Tag Archives: Mystery & Detective/Hard-Boiled

The Girl of His Dreams

by Donna Leon

“The Girl of His Dreams helps me understand why Leon has such a fervent following . . . a showcase of nuanced characterization, acute…

Fatal Remedies

by Donna Leon

“Fatal Remedies . . . has a neatly devious plot, and, like its predecessors, sharply evokes the sights, sounds and smells of Venice.” —Evening…

The Diehard

by Jon A. Jackson

“The elaboration of the plot and the quality of the writing put The Diehard pretty close to the top of its class.” –The New…


by Mark Haskell Smith

“At once sexy and repulsive, the novel manages to plant sharp moral and cultural barbs in its gorge-feast of a plot.” —Publishers Weekly

Deadline in Athens

by Petros Markaris

Published to coincide with the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, from the acclaimed Greek thriller writer, the first of three novels featuring Inspector Costas…


by Jon A. Jackson

“Ends in a bloody showdown staged to sensational effect . . . Shrewd . . . Mr. Jackson trots out a delicious medley of…

Dead Folks

by Jon A. Jackson

“An episode of The Fugitive written by a clever if slightly disheveled Elmore Leonard.” –The Washington Post

The Cutting Room

by Louise Welsh

“The Cutting Room fixes itself among a formidable modern pantheon that includes the novels of Ian McEwan and A. L. Kennedy. . . ….

Country of the Blind

by Christopher Brookmyre

“[Brookmyre’s] characters tend to talk like they’ve read a lot of Elmore Leonard and seen a lot of Quentin Tarantino. . . . [His]…

Brunetti’s Venice

by Toni Sepeda

“Reading Leon has fueled a fantasy common to visitors in this secretive, surreally beautiful city: that somehow, despite your total lack of local credentials,…