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  • ABSOLUTE FRIENDS
    ABSOLUTE FRIENDS
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241321935
    Title: ABSOLUTE FRIENDS
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, a British soldier's son born in 1947 in a newly independent Pakistan, and Sasha, the refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.

    The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late Sixties and again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage. When they meet once more, in today's unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies, they become involved in clandestine activities - with lethal results.

    Absolute Friends is a superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ACCIDENT ON THE A35
    ACCIDENT ON THE A35
    BURNET GRAEME MACRAE
    ISBN: 9781925603057
    Title: ACCIDENT ON THE A35
    Author: BURNET GRAEME MACRAE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The methodical but troubled Chief Inspector Georges Gorski visits the wife of a lawyer killed in a road accident, the accident on the A35. The case is unremarkable, the visit routine.

    Mme Barthelme - alluring and apparently unmoved by the news - has a single question- where was her husband on the night of the accident? The answer might change nothing, but it could change everything. And Gorski sets a course for what can only be a painful truth.

    But the dead man's reticent son is also looking for answers. And his search will have far more devastating consequences.

    The Accident on the A35 is the spellbinding follow-up to Graeme Macrae Burnet's debut noir novel The Disappearance of Adole Bedeau.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AMERICAN BLOOD
    AMERICAN BLOOD
    SANDERS BEN
    ISBN: 9781760294977
    Title: AMERICAN BLOOD
    Author: SANDERS BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A former undercover cop now in witness protection finds himself pulled into the search for a missing woman. An explosive, unputdownable work of suspense from a fresh voice in crime fiction.


    After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray.

    Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him.

    Written by a rising New Zealand star who has been described as 'first rate', this American debut drops a Jack Reacher-like hero into the landscape of No Country for Old Men.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN BY DAY
    AMERICAN BY DAY
    MILLER DEREK B
    ISBN: 9780857525376
    Title: AMERICAN BY DAY
    Author: MILLER DEREK B
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE




    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AN IRON ROSE - TEXT CLASSICS
    AN IRON ROSE - TEXT CLASSICS
    TEMPLE PETER / CARLYON LES ( INTRO)
    ISBN: 9781921922305
    Title: AN IRON ROSE - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: TEMPLE PETER / CARLYON LES ( INTRO)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduced by Les Carlyon

    I looked up. The rope was tied to a rolled steel joist about two metres above the truck cab. Ned had climbed up on to the cab roof, tied the rope to the joist, slid it along. Tied a slipknot around his neck. And stepped off the cab roof.

    Peter Temple is one of the world's great crime writers. In this enthralling novel, he tells the story of a man who has left a dangerous job to make a new life in the country. But the death of his father's best friend plunges him back into a world of violence and deceit.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • AND FIRE CAME DOWN  #2
    AND FIRE CAME DOWN #2
    VISKIC EMMA
    ISBN: 9781760402945
    Title: AND FIRE CAME DOWN #2
    Author: VISKIC EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

    But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

    Imprint: ECHO PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARTFUL REMEDY : A LIGHT-HEARTED CRIME CAPER
    ARTFUL REMEDY : A LIGHT-HEARTED CRIME CAPER
    SAMULIS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780994386700
    Title: ARTFUL REMEDY : A LIGHT-HEARTED CRIME CAPER
    Author: SAMULIS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When a government sponsored high technology venture suddenly goes bust, Luke Barber loses his investment. But was he deliberately defrauded by one of the directors?

    Luke sets out to recover his money by fair means or foul, and along the way finds out about other's losses. He tries to right the wrongs, aided and abetted in his efforts by his paramour Faye Owen. Will it work out, or will the long arm of the law intervene?

    Set in South Australia, 'An Artful Remedy' is a tale of ordinary people driven to do uncharacteristically risky things in pursuit of redress for unexpected and very personal injustices. The story moves between the art scene involving an art gallery owner and an accomplished amateur artist, and a government-sponsored high technology industry based on a radical new idea for solar powered vehicles. The two worlds cross in unexpected ways. This is a yarn full of ambiguous and interesting characters, none of whom are entirely good or entirely bad - just like real life!! It is a feel-good, light-hearted crime/adventure caper, and takes the reader on a journey full of intrigue - it plays with emotions as the reader wonders what happens next: tension slowly builds as things become more and more dangerous. The ending will leave a big smile on the reader's face!

    'An Artful Remedy' is writer Richard Samulis's debut novel.

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ATHENIAN BLUES   #1
    ATHENIAN BLUES #1
    KOUTSAKIS POL
    ISBN: 9781908524768
    Title: ATHENIAN BLUES #1
    Author: KOUTSAKIS POL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    “So sweet, so calm, so unaffectedly natural… I’d nearly forgotten that the reason she had invited me there was to discuss how I would kill her husband.”

    Stratos Gazis hates being called a contract killer. What he is, is a conscientious fixer. He fixes problems that are only mentioned in whispers. That very few can fix. Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done, without wanting to know about the small stuff - just that the job was carried out. Stratos is their man, provided that his meticulous research shows him that the targets deserve their fate. As he says, “I’m a kind of Robin Hood. I hunt down the villains. And I rob them. Of their lives.” But now, in the midst of the Greek economic crisis and political turmoil, during a melancholy winter which makes life in Athens even more unbearable than usual, this film-noir loving assassin with the strict moral code is about to get involved in the most high-profile case of his contract killer career. He finds himself caught between the most beloved lawyer in Greece, known as “the guardian of the poor”, and his actress and model wife, the most desirable woman in the country. They are both in dire need of his killing services, but which one is telling the truth?

    Helped by three childhood friends, Costas Dragas, a homicide cop, Teri, a transsexual high-class hooker and Maria, the passion of his life, he discovers that truth, in shattered loves and broken families, is, as ever, a relative thing.

    Imprint: BITTER LEMON PRESS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • BABY BLUE   #2
    BABY BLUE #2
    KOUTSAKIS POL
    ISBN: 9781908524911
    Title: BABY BLUE #2
    Author: KOUTSAKIS POL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Stratos is a walking contradiction: a hit man with a conscience, in this case charged with finding and killing the murderer of the adoptive father of Emma, a beautiful teenage magician who until recently was performing in the streets of Athens. The city, reeling from the economic crisis, provides the perfect backdrop to this dark thriller.

    Imprint: BITTER LEMON PRESS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • BABY TEETH
    BABY TEETH
    STAGE ZOJE
    ISBN: 9780143788430
    Title: BABY TEETH
    Author: STAGE ZOJE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Your husband thinks your daughter’s an angel. You know different. She’s a monster.

    On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear.

    For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl.

    Because what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BABYLON BERLIN   #1
    BABYLON BERLIN #1
    KUTSCHER VOLKER
    ISBN: 9781760527921
    Title: BABYLON BERLIN #1
    Author: KUTSCHER VOLKER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first book in the bestselling German crime series, coming to Netflix Australia in January 2018.

    A GEREON RATH MYSTERY

    'Political maelstrom, a populist right on the march -- sound familiar? . . . It's fabulous debauchery and naughtiness, a political maelstrom and a ticking timebomb.' The Guardian

    1929: When a car is hauled out of the Landwehr Canal with a mutilated corpse inside, Detective Inspector Gereon Rath claims the case. Soon his inquiries drag him ever deeper into the morass of Weimar Berlin's 'Roaring Twenties' underworld of cocaine, prostitution, gunrunning and shady politics.


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BAD DEBTS   -   TV TIE IN
    BAD DEBTS - TV TIE IN
    TEMPLE PETER
    ISBN: 9781921758812
    Title: BAD DEBTS - TV TIE IN
    Author: TEMPLE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Meet Jack Irish, criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and one of the best crime characters ever created.

    When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder. With hitmen after him, shady ex-policemen at every turn, and the body count rising, Jack needs to find out what's going on - and fast.

    The first novel in the iconic Jack Irish series, Bad Debts was originally published in 1996 and won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel. Peter Temple went on to win the Miles Franklin Award in 2010 for Truth as well many other awards and accolades both in Australia and internationally. It has been made into a tele-movie by the ABC with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish. It will screen in July 2012.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY   #8
    BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY #8
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751544183
    Title: BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY #8
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A MONASTERY Hidden deep in the wilderness are the cloisters of two dozen monks - men of prayer and music, famous the world over for their glorious voices. A MURDER But a brutal death throws the monastery doors open to the world. And through them walks the only man who can shine light upon the dark deeds within: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A MYSTERY Who among the brothers has become an angel of death? As the peace of the monastery crumbles around him, Gamache finds clues in the divine, the human, and the cracks in between. Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is the most outstanding novel yet from international bestselling phenomenon Louise Penny. Evocative and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
    BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
    WATSON S J
    ISBN: 9781921758980
    Title: BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
    Author: WATSON S J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Christine wakes in a strange bed beside a man she does not recognise. In the bathroom she finds a photograph of him taped to the mirror, and beneath it the words 'Your husband'.

    Each day, Christine wakes knowing nothing of her life. Each night, her mind erases the day. But before she goes to sleep, she will recover fragments from her past, flashbacks to the accident that damaged her, and then - mercifully - she will forget.

    Chilling, exquisitely crafted and compulsively readable, S. J. Watson's debut novel Before I Go to Sleep is a psychological thriller of the highest order. It asks primary questions. Are there things best not remembered? Who are we if we do not know our own history? How do we love without memory?



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.95
    Price: $19.95
  • BEFORE IT BREAKS  -  Ned Kelly Winner 2016
    BEFORE IT BREAKS - Ned Kelly Winner 2016
    WARNER DAVE
    ISBN: 9781925163797
    Title: BEFORE IT BREAKS - Ned Kelly Winner 2016
    Author: WARNER DAVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Detective Daniel Clement is back in Broome, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town cops. Here, in the oasis on the edge of the desert, life is as stagnant as Clement's latest career move. But when a body is discovered in a local fishing spot, it is clearly not the result of a crocodile attack. Somewhere in Broome is a hunter of a different kind. As more bodies are found, Clement races to solve a decades-old mystery before a monster cyclone hits.



    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BERLIN NOIR : MARCH VIOLETS / THE PALE CRIMINAL / A GERMAN REQUIEM
    BERLIN NOIR : MARCH VIOLETS / THE PALE CRIMINAL / A GERMAN REQUIEM
    KERR PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780241962350
    Title: BERLIN NOIR : MARCH VIOLETS / THE PALE CRIMINAL / A GERMAN REQUIEM
    Author: KERR PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ex-Policeman Bernie Günther thought he¹d seen everything on the streets of 1930¹s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi sub-culture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison

    Exceptionally good.' The Times

    'Taut, brutal, coarse, believable and gripping stuff.' Sunday Telegraph

    'Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master.' Evening Standard
    'Full marks . . . Kerr¹s complex intrigue allows space for brilliantly provoking political asides.' Sunday Times

    'Beautifully written.' Scotsman

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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