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1990

Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux #3)

by Burke, James Lee

Dave Robicheaux was once a Louisiana homicide cop. Now he's trying to start a new life, opening up a fishing business and caring for his adopted girl, Alafair.

1989

A Cold Red Sunrise (Inspector Rostnikov Mystery #4)

by Kaminsky, Stuart

Inspector Rostnikov has irritated the KGB one too many times. Demoted to the MVD, he has been sent to Siberia to investigate the murder of a minor official.

1988

Old Bones (Gideon Oliver Mystery #4)

by Elkins, Aaron

With the roar of thunder and the speed of a galloping horse comes the tide to Mont St. Michel goes the old nursery song.

1987

A Dark-Adapted Eye

by Rendell, Ruth

In this classic, a niece investigates the shocking secrets that condemned her once proud family

1986

The Suspect

by Wright, L. R.

A beautifully crafted story about murder, and evil that is perhaps worse than murder. You will not find a more sympathetic murderer in all of literature. The author expertly leads to a conclusion that is both satisfying and disturbing.

1985

Briarpatch

by Thomas, Ross

When Ben Dill, an investigator for a Senate Subcommittee, gets a call from his home town telling him that his sister, a homicide detective, died in a car bomb explosion, he puts his investigator skills to work to find who killed her and why.

1984

Labrava

by Leonard, Elmore

Joe LaBrava first fell in love with femme fatale movie queen Jean Shaw in a darkened theater when he was twelve. Now he's finally meeting his dream woman in the flesh, albeit in a rundown Miami crisis center.

1983

Billingsgate Shoal (Doc Adams Mysteries)

by Boyer, Rick

Winner of the Edgar Award. Doc Adams becomes a self-styled investigator in this mystery, which leads him from a murder on Billingsgate Shoal to an arms-smuggling ring.

1982

Peregrine (Otto Penzler Presents--)

by Bayer, William

Newscaster Pam Barrett witnesses a peregrine falcon, on a signal by her falconer, swoop down from the sky and kill a young woman. Her TV account of it excites the falconer and killing follows killing.

1981

Whip Hand (Sid Halley #2)

by Francis, Dick

Ex-jockey and private investigator Sid Halley is approached by the wife of an elite racehorse trainer, who begs his help in figuring out why her husband's most promising horses have been performing so poorly.

1980

The Rheingold Route

by Maling, Arthur

1979

Eye of the Needle

by Follett, Ken

One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.

1978

Catch Me: Kill Me

by Hallahan, William H.

1977

Promised Land (A Spenser Novel, #4)

by Parker, Robert B.

I had been urban-renewed right out of my office and had to move. The previous tenant had been a fortune teller.

1976

Hopscotch

by Garfield, Brian

Bored with retirement, an ex-spy challenges his old agency to a game...

1975

Peter's Pence

by Cleary, Jon

The IRA attempts to steal treasures from the Vatican but their plans go horribly wrong.

1974

Dance Hall of the Dead (Navajo Mysteries #2)

by Hillerman, Tony

Two Native-American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them.

1973

The Lingala Code

by Kiefer, Warren

1972

The Day of the Jackal

by Forsyth, Frederick

One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name...

1971

The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)

by Sjöwall, Maj and Wahlöö, Per

Eight bus riders are killed and a ninth critically injured in an apparently motiveless crime. But the killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives -- and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

1970

Forfeit

by Francis, Dick

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Prize for best crime story of 1969, this is another classic Dick Francis mystery set at the racetrack.

1969

A Case of Need: A Novel

by Crichton, Michael and Hudson, Jeffery

When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D.

1968

God Save the Mark

by Westlake, Donald E.

As Fred Fitch careers across the New York City landscape - and sometimes skyline - in his meetings with cops, con men, beautiful girls, and (maybe) murderers, he takes on some of the loonier aspects of a Dante without a Virgil.

1967

King of the Rainy Country

by Freeling, Nicolas

Edgar award-winning novel featuring Inspector Van der Valk. A handsome middle-aged millionaire has disappeared with a naked girl and it's up to Inspector Van der Valk to find them.

1966

The Quiller Memorandum

by Hall, Adam

You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed--by your own people, or by the enemy. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but... The next day you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something. And someone tries to kill both of you. Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner.

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