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Confess, Fletch

The Chevy Chase films shouldn't deter you from reading Gregory McDonald's masterful and often hilarious Fletch mysteries

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The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor

An intricately plotted, existential thriller like a house of cards -- one in which readers would be more than happy to linger.

Peter Swanson
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The Narcissist's Daughter by Craig Holden

One of the better literary thrillers I’ve read in a long while, a revenge tale that twists into a well-constructed edge-of-your- sofa-cushion murder story.

Peter Swanson
Comics

The Mammoth Book of Best Horror Comics by Peter Normanton (Editor)

This will whet your appetite for more disturbing tales from the halcyon days before the Comics Code came along.

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps

The good stories are terrific reads and the not-so-good stories are never dull.

Peter Swanson
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The Late Hector Kipling by David Thewlis

I was so annoyed with Hector’s inability to make a single mature decision that I was glad when he became a monster and the blood started splattering.

Peter Swanson
Books

Playboy's Silverstein Around the World by Shel Silverstein

Silverstein’s travel pieces, commissioned by Playboy Magazine, are like some of the fringe countries and cultures that he explored: not essential, but worth a visit.

Peter Swanson
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The Devils Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe

Despite a fairly salacious premise, this thriller by popular Japanese writer Miyuki Miyabe reads more like a young adult mystery, a Stratemeyer Syndicate novel transposed to modern day Japan.

Peter Swanson
Books

The Ghost by Robert Harris

Stormy nights and houses on cliffs have propelled me through worse books than The Ghost.

Peter Swanson
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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

An out-to-pasture death-metal rock star with a penchant for occult objects -- drawings by John Wayne Gacy, a snuff film -- bids on the internet for a ghost and wins it.

Peter Swanson
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