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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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Dead and Buried
$24.95
The intrepid gumshoe is in it up to his neck in toxic waste in this latest foray. Learn More

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Dead and Buried (Paperback)
$14.95
The intrepid gumshoe is in it up to his neck in toxic waste in this latest foray. Learn More

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The Debriefing
$26.95
A terrifying excursion into the ambiguous world of deceit, illusion, and treachery that is espionage by bestselling master-of-the genre, Robert Littell. Learn More

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The Defection of A.J. Lewinter
$24.95
The debut novel from best-selling espionage thriller writer Robert Littell--finally back in print. Learn More

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The Distance from Here
$14.95

A dark and provocative new play by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director Neil LaBute.

No American playwright has written more compellingly about the subtle ways in which people inflict pain on each other than Neil LaBute. His films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors both gained critical renown for their biting satire and caustic wit. Now, with The Distance from Here, he has written his most riveting play yet, an intense look at the dark side of American suburbia.

With little to occupy their time other than finding a decent place to hang out-the zoo, the mall, the school parking lot-Darrell and Tim are two American teenagers who lack any direction or purpose in their lives. When Darrell's suspicion about the faithlessness of his girlfriend is confirmed and Tim comes to her defense, there is nothing to brake their momentum as all three speed toward disaster.

"LaBute, in his most ambitious and best play to date, gets inside the emptiness of American culture, the Masquerade and the evil of neglect. The Distance from Here, it seems to me, is a new title to be added to the short list of important contemporary plays." John Lahr, The New Yorker

"LaBute's skill, and the shortness of the scenes, are compelling [his] excellent writing generates an exact depiction of empty, soulless, thoughtless lives." Hal Jensen, Times Literary Supplement

Neil LaBute's first film, In the Company of Men received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best feature and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also written and directed Your Friends and Neighbors and the forthcoming The Shape of Things, and directed Nurse Betty and the soon to be released Possession. His other plays include Bash (available from Overlook), Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, Sangunarians and Sycophants, Rounder, and Ravages.

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Dragon's Eye
$24.95
A fast-paced and exhilarating manhunt through modern China - a trail as intricate and sinuous as the Yangtze River winding into the heart of Shanghai. Learn More

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Dragon's Eye (Paperback)
$14.95
A fast-paced and exhilarating manhunt through modern China - a trail as intricate and sinuous as the Yangtze River winding into the heart of Shanghai. Learn More

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Exquisite Corpse
$14.95

Robert Irwin's surrealistic novel is back in print: "A picaresque nightmare, a sinister shell game, an addled odyssey along the graying edges of the psyche-Exquisite Corpse is all of these things." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Set in London, Paris, and Munich in the 1940s and 1950s, Exquisite Corpse is, like Irwin's cult classic, The Arabian Nightmare, a novel about the strange and ever-morphing powers of the imagination. At once a love story, a mystery, and an investigation into the ideas of absurdist art, "Irwin's novel about English surrealism is funny and profound and hugely satisfying." (A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times) This utterly captivating book is finally back in as part of Overlook's plan to bring Robert Irwin back into the literary limelight that he so much deserves.

Caspar, the narrator of Exquisite Corpse, is one of a strange bunch of friends known as the Serapion Brotherhood a group of artists, painters, and writers who are experimenting, expanding, and developing the then nascent concept of surrealism. While the real-life figures Andr Breton, Salvador Dali, and Henry Moore-among others-move in and out of the narrative, Caspar details his and his friends' investigations into sex, surrealism, hypnagogic imagery, waxworks, mesmerism, and madness. But when Caspar meets Caroline a beautiful and na ve young typist he is completely entranced. Strangely, she seems to fit in extremely well with the surrealists. Is all as it seems Where does she disappear to Caspar, himself, is unsure what is real and his therapist is no help at all but the tale he has woven is, as Ian Critchley wrote in the Sunday Times, "Superb!"

"An off-beat, brisk, and darkly comic novel. Robert Irwin is a deft writer with a fine ironic touch his novel, in which fiction and reality are woven unobtrusively together, is consistently clever and inventive." The New York Times

"A strange and elegant novel." The Boston Globe

"An immensely inventive and deceptive emotional novel." Village Voice

"Robert Irwin is a master of the surreal imagination " The Sunday Times

Robert Irwin studied Modern History at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews. In addition to Exquisite Corpse, he has written five other novels-including the classic The Arabian Nightmare-and is the editor of Night and Horses and the Desert: An Anthology of Classic Arabic Literature.

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From Away
$25.95
A unique comic mystery from the beloved author of Double Negative, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "intelligent, unpredictable…and extraordinarily funny" Learn More

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Getting Away with Murder
$22.95
A new mystery in the classic Benny Cooperman series. Learn More

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