Eight Faces at Three, by Craig Rice

Staff Pick

One corpse, one open window, three stab wounds, and every clock stopped at three. There's also just one suspect--beautiful heiress Holly Inglehart. No one is upset that evil aunt Alexandria bought it, so it would be nice to keep Holly out of jail. Craig Rice's delightful 1939 mystery combines a twisted brain-teaser with the rat-tat-tat pace and snappy dialogue of It Happened One Night. The crazy cast of characters also imbibe enough booze to float the Titanic. A delicious whodunnit for those who like to solve cases wearing blue silk pajamas and sipping an ice-cold G&T.


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By Craig Rice, Lisa Lutz (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781613162194
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Published: American Mystery Classics - August 3rd, 2021

The Looking Glass War, by John le Carre

Staff Pick

Le Carré's fiction is known for its realism and unromantic view of espionage, and The Looking Glass War represents this in the extreme. The novel is a bone-dry satirical thriller centering on a bygone British military intelligence agency that has been resting on its World War II laurels for twenty years. When a flimsy piece of information comes their way, the department goes to increasingly absurd lengths to verify it and reclaim their former glory. Keenly aware of his characters' psychological makeup, le Carré methodically outlines the murkiness of spys' motivations and the fruitless, misguided nature of their work. The Looking Glass War is a chilling study in escalating paranoia and doomed ambitions, a gem from a writer at the top of his game.

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ISBN: 9780143122593
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2013

The Hunter, by Richard Stark

Staff Pick

With The Hunter, Donald Westlake (under the prolific penname of Richard Stark) introduces his iconic Parker character and establishes the bleakest possible world of hardboiled crime. Parker is a master thief, utterly ruthless and amoral, who operates with animalistic cunning and violence. When one of his partners rips him off and leaves him for dead, he returns to New York City to methodically exact revenge. Westlake's conception of a protagonist completely without a conscience was riveting enough to sustain over twenty novels, and The Hunter remains just as fresh as it was in 1962. While the narrative is firmly grounded in the world of classic crime fiction, "Stark" writes with a leanness and precision of language that feels genuinely timeless. 

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ISBN: 9780226770994
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 1st, 2008