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hitting, relentless and thrilling as its subject, and minute in its detail. All the big names like Capone and Luciano you would expect, but the roll-call of lesser known bosses and henchmen is what really impresses, as well as those who tried - and usually bloodily failed - to bring them to book. With some 100 b/w photos - many extremely graphic, so be warned. 208pp softback, 8¼”×11½”.

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69109 HEADSPACE: Sniffer Dogs, Spy Bees and One Woman’s Adventures in the

Surveillance Society by Amber Marks

It is a chance encounter with a police sniffer dog that first drew criminal lawyer Amber into the hidden world of the science of smell and its law-enforcement applications. Soon she was invited into secret meetings of security big-

wigs and stumbles into a wonderland of contemporary surveillance. There she discovered a brave new Britain, where the spying skills of dogs, dolphins and a myriad other critters are being harnessed to create a ‘secure world’ in which sniffer bees are as important as intelligence agents! Part exploration of our burgeoning surveillance society, part humorous memoir, Amber’s story will capture your imagination and get you wondering just who stands to benefit from all this ‘security’. 357 rollicking and thought-provoking paperback pages. £8.99 NOW £3.50

69232 SELLING HITLER by Robert Harris

A gripping and very funny story, here is the classic account of the ‘Hitler Diaries’ which is impossible to stop reading. April 1945 - from the ruins of Berlin, a Luftwaffe transport plane takes off carrying secret papers belonging to Adolf Hitler. Half an hour later it crashes in flames. April 1983 - in a bank vault in Switzerland, a German magazine offers to sell more than 50 volumes

of Hitler’s secret diaries. The asking price is $4 million. Written with the pace of a thriller and hailed on publication as a classic, ‘Selling Hitler’ tells the story of the biggest fraud in publishing history. Entertainingly yet in enormous detail, Harris solves the mystery of how obvious dross was snatched as gold. 402pp in paperback with photos.

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67164 ISMAILI ASSASSINS by James Waterson

The Ismaili Assassins were an underground group of political killers who were ready to kill Christians and Muslims alike with complete disregard for their own lives. These devoted murderers were under the powerful control of a grand master who used assassination as part of a grand strategic vision that embraced Egypt, the Levant and Persia and even reached the court of the Mongol Khans in far away Qaraqorum. Mothers rejoiced when they heard that their Assassin sons had died having completed their deadly acts. In 1253, the Mongol chief was so fearful of their strength that they massacred and enslaved the Assassins’ women and children. Assaults on the Crusaders of Syria led to warnings of agents planted in European courts ready to commit murder at the bidding of their master. 227pp with 16 colour and 19 b/w plates. £19.99 NOW £5

67244 CRIMES OF STALIN: The Murderous

Career of the Red Tsar by Nigel Cawthorne Born Josef Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia in 1879, the young Stalin studied to become a priest whilst secretly reading the works of Karl Marx. Politics was to become his religion and between 1902 and 1913 he was arrested for revolutionary activities and exiled to Siberia eight times, escaping on seven occasions. Surrounding himself with terrified yes-men and trusting absolutely nobody, he was dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until his death in 1953. In that time he defeated Hitler, out-manoeuvred all his rivals and forged a mighty and vast empire of over 800 million people from a patchwork of poor countries which included Russia itself, working on his simple premise of “Death is the solution to all problems”. Yet despite all this, he was worshipped by millions as a great leader. 150 b/w photos. 208pp large softback.

£9.99 NOW £5 67506 CRIMES OF PARIS: A True Story

Of Murder, Theft and Detection by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler Turn-of-the-century Paris was the beating heart of a rapidly changing world, a violent place, its dark alleyways home to notorious gangsters and serial killers, its cafés gathering places of violent anarchists. With invention came the first getaway car, increasingly dangerous weapons and more creative disguises. The police battled back with a weapon of their own - Alphonse Bertillon, the world’s greatest detective, the inventor of the mug shot and the crime scene photo who pioneered the new science of criminal investigation. Then on 22nd August 1911 came a crime like no other - Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Here is the gripping story of that theft and investigation. Suspects would include everyone from the poet Apollinaire to millionaire J. P. Morgan and Pablo Picasso. 376pp with photos. £18.99 NOW £5


68213 SMOKE SCREEN: A True Adventure by Robert Sabbag

Hang on for the ride of your life as we have a high old time fast living with America’s greatest smuggler. We enter a world of pioneering dope smugglers who in a dilapidated DC-3 landed on jungle mud tracks in bandit country and avoided detection by America’s most tooled- up law enforcement agencies. Their leader was the irrepressible Allen Long. He was only interested in the very best - Columbian Santa Marta Gold, the Beluga caviar of marijuana. Patrick Hatfield’s business card presented to the author Robert Sabbag on their first meeting in 1978 is hilarious. He describes himself as a “soft shoe dancer, Mississippi gambler, lover of beautiful women, soldier of fortune who will accept checks...” 341pp with photos. £16.99 NOW £4.50

68338 EAST END STORIES: The Lost

Memories of the Gangland Legend by Reggie Kray and Peter Gerrard Reggie Kray (1933-2000) needs little in the way of an introduction. One of Britain’s most notorious gangsters, in the 1950s and ’60s he and his brother Ron ran a criminal empire involved in everything from protection rackets to murder from London’s East End. He was eventually jailed for life in 1969 and remained in prison until his death in 2000. Peter Gerrard first met Reggie in 1989 in order to interview him for a book he was writing about an ex-colleague of his - they spent the next five years collaborating on this book. This is Reggie’s last memoir, in which he recalls the close-knit community where he and his brother spent their early years, a district which was desperately poor even before the Luftwaffe bombed it to smithereens, and peopled by outlandish personalities, hard men and harder women, and notorious criminals. 230pp, b/w photos, paperback. £6.99 NOW £4

68342 STALIN’S NEMESIS: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky

by Bertrand M. Patenaude The ice-pick assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico on the evening of 20 August 1940 (he died of his injuries the following day) by Ramon Mercader, a agent of the NKVD, Stalin’s secret police, is the most notorious of the 20th century’s political murders. Trotsky was

renowned as the charismatic intellectual of the Russian Revolution, but he was also a ruthless authoritarian who could and should have become Lenin’s successor as ruler of the Soviet Union. But instead, by WWII, Stalin ruled the Soviet bloc and Trotsky has been in exile for over a decade. Living in a borrowed villa and surrounded by naive American acolytes who idolised him as the supreme theoretician of world revolution, his existence was further complicated by emotional and sexual tension between him, his hosts and his wife and the constant stream of exotic visitors that trooped through the villa. At the same time, Stalin’s wolves were gathering. 340pp, photos. Contents same as 68258 Trotsky. £20 NOW £5.50


REGISTER: The Book of Murder edited by Cate Ludlow

Charles Dickens bought the Terrific Register every week, and later recalled how it “frightened the very wits out of my head, for the small charge of a penny weekly”. This sturdily bound little volume contains the most gruesome true tales of murder ever published in this 185 year old publication. Here is child-murderer Margaret Dickson, who was hanged for her crime but then rose from her coffin on the way to her interment and was thus exculpated of her crime, and one of the earliest mentions of the now notorious Sweeney Todd, whose victims were turned into pies. Dreadful executions, foul and depraved tortures, massacres, group suicides, the horrors perpetrated in the name of revolution and religion and much, much more. Original woodcuts. 142pp. £9.99 NOW £4


We lawyers are always curious, always inquisitive, always picking up odds and ends for our patchwork minds, since there is no knowing when and where they may fit into some corner.

- Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit


Inspector Morse Mysteries by Colin Dexter

In the first of the two novels in this omnibus edition, the newly appointed member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate was deaf, provincial and gifted. His murder proves to be the start of a

formidably labyrinthine case for Chief Inspector Morse as he tries to track down the killer through the insular and bitchy world of the Oxford colleges. In the second volume, Morse is alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide’s. Most people can still remember the churchwarden’s murder. A few can still recall the murderer’s suicide. Now even the police have closed the case, until a chance meeting among the tombstones reveals startling new evidence of a conspiracy to deceive. 324 pages with plan. Paperback. £7.99 NOW £4.50

2 in One


by Michael Robotham An omnibus of two bestsellers in one volume here is ‘exceptional suspense’ - Stephen King. Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through his hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. He has no recollection of what happened and nobody believes him. The only clue

is a photograph of a young girl who disappeared three years ago. Vincent believes she is still alive and in terrible danger. In the second novel Bombproof, 56 hours before, Sami Macbeth was released from prison. 36 hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he is carrying a rucksack through London’s West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country. Scary characters, thrilling reading. 390 plus 393pp bound in sturdy paperback. £9.99 NOW £5

2 in One

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MAGDALENE by Jonathan Gash Kneeling to receive Holy Communion one Sunday, it suddenly dawns on Magda Finnan how she can earn God’s blessing. She vows to kill Father Doran. 19 year old Magda is haunted by her upbringing in one of Ireland’s infamous Magdalene orphanages. Among her traumatic childhood memories, one image in particular

defies the passage of time - her best friend Lucy falling down a deep, dark stairwell to her death. But now Magda has realised what she must do to exact justice for her lost friend - she must commit a murder. Illiterate and timid, planning such a crime does not come easily to her, but she has made a solemn vow and is determined to see her task through to the end. Beguiling writing, 431pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3.50

69201 FINDING DAVEY by Jonathan Gash

Another title from the creator of Lovejoy we are thrilled to have. A little boy’s mind floated. People were talking in faraway voices. Calm, warm. The voices droned. When six year old Davey Charleston is kidnapped during a family holiday in Florida, his distraught parents finally accept that he cannot be found. They return to England to mourn the loss of their

son. However Davey’s grandfather Bray is not so willing to accept Davey’s disappearance - he knows it is down to him to rescue his young grandson. Suspecting that whoever took Davey will try to wash out any memory the boy has of his past, Bray begins to compile a series of children’s books, with the goal of making them popular in America. He hopes his grandson’s buried memories will be triggered and that Davey will be the only person capable of correctly answering his almost impossible trivia questions. With the aid of an unlikely trio of helpers, Bray sets out on the quest to find Davey. A gem of a book, a mix of thriller and fairytale. 475pp in paperback.

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by Robert Barnard

Written by the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award here is a puzzling whodunit and a comedy of manners. Actress Caroline Fawley is enjoying life in her new role as ‘the Mistress of Alderley’. Her TV work has made her popular and she laps up the attention she receives from her new neighbours in the small Yorkshire village of Marsham.

Meanwhile, the romantic weekend visits from her lover, supermarket owner Marius Fleetwood, certainly provide the locals with something to gossip about. But Caroline’s idyllic life is soon to change when a night out at the opera takes an unexpected turn. Barnard has a sharp eye for hypocrisy, provincial snobbery and narcissism. 347pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3.50

69286 ALL-TIME FAVOURITE DETECTIVE STORIES by Poe, Doyle, Chesterton, Bentley, Sayers and Others

edited by Rochelle Kronzek To bring the essence of mystery, sufficient plot, surprise and clever twists into a detective short story takes literary skill, wit, ingenuity and imagination. In 1950, experts at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

voted on the best detective stories ever written, and the result was this dazzling dozen. Two of the choices, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Purloined Letter and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Red Headed League were regarded by their authors as the finest short stories. The remaining tales offer similarly high levels of excitement and mystery and include G. K. Chesterton’s The Invisible Man, Suspicion by Dorothy L. Sayers, Aldous Huxley’s The Gioconda Smile and The Hand of Mr Ottermole by Thomas Burke among others. 264 page large softback.

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69202 THE GHOST by Robert Harris

A body washes up on the deserted coastline of America’s most exclusive holiday retreat. The death of Mike McAra is just the first piece of the jigsaw in an extraordinary plot that will shake the very foundations of international security. McAra was a man who knew too much. As ghost writer to one of the most controversial men on the planet, Britain’s former Prime Minister holed up in a remote

oceanfront house to finish his memoirs, he stumbled across secrets which cost him his life. When a new ghost writer is sent out to rescue the project it could be the opportunity of a lifetime - or the start of a deadly assignment propelled by deception and intrigue from which there will be no escape. A tense thriller from the no.1 bestselling author with a brilliantly persuasive plot. 400 page paperback. £7.99 NOW £3.50

57496 SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Game’s Afoot edited by David Stuart Davies

Once more, the game’s afoot as Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street returns in 20 new adventures. Striding through the foggy gas lit streets of London, Holmes tackles such cases as the puzzle of the Green Skull. David Stuart Davies, Denis O. Smith, Mark Valentine, Matthew Booth, M.J. Elliott and the other talented writers who have contributed to this collection have followed closely in the footsteps of Arthur Conan Doyle in creating a wonderful feast of Sherlockian entertainment. Paperback. 416pp. ONLY £3


100543 CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This volume completes the canon of the illustrated Sherlock Holmes stories reprinted from The Strand Magazine. It contains the short story series Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear - a sinister novella which appeared in 1914-15 - His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes and the last 12 stories The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. 400pp. Paperback. ONLY £2


SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

‘Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories’. It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle’s matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson. The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Holmes with his famous deerstalker hat. Each new generation comes to love and revere the penetrating mind and ruthless logic which were the undoing of so many Victorian master criminals. 1408 page well-bound softback. ONLY £7

68678 ARCHER P.I. by Ross MacDonald The American private eye, immortalised by Hammett, refined by Chandler, brought to its zenith by MacDonald, appears here in an omnibus. Ross MacDonald (1915- 1983) infused new life into the hard- boiled detective genre with psychologically complex mysteries including his intuitive and empathetic private eye, Lew Archer. Now discover three of his

very best crime novels - The Ivory Grin (aka Marked for Murder) begins when a wealthy woman hires Archer to track down a maid who she claims made off with her jewellery. The Zebra Striped Hearse (1962) finds Archer investigating a rich man’s prospective son-in-law and in The Underground Man (1971) Archer tracks a missing, possibly kidnapped, child and uncovers a secret history of wayward parents, wounded offspring and murder. 650pp.


STORIES edited by David Stuart Davies Opening with ‘The Purloined Letter’ by Edgar Allan Poe and ‘Silver Blaze’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, by way of Wilkie Collins, Arnold Bennett, G. K. Chesterton, Edgar Wallace, Charles Dickens, Mrs Henry Wood, J. S. Le Fanu, Ernest Bramah, E. W. Hornung, Harry Blyth and ending with Fergus Hume, these detective stories are perennial favourites. Enjoy tales of baffling mystery, usually involving a murder and only one gifted individual, the starring detective who can actually solve it. The solution is often clever, surprising and sometimes borders on the incredible. Each is a satisfying read. Omnibus paperback of 1280pp. ONLY £7


‘The String of Pearls’ - the original tale of Sweeney Todd, a classic of British horror, was first published as a weekly serial in 1846-47 by Edward Lloyd, the King of the Penny Dreadfuls. One of the earliest detective stories, it became an important source for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. After 157 years of obscurity, it appears here for the first time in book form. 256pp. Paperback. ONLY £3

67998 WOBBLE TO DEATH: A Sergeant Cribb

Investigation by Peter Lovesey The first in a series of eight Sergeant Cribb Victorian mysteries, this contest winner launched Peter Lovesey’s career as an internationally renowned crime writer. In 1879, race walking competitions known as ‘Wobbles’ were all the rage. The death of a

contender, followed by a second murder, introduces us to Sergeant Cribb and his team of police investigators. A cleverly plotted mystery filled with detailed behind-the- scenes police work, the prose perfectly blends suspense and humour. US import, 234pp in paperback. $14 NOW £4

58200 A CHARLIE CHAN OMNIBUS by Earl Derr Biggers

A family secret leads to murder in a house without locks... Someone is prepared to kill to procure a valuable set of pearls, and a parrot fluent in Chinese knows too much... A Scotland Yard Inspector is about to close his final case, but someone is prepared to kill to keep the mystery unsolved... Three very different crimes, with one thing in common... He’s Honolulu’s greatest detective – prepare to savour the wisdom of Charlie Chan. From Hawaii to San Francisco, no crime is too baffling, no clue too insignificant for Charlie. Long out of print, Charlie Chan’s first three cases, ‘The House Without a Key’, ‘The Chinese Parrot’ and ‘Behind That Curtain’, have been collected in one volume. Paperback, 641pp. ONLY £3

62730 CASEFILES OF MR J. G. REEDER by Edgar Wallace

Let us introduce you to the enigmatic J. G. Reeder, a timid, gentle middle-aged man who carries a furled up umbrella and wears an old-fashioned flat-topped bowler hat. He is one of the great unsung sleuths of mystery fiction, created by the prolific Edgar Wallace, the ‘King of Thrillers’. Reeder is a cold and ruthless detective who credits his success to his ‘criminal mind’ which allows him to solve a series of complex and audacious crimes and outwit the most cunning of villainous masterminds. Contains the first three volumes in the Reeder canon: two novels, Room 13 and Terror Keep and the short stories The Mind of J. G. Reeder. 434pp. Paperback. ONLY £3



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