Tag Archives: Orion Books

Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

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‘Your fat chief of police tried to assassinate me last night. I don’t like that. I’m just mean enough to want to ruin him for it. Now I’m going to have my fun. I’ve got ten thousand dollars of your money to … Continue reading

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Anthony Price: The Labyrinth Makers

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Funerals meant going outside, into the field, among strangers. And he was not a field man, never had been and never wanted to be. The back room among the files and the reports was his field. It was far more … Continue reading

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Richard Condon: The Manchurian Candidate

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I was not at all expecting The Manchurian Candidate to be the book it is. It’s packaged, in this 2004 movie tie-in edition at least, as a slick-looking starring-Denzel-Washington-and-from-the-director-of-The-Silence-of-the-Lambs techno-thriller – ‘It’s not a nightmare if it’s really happening’. But what … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon

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The tappity-tap-tap and the thin bell and muffled whir of Effie Perine’s typewriting came through the closed door. Somewhere in a neighboring office a power-driven machine vibrated dully. On Spade’s desk a limp cigarette smoldered in a brass tray filled … Continue reading

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John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins

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The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins John Dickson Carr First published in the UK in 1935 by Hamish Hamilton This edition Orion Books, 2013 9781409146322 213 pages Source: Norwich Millennium Library John Dickson Carr is the acknowledged master of … Continue reading

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Anthony Horowitz: The House of Silk

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The House of Silk Anthony Horowitz First published in the UK 2011, Orion This edition: Orion Books, 2012 ISBN: 9781409135982 406 pages Source: Wymondham Duck Race bookstall I recently read the steampunky Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box for Euro Crime, which reminded … Continue reading

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Ed McBain: Cop Hater

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Cop Hater Ed McBain First published in the US,  1956, Permabooks This edition Orion Books, 2003 ISBN: 9780752857916 188 pages The buildings were a stage-set. They faced the river, and they glowed with man-made brilliance, and you stared up at … Continue reading

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James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice

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The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain First published in the US 1934 This edition 2005, Orion Books ISBN: 9780752861746 116 pages Score: 3/5 This is a short book with a very simple story. Frank and Cora, limited by poverty … Continue reading

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