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book image A Handbook on Hanging
Handbook on Hanging
Charles Duff
Duff
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With barbed insouciance, Charles Duff writes not only of hanging but of electrocution, decapitations, and gassings; of innocent men executed and of executions botched; of the bloodlust of mobs and the shabby excuses of the great.
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens

book image The Big Clock
Big Clock
Kenneth Fearing
Fearing
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How does a man escape from himself? No book has ever dramatized that question to more perfect effect than The Big Clock, a masterpiece of American noir.
Contributors: Nicholas Christopher

book image Novels in Three Lines
Novels in Three Lines
Félix Fénéon
Feneon
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Luc Sante has selected the best of anarchist and art critic Fénéon's vignettes of the darker side of life—adultery, murder, revenge, labor unrest, and suicide—in early-20th-century France. —Illustrated
Contributors: Luc Sante

book image The Other House
Other House
Henry James
James
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The savage conclusion of The Other House makes it one of the most disturbing and memorable of Henry James's depictions of the uncontrollable passions that lie beneath the polished veneer of civilized life.
Contributors: Louis Begley

book image Classic Crimes
Classic Crimes
William Roughead
Roughead
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Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland.
Contributors: Luc Sante

book image Equal Danger
Equal Danger
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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District Attorney Varga is shot dead. Then Judge Sanza is killed. Then Judge Azar. Are these random murders, or part of a conspiracy?
Contributors: Carlin Romano , Adrienne Foulke

book image The Day of the Owl
Day of the Owl
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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This short, beautifully paced novel is a mesmerizing description of the Mafia at work.
Contributors: George Scialabba , Archibald Colquhoun and Anthony Oliver

book image The Moro Affair
Moro Affair
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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The Moro Affair presents a chilling picture of how a secretive government and a ruthless terrorist faction help to keep each other in business.
Contributors: Peter Robb , Sacha Rabinovitch

book image The Wine-Dark Sea
Wine-Dark Sea
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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Sciascia examines the contradictions—sometimes comic, sometimes deadly, and sometimes both—of Sicily's turbulent history and day-to-day life.
Contributors: Albert Mobilio , Avril Bardoni

book image To Each His Own
To Each His Own
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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To Each His Own is one of the masterworks of the great Sicilian novelist Leonardo Sciascia?a gripping and unconventional detective story that is also an anatomy of a society founded on secrets, lies, collusion, and violence.
Contributors: W.S. Di Piero , Adrienne Foulke

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