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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 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 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 Dirty Snow
Dirty
Georges Simenon
Simenon
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Dirty Snow, widely acknowledged as one of Simenon's finest books, is a study of the criminal mind comparable to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me.
Contributors: William T. Vollmann , Marc Romano and Louise Varese

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 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 Man Who Watched Trains Go By
Man Who Watched Trains Go By
Georges Simenon
Simenon
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How different are the cautious routines of ordinary life from the compulsions of a killer? How reliable is even the most reliable man's identity? What finally is the truth about a person?
Contributors: Luc Sante , Marc Romano

book image Monsieur Monde Vanishes
Monsieur Monde Vanishes
Georges Simenon
Simenon
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Unsurpassed as an evocation of milieu, whether of staid bourgeois propriety or waterfront seediness, Monsieur Monde Vanishes is another triumph by the twentieth century's greatest popular novelist.
Contributors: Larry McMurtry , Jean Stewart

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 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

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