Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Hard-Boiled Mystery. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Straight Shot (Tom Keeler Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

"Fast, interesting, and mean. Loved it." - Kindle Reader They thought they could get away with murder, but then Keeler showed up. Ex-Special Forces operator Tom Keeler is a rambling man. He’s just passing through the town of Alencourt, France, and in less than an hour, someone tries to kill him. Nice place, nice try. But it’s a case of mistaken identity, and they picked the wrong guy. The French police can’t be trusted, except for the beautiful Cecile Nazari. She finds out fast, that keeping up with Keeler is a dangerous occupation. Because someone’s preying on the weak and unprotected. Someone murderous. But they never counted on coming up against a guy like Keeler

  • Author: Jack Lively
  • Publisher: General Projects (May 19, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

2. Drift (Rachel Hatch Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

THEY KILLED THE WRONG GIRL. RACHEL HATCH WILL MAKE THEM PAY. WALL STREET JOURNAL & Amazon 5-million copy bestselling author L.T. RYAN has teamed up with police detective Brian Shea for this debut novel in the gripping Rachel Hatch mystery thriller series. Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister's drowning drags her back to the town she left fifteen years ago. Convinced her sister's death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line. Hatch is forced to use her special set of skills - forged on the field of combat - to learn the truth about her sister and bring those responsible to justice. The first novel in one of the most highly-anticipated collaborative series this decade, DRIFT is a tightly woven story, with deeply-developed and endearing characters that will have you rooting for them at every turn, set at an exhilarating pace that will keep you turning pages late into the night.

  • Author: L.T. Ryan
  • Publisher: Liquid Mind Media (December 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

3. The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper: A Travis McGee Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.   He had done a big favor for her husband, then for the lady herself. Now she’s dead, and Travis McGee finds that Helena Pearson Trescott had one last request of him: to find out why her beautiful daughter Maureen keeps trying to kill herself. But what can a devil-may-care beach bum do for a young troubled mind?   McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, where he realizes pretty quickly that something’s just not right. Not only has Maureen’s doctor killed herself, but a string of murders and suicides are piling up—and no one seems to have any answers.   Just when it seems that things can’t get any stranger, McGee becomes the lead suspect in the murder of a local nurse. As if Maureen didn’t have enough problems, the man on a mission to save her will have to save himself first—before time runs out.   “The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author.”—Jonathan Kellerman Featuring a new Introduction by Lee Child

  • Author: John D. MacDonald
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

4. Later


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

A brand-new novel from legendary storyteller Stephen King! Sometimes growing up means facing your demons. The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine - as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave. Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel It , Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror

                 

5. End Game (The Harry Starke Novels Book 16)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

End Game. Harry Starke Book 16 The game’s afoot, only Harry has no idea… Not yet anyway. It seems his enemies are endless, and his career and life are always at stake. This time, though, he may not make it out unscathed. Has Harry’s past finally caught up with him? Is this the end? Find out. Shop now.

  • Author: Blair Howard
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 



6. The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

“Elvis Cole provides more fun for the reader than any L.A. private eye to come along in years.”—Joseph Wambaugh WINNER OF THE ANTHONY AND MACAVITY AWARDS FOR BEST NOVEL • NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR AND SHAMUS AWARDS FOR BEST NOVEL Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. Private Eye. . . . He quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a .38. He’s a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet who is determined to never grow up. When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole’s Disney-Deco office, she’s lost something very valuable—her husband and her young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn’t thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower, Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood’s studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs, sex—and murder. Now the case is getting interesting, but it’s also turned ugly. Because everybody, from cops to starlets to crooks, has declared war on Ellen and Elvis. For Ellen, it isn’t Funtown anymore. For Elvis, it’s just a living . . . He hopes.  Praise for The Monkey's Raincoat “Outstanding characters, tight plot, and scintillating prose style. . . . This fast-paced story speeds Elvis Cole to a chilling, heart-stopping ending.” — Mystery Scene “Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel.” —Harlan Ellison “Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one—it's a winner!” —Lawrence Block “The best private eye novel of the year . . . lots of action; bright, crisp dialogue; and sharply drawn characters.” — The Denver Post “Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands. . . . Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais's style is fresh and funny.” —Sue Grafton “In Crais, a new star has appeared on the private eye scene—a dazzling first novel.” —Tony Hillerman

  • Author: Robert Crais
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

7. Uncharted (Blake Brier Thrillers Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

When an old friend calls in a favor, Blake Brier has no choice but to accept. A runaway in over her head proves not what she seems. Brier must navigate  UNCHARTED  waters if he's to bring her back alive. The latest installment from  USA Today  bestselling author L.T. Ryan & former Detective Gregory Scott, Blake Brier returns in the thrilling sequel to Unleashed. "A FIVE STAR story that grabs you immediately and you do not breathe until the book ends." When Blake Brier gets a call from FBI Special Agent Andrew Harrison asking for help, he's obligated to assist. Looking out for a family member in need whose daughter has run away, Harrison asks Brier if he can use his unofficial channels and unorthodox approach to bring this to resolution. Brier agrees, but after arriving quickly finds there's a lot more going on in the sleepy New England town. If he's not careful, he might end up among the missing. Lives hang in the balance as Brier's investigation guides him into uncharted territory. And if he's not careful, he may never find his way back. Uncharted pits Brier against a deadly adversary unlike any other he's faced. An epic adventure awaits with all the non-stop action, suspense and thrills of an L.T. Ryan and Gregory Scott collaboration. Fans of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne will be glued to the pages of the Blake Brier Thriller series.

  • Author: L.T. Ryan
  • Publisher: Liquid Mind Media (April 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

8. Breacher (Tom Keeler Book 2)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

“Plenty to get your reading chops into; far more than just a one man army dispatching the bad guys. Immersive and feel good. This is the real deal." - Reader Review After four months working a fishing boat Tom Keeler is done with Alaska. He’s on his way to a permanent vacation. But Alaska isn’t done with him. Jane Abrams just got there, and she’s got big problems. Her son has gone missing and the police won’t help. She wants Keeler’s help with her problem. He’s not interested, until the people pushing Abrams around step over the line. They thought that owning the town gave them special privileges. But they never planned on coming up against a guy like Keeler.

  • Author: Jack Lively
  • Publisher: General Projects Press (April 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

9. The Cavendish & Walker Series: Books 1-3


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

Three gripping crime fiction thrillers featuring DCI Whitney Walker and forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish. ‘Sally Rigby astounds me! How can a person consistently write such twisty, page turning, edge of your seat books?’  Goodreads 5 Star ‘The suspense is so thick you could feel it crackling around while reading.’  Goodreads 5 star DEADLY GAMES A killer is playing cat and mouse……. and winning. DCI Whitney Walker’s in trouble. She’s threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students, it’s a chance to redeem herself. Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, has spent her life inside the university walls, but when one of her students is murdered, she steps out from behind the text books and puts her skills to the test. The two headstrong women join forces to stop the killer. But sparks fly when real world policing meets academic theory, and it’s not a pretty sight. FATAL JUSTICE A vigilante’s on the loose, dishing out their kind of justice… A string of mutilated bodies sees Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker back in action. But when she discovers the victims have all been grooming young girls, she fears a vigilante is on the loose. And while she understands the motive, no one is above the law. Once again, she turns to forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, to unravel the cryptic clues. But will they be able to save the next victim from a gruesome death? DEATH TRACK Catch the train if you dare… After a teenage boy is found dead on a Lenchester train, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker believes they’re being targeted by the notorious Carriage Killer, who chooses a local rail network, commits four murders, and moves on. Against her wishes, Walker’s boss brings in officers from another force to help the investigation and prevent more deaths, but she’s forced to defend her team against this outside interference. Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, is by her side in an attempt to bring to an end this killing spree. But how can they get into the mind of a killer who has already killed twelve times in two years without leaving behind a single clue?

  • Author: Sally Rigby
  • Publisher: Top Drawer Press (April 15, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

10. A Deadly Distance: A Jack Noble Thriller


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hard-Boiled Mystery - August 2021

Jack Noble has 37 to stop a madman hell bent on tearing him down. Jack is back in the second page-turning novel in the USA Today bestselling Jack Noble Thriller Series. Washington, D.C. Midday. A man waits at a bus stop, his intentions unknown. Two government operatives have been stalking him for days, waiting for him to make his move. Unexpectedly, the man takes off running and heads for a deserted warehouse. Jack Noble and his partner, Frank Skinner, believe the man to be part of a terrorist organization that is involved in smuggling drugs and guns and men into the country. But it turns out their plan involves far more export than import, and hits a lot closer to home. As the case unfolds, the man behind it all reaches out to Jack with a simple message... 37 hours. This fast-paced crime thriller with over 350-5 star reviews by USA Today bestselling author L.T. Ryan will have you burning through the pages as Jack Noble races to stop a madman before he claims Noble's life. Fans of Tom Clancy, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne will enjoy the Jack Noble Thriller Series. Other Books in the Jack Noble Series of Political and Action Thrillers A Deadly Distance is the second of twelve Jack Noble espionage thriller books. In addition, a recently released prequel, and two series spin-offs are available. The series has earned thousands of five-star reviews, and has been downloaded over two-million times to Kindles around the world. If you enjoy gripping thrillers loaded with suspense, action, twists & turns, Jack Noble is for you! Readers say... "JACK NOBLE IS MY JASON BOURNE!" "This is an awesome story - so captivating that you'll read it late into the night. Highly recommend.." "I have really enjoyed reading the Jack Noble series, and this one is no exception, he may have replaced Jack Reacher as a new favorite!" USA Today Bestseller L.T. Ryan: 3/27/2014, 3/5/2015, 7/7/2016, 12/15/2016, 5/25/2017

  • Author: L.T. Ryan
  • Publisher: Liquid Mind Media (December 21, 2013)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense