. [5/2012] for 99¢ {sic}
L.A.R.B. official website
Books to Die For essays edited by John Connolly & Declan Burke  "Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels" [2012] Edited by John Connolly & Declan Burke
The 120 contributing authors include Megan Abbott, John Banville, Linda Barnes, M.C. Beaton, Rita Mae Brown, editor Burke (2), Lee Child, Max Allan Collins, Michael Connelly, editor Connolly (2), Jeffery Deaver, Denise Hamilton, John Harvey, Gar Anthony Haywood, Declan Hughes, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Lisa Lutz, Marcia Muller, Jo Nesbo, Sara Paretsky, George Pelicanos, Bill Pronzini, Ian Rankin, S.J. Rozan, Joseph Wambaugh, and Qiu Xiaolongofficial book site
Kindle Edition from S&S/Washington Square Press [10/2012] for $19.99
Atria/Emily Bestler Books 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2012] for $21.45

A Few Classic Mysteries

The Moonstone novel by Wilkie Collins  "The Moonstone" [1868 classic] by Wilkie Collins
Generally considered to be the first detective or mystery novel in the English language - fellow Edgar Allen Poe [1809-49] wrote only stories; this book has never been out of print. Originally serialized in Charles Dickens's magazine All The Year Round. On her eighteenth birthday, Rachel Verinder inherits a large yellow diamond with a dark history that is called 'The Moonstone'; on that very night, the diamond is stolen.
CreateSpace 8¾x6 pb [10/2009] for $9.95
Dover Thrift 8¼x5¼ pb [10/2002] for $4.50
Bantam Classics mass pb [9/82] out of print/many used
Everyman's Library 8¼x5¼ hardcover [12/92] for $15.66
book entry at Wikipedia

'The Moonstone' 1934 feature film from Monogram Pictures  "The Moonstone" feature film [Monogram Pictures Aug 1934]
When a fabled gemstone is stolen at a dark old mansion, Inspector Irwin of Scotland Yard must determine which of the many aristocrats present is the thief. Directed by Reginald Barker; adapted by Adele S. Buffington; starring David Manners, Phyllis Barry, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Jameson Thomas, Herbert Bunston, Charles Irwin, Elspeth Dudgeon, John Davidson, Claude King & Evalyn Bostock
Reel Classics Films b&w DVD [12/2008] for $12.95
Synergy Ent. b&w DVD [5/2007] for $9.95
Alpha Video b&w DVD [7/2003] for $4.72 {sic} NOTE: 47-minute version of 62-minute film (per reviewer); added 'bonus': inept transfer of "Murder At Midnight" [1931]
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
'The Moonstone' 1972 TV series on BBC & PBS  
"The Moonstone" TV miniseries [B.B.C./P.B.S. UK Jan 1972, USA Dec 1972]
Five episodes directed by Paddy Russell; script by Hugh Leonard; starring Robin Ellis, Vivien Heilbron, Anna Cropper, Martin Jarvis, Maureen Morris, Madhav Sharma, Kathleen Byron & Basil Dignam
Acorn Media color DVD [8/2006] 2 disks for $35.99
full credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia {empty}
'The Moonstone' 1997 TV series on BBC & PBS  "The Moonstone" TV movie [B.B.C./P.B.S. Nov 1997]
112-minute telefilm directed by Robert Bierman; adapted by Kevin Elyot; starring Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes, Terrence Hardiman, Mellan Mitchell, Peter Vaughan, Patricia Hodge, Rachel Lumberg, Nicholas Lane, Lesley Sharp, Scott Handy & Kacey Ainsworth
WGBH-TV Boston color DVD [11/2005] out of prodn/used
Anchor Bay color VHS [12/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

No Good From A Corpse noir mystery novel by Leigh Brackett  "No Good From A Corpse" [1944 classic] by Leigh Brackett
After reading Brackett's first novel, director Howard Hawks hired 'that Brackett guy', and was surprised that the author was a woman. Hard-boiled private eye Ed Clive gets involved with the family of a murdered girl; suspects include all of her many boyfriends, an ex-husband, a blackmailer, a brute, and a woman; the long chase sequence along Sunset Strip is a doozy!
BlackMask/Munsey's pb [7/2004] for $13.16
earlier edition includes Introduction by Ray Bradbury, Brackett's eight pulp crime short stories & Afterword by Michael Connelly
Dennis McMillan Publns 9½x6¾ hardcover [4/99] out of print/used

Asphalt Jungle novel by W.R. Burnett  "The Asphalt Jungle" [Knopf 1949] by W.R. Burnett [1899-1982]
Just out of prison, a legendary criminal recruits a safecracker, a driver, a financial backer, and a strong-arm man for a million-dollar burglary. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness.
Prion Books 7½x5 pb [9/99] out of print/used
Wm. Morrow pb [4/84] out of print/used
Friends of Eddie Coyle novel by George V. Higgins  "The Friends of Eddie Coyle: A Novel" [1970] by George V. Higgins
"I think 'Friends of Eddie Coyle' is the best crime book ever written." — Elmore Leonard
Picador 40th Anniversary Edition 8x5½ pb [4/2010] for $9.45
Owl 8¼x5½ pb [9/2000] for $10.40
Knopf hardcover [1/72] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio [10/90] for $27.36
book entry at Wikipedia
Friends of Eddie Coyle poster  "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" feature film [Paramount June 1973]
Directed by Peter Yates, written & produced by Paul Monash; starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Alex Rocco & Steven Keats
Criterion widescreen color DVD [5/2009] for $27.49
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Library of America American Noir Novels 30s-40s  "Library of America Crime Novels: American Noir of The 1930s & 40s" [1997]
Edited by Robert Polito

includes James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" [1934]; Horace McCoy's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" [1935]; Edward Anderson's "Thieves Like Us" [1937]; Kenneth Fearing's "The Big Clock" [1946]; William Lindsay Gresham's "Nightmare Alley" [1946]; and Cornell Woolrich's "I Married A Dead Man" [1948]
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [9/97] for $24.50
Library of America American Noir Novels 50s  "Library of America Crime Novels: American Noir of The 1950s" [1997]
Edited by Robert Polito

includes Jim Thompson's "The Killer Inside Me" [1952]; Patricia Highsmith's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" [1955]; Charles Willeford's "Pick-up" [1955]; David Goodis's "Down There" [1956]; and Chester Himes's "The Real Cool Killers" [1959]
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [9/97] for $24.50

Selected Mystery Novels

Murder in Las Vegas pulp novel by Jack Waer  "Murder In Las Vegas" [1955] by Jack Waer
"The gambling mob deals death"
Avon Books mass pb [1955] out of print/used
Avon Books mass pb [1955] out of print/used
Avon Books mass pb [1955] out of print/used
Dreaming of Babylon novel by Richard Brautigan  "Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel, 1942" [1977]
by Richard Brautigan [1935-84]

A goofball, down-and-out private eye in New Orleans fantasizes a better life.
Delacorte Press pb [10/78] out of print/used
Delacorte Press hardcover [1/77] out of print/many used
Jonathan Cape hardcover [4/78] out of print/used
Laurel and Hardy Murders mystery novel by Marvin Kaye  "The Laurel and Hardy Murders: [1977]
by Marvin Kaye (one-time president of Sons of The Desert)

After learning that women are not allowed to belong to the Laurel & Hardy fan society 'Sons of The Desert', amateur sleuth Hilary Quayle sneaks into their convention in time to witness an onstage murder.
Wildside Press 9x6 pb [6/2001] for $14.95
J. Curley hardcover [5/79] out of print/used
Three Noir Novels of Suspense by Richard Matheson  "Noir: Three Novels of Suspense" [1988] by Richard Matheson
includes "Someone Is Bleeding" [1953], "Fury On Sunday" [1953], and "Ride The Nightmare" [1959]
Forge 8¼x5¼ pb [9/2005] for $11.66
Forge 8¼x5½ hardcover [9/2005] for $21.24
Stone City mystery novel by Mitchell Smith  Stone City: A Novel [1990] by Mitchell Smith
A former history professor, jailed for killing a girl in a drunken driving accident, is pressured by the prison authorities and by the inmate kingpin to find out who murdered two inmates. Reviewed as a gripping mystery, as an insightful view inside the walls of modern prisons, as well as a metaphor for the dangers and corruptions of American society.
Busted Flush Press pb [4/2009] out of print/used
Signet mass pb [4/91] out of print/many used
S&S hardcover [4/90] out of print/many, many used
Graveyard for Lunatics novel by Ray Bradbury  
"A Graveyard For Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities" [1990]
by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

An all-night party in a Hollywood cemetery next door to a movie studio turns deadly . . .
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [6/2001] for $11.38
Knopf 8½x5¼ hardcover [7/90] out of print/100+ used
Berlin Noir mystery novels by Philip Kerr  "Berlin Noir: Three Complete Novels" [1994] by Philip Kerr
Policeman Bernie Gunther solves three murder mysteries in Berlin before & after World War II.
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [4/94] for $12.24
Pulp mystery novel by Charles Bukowski  "Pulp" [1994] by Charles Bukowski
Los Angeles PI Nicky Belane in a darker-than-noir celebration and parody of the hard-boiled detective novel, by Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski [1920-94]
Black Sparrow 9x6 pb [5/94] for $10.50
Black Sparrow hardcover [5/94] out of print/used
Devil's Garden novel by Ace Atkins  "Devil's Garden" [2009] by Ace Atkins
Pinkerton agent (and future noir master) Dashiell Hammett was indeed hired by the defense team in the notorious San Francisco manslaughter trials of silent screen star Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. From this seed of fact, Atkins weaves together the lives of Hollywood luminaries such as Arbuckle, his estranged wife Minta Durfee, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and Hearst's very public mistress Marion Davies.
Berkley Trade 8¼x5½ pb [3/2010] for $11.70
Putnam 9x6 hardcover [4/2009] out of print/used

By the Balls Complete Collection by Jim Pascoe, Tom Fassbender & Paul Pope  "By The Balls: The Complete Collection" [2013]
by Jim Pascoe & Tom Fassbender, Illustrated by Paul Pope

includes Pascoe & Fassbender's 1998 noir novel about cigar-smoking, bourbon-drinking, Fifties detective throwback Ben Drake, a second novel, and five short stories; also tales from their publishing venture, UglyTown
Kindle Edition from Akashic Books [4/2013] for $9.99
Akashic Books 8¼x5¼ pb [4/2013] for $12.15

Mysteries by Well-Known Authors

The Red House Mystery novel by A.A. Milne  "The Red House Mystery" [1922] by A.A. Milne [1882-1956]
Mark Ablett's house party goes well until his brother Robert returns from Australia and joins the festivities. Shortly after Robert's arrival, he is found dead, and Mark disappears. Tony Gillingham is the stranger who decides to investigate, and what follows is a witty whodunit, the only murder mystery that Milne ever wrote.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
Dell mass pb [7/87] out of print/90+ used
Serenity Publrs 9x6 pb [10/2009] for $5.99
North Books 8½x5¾ hardcover [6/2005] for $23.49
E.P. Dutton hardcover [5/70] out of print/used
Knight's Gambit by William Faulkner  
"Knight's Gambit: Six Mystery Stories" [1949] by William Faulkner
six tales by Wm. Faulkner [1897-1962] starring Gavin Stevens: "Smoke" [1932]; "Monk" [1937]; "Hand Upon The Waters" [1939]; "Tomorrow" [1940]; "An Error In Chemistry" [1946]; and "Knight’s Gambit" [1949]
Vintage pb [12/78] for $8.25
Random House hardcover [6/49] out of print/used
The Eighth Day novel by Thornton Wilder  "The Eighth Day: A Novel" [1967 bestseller] by Thornton Wilder
Won the National Book Award, both a murder mystery and a philosophical story. Two families in a mining town in southern Illinois are blasted apart by the apparent murder of one father by the other; the accused killer miraculously escapes on the eve of his execution and his flight to freedom alters the fate of both men's wives and children.
Harper Perennial 7¾x5¼ pb [1/2007] for $11.48
Amereon Ltd. 9x6¼ hardcover [12/98] out of print/used
Harper & Row 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1967] out of print/many, many used

Complete Mysteries of Edgar Box {back cover} by Gore Vidal  "Three By Box: The Complete Mysteries of Edgar Box" [1978]
written by Gore Vidal [1925-2012] under the pseudonym Edgar Box

includes "Death In The Fifth Position" [1952], "Death Before Bedtime" [1953], and
"Death Likes It Hot" [1954]

Random House hardcover [8/78] out of print/used
The Great Detectives collection by Julian Symons  "The Great Detectives: Seven Original Investigations" [1981]
by Julian Symons, Illustrated by Tom Adams

Orbis 10¾x8¾ hardcover [1981] out of print/used
Seven slightly-interlinked original short stories from prolific author Symons, featuring elderly Sherlock Holmes (with a young Miss Marple), Nero Wolfe, Hercules Poirot, Philip Marlowe, Jules Maigret (with Poirot), Ellery Queen, and Miss Jane Marple
Death and the Good Life mystery novel by poet Richard Hugo  "Death and The Good Life: A Murder Mystery" [1981]
by American poet Richard Hugo [1923-82]

A retired Seattle homicide cop seeks a quieter life and takes a sheriff's deputy job in a small Montana town; but very soon he is dealing with the axe-murders of two local residents . . .
Caxton Press 8½x5½ pb [9/91] for $12.56
Clark City Press 8¾x5¾ pb [9/91] out of print/40+ used
St. Martin's Press 8¼x5¼ hardcover [1981] out of print/60+ used
Murder Me! mystery novel by Max Brand  "Murder Me!" [magazine serial 1937; book 1995] by Max Brand
A 1937 police procedural by Western author Max Brand [1892-1944] finally published in book form. New York police detectives Campbell and O'Rourke investigate the apparent suicide of a millionaire philanthropist who was about to be accused of bribery and corruption.
St. Martin's Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [11/95] out of print/many used
The Ghost Wagon & Other Adventures mystery stories by Max Brand  "The Ghost Wagon and Other Great Western Adventures" [1996]
by Max Brand, edited by Jon Tuska

Four mystery tales set in the Old West by Western author Max Brand [1892-1944]: "A Matter of Honor" [1921 novella]; "The Ghost Wagon" [1921 novella]; "Rodeo Ranch" [1923 novella]; and "Slip Liddell" [1938 novella]
Univ NE Press hardcover [1/96] out of print/used
Vicious Circle Mystery & Crime Stories by the Algonquin Round Table  "The Vicious Circle: Mystery & Crime Stories By Members of The Algonquin Round Table" [12 stories 2007] Edited by Otto Penzler
featuring Robert Benchley {the wickedly absurd "The Mystery of The Poisoned Kipper"}; Marc Connelly {"Coroner's Inquest"}; Edna Ferber {"The Man Who Came Back"}; George S. Kaufman ("The Great Warburton Mystery") with Howard Dietz; Ring Lardner {"Haircut", "Stop Me, If You've Heard This One"}; Dorothy Parker {"The Big Blonde"}; S.J. Perelman {"Up The Close and Down The Stair", "Four-and-Twenty Blackjacks", the laugh-out-loud PI parody "Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer"}; and Alexander Woollcott {"Moonlight Sonata", "Rien Ne Va Plus"}
Pegasus Books 8x5¼ pb [1/2009] for $11.16
Pegasus Books 8¼x5¾ hardcover [12/2007] for $18.25

Inherent Vice detective novel by Thomas Pynchon  "Inherent Vice: A Novel" [New York Times bestseller 2009]
by Thomas Pynchon

"Part noir, part psychedelic romp." Southern California private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to find himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives & passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, fellow dopers, rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.
Penguin pb [7/2010] for $10.88
Penguin Press 9x6½ hardcover [8/2009] for $18.45
book entry at Wikipedia
tentative poster for 'Inherent Vice' 2014 movie  "Inherent Vice" [Warner Bros. Dec 2014]
Gordita Beach is where the low-rent scum of Los Angeles live and work, while the moneyed scum live and work in Hollywood. Co-produced, adapted & directed by Paul Thomas Anderson; starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse, Owen Wilson, Wilson Bethel, Maya Rudolph, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Eric Roberts, Sam Jaeger, Jillian Bell, Katherine Waterston, Yvette Yates, Martin Donovan & Jeannie Berlin
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch 10/2014 official trailer [2:35] at YouTube

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Classic Mystery Collection in Kindle format  "Classic Mystery Collection: Crime, Suspense, Detective Fiction" for Kindle [2007]
This is another early Kindle Edition ebook that simply disappeared from Amazon; very similar replacement just below, circa 2011.
100+ works by authors including E.C. Bentley, John Buchan, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Honore de Balzac, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Anna Katharine Green, Gaston Leroux, A.A. Milne, Edgar Allan Poe, Sax Rohmer, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rex Stout
Best Detective Fiction in Kindle format  "The Best of Detective Fiction" for Kindle [2007]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [undated] for $3.99
contains four novels & 14 stories: "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" [12 stories; 1892] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; "The Clue of The Twisted Candle" [1918] by Edgar Wallace; "The Moon- stone" [1868] by Wilkie Collins; "The Murders In The Rue Morgue" [1841 story] by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Mystery of The Hasty Arrow" [1917] by Anna Katharine Green; "The Purloined Letter" [1844 story] by Edgar Allan Poe; and "The Riddle of The Frozen Flame" [1920] by Mary E. & Thomas W. Hanshaw

Dashiell Hammett Collection in Kindle format  "Dashiell Hammett Collection" for Kindle [2008]
Kindle Edition from Pulp Fiction Portal - no longer available from Amazon (2013)
contains 17 short stories: "Afraid of A Gun" (1924), "Arson Plus" (1923), "The Assistant Murderer" (1926), "The Bodies Piled Up" (1923), "The Man Who Killed Dan Odams" (1949), "Mike, Alec or Rufus" (1925), "Nightmare Town" (1924), "The Road Home" (1922), "Ruffian's Wife" (1925), "The Second Story Angel" (1923); six are Continental Op tales: "Death On Pine Street" (1945), "Night Shots" (1924), "One Hour" (1944), "The Tenth Clew" (1924), "Who Killed Bob Teal?" (1924) & "Zigzags of Treachery" (1924)
Sherlock Holmes Complete Collection in Kindle format  
"The Complete Sherlock Holmes Stories" for Kindle [2008]
contains the four Sherlock Holmes novels [1887-1914] and all 56 Sherlock Holmes
short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Kindle Edition from ignacio hills press [12/2011] for $9.50
Greatest Mystery Collection Volume 2 for Kindle  "Greatest Mystery Collection, Volume 2 (69 books)" for Kindle [2009]
STRANGE: the Amazon listing shows 75 books, and there seems to be no Volume 1
contains novels & stories books by Earl Derr Biggers (2), Wilkie Collins (41), Laura Dent Crane (4), Anna Katharine Green (25), and John T. McIntyre (3)
Kindle Edition from H&H Books [10/2009] for 99¢

Masters of Noir Volume 1 for Kindle  "Masters of Noir: Volume One" for Kindle [9 stories; 2010]
contains nine stories: "Identity Unknown" by Jonathan Craig, "The Girl Behind The Hedge" by Mickey Spillane, "Carrera's Woman" by Ed McBain writing as Richard Marsten, "Butcher" by Richard S. Prather, "Look Death In The Eye" by Lawrence Block, "On A Sunday Afternoon" by Gil Brewer, "Frame" by Frank Kane, "Double" by Bruno Fischer, and "As I Lie Dead" by Fletcher Flora
Kindle Edition from Wonder Publng Group [7/2010] for $4.99
Masters of Noir Volume 2 for Kindle  "Masters of Noir: Volume Two" for Kindle [10 stories; 2010]
contains ten stories: "Green Eyes" by Hal Ellson, "Big Steal" by Frank Kane, "Necktie Party" by Robert Turner, "The Purple Collar" by Jonathan Craig, "I Don't Fool Around" by Charles Jackson, "Nice Bunch of Guys" by Michael Fessier, "Flowers To The Fair" by Craig Rice, "Die Like A Dog" by David Alexander, "Build Another Coffin" by Harold Q. Masur, and "Somebody's Going To Die" by Talmage Powell
Kindle Edition from Wonder Publng Group [7/2010] for $4.99
Masters of Noir Volume 3 for Kindle  "Masters of Noir: Volume Three" for Kindle [10 stories; 2010]
contains ten stories: "The Killers" by John D. MacDonald, "Attack" by Ed McBain, "Just Window Shopping" by Lawrence Block, "Six Fingers" by Hal Ellson, "Stranger In The House" by Theodore Pratt, "May I Come In?" by Fletcher Flora, "Cop For A Day" by Henry Slesar, "Precise Moment" by Henry Kane, "Graveyard Shift" by Steve Frazee, and "Bait For The Red-Head" by Eugene Pawley
Kindle Edition from Wonder Publng Group [8/2010] for $4.99
Classic Mystery Collection in Kindle format  "The Classic Mystery Collection: 100+ Books and Stories (Illustrated)" [2010]
works by authors E.C. Bentley ("Trent's Last Case"); John Buchan ("The Thirty-Nine Steps"); Egerton Castle; G.K. Chesterton (4); Erskine Childers; Agatha Christie (2); Wilkie Collins (5); Honore de Balzac; Charles Dickens ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood"); Arthur Conan Doyle (10); Jacques Futrelle; Anna Katharine Green (6); Arthur Griffiths; Thomas Hardy; Marie Belloc Lowndes; A.A. Milne ("The Red House Mystery"); Edgar Allan Poe (3); Ernest Robertson Punshon; Mary Roberts Rinehart (6); Sax Rohmer (4); Robert Louis Stevenson; and Rex Stout ("Under the Andes")
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [8/2010] for $2.99 {sic}

First Mystery Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The First Mystery Megapack®: 25 Modern and Classic Mystery Tales By Masters" [2011]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [4/2011] for 99¢ {sic}
short works by authors Skadi Meic Beorh, Christopher B. Booth, Nora Charles, G.K. Chesterton ('The Blue Cross'), Carla Coupe, G.F. Forrest, Barb Goffman, Anna Katherine Green, William Hope Hodgson, E.W. Hornung, Toni L.P. Kelner, C. Ellett Logan, Johnston McCulley (3), E.S. Pladwell, Seabury Quinn, Sax Rohmer ('The Daughter of Huang Chow'), Darrell Schweitzer, Jacqueline Seewald, John D. Swain, Marcia Talley, Art Taylor, Eric Taylor, and Elaine Viets
4 Early Detective Tales by Johnston McCulley for Kindle  "Original Detectives: 4 Early Detective Tales" [2012]
by Johnston McCulley [1883-1958]

Kindle Edition from Peril Press [4/2012] for $2.99 {sic}
includes "Richard Hughes, Railroad Detective: Case No. V – The Man On The Pilot Engine and The Battle At The Switch" from The Railroad Man's Magazine September 1908; "An Original Revolution" from Blue Book Magazine October 1909; "Sanded In San Diego" novella from Top-Notch Magazine 30 July 1914; and "Without The Blue" from Argosy Magazine 9 February 1918
Murder Trail: 4 Detective Stories by Johnston McCulley for Kindle  "Murder Trail: 4 Detective Stories (Illustrated)" [2012]
by Johnston McCulley [1883-1958]

Kindle Edition from Peril Press [4/2012] for $2.99 {sic}
includes "Tragedy Trail: A Terry Trimble Murder Mystery" novelette from Detective Story Magazine 5 August 1919; "The Stolen Story" from Detective Story Magazine 18 November 1919; "Murder Note: A Green Ghost Novelette" from Thrilling Detective Magazine January 1935; and "Murder Limited: A Complete Novelette of A Baffling Railroad Mystery" from Exciting Detective Magazine Fall 1940; also includes the illustrations from the stories, plus all four magazine covers
G.K. Chesterton Collection in Kindle format  "The Works of Gilbert Keith Chesterton" for Kindle [2012]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [5/2012] for $1.99
All of G.K. Chesterton's public domain works, and more, including: "The Innocence of Father Brown" [stories 1911], "Wisdom of Father Brown" [stories 1914], and "Uncollected Stories of Father Brown" with index of all three and the original illustrations; five novels, with illustrations; three short story collections, with index; three poetry collections, with index; stageplays "Magic' [1913] and "The Turkey and The Turk" [1925]; 25 non-fiction books, each with index; uncollected essays, with rare articles by Chesterton; four critical books and other essays; and an image gallery including stills from motion pictures
Noir Masters Triple Threat Treasury in Kindle format from Wonder eBooks  
"Noir Masters Triple Threat Treasury" for Kindle [2012]
Kindle Edition from Wonder eBooks [9/2012] for $4.99
"21 exciting stories of crime and noir" Three stories each from seven Pulp-Era authors: Art Crockett, Hal Ellson, Edward D. Hoch, Frank Kane, Ed Lacy, Richard S. Prather, and Bryce Walton
The Victorian Mystery Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Victorian Mystery Megapack™: 27 Classic Mystery Tales" for Kindle [2012]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [11/2012] for 99¢ {sic}
contains 25 mystery short stories and two 'bonus' novels from the Victorian Era, a genre that extended into the Edwardian Era and to World War I: the authors are Grant Allen, John Kendrick Bangs (2), Robert Barr (2), M. McDonnell Bodkin, J.P. Buschlen, G.K. Chesterton & Max Pemberton, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens ('Three Detective Anecdotes'), Dick Donovan, Jacques Futrelle, W.S. Gilbert, Susan Glaspell, Anna Katharine Green (2), Rudyard Kipling ('The Return of Imray'), R.C. Lehmann, Jack London, Arthur Morrison, Catherine Louisa Pirkis, Edgar Allan Poe ('The Purloined Letter'), H. Greenhough Smith, and Israel Zangwill (2) — plus "The Moonstone" [1868 novel] by Wilkie Collins [1824-89] in 5 parts, and "The Hound of The Baskervilles" Sherlock Holmes novel [1902] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930] in 2 parts

Classic Mystery Collection in Kindle format from Waxkeep Publishing  "The Classic Mystery Collection: 30 Novels and 74 Short Stories" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Waxkeep Publng [8/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
authors include John Buchan (2); G.K. Chesterton (24 stories, 2 novels); Wilkie Collins (5); Joseph Conrad ("The Secret Agent"); Honore de Balzac; Charles Dickens (2); Arthur Conan Doyle (42 stories, 4 novels); J.S. Fletcher (6); Anna Katharine Green (7); and Edgar Allan Poe (5)
Second Mystery Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Second Mystery Megapack: 25 Modern & Classic Mystery Stories" for Kindle [2014]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [3/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
25 short stories from authors: (editor) John Gregory Betancourt, Ambrose Bierce ('A Bottomless Grave'), Chris-topher B. Booth, J. Alston Cooper ('Dr. Watson's Wedding Present'), Ray Cummings, C.A. Freeburn, John L. French, James C. Glass, Ron Goulart, John Gregory, Michael Hemmingson, David H. Keller, Rudyard Kipling ('The Sending of Dana Da'), Arlette Lees, Jean Lorrah, Leon Mearson, Meg Opperman, Emil Petaja, Robert Reginald, Mack Reynolds, Gene D. Robinson, Harold F. Sorensen, Fergus Truslow, Robert Turner, and Eugene Francois Vidocq

Noir Mystery Megapack™ in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Noir Mystery Megapack™: 25 Modern and Classic Mysteries" for Kindle [2015]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [1/2015] for 99¢ {sic}
25 short stories from authors: Elroy Arno, Robert L. Bellem, John L. Benton, Lucille Cali, Bruno Fischer, John L. French, Jack Halliday (3), Leo Hoban, Carl G. Hodges, Dennis Layton, J. Lane Linklater, Gary Lovisi (2), Glenn Low, Joseph J. Millard, David M. Norman, H. Wolff Salz (2), Walt Sheldon, Emile C. Tepperman, Fergus Truslow, Robert Turner, and Chester Whitehorn
Second Victorian Mystery Megapack™ in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Second Victorian Mystery Megapack™: 38 Classic Mysteries" for Kindle [2015]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [3/2015] for 99¢ {sic}
36 short stories and 2 novels by 15 authors: Robert Barr ('The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs', 1892 and 8 stories about detective Eugène Valmont, 1906); Guy Boothby; Wilkie Collins ('The Dream Woman', 1894); Richard Harding Davis ("The Red Cross Girl" novel in 2 parts, 1912); Mary Fortune; Augusta Groner (3 stories about Austrian detective Josef Muller, circa 1900); William Holt-White ("The Crime Club" novel in 2 parts, 1910); E.W. Hornung; Rudyard Kipling ('In The House of Suddhoo', 1886); Andrew Lang (twelve 'Disentanglers' stories, 1902); L.T. Meade & Robert Eustace; Arthur Morrison; Robert Louis Stevenson (4 stories from 'New Arabian Nights', 1882); and Israel Zangwill
Hardboiled Mystery Megapack® in Kindle format from Wildside Press  
"The Hardboiled Mystery Megapack®: 4 Classic Crime Novels" for Kindle [2015]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [5/2015] for 99¢ {sic}
four complete novels: "The Hollow Man" [1954] by John Roeburt; "Model For Murder" [1955] by Stephen Marlowe; "Blonde Bait" [1959] by Ed Lacy; and "Beauty Can Kill" [1962] by Michael McCretton

'Detective Stories 38 Books' in Kindle format from Titan Read  "Detective Stories: 38 Books" for Kindle [2015]
620-page Kindle Edition from Titan Read [10/2015] for $2.99 {sic}
3 books by Wilkie Collins: "The Dead Secret", "The Moonstone", "The Woman In White"; 8 books by Arthur Conan Doyle: "A Study In Scarlet", "His Last Bow", "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "The Hound of The Baskervilles", "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", "The Sign of The Four", "The Valley of Fear"; 2 books by R. Austin Freeman: "John Thorndyke's Cases", "The Mystery of 31 New Inn"; 6 books by Anna Katharine Green: "A Strange Disappearance", "The Circular Study", "The Leavenworth Case", "Lost Man's Lane", "The Mystery of The Hasty Arrow", "That Affair Next Door"; 3 books by Arthur J. Rees: "The Hand In The Dark", "The Moon Rock", "The Shrieking Pit"; 13 books by Arthur B. Reeve: "Constance Dunlap", "Guy Garrick", "The Dream Doctor", "The Ear In The Wall", "The Exploits of Elaine", "The Film Mystery", "The Gold of The Gods", "The Poisoned Pen", "The Romance of Elaine", "The Silent Bullet", "The Social Gangster", "The Treasure-Train", "The War Terror"; and 3 books by Louis Tracy: "The Albert Gate Mystery", "The Postmaster's Daughter", "The Silent Barrier"

Third Mystery Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Third Mystery Megapack®: 26 Modern and Classic Mysteries" for Kindle [2016]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [2/2016] for 99¢ {sic}
26 short stories by authors: H.C. Bailey, Jack London Berkebile, Earl Derr Biggers ('The Ebony Stick'), Ernest Bramah, Edgar Rice Burroughs ('Who Murdered Mr. Thomas? A Puzzle Story'), Wilkie Collins ('The Biter Bit'), George Harmon Coxe, Norman A. Daniels, George Allan England, Janet Fox, Harold Gluck, William Hope Hodgson, James Holding, W.W. Jacobs, Rufus King (3), Maurice LeBlanc, Arlette Lees, Joseph J. Millard, Melville Davisson Post, E. Hoffmann Price & Ralph Milne Farley, Pauline Tyson Stephens, John R. Watson & Arthur J. Rees, Fred M. White, and Leroy Yerxa
'Hard-Boiled Dicks' stories in Kindle format by R. Archer  
"Hard-Boiled Dicks" stories for Kindle [2016] by R. Archer

9 original stories of further adventures of pulp detectives Mike Barnett, Johnny Dollar, Sam Hill, Martin Kane, Detective Sgt. Hank Law, the Phantom Detective, Jeff Regan, Mike Shayne, and Harvey Valentine
99-page Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2016] for $2.99
'The World's Smartest Detectives' stories in Kindle format  "The World's Smartest Detectives" anthology for Kindle [2016] Edited by Otto Penzler
Kindle Edition from Mysterious Press/Open Road [6/2016] for $2.51
anthology of 40 stories in four books: "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" [1892], 12 stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1859–1930]; "Martin Hewitt, Investigator" [1894], 7 stories by Arthur Morrison [1863-1945]; "The Thinking Machine" [1907], 9 stories featuring Prof. S.F.X. Van Dusen by Jacques Futrelle [1875-1912]; and "The Old Man In The Corner" [1908], 12 stories by Baroness Orczy [1865-1947]
Classic Mystery Novel Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Classic Mystery Novel Megapack®: 4 Great Mystery Novels" for Kindle [2016]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [9/2016] for 99¢ {sic}
includes four mystery novels by three authors: Dorothy Cameron Disney [1903-92] ("Death In The Back Seat", 1936); James Hay, Jr. [1881-1936] ("The Winning Clue", 1919 and "No Clue", 1923); and Stephen McKenna [1888-1967] ("The Sixth Sense", 1915)
100 Mystery Stories anthology in Kindle format  "100 Mystery Stories" anthology for Kindle [2017]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2017] for $1.99
Table of Contents lists: 10 stories by Robert Barr, 22 stories by Dick Donovan, 14 stories by R. Austin Freeman, 13 stories & one novel by Jacques Futrelle, 25 stories by Arthur Morrison, and 12 stories by Rodrigues Ottolengui {which adds up to 96 plus 1 novel)

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