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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.

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

Forced into retirement by the CIA, Miles Kendig tried everything to satisfy his hunger for excitement. Finally he threatens to expose the espionage secrets of the major powers, setting himself up as the quarry of an international manhunt.

1975

Peter's Pence

by Cleary, Jon

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

1973

The Lingala Code

by Kiefer, Warren

1972

1971

The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)

by Blair, Alan and 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

by Crichton, Michael

Intensely timely, this classic spellbinding thriller of medical scandal and murder combines breathtaking suspense with a penetrating examination of America's medical establishment.

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 today. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed (by your own people or by an enemy - and which enemy?)

1965

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

by Carré, John Le

The central figure, Leamas, is on a mission to trap the top spy of East Berlin, set during the Cold War.

1964

The Light of Day

by Ambler, Eric

The Light of Day was the basis for Jules Dassin's classic film, Topkapi.When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with city and in need of a private driver.

1963

Death and the Joyful Woman

by Peters, Ellis

A millionaire is murdered and Inspector Felse, after sifting through the few shreds of evidence, finally arrests Kitty Norris, his teenaged son Dominic's first love.

1962

Gideon's Fire

by Marric, J. J.

George Gideon, Commander of the C.I.D., is met at the office one morning with the news of a sex maniac, a mass murderer and a fire in an old tenement building out at Lambeth.

1961

The Progress of a Crime

by Symons, Julian

1960

The Hours Before Dawn

by Fremlin, Celia
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