Fires That Destroy

Fires That Destroy

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Says Joe R. Lansdale in his introduction: "Fires That Destroy is like so many of the best noir novels, the sort where you see the main character climb on a fast train with a straight track and no detours, even though like all noir characters of this sort, they should be able to look far enough ahead to realize that the track falls off into an abyss." She was the victim of her own lust and greed Bernice, a young secretary living in New York, is frustrated by the fact that the pretty girls in her company get all the promotions. When she discovers that her blind boss has hidden away a large amount of cash, she decides that money will be her ticket to the life she desires. But by bringing death to one man so that she can live with another, she finds herself married to the devil.
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Any Woman He Wanted

Any Woman He Wanted

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Mike Ballard #2 Mike Ballard works homicide, demoted from lieutenant four years ago for accepting bribes. When District Attorney Tom Flynn, who was the one pursuing Ballard, tries to enlist him in his fight against corruption, Ballard wants nothing to do with it. The next day Flynn turns up dead — with the cops overeager to insist he committed suicide despite the bullet hole in the back of his head. Then there's Lupe, pregnant by the son of one of the most influential men in town, who wants Ballard's help. And Naomi, who knows exactly what she wants. There's only so much a man can take, and when Ballard's drinking friend is threatened and the cops don't seem interested in giving him protection, Ballard decides to strike back against the new crime machine.
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One Deadly Dawn

One Deadly Dawn

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

As Public Relations Director for Twenty Grand Studios, Sam Howell knew that movie stars would do anything for their front-page write-up. So when Jack Roland got himself charged with murdering a scandal magazine publisher, Sam just groaned. It was so obviously a press-agent's stunt.Only one thing didn't fit. The police were buying it, lock, stock and barrel. And then it suddenly hit Sam that as much as he knew about the antics of filmland, he was a novice to the vicious racket of the newsstand scandal-mongers. There were too many influential people who didn't want the dead publisher's confidential files aired. It was no longer a question of innocence or guilt; it was simply a matter of hushing the crime up quickly.Sam Howell was right in the middle of that squeeze. If he backed out now, an innocent film star would take the rap. If he butted in, he would never live through ONE DEADLY DAWN.
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Drawn to Evil

Drawn to Evil

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

The vision of Liza Flynn was burned into my mind. My heart pounded. Here it was. Just what I had always been seeking. The big thrill.I was going to find who killed her husband and the prize would be the loveliest woman I had ever seen. A woman who'd never been touched, really. I could look at her and sense that it was all there, waiting. The hellfire and the thrill and the excitement. It was going to be pure hell for the guy who really woke her up. And I was the guy that was going to do it!
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The Naked Jungle

The Naked Jungle

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Only three survivors of the airliner crash landed on this deserted tropical island:Webb, who bore in his heart the festering wound of an unfaithful woman.Fran, who sought love and found only inescapable domination.Krayer, whose hands and glands obeyed the icy laws of his inhuman logic.They managed to survive the violence of nature only to face the fiercer violence of human passions. For their need of each other was only exceeded by their hate.
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A Moment to Prey

A Moment to Prey

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

    Lily knew what she wanted, and that was a man who would take her away from the dirt road and one-room country shack she called home. Lily was different than the other swamp folks, different and smarter. She was looking not only to get out but for something, and it was clear that she'd do anything to get whatever that might be, including commit murder. It was impossible to avoid her, her sleepy eyes that made it seem that she'd just crawled out of a warm bed, her full lips and lush body. An insurance investigator is sent by his company from St. Louis to find out the truth about a hundred thousand dollar scam; he discovers the truth, all right, but Lily makes him concentrate on something altogether different.     Harry Whittington was the king of the paperback originals. He wrote mysteries, westerns, romance and adventure novels. Despite his prolific output, Whittington's work was always of the highest quality. Celebrated and perhaps appreciated most in France, Whittington was lionized by the Magazine Literaire, in Paris: "For the past twenty-five years," they wrote, "we in France have considered Harry Whittington one of the masters of the roman noir in the second generation-after Hammett, Chandler, Cain."      ***          "Whittington does some of the best sheer story-telling since the greatest days of the detective pulps."     -Anthony Boucher, New York Times          "Whittington's writing is crisp, with a good deal of emotional impact."     -Bill Pronzini
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The Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

The Brass Monkey!Symbol of what evil was this leering, glittering little gibbon? What connection had it with the murder of Herb Baldwin? Why did it strike fear into ugly old Hattie Contona? Why was it hunted by the sadistic Lieut. Mosani?How did it figure into the violent death of pretty and luscious little Ona Kalani? How did it mean both life and death to the incomparable, the completely seductive Lanai Okazi, golden goddess of the flesh?Jim Patterson, a private eye at war with the world, found the brass monkey—and used his life as bait to trap its secret! But this was not the end, for beyond lay a secret within a secret—one more vicious, more vindictive than murder itself!
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Brute In Brass

Brute In Brass

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Mike Ballard #1 He was a tough, brutal cop — until he fell in love... Originally published in 1956 by Gold Medal, then reissued as Forgive Me, Killer by Black Lizard in 1987, Brute in Brass is a hardboiled novel about Mike Ballard, a crooked cop desperate to make up for previous sins, but unable to control his own desires.
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A Ticket to Hell

A Ticket to Hell

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

He was a tall and slender man in his early thirties with a bitter hunger in his face. There was a strength about him that the tailored jacket couldn't conceal or soften, and a readiness about him that clashed with the expensive car and the hand-sawn luggage. Ex-convict Ric Durazo was a man on a mission – well chosen for the job of saving someone's life, even if it cost him his own. A Ticket to Hell is a fast-paced noir ride through the cheap motels and desert canyons of New Mexico.
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Slay Ride for a Lady

Slay Ride for a Lady

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Harry Nelson got Dan Henderson out of the pen for his own very special reasons. The price of Henderson's freedom was simple—he merely had to track down and find Nelson's voluptuous wife, Connice...Henderson finally found her in far-off Hawaii—but just as dead as they come...Then he discovered that he was the fall guy for her murder and that he had to return to Tampa and kill..But it was lovely Connice who had the last laugh, as always...
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A Night for Screaming

A Night for Screaming

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

The noir classic by the author whom Joe R. Lansdale calls "the king of plot and pace." With a new introduction by Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. Ex-cop Mitch Walker is on the run after being wrongfully accused of murder. So Walker hops a train and ends up in a small town in Kansas, where he signs up to work at a huge farm owned by Barton M. Cassel, the big man in the county. The farm looks like a good place to hide from Fred Palmer, his pursuer and former partner, and the local cops, but Walker soon finds himself caught between the jealous battle of his new employer, and Cassel's beautiful wife, Eve. And one way or the other, nobody leaves the farm.
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A Woman on the Place

A Woman on the Place

Harry Whittington

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

From the moment Cousin Rosanne and her husband arrived from Alabama, Will Johnson was in for it. Outside, his orange crop was in danger, and now his troubles moved indoors as well.Death and jealousy stood behind Will's wife, the law was after Rosanne's husband, and that unwilling bride herself was a fiery young thing who thus far had resisted gentling. Yet, though Will's strong back already was heavily burdened, he dared to take on this one more chore—even if it sparked an emotional holocaust.
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