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A tough-guy travel agent loses an heiress while on a drug-fueled vacation Reid Rance can't take his eyes off May Gibson. It's not her figure or her face that's got him mesmerized though. It's the emerald on her finger and the checkbook in her hand. She looks like money, and he'll do anything to get it--anything short of taking her daughter on a Mexican vacation. Reid is a very special kind of travel agent who makes a living taking soft men on dangerous trips. Leslie Gibson is the savviest teenager in town, and she's intent on getting her kicks south of the border. May hires Rance to babysit her, but he's the one who'll need taking care of. Leslie is desperate to sample all that Mexico has to offer, from sun-soaked beaches to the drug-crazed underworld. When she's kidnapped by a cartel, Rance must find her quick--or he'll never escape Mexico alive.
A man’s wife vanishes, and it takes the city’s toughest private investigator to find her Elizabeth Tollman puts the roast in the oven, goes out to buy a loaf of bread, and never comes home. Half an hour later, her husband finds the bread outside their front door, but his wife is nowhere to be seen. Edward Tollman calls her friends, combs the streets, even pokes his head into local bars—but Elizabeth has vanished into thin air. The police can’t help him without evidence of a crime, so Tollman turns to the one man in Chicago who’s mean enough to get results: Barney Burgess, PI. Burgess is strapping and tough, with an ugly mug that’s almost handsome in a Humphrey Bogart sort of way. In fact, everything about him seems straight out of a B movie—right down to his spit-shined shoes and his itchy trigger finger. Burgess is used to dealing with killers, but Tollman’s case will be the most dangerous of his career.
An American cop stumbles across a drug ring on a tropical island No matter how hard she tries, Tracy can't seem to kill herself. Her hands shake too much to cut her wrists. Wading into the ocean, her body refuses to be drowned. Even the heroin she has been shooting for years has failed to kill her. Her joints aching, she takes another hit, promising herself that she'll attempt suicide again tomorrow. But she won't get the chance. Tracy's just sinking into her high when a man comes through the door, wraps his hands around her neck, and starts to squeeze. Burt March lands on Isle de Trois soon after Tracy's murder. An American cop visiting the Caribbean to get over a recent near-death experience, he won't find the relaxation he's looking for. Isle de Trois may be beautiful, but it's dangerous. And March will discover that drugs, money, and murder are all it takes to turn paradise into hell.
A talented but broke doctor finds the only cure for poverty is crime Harry Brown is a good doctor, but he doesn't know the antidote for the poison that has coursed through him for 2 decades--the poison of envy. Ever since his days in prep school, when this scholarship student looked longingly at the fine clothes and expensive cars showered on the other children, Dr. Brown has been desperate for wealth. Becoming an MD was supposed to be his ticket to the good life, but after 2 years' practice, his savings are nearly exhausted and the good doctor is staring poverty in the mouth. It will take a miracle to save him--but the one that arrives could get him killed. Hired as the private physician for millionaire Kurt Gresham, Dr. Brown is horrified to learn that his new employer is a heroin kingpin. But the money is good, Gresham's wife is beautiful, and Brown would rather be dead than poor.
An American spy dives into the Tokyo underworld to catch a defector Fred Wilkinson waits in a Tokyo alley, wishing he were James Bond. Paunchy, in his 50s, and oh-so-tired, Wilkinson has nothing in common with that world-famous man of mystery--except that they are both spies. He's already near the end of his career when he goes to Japan to meet with the Soviet defector Krylov, and some of his colleagues back in Washington think he's getting soft. They're right. Wilkinson never sees the killer coming. Three quick jabs to the kidneys, and the American spy is done for good. There to pick up the pieces is Peter Brook, a rising star in American intelligence. Brook doesn't give a damn how his martinis are prepared, but he's an expert at the fine art of staying alive. It's up to him to bring in the defector--unless the defector comes after him.
An orphan encounters greed, deception, and murder when she goes to live with a new family Despite her name, Princess O'Shea is not a spoiled brat. When her father's death leaves her an orphan, she goes to live with her old uncle, Slater, and is horrified by what she finds. She knew the O'Sheas were a family of scoundrels, but Slater and his awful brood are the laziest bunch of nitwits she has ever met. From her moronic cousin Twig to the daffy Peet, every one of Princess's new relations is driven by greed, lust, and a desperate fear of work. The only thing holding them together is the promise of their father's fortune--and Uncle Slater is not long for this world. When Princess finds Slater lying facedown on his bedroom floor, she assumes he's sleeping off a bender. In fact, he will never wake again. His bourbon was poisoned, and if Princess isn't careful, she'll be the next O'Shea to die.
A teaching assistant knows that a man named John is out to kill him--but which John is it? Mervyn Gray sits at the college coffee shop scowling at his notes. The waitress assumes he's just another overworked Berkeley undergrad, but she is dead wrong. Gray is a teacher's aide fighting for his life. Two days ago, he was nearly poisoned. Yesterday, a bullet missed him by inches. Unless he can guess who is trying to take him out, and why, Gray will be dead by tomorrow. He has heard that his assailant is named John--but there are too many Johns to choose from. One John is a philandering librarian, another a lustful accountant. One is a disreputable fashion photographer, and the last is a half-baked campus poet. All four are in love with Mary Hazelwood--and she has been missing for a week and a half. All Gray knows is that any of the Johns could be responsible, and he's the next target on the murderer's list.
A killer stalks a college campus, sending the co-eds scurrying Terry Miles goes across the hallway expecting an orgy. When her neighbor opens his door, she finds that the promised erotic party is nothing more than a few brainy academics balancing beers on their bellies and arguing about philosophy. She's disappointed, but not surprised. Nothing ever happens at Handclasp, the most wholesome university in the most commonplace city in the United States. Nothing, that is, but murder. When Miles disappears, Police Captain Bartholdi isn't sure if she was kidnapped, murdered--or both. As the local cops mount a frantic search for the missing beauty, Bartholdi tries to unravel a case that hinges on a husband who doesn't miss his vanished wife, a university full of suspects, and a ragout that's overflowing with onions.
When a famous DJ is murdered mid-set, a reporter searches for the killer From 3:00 to 4:00 every afternoon, Tutter "Tut" King reigns supreme. The dreamy disc jockey is a favorite of the sock-hop set, spinning all the records that are too rocking for their parents to let them buy. When Tut is implicated in a payola scheme--taking as much as $100,000 under-the-table to push third-rate records--his teenage fans stand behind him. For Tut's last radio appearance, the teenyboppers turn out in force. He promises them a shocking announcement at the end of his set. Instead, they get a murder. During intermission, some unfriendly listener buries an icepick in the record spinner's chest. Reporter Jim Layton believes that Tut was about to implicate his bosses in the corruption. Now it's up to Layton to determine who put radio's coolest DJ on ice.
A fixer hunts down a man in Europe for the sake of his lover's fortune In 1943, Barney Street was flying a bombing mission over Holland when the Germans knocked his plane out of the sky. He bailed out at the last minute and was rescued from the Nazis by a Czech officer named Milo Hacha. Decades later, Street is dead, and his widow is desperate to get her greedy mitts on his estate. There's just one problem: His will leaves every cent to Hacha, who disappeared years ago. Street's widow hires her lover, Steve Longacre, to go to Europe in search of the missing benefactor. If he's dead, all is well. If not, Longacre will have to kill him. From Holland to Switzerland and beyond the Iron Curtain, Longacre stalks the Czech's trail. He may have come for money, but he'll be lucky to escape with his life.
A small-town police chief is framed for a heinous crime Andy Saxon has run the Iroquois police force for as long as anyone can remember. At 62, he's as strong as an oak and hasn't even given a thought to retirement. When a national crime syndicate wants to turn his small village into a haven for gamblers, Chief Saxon is the only thing standing in their way. And so, on a country road outside of town, a car full of hit men pulls alongside the chief's vehicle and opens fire. His driver rushes the wounded cop to the hospital, but Saxon is dead upon arrival. When news of the murder comes across the police radio, Saxon's son is the first to hear it. A hardened police lieutenant, the younger Saxon is about to take revenge when the gangsters frame him for a crime he didn't commit. To avenge his father, and stay out of jail, Lieutenant Saxon must wage a one-man war against the mob.
A summertime slaying sets a suburban housewife on the hunt for a killer On a scorching summer afternoon, Nancy Howell bakes in the sun, hoping her neighbor will invite her inside. Lila has central air conditioning--a priceless luxury this time of year--and while Nancy doesn't think much of her notoriously promiscuous neighbor, she would do anything to cool down. Sadly, Lila doesn't step outside. She never will again. After more than a day without seeing her neighbor, Nancy finally goes next door and finds Lila sprawled across her bed, a knife buried deep in her chest. When Lila's cuckolded husband is also found dead, the police label it a tragic murder-suicide--but Nancy isn't convinced. In this gin-soaked patch of suburbia, adultery is a way of life and jealousy isn't reason enough for a husband to kill. As the mercury inevitably rises, so will the body count.
When his daughter's fiancé is suspected of murder, a diplomat fights to learn the truth The kids call it spring break, but their parents know it by its true name: debauchery. Every Easter, hormone-crazed students pile into cars and drive thousands of miles to the beach to lose themselves in an orgy of beer, sand, and sex. Keith Rollins and Cheryl Pemberton are two such revelers: college sweethearts planning to marry the moment they graduate. But in the heat of a party, the couple gets separated; the next morning, the girl is found raped and murdered beneath the pier and Rollins is the prime suspect. Though Rollins is never convicted of the crime, the cloud of suspicion lingers over him. Years later, he becomes engaged to the daughter of diplomat John Vallancourt, who resolves to find out the truth. When Vallancourt's daughter disappears, he fears the killer has struck again.
A lost Sherlock Holmes manuscript draws Ellery Queen into a classic case Ellery Queen is struggling over his latest book when a friend brings him a mystery. It is a journal, written by a Victorian doctor, of reports on the remarkable adventures of his close friend, a brilliant detective named Sherlock Holmes. Queen's surprise turns to amazement as he turns its pages and discovers the lost story of Sherlock Holmes's greatest case: the pursuit of Jack the Ripper. From the brothels and back alleys of fog-choked Whitechapel to the manor of one of England's greatest families, Holmes and Dr. Watson chase history's most fearsome killer. But it will take the brilliance of Ellery Queen to solve the case once and for all. Based on the Sherlock Holmes film A Study in Terror, this collaboration between two of the world's greatest detectives is one of the most original mystery novels of all time.
Ellery Queen investigates a mobster whose bizarre death is marked by the number 9 Nino Importuna has a soft face, but when he smiles, it's terrifying. His Central Park penthouse is lavish, but it was bought with the blood of his enemies. His criminal empire controls mining, electronics, and food--legitimate corporations that he runs with a murderer's touch. When he catches one of his capos stealing from him, Importuna could either kill the man or send him to prison. Instead, he makes a simple demand: He wants the thief's daughter to be his wife. On their 5th wedding anniversary, Importuna signs his fortune over to his young bride. Soon after, the 9-fingered mobster is killed by 9 blows to the head and Ellery Queen receives a 9-letter note that holds the key to the homicide. In the legendary detective's final case, 9 is the magic number.
Ellery Queen leaps into action when a jet-setter is murdered in Wrightsville From New Year's in Málaga to Christmas in Hawaii, John Levering Benedict III--or Johnny-B, as everyone calls him--is the crown prince of the jet set. He has 3 ex-wives, a limitless fortune, and more frequent flier miles than he can count. When Johnny-B tires of life in the sky, he sneaks off to a quiet corner of New England called Wrightsville, where he has purchased a cozy little hideaway. This 2nd home draws him to Ellery Queen--and soon leads Johnny-B to his unfortunate demise. When the wealthy globetrotter invites the great detective to spend a weekend in Wrightsville, the site of Ellery's most legendary triumphs, he also invites his 3 ex-wives. After announcing that he is amending his will for the benefit of an unnamed lover, Johnny-B is murdered, and it falls to Ellery Queen to name the woman who brought this shooting star back down to earth.
To escape a manhunt, a gang of killers takes a cop's daughter hostage After years of toil for Aztec Paper Products, Thomas Howland only makes $112.90 per week. When it comes time for the company to compensate its workers, he is in charge of carrying the payroll: $24,000 in cold hard cash. Eventually, Howland is overcome by temptation. In exchange for a promised cut of the spoils, he hands the payroll over to a gang of thieves--but they reward him with 3 bullets in the heart. The heat is on, and the killers take refuge in the only thing they can: crime. Wesley Malone is a small-town cop, as tough and honest as they come. When the criminals kidnap his daughter as part of a desperate attempt to avoid the law, he feels afraid for the first time--not for himself, but for his little girl. Malone is determined to instill fear in this gang of thugs as well.
Inspector Richard Queen and his new wife engage in a manor house mystery Ellery Queen is vacationing in Istanbul when he learns that his aging father, the retired police inspector Richard Queen, is getting married. The world-famous sleuth rushes home to congratulate the happy couple and enjoy the unique experience of giving his father away to the bride. The honeymoon over, Richard and his new wife return home to find an envelope containing a $100 bill and half of a $1,000 bill--a down payment for one of the most puzzling cases the Queen men will ever encounter. Accompanying the money is a letter summoning Inspector Queen and his spouse to a peculiar vacation in the wilds of New York. Also invited are a con man, a country doctor, a charitable spinster, and a few other disreputable characters who have been assembled for a weekend of murder and mystery they will never forget.
A murdered fashion designer draws Ellery Queen into a tangled family plot Ever since New York was Nieuw Amsterdam, the McKells have been building their fortune. Combining Scottish thrift with American know-how, they built an empire that, by the 1930s, stretched across the globe. No one in the family found more success than Ashton McKell, an entrepreneur who counts his wealth in the hundreds of millions, who smokes twenty cigars a day, and whose only problem is his son Dane, an adventurous soul who shocks his father by giving up business for the disgraceful pursuit of writing. Despite their differences, Dane loves his father. He is shocked when he learns the old man is having an affair--and thunderstruck when Ashton is accused of murder. When his father's mistress is found dead, Dane will do anything to free Ashton. And no detective is more suited to this puzzling case of blackmail, lust, and greed than the singular Ellery Queen.
Inspector Richard Queen finally gets a murder case he can call his own When unmarried women get into trouble, A. Burt Finner is waiting at the hospital to save them. This greasy-lipped fat man knows all about babies: how to change them, how to feed them--and how to sell them to the highest bidder. He buys low, getting them from their distressed mothers just a few hours after birth, and sells high to millionaires who are unable to have children of their own. When one of these infants dies just a few months after its sale, the new family is shocked by the tragedy. Only the newborn's nurse recognizes the death as murder. The nurse reaches out to Inspector Richard Queen, the recently retired father of the legendary amateur sleuth Ellery. Given that his son is out of town, the inspector leaps at a chance to solve this chilling mystery on his own--only to find himself falling head over heels for the baby's caretaker.
Ellery Queen investigates the death of a chrysanthemum king, as well as fourteen other mysteries When Godfrey Mumford retired to focus on his chrysanthemums, he was worth a little over $5 million. A decade later, his family gathered for his birthday, he delivers shocking news: Thanks to poor investments on behalf of his financial manager, every penny is gone. The house is mortgaged, the stocks are sold--the only valuable item remaining is a priceless chrysanthemum pendant that once belonged to the emperor of Japan. It is Mumford's prized possession, and it will be his doom. Soon after Mumford is paralyzed by a stroke, he is found murdered. The bizarre death catches the eye of world-famous detective Ellery Queen, who will unravel the mystery of this novella, Mum's the Word, with the same elegance that he brings to each of the stories in this marvelous collection.
Three novellas and two short stories starring the ever-ingenious Ellery Queen The amateur theater company of Wrightsville is dying a slow and painful death. Every production is worse than the last, and the backers are about to pull the plug when the director reaches for his ace in the hole: the always-reliable production TheDeath of Don Juan. For the lead, he digs up faded Broadway star Foster Benedict, whose name is enough to sell out the run. But on opening night, Benedict makes a hash of the first act, and doesn't show up for the second. When he's found in his dressing room with a knife buried in his back, it's clear that the libertine's death has come a bit too soon. World-famous detective Ellery Queen is in the audience, and in this novella--as well as in the other stories collected in Queens Full--he proves that Don Juan doesn't have a monopoly on adventure.
From swindling to suicide to murder, there's no case Ellery Queen can't solve The agents of the FBI are fierce, brilliant, and brave--but nothing in their files can compare to the puzzling mysteries that have been tackled by Ellery Queen. He is a one-man crime-fighting force, whose areas of expertise range from murder and blackmail to rare books and buried treasure. At the headquarters of the Queen's Bureau of Investigation, or QBI, there's no crime that can't be solved. Whether investigating a trio of widows, a bumbling Shakespearean actor, or a blackmailed Sicilian, Queen is quick to deploy his secret weapon in the fight against crime: his brain. Each of these eighteen stories is an elegant puzzle, crafted with all the wit that has made Queen the most famous detective of his age.
A great leader rises when forced to defend his troubled lands against an onslaught of monsters in the second book of this remarkable fantasy series featuring Gerin the Fox Peace in the North has been fragile and tentative in the five years since the terrible Werenight, when the light of four full moons transformed men into beasts. Now cut off completely from the Elabon Empire, the land is in violent dispute, squabbled over by minor barons hungry for greater power. Gerin the Fox is one of the few who stand firm against the encroaching chaos, but his own life has been violently shaken, first by a heartless betrayal and then by the kidnapping of his young son. Having angered a vengeful deity, he cannot look to the gods for support. Yet it is Gerin to whom the people must turn when an earthquake tears their land open, undoing an ancient warding spell and releasing a host of ravaging beasts from the dark underground. The stunning sequel to Werenight, Hugo Award-winning author Harry Turtledove's Prince of the North is a magnificent work of fantasy fiction. The master builder of wondrous worlds and alternate histories works his literary sorcery once again in this richly imagined tale of war, magic, gods, and monsters.
A young, untried Northern baron must somehow defend his vulnerable realm from an invading force strengthened by darkest magic in this magnificent fantasy adventure from a master world builder The second son of the Baron of Fox Keep, Gerin never wanted title or responsibility, but both were thrust on him when his father and brother were ambushed and slain by enemy Trokmê raiders. Leaving behind the urban bustle of Cassat and his studies in philosophy and magic, Gerin the Fox returned home to accept his place among the other barons of the Northern marches--a region secluded from the rest of the Empire of Elabon. But now word is spreading that the Trokmê are returning, led by a powerful new wizard whose magic makes them unstoppable. Keeping his lands and people safe may prove beyond the young lord's capabilities. Only one choice remains for the Fox: He must set out into the wild and make his way back to the city--for only there can he hope to find a new form of sorcery with which to fight the coming of the Werenight, when men will become monsters. Before Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove became known far and wide as the king of alternate history, he introduced himself to the world with Werenight, carrying readers into a remarkable realm of war and magic. Filling his fantasy adventure with a colorful cast of unforgettable characters, Turtledove has created a fantastic reality as rich, involving, and imaginative as the histories he later so ingeniously altered.
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