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The Overlook Press specializes in reviving the finest rediscovered crime classics of the past and publishing today’s most outstanding writers of mystery, suspense, espionage and thrillers. Ranging from police procedurals and psycho-noir to international potboilers and serial killer thrillers, Overlook produces today’s most original and riveting tales of literary intrigue.  Contemporary classics from international stars R.J. Ellory, Gerald Seymour, Susan Hill, and Eoin Colfer carry on the rich tradition established by veteran masters including award-winning storytellers Robert Littell and Charles McCarry.

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The Caretaker of Lorne Field
$15.00
Shortlisted for the ALA Best Horror Award and the Dark Scribe Magazine Book of the Year, the readers' favorite "delicious, horrorish" (Newsday) tale of the year Learn More

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Cemetery John
$26.95
Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century." Learn More

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Christopher's Ghosts
$25.00
In McCarry's first work since the astonishing revival of his legendary espionage novels, Paul Christopher is back but so is the only adversary that ever eluded him. Learn More

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Christopher's Ghosts (Paperback)
$13.95
In McCarry's first work since the astonishing revival of his legendary espionage novels, Paul Christopher is back but so is the only adversary that ever eluded him. Learn More

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The City When It Rains
$13.95
There’s nothing special about the woman’s death. It comes over the police radio like any other sad story: a woman found on the sidewalk, killed after plunging from her apartment. But something about the gruesome scene grabs David Corman’s attention. A freelance photographer with a defunct marriage and a career on the skids, he fixates on this mysterious death. But learning the truth behind this futile suicide will teach David that New York is even uglier than he imagined.


Praise for The City When It Rains:

“Cook has shown himself to be a writer of poetic gifts, constantly pushing against the presumed limits of crime fiction.” —Los Angeles Times

“This is first-rate crime noir and much more.” —Library Journal



Thomas H. Cook is the author of nearly two dozen critically lauded crime novels. He found breakout success with The Chatham School Affair, which won an Edgar Award for best novel in 1996. He lives and works in New York City. Learn More

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The Collaborator
$25.95
“Not since the arrival of John le Carré has the emergence of an international suspense novelist been as stunning as that of Gerald Seymour,” raved the Los Angeles Times Book Review upon publication of Rat Run. With The Collaborator Seymour has entered new territory, penning a novel of the Sicilian Mafia with the pace of Mario Puzo and the craft of Alan Furst.


She is an Italian accountancy student in London. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother. Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of clans such as Immacolata’s family.


When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice, he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying series of events.



Gerald Seymour’s first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry’s Game, set in Belfast. He has since written twenty-four more bestselling novels, six of which have been filmed for television in the UK and US.



Praise for The Collaborator:


"A dense, intensely satisfying thriller from one of the modern masters of the craft."--Daily Mail

"No summary can suggest its depth and texture. Seymour is not one to cut corners. He does his research, thinks hard about his story and gives us richly imagined novels that bristle with authenticity. Very few thriller writers tell us as much about their characters." –Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

"A propulsive, neatly structured thriller." --Guardian

"This is a great suspense thriller . . Fast-paced with a strong cast." --Midwest Book Review

"Critics rank him with John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth as a master of suspense . . . But with The Collaborator, Seymour moves beyond suspense. Yes, the plot teems with criminals, and yes, the climax features a face-off between a negotiator and a bad guy who has a pistol and a hostage. But no, The Collaborator isn't just another thriller. At its heart, this tale is a novel . . . The The Collaborator follows a plot that's distressingly realistic . . . Seymour takes readers far deeper into his characters than do most thriller writers. And by the standards of the genre, the book's 500-page length amounts to a thriller and a half." --St Louis Post-Dispatch

"Seymour's 26th novel builds relentlessly to a fever-pitch conclusion in which a Camorra killer, a hostage rescuer, and a kidnapped victim--characters developed with consummate skill--are all one step from death. Highly recommended for thriller readers." --Library Journal starred review
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The Company
$35.00
The magnum opus of acclaimed espionage novelist Robert Littell: a mesmerizing, dazzlingly plotted epic that tells the life and death struggle of two generations of CIA operatives during a long Cold War. Learn More

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The Cooperman Variations
$24.95

A new caper starring Benny Cooperman, the lovable and intrepid sleuth that Donald Westlake says is "a lot of fun to hang out with".

Benny Cooperman is a detective with flair, known and loved as the witty, egg salad-loving, Jewish gentleman sleuth he is the world over. This kinder, gentler detective funny, smart and squeamish about violence is the creation of master of the genre Howard Engel, whose readers stretch now to thirteen countries, from his native Canada to Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark and the US.

This time around, a murder and a beautiful woman are the key elements that get Benny embroiled in the scandalous world of television broadcasting. It all starts when Benny, mulling over the lack of stimulating work and the absence of his girlfriend, is visited by a woman from his past. Vanessa Moss, a former high school beauty who has grown up to become Head of Entertainment at a television network, asks Benny to protect her. A friend was murdered while at her house and Vanessa fears she was the target. In Toronto, Benny poses as Vanessa's executive assistant amidst a tangle of competing executives, backbiting lawyers, arrogant producers, and hopeful hangers-on. As Benny tries to protect his client, give the local cops a helping hand, and avoid making enemies of his colleagues, he quickly discovers that taking care of Vanessa is a seductive but risky business.

"Mr. Engel is a born writer, a natural stylist This is a writer who can bring a character to life in a few lines." Ruth Rendell

"Engel can turn a phrase as neatly as Chandler." Julian Symons

"The Cooperman novels are heavy on full-bodied characters, sharp dialogue, and rich humor. Benny just plain charms the socks off anyone he meets." Booklist

Howard Engel is the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, and creator of the acclaimed Benny Cooperman mystery series as well as Murder in Montparnasse, a departure from the series. He is a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association of Canada, where his private eye has been described as a cherished national institution. He lives in Toronto.

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The Damned Don't Die
$14.95
Overlook continues it reissues of the incomparable Jim Nisbit’s oeuvre with The Damned Don’t Die. Learn More

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Dark Companion (Paperback)
$13.95
Overlook continues its reissues of the incomparable Jim Nisbet’s oeuvre with Dark Companion. Nisbet, the acclaimed noir writer from San Francisco captures the absurdities of present-day America with a rare pungency in this noir gem.


Banerjhee Rolf, a bright, levelheaded Indian-American scientist, is content to spend his days with his wife, tending his garden and studying his beloved astronomy. When Rolf ’s relationship with his seedy, drug-dealing neighbor, Toby Pride, and Pride’s stoner girlfriend takes a weird turn, Rolf’s placid world is shattered and he becomes a fugitive from justice. Crime, cosmology, politics, philosophy, physics and more enter into this cautionary tale, which climaxes with the suddenness of a cobra strike and then delivers a denouement that’s both stunning and absolutely perfect.
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