Staff Picks

Hardboiled Detective Fiction

In the 20s and 30s, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler pioneered the clever, tough-talking, detective who was not afraid to face violence and never got too distracted by a pretty face. The term comes from hard-boiled eggs that are tough and hard to destroy. Don your trench coat and wide-brimmed hat and follow some very interesting cases to the end.   

Keith C.
Echo Park     Echo Park    
Michael Connelly
    MYS Connell

Eleven years after his investigation into the disappearance of Marie Gesto goes cold, Harry Bosch finally gets a chance to solve the case when a man accused of two brutal killings agrees to come clean about others.

Gone Baby Gone     Gone Baby Gone    
Dennis Lehane
    MYS Lehane

Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro delve into the disappearance of a four-year-old girl, involving a strangely cool mother, a pedophiliac couple, and a shadowy police unit.

Hard Candy     Hard Candy    
Andrew Vachss
    Va

Burke, an unlicensed ex-con private eye, tries to rescue a former lover's daughter from a Brooklyn cult. Very edgy, street-smart investigation of New York's underbelly.

Last Dance: a Novel of the 87th Precinct     Last Dance: a Novel of the 87th Precinct    
Ed McBain
    MYS Mcbain

The hanging death of a nondescript old man in a shabby apartment in a meager section of the 87th Precinct was nothing surprising. But everyone has a story, and this old man's story stood to make some people a lot of money.

Little Scarlet     Little Scarlet    
Walter Mosley
    MYS Mosley

When a man who fled the 1965 Watts riots is suspected of killing a woman in a nearby apartment building, Easy Rawlins begins a murder investigation and learns that the case has racial origins.

Paper Doll     Paper Doll    
Robert B Parker
    MYS Parker

A Spenser novel which takes the PI to South Carolina to investigate a wife's murder and leads him into the confidence of a powerful senator.

Right as Rain     Right as Rain    
George Pelacanos
    MYS Pelecan

Ex-cop Derek Strange is hired by the mother of a slain police officer to investigate the killing. Strange uncovers the guilty feelings and questions of the cop responsible for the shooting.

The Last Detective     The Last Detective    
Robert Crais
    MYS Crais

When the son of his long-time girlfriend goes missing, Elvis Cole finds himself haunted by his personal demons, the dark secrets of his childhood, and long-supressed memories of his service in Vietnam.

Tripwire     Tripwire    
Lee Child
    Child

Viet Nam vet and free-lance investigator Jack Reacher is tracked down by an investigator who is later murdered. Reacher determines to find out who was looking for him and why.