Four tales from Lawrence Block’s early days, living on the border between sleaze and crime: south-o-the-border short novel Border Lust, two short stories, and the detective novella “Stag Party Girl.”
“He got on the Trailways bus in Galbraith, North Dakota, booked all the way through to Spokane. But the Help Wanted sign at the diner in Cross Creek was calling his name.”
Scott Henderson is on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. The one person whose testimony can clear him? A woman nobody, not even Henderson, remembers.
Kid hitchhiker Danny was making his big break for Mexico when the kindly old man giving him a lift is murdered. Danny sets out on the lam, trapped by circumstantial evidence.
A new work collecting seventeen of James M. Cain’s short stories, including “The Baby in the Icebox,” “Brush Fire,” “Coal Black,” “Career in C Major,” and “The Embezzler.”
When a young woman is killed in a small desert town, the only person not yet ready to condemn her ex-wife is the plucky journalist Mitch Gorman.
When Laurel Dane is murdered, and facing police suspicions of his involvement. P.I. Ed Clive sets out in search of vengeance to find her killer and clear his name.
Starlet Kitten Agnew will land the role of her dreams or die aboard a transcontinental train; the choice comes down to Viv Spender, twisted Hollywood director and her onetime lover.
Teenager Paula Haller makes the mistake of falling in love with a dangerous gangster twice her age, when small-town melodrama, noir, and western converge.
P.I. Mort Hagen is hired to tail a cheating wife, only to discover it’s his ex. But before he can quit this job, she winds up dead… with Mort the prime suspect in her murder.
Henry answers his door and is beaten to a pulp by a stranger, gets fired from his job, is framed for attempted murder, and his idyllic life plunges into a nightmarish hell.