Best Hard-Boiled Mystery Books
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1. Casket Girls: A New Orleans Mystery Thriller (Herbert and Melancon Book 4)
Author: by Seth Pevey
July 19, 2020
When homeless men start to mysteriously disappear from the French Quarter, there seems to be only one woman in the world who gives a damn. Tina has had a rough past, and there is something very personal about these vulnerable men just vanishing so unnoticed.
Luckily, she happens to be in love with a budding private eye that has quite a lot of free time on his hands. With an ancient, ex-NOPD partner in tow, the trio will have to delve into the lore surrounding a local institution.
They soon find that a terrible secret lies within that may shake the foundational mythos of the city of New Orleans. But the clock is ticking for one of the missingTina knows it. And not everyone wants this history rewritten.
Will she be able to rally the detectives in time to find the men, before it’s too late? Grab this southern noir mystery today to find out! Casket Girls is the Fourth installment in the highly-rated series following the adventures of private detective Felix Herbert and his partner, ex-NOPD detective David Melancon, but it can also be read as a stand-alone novel.
2. Rather Be the Devil: The superb Rebus No.1 bestseller (Inspector Rebus 21)
Author: by Ian Rankin
‘Britain’s No.1 crime writer’ Mirror * * * * *A CASE THAT WON’T DIEJohn Rebus can’t close the door on the death of glamorous socialite Maria Turquand. Brutally murdered in her hotel room forty years ago, her killer has never been found. Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s dark heart is up for grabs.
Young pretender Darryl Christie may have staked his claim on the city’s underworld – but has criminal mastermind and Rebus’ long-time adversary, Big Ger Cafferty, really settled down to a quiet retirement? Or is he hiding in the shadows until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?Old Enemies.New Crimes.
Rebus may be off the force, but he certainly isn’t off the case. ‘Superbly told, impossible to put down … Underlines the treasure that Rebus has become’ Daily Mail’This elegantly crafted and witty thriller proves this old devil still has all the best tunes’ Sunday Mirror’Effortless plotting and a cracking narrative that keeps the reader gripped throughout’ Daily Express
3. Drift (Rachel Hatch Book 1)
Author: by L.T. Ryan
December 3, 2019
THEY KILLED THE WRONG GIRL. RACHEL HATCH WILL MAKE THEM PAY. WALL STREET JOURNAL & Amazon 5-million copy bestselling author L.T. RYAN has teamed up with police detective Brian Shea for this debut novel in the gripping Rachel Hatch mystery thriller series.
Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter.No home.No commitments. Until her sister’s drowning drags her back to the town she left fifteen years ago. Convinced her sister’s death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage to uncover the truth.
Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line. Hatch is forced to use her special set of skills – forged on the field of combat – to learn the truth about her sister and bring those responsible to justice.
The first novel in one of the most highly-anticipated collaborative series this decade, DRIFT is a tightly woven story, with deeply-developed and endearing characters that will have you rooting for them at every turn, set at an exhilarating pace that will keep you turning pages late into the night.
4. Ten Two Jack: Hunting Lee Child's Jack Reacher (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 10)
Author: by Diane Capri
September 14, 2018
Reacher’s enemies hunt his friends. Someone’s got to pay.Make some coffee. You’ll read all night. Lee Child, #1 World-Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher ThrillersFBI Special Agent Kim Otto’s search for Reacher takes a deadly turn when she’s forced to handle the fallout from Lee Child’s The Midnight Line – and gets caught in the crossfire.
Reacher set out to do a good deed for an Army officer in The Midnight Line. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Now, five people are missing and one is dead. But when Reacher’s enemies hunt his friends, someone has to pay.
An exciting chase from Detroit to Chicago to Houston and deep into Mexico where FBI Special Agent Kim Otto fights to the death in the gripping conclusion. And Jack Reacher could be there when she needs him. Start reading now and you’ll be glued to the page.
But lock the doors first. This one’s a nail biter. Lee Child Gives Diane Capri Two Thumbs Up!”Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character – I love her.” Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers including The Midnight Line and Past Tense.
5. The Deep Blue Goodby: Travis McGee, No. 1
Author: by John D MacDonald
April 11, 2013
‘MacDonald had a huge influence on me … Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee’ LEE CHILD Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
Travis McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake.
As Travis hunts for the ruthless man who steals women’s sensibilities and livelihoods, he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse …
First published in 1964, The Deep Blue Goodbye features an introduction by Lee ChildJOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER’The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller’ – Stephen King’Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He’s great because he has a philosophical side he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything’ – Tony Parsons’A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character …
6. The Maltese Falcon
Author: by Dashiell Hammett
December 29, 2010
A coolly glittering gem of detective fiction that has haunted three generations of readers, from one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics.
A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s iconic, influential, and beloved The Maltese Falcon.
7. The Black Ice (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 2)
Author: by Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company
January 1, 2002
When an LAPD narcotics officer is found with a fatal bullet wound and a suicide note, Detective Harry Bosch follows a bloody trail of drug murders across the Mexico border. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don’t look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together.
Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly gameone in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.
8. Jack of Hearts: Hunting Lee Child's Jack Reacher (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 15)
Author: by Diane Capri
AugustBooks (July 6, 2021)
July 6, 2021
The next gripping Hunt for Jack Reacher Thriller from Diane Capri!Make some coffee. You’ll read all night. Lee Child Some things are worth dying for. Rescuing innocents is one of them. FBI Special Agent Kim Otto won’t believe Reacher’s dead until she sees his body for herself.Which she hasn’t.Yet.
But if Reacher’s not dead, where is he? Seven years ago, in Lee Child’s Worth Dying For, Reacher rescued Eleanor Duncan and saved sixteen Thai women from fates much worse than death. Eleanor’s tormenters were controlled by a powerful mob boss with a long memory.
He wants his property back and will stop at nothing to get it. Now Reacher comes back to save Eleanor Duncan from the mob’s terrible vengeance. With innocent lives at stake, Otto and Burke risk their lives to pick up Reacher’s trail and race to Las Vegas for an explosive final showdown.
Because some things are worth living for.”Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character – I love her.” Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers including Worth Dying For and The Sentinel.
9. Don't Know Jack: Hunting Lee Child's Jack Reacher (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 1)
Author: by Diane Capri
January 26, 2012
“Make some coffee.You’ll read all night.” Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers gives Diane Capri and her NEW Hunt for Jack Reache Series Two Thumbs Up! Jack Reacher: Friend or Enemy? FBI Special Agent Kim Otto doesn’t know what she doesn’t know…
It’s been a while since we first met Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in Killing Floor. Fifteen years and more than twenty novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of readers and the dismay of villains.
Now someone big is looking for him.Who?And why? Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out. Otto and Gaspar are by-the-book hunters who know when to break the rules; Reacher is a wanted man, and a stone cold killer when things get personal.
But is he friend or enemy? Armed with disinformation, Kim Otto intends to find out. Only the secrets hidden in Margrave, Georgia will tell them. New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Diane Capri brings her insider knowledge to bear on her friend Lee Child’s iconic character.
10. Downburst (Rachel Hatch Book 2)
Author: by L.T. Ryan
March 17, 2020
Seeking answers to her father’s death. Hatch finds herself in a small town outside of Las Cruses, New Mexico. Controlled by a vicious street gang. A family caught in the crossfire. Hatch sets out to make things right. The quaint town of Luna Vista, turns out to be anything but.
A ruthless gang runs a section of the town. In searching for the truth about her father’s past, she’s pitted against a criminal network that exposes the town’s dark secret. Hatch puts her life on the line to help a boy escape the clutches of the gang.
Her act puts her in peril. She finds herself in a battle as treacherous as any she’s faced before, against an enemy hellbent on stopping her. Danger lurks around every corner. Hatch ‘s code, a simple one, Help good people and punish those who hurt others, may prove more difficult a task as the forces against her mount.
A whirlwind of threats converge like the unpredictable desert weather and threaten to crash down upon her. Not afraid of a good fight, Hatch prepares herself for her most difficult battle of her life. Downburst is designed with the dynamic pacing and story telling fans of L.T.
11. Widespread Panic: A novel
Author: by James Ellroy
From the modern master of noir comes a novel based on the real-life Hollywood fixer Freddy Otash, the malevolent monarch of the 1950s L.A. Underground, and his Tinseltown tabloid Confidential magazine. Freddy Otash was the man in the know and the man to know in 50s L.A.
He was a rogue cop, a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimpand, most notably, the head strong-arm goon for Confidential magazine. Confidential presaged the idiot internetand delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink, and the scurrilous skank.
It mauled misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites, and putzo politicians. Mattress Jack Kennedy, James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Liz Taylor, Rock HudsonFrantic Freddy outed them all. He was the Tattle Tyrant who held Hollywood hostage, and now he’s here to CONFESS.
I’m consumed with candor and wracked with recollection. I’m revitalized and resurgent. My meshugenah march down memory lane begins NOW. In Freddy’s viciously entertaining voice, Widespread Panic torches 1950s Hollywood to the ground. It’s a blazing revelation of coruscating corruption, pervasive paranoia, and of sin and redemption with nothing in between.
12. Will Harper Florida Thrillers: Vol. 1-6 (Will Harper Mysteries)
Author: by David Crosby
June 2, 2021
SIX ENTICING FLORIDA MYSTERIESIN ONE GREAT ANTHOLOGYMystery readers with a soft spot for sea adventures will love investigative reporter turned burgeoning sleuth, Will Harper. A semi-retired reporter, Will spends most of his time on his live-in yacht exploring Florida’s lush, tropical waterways, navigating his treacherously overlapping love interests-and solving hard-boiled murder mysteries.
Will grapples with various mobsters, corrupt local officials, politicians, industry good ole’ boys, ruthless sex traffickers, and a smooth, French serial killer hellbent on murdering his wives. All the while writing titilating exposs on illegal immigration, elder abuse, retirement home scams, Florida’s prison problems, the opiod epidemic, and Eminent Domain.
Equal parts gripping, action-packed thriller and empathetic rumination on Florida’s social issues, Will Harper’s adventures will appeal to big-hearted hard-boiled readers. MILLION DOLLAR STAIRCASEWill thinks fast when he discovers his girl friend’s being framed. He sees instantly why they can’t go to the copsthe mayor, the city manager, and for all Will knows, every official in town could be in on it.
13. High Profile (A Jesse Stone Mystery)
Author: by Robert B Parker
March 28, 2014
When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case, forcing him to deal with small-minded local officials and national media scrutiny.
When another dead body – that of a young woman – is discovered just a few days later, the pressure becomes almost unbearable. Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends.
But what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care-not a single one of Weeks’s ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens.
Despite Weeks’s reputation and the girl’s tender age, Jesse is hard-pressed to find legitimate suspects. Though the crimes are perhaps the most gruesome Jesse has ever witnessed, it is the malevolence behind them that makes them all the more frightening.
14. Whitewater (Rachel Hatch Book 6)
Author: by L.T. Ryan
March 2, 2021
Hatch sets out in relentless pursuitTo save the one that got away. She finds herself surrounded by a sea of enemies,And the price for keeping her promiseMight just cost Hatch her life. Don’t miss the explosive sixth installment of the Rachel Hatch thriller series!
Failure has never been an option for Rachel Hatch. A promise made to a teenage girl trapped by a powerful human trafficking ring must be kept. Hatch’s search takes her deep into Mexico where the rules are different and the enemies are numerous.
Finding the girl is only half of the problem. Getting her back home proves to be just as difficult, if not more so. With two rival cartels on the brink of war and Hatch caught in the middle, she must use everything in her arsenal to survive.
15. Transient Desires: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries Book 30)
Author: by Donna Leon
March 9, 2021
In the landmark thirtieth installment of the bestselling series the New Yorker has called an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event, Guido Brunetti is forced to confront an unimaginable crimeIn his many years as a commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native city, Venice, to discover the person responsible.
Now, in Transient Desires, the thirtieth novel in Donna Leon’s masterful series, he faces a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction. He is drawn in innocently enough: two young American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two young Italians.
However, Brunetti’s curiosity is aroused by the behavior of the young men, who abandoned the victims after taking them to the hospital. If the injuries were the result of an accident, why did they want to avoid association with it?
As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate the incident, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumored to be involved in more sinister nighttime activities in the Laguna. To get to the bottom of what proves to be a gut-wrenching case, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Costiera.