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  • CITY OF DEVILS : The Two Men who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
    CITY OF DEVILS : The Two Men who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
    FRENCH PAUL
    ISBN: 9780143790570
    Title: CITY OF DEVILS : The Two Men who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
    Author: FRENCH PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shanghai, 1941: In a city under siege unfolds an astonishing story of two men whose lives intertwine in crime and twisted friendship. Viennese Joe Farren rose to fame by cashing in on Shanghai’s desperate pleasure seeking. King of the chorus lines, his name was splashed in neon across the infamous Badlands nightclub, ‘Farren’s’. American fugitive Jack Riley, his fingertips acid-burnt, found a future in Shanghai as ‘The Slots King’. ‘Dapper Joe’ and ‘Lucky Jack’ collided, clashed and came together again in a frantic struggle to survive the city’s last days.

    Paul French resurrects the denizens of old Shanghai’s badlands, the drug-running, the gambling, and the graft, vividly restoring this long overlooked side of the city’s history.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CITY OF LIGHT
    CITY OF LIGHT
    WARNER DAVE
    ISBN: 9781925591392
    Title: CITY OF LIGHT
    Author: WARNER DAVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Jesus Christ. I found one.’ These words, blurted over the phone to Constable Snowy Lane, preoccupied with a ham sandwich and the odds of getting a game with the East Fremantle league side on Saturday, signal the beginning of a series of events which are to shake Perth to its foundations.

    It is 1979, and Perth is jumping with pub bands and overnight millionaires. ‘Mr Gruesome’ has taken another victim, and Perth is riveted by the dark bloom that spreads across the City of Light.

    Snowy Lane starts out as a fresh-faced young cop and fringe footy player. Ten years on, he’s been through the mill, and is now working as a private detective. In the course of a decade he finds himself inextricably linked with Mr Gruesome, and the human and political power plays that unfold against the excess and corruption of the 1980s.

    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CITY WITHOUT STARS
    CITY WITHOUT STARS
    BAKER TIM
    ISBN: 9780571338337
    Title: CITY WITHOUT STARS
    Author: BAKER TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hundreds of murders. Multiple cover ups. One cop and one activist. Can they really bring down the narcos?


    The only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth ...

    In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.

    Meanwhile, despairing union activist, Pilar, decides to take social justice into her own hands. But if she wants to stop the killings, she's going to have to ignore all her instincts and accept the help of Fuentes. When the name of Mexico's saintly orphan rescuer, Padre Márcio, keeps resurfacing, Pilar and Fuentes begin to realise how deep the cover-up goes.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CLEAR TO THE HORIZON
    CLEAR TO THE HORIZON
    WARNER DAVE
    ISBN: 9781925164459
    Title: CLEAR TO THE HORIZON
    Author: WARNER DAVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1999, a number of young women go missing in the Perth suburb of Claremont. One body is discovered. Others are never seen again. Snowy Lane (City of Light) is hired as a private investigator but neither he nor the cops can find the serial killer. Sixteen years later, another case brings Snowy to Broome, where he teams up with Dan Clement (Before It Breaks) and an incidental crime puts them back on the Claremont case. Clear to the Horizon is a nail-biting Aussie-style thriller, based on one of the great unsolved crimes in Western Australia's recent history. Its twists and turns will keep you guessing to the end.

    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CLINCH : A Harry Kvist Thriller   #1
    CLINCH : A Harry Kvist Thriller #1
    HOLMEN MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781760067496
    Title: CLINCH : A Harry Kvist Thriller #1
    Author: HOLMEN MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stockholm, the 1930s. Former boxer Harry Kvist makes a living chasing bad debts and looking for runaway girls, and has a penchant for sex with both men and women.

    When Kvist is wrongly accused of murder, he is forced to navigate the shanty-towns, speakeasies, brothels and contraband stores of Stockholm’s underworld, in a desperate search for the only person who can save him.

    Torn between his broken past and his desire to survive, between his pride and his misery, Kvist risks his life in a violent quest for justice.

    Gritty, stylish Scandinavian noir from one of Sweden’s hottest emerging authors.

    Imprint: ECHO PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CLOSE YOUR EYES
    CLOSE YOUR EYES
    ROBOTHAM MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780733637209
    Title: CLOSE YOUR EYES
    Author: ROBOTHAM MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The chilling new psychological thriller from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today

    I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing

    Someone is coming

    They're going to find me


    A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself the 'Mindhunter', trading on Joe's name, has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.

    With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter 'A' is carved into their foreheads.

    As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer . . .

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COLD SUMMER
    COLD SUMMER
    CAROFIGLIO GIANRICO
    ISBN: 9781925603866
    Title: COLD SUMMER
    Author: CAROFIGLIO GIANRICO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    War is raging in southern Italy in the early nineties: anti-mafia judges are being killed in roadside explosions; dead criminals, the victims of internecine warfare, are littering the streets; and the police have no idea who is fighting whom.

    Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Carabinieri, must contend with the gang war while his marriage falls apart. When the young son of a mafia boss is found dead, and the suspected killer agrees to collaborate with the authorities to bring down the Apulian mafia, it seems like justice will prevail. But the mystery of the boy’s murder must still be solved, leading Fenoglio into a world of deep moral ambiguity, where the prosecutors are hard to distinguish from the prosecuted.

    Inspired by a true story, The Cold Summer is Carofiglio’s most hard-hitting novel yet.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COLOURS OF ALL THE CATTLE   LDA #19
    COLOURS OF ALL THE CATTLE LDA #19
    SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    ISBN: 9781408711088
    Title: COLOURS OF ALL THE CATTLE LDA #19
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new Botswana book from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this is Mma Ramotswe's nineteenth wonderful adventure.

    Mma Ramostwe's friend will persuade her to stand for election to the City Council. 'We need women like her in politics,' Mma Potokwani says, 'instead of having the same old men every time . . .' To be elected, Mma Ramotswe must have a platform and some policies. She will have to canvas opinion. She will have to get Mma Makutsi's views. Her slogan is 'I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best'. Her intention is to halt the construction of the Big Fun Hotel, a dubious, flashy hotel near a graveyard - an act that many consider to be disrespectful. Mma Ramotswe will take the campaign as far as she can, but lurking around the corner, as ever, is the inextinguishable Violet Sephotho.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONSTANT GARDENER
    CONSTANT GARDENER
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241322307
    Title: CONSTANT GARDENER
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared.

    Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died.

    On his way Justin meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COVES
    COVES
    WHISH-WILSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781925591279
    Title: COVES
    Author: WHISH-WILSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    San Francisco, 1849. The hills are swarming with desperate men from all over the world, come to seek their fortune in the grip of yellow fever. In their wake come the opportunists, not least of whom are the Australians, many of them former convicts who are quick to seize control in a lawless world. This group of Australians, headed by the standover man Thomas Keane, are known as The Coves.

    Enter twelve-year-old Samuel Bellamy, formerly of the Swan River Colony, lately of Van Dieman’s Land, in search of his mother who, last he heard, has gone to join the molly-houses in California.

    Sydney-town, San Francisco, is a world of opportunism, loyalty and violent betrayal, and Samuel must learn to be a man if he is to survive.

    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CRIME IN HOLLAND   #7
    CRIME IN HOLLAND #7
    SIMENON GEORGES
    ISBN: 9780141393490
    Title: CRIME IN HOLLAND #7
    Author: SIMENON GEORGES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is a new translation of Georges Simenon's novel set in a tranquil town on the dutch coast, book seven in the new Penguin Maigret series. 'Just take a look,' Duclos said in an undertone, pointing to the scene all round them, the picture-book town, with everything in its place, like ornaments on the mantlepiece of a careful housewife...' Everyone here earns his living. Everyone's more or less content. And above all, everyone keeps his instincts under control, because that's the rule here, and a necessity if people want to live in society.' When a French professor visiting the quiet, Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community seem happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they're letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased and a notorious local crook. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels.


    Author Biography: Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CRIMSON LAKE
    CRIMSON LAKE
    FOX CANDICE
    ISBN: 9780143787518
    Title: CRIMSON LAKE
    Author: FOX CANDICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . .

    12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop
    12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
    12.52: The girl is missing . . .

    Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.

    Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted Conkaffey.

    But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair’s every move. And for Ted, a man already at breaking point, this town is offering no place to hide . . .

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CRUCIFIXION CREEK : THE BELLTREE TRILOGY #1
    CRUCIFIXION CREEK : THE BELLTREE TRILOGY #1
    MAITLAND BARRY
    ISBN: 9781925240658
    Title: CRUCIFIXION CREEK : THE BELLTREE TRILOGY #1
    Author: MAITLAND BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Shortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, 2015

    Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn’t usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple’s suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places—and low.

    Harry can’t get officially involved in Greg’s murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths: his parents’. And when he goes off-grid to investigate, that’s when things start to get dangerous.

    Set in Sydney, this dark, morally ambiguous and adrenaline-charged new series is a triumphant change of direction for Barry Maitland.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CRUELLEST MONTH   #3
    CRUELLEST MONTH #3
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751547481
    Title: CRUELLEST MONTH #3
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    It's Easter, and on a glorious Spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead... When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A s ance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death. In indyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CRYPT THIEF : A Hugo Marston Novel   #2
    CRYPT THIEF : A Hugo Marston Novel #2
    PRYOR MARK
    ISBN: 9781616147853
    Title: CRYPT THIEF : A Hugo Marston Novel #2
    Author: PRYOR MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Pere Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security--Hugo Marston--to help the French police with their investigation. When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls? Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyards but soon realizes that old bones aren't all this killer wants. . . .

    Imprint: SEVENTH STREET PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CYANIDE GAMES : A Peter Tanner Thriller
    CYANIDE GAMES : A Peter Tanner Thriller
    BEASLEY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781925533491
    Title: CYANIDE GAMES : A Peter Tanner Thriller
    Author: BEASLEY RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How far would you go to save a friend?

    When Melissa Cheung’s husband is arrested in China for corruption, her first call is to Peter Tanner.

    As a criminal defence barrister, Tanner often crosses paths with some of the most evil but wealthy members of the nation’s underbelly. Melissa’s phone call takes Tanner away from drug dealers and crooked property developers into the highest end of corporate corruption – mining companies trying to cover up environmental disasters and families at the top of the rich list who think they’re above the law.

    As he pursues those who had Cheung incarcerated, Tanner unearths cover-up after cover-up, putting his life and those of others in danger as he tries to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    Bestselling Richard Beasley’s tough, gritty legal thriller featuring Peter Tanner

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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