Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
by Douglas Adams
The investigations of Dirk Gently, a private detective who is more interested in telekinesis, quantum mechanics and lunch than fiddling around with fingerprint powders, produce startling and unexpected results. A story that mixes hardboiled detective fiction with sci-fi/fantasy.
by James M. Cain
A manipulative wife and an unethical insurance salesman become involved in a scheme to murder her husband and collect his insurance. First published in 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of noir fiction.
by Carl Hiaasen
There’s a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida and J. Decker private eye is fishing for a killer. Decker teams up with a hermit with a secret to solve the mystery in this bizarre tale of criminals, fisherman and big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments.
Gone, Baby, Gone
by Dennis Lehane
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything-their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives-to find a little girl lost.
The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
by Jasper Fforde
It's Easter in Reading-a bad time for eggs-and no one can remember the last sunny day.Then D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down. All those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play. Jack Spratt and his new partner, Sergant Mary Mary, search through Humpty's sordid and secretive past in hopes of finding the key to his death.
The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.
The Last Good Kiss
by James Crumley
Tough, hard-boiled, and brilliantly suspenseful, The Last Good Kiss is an unforgettable detective story starring C. W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a missing girl.
The Postman Always Rings Twice
by James M. Cain
An amoral young vagrant. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934, and it has become a classic of noir fiction.
The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett
Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.