Tony Black, Benjamin Black, Sean Black, Ellen Emerson White, Lionel White and Glenn Gray....
|Tony Black - Gutted (2009)|
When the gangland owner of a pit bull that killed a three-year-old girl is found gutted on an Edinburgh hill Gus Dury is asked to investigate, and soon finds himself up to his neck in the warring underworld of the city's sink estates. Amidst illegal dog fights, a missing 50 grand and a police force and judiciary desperate to cover their links to a brutal killing, Gus must work fast to root out the truth, whilst the case sinks its teeth ever deeper into him.
|Sean Black - Lock Down (2009)|
New York. It may be Christmas in New York, but for ex-soldier turned elite bodyguard Ryan Lock, it's business as usual: his mission is to protect one of America's most ruthless businessmen. A Bloody Shoot-Out. Suddenly gunshots ring out. People run for cover. Innocent people are mown down. Amid the chaos, Lock's hunt for the killers turns into an explosive game of cat and mouse. A Deadly Secret. Lock's search for the truth takes him from the rooftops of a New York skyscraper to a heavily fortified warehouse on the Hudson where he confronts one of the world's most dangerous women. As the clock ticks towards midnight on New Year's Eve, all routes into and out of Manhattan are sealed, and Lock realises that not only is his own life in terrible danger but so are the lives of millions of others...
|Benjamin Black - A Death in Summer (2011)|
|Glenn Gray - The Little Boy Inside and Other Stories (2013)|
Doctors are required to do no harm, but not writers like Glenn Gray. His characters -- doctors and patients, body builders and drug dealers -- take up permanent residence in our imaginations, leaving us amazed, damaged, and transformed forever.
|Ellen Emerson White - All Emergencies, Ring Super (1997)|
Once an aspiring actress, Dana Coakley has abandoned the bright lights of stardom for a less glamourous position: as superintendent of an Upper West Side apartment building. The pay isn't great, and grouting and plumbing aren't dream work, but the rent is free, and it gives her more time to work with the disadvantaged inner-city kids she tutors.
One of those kids, Travis, confides in Dana that he believes a fatal fire in a low-income housing building was actually the work of an arsonist, and not the accident it was deemed. Dana begins investigating, but her snooping unearths more questions than it answers. What does a wealthy real-estate mogul have to do with the fire? What does a teenage drug lord know about it? And can Dana-with the help of her wisecracking friends-solve the case between leaky faucets, loose tiles, and whiny tenants?
|Lionel White - The Big Caper (1955)|
Memorable pulp noir, a forgotten classic.
From the Gold Medal author of more than 35 pulp hard boiled crime thrillers; Lionel White was praised by The New York Times as "the master of the big caper."
They're set. They're ready. Here it comes... .
Professional fence Frank Harper was loaded six weeks ago, after his last successful jack backed by butter and egg man Flood. But after dropping two thousand berries on a three-legged nag, Frank is desperate for some lettuce, fast.
The wheels were beginning to turn. From all parts of the country quiet, tough men slipped into the small southern coastal town and took up the final vigil. There was the arsonist, the safe blower, the boy-faced killer-there was a regiment of crack, lawless men waiting out the minutes until Saturday night-the night the town would explode into violence. For in the center of town sat the bank-a citadel of twelve million dollars, impregnable as Gibraltar, safe as a church. Safe-until precisely ten-fifteen on Saturday night. Until the wheels began to pick up momentum, and suddenly a fire lit the sky, and the power went off all over town and under way went the king-sized knock-over. The grand slam. The Big Caper.