Black Lizard Books

I’m a huge fan of the Black Lizard imprint from Vintage Books. Some of the very best mysteries are published here, especially in the noir category. The authors include some of the legends–Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross McDonald, Jim Thompson, James Cain, Eric Ambler, Ruth Rendell, Andrew Vachss, David Goodis, and Charles Williford. Then there are contemporary stars like Henning Mankell, Jeff Lindsey (the Dexter books), Don Winslow, and Joe Lansdale. Not to mention Stieg Larsson, he of the “Dragon Tattoo” blockbusters.

When I cruise used bookstores, I look for the little black lizard along the spine. If I don’t have the book, I get it. Because I’m very rarely disappointed.

Here are the Black Lizard books I’ve read so far. (A bunch more await on my bookshelves at home.)

  1. Eric Ambler — A Coffin for Dimitrios
  2. Eric Ambler — Epitaph for a Spy
  3. Eric Ambler — State of Siege
  4. John Burdett — The Last Six Million Seconds
  5. James M. Cain — Double Indemnity
  6. James M. Cain — The Postman Always Rings Twice
  7. James M. Cain — Jealous Woman
  8. Paul Cain — Seven Slayers
  9. Francis Carco — Perversity
  10. Raymond Chandler — The High Window
  11. Raymond Chandler — Farewell, My Lovely
  12. Raymond Chandler — The Big Sleep
  13. Raymond Chandler — The Long Goodbye
  14. Raymond Chandler — Trouble Is My Business
  15. Raymond Chandler — The Little Sister
  16. Raymond Chandler — The Lady in the Lake
  17. Raymond Chandler — The Simple Art of Murder
  18. Raymond Chandler — Playback
  19. James Crumley — The Last Good Kiss
  20. James Crumley — The Wrong Case
  21. Michael Dibdin — The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
  22. Michael Dibdin — Thanksgiving
  23. Robert Ferrigno — Flinch: A Novel
  24. Robert Ferrigno — Scavenger Hunt
  25. Robert Ferrigno — The Wake-Up
  26. Dan Fesperman — Small Boat of Great Sorrows
  27. Dan Fesperman — Lie in the Dark
  28. David Goodis — Black Friday
  29. David Goodis — Shoot the Piano Player
  30. David Goodis — Night Squad
  31. Joe Gores — Spade and Archer
  32. Dashiell Hammett — The Continental Op
  33. Dashiell Hammett — Red Harvest
  34. Dashiell Hammett — The Maltese Falcon
  35. Dashiell Hammett — The Thin Man
  36. Michael Harvey — The Chicago Way
  37. Michael Harvey — The Fifth Floor
  38. Michael Harvey — The Third Rail
  39. Vicki Hendricks — Miami Purity
  40. Carl Hiaasen, Bill Montalbano — Powder Burn
  41. Carl Hiaasen, Bill Montalbano — A Death in China
  42. Carl Hiaasen, Bill Montalbano — Trapline
  43. George Higgins — Cogan’s Trade
  44. Patricia Highsmith — The Talented Mr. Ripley
  45. Patricia Highsmith–Ripley Under Ground
  46. Joe R. Lansdale — Lost Echoes
  47. Joe R. Lansdale — Leather Maiden
  48. Joe R. Lansdale — Savage Season
  49. Joe R. Lansdale — Mucho Mojo
  50. Joe R. Lansdale — The Two-Bear Mambo
  51. Joe R. Lansdale — The Bottoms
  52. Stieg Larsson — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  53. Stieg Larsson — The Girl Who Played with Fire
  54. Stieg Larsson — The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  55. Jeff Lindsay — Dearly Devoted Dexter
  56. Jeff Lindsay — Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  57. Jeff Lindsay — Dexter in the Dark
  58. Jeff Lindsay — Dexter by Design
  59. Ross Macdonald — The Moving Target
  60. Ross Macdonald — The Way Some People Die
  61. Ross Macdonald — The Ivory Grin
  62. Ross Macdonald — The Galton Case
  63. Ross Macdonald — The Wycherly Woman
  64. Ross Macdonald — The Chill
  65. Ross Macdonald — Black Money
  66. Ross Macdonald — The Underground Man
  67. Ross Macdonald — The Drowning Pool
  68. Henning Mankell — Faceless Killers
  69. Henning Mankell — One Step Behind
  70. Henning Mankell — The White Lioness
  71. Henning Mankell — Firewall
  72. Henning Mankell — The Fifth Woman
  73. Henning Mankell — The Dogs of Riga
  74. Henning Mankell — The Return of the Dancing Master
  75. Henning Mankell — Before the Frost
  76. Henning Mankell — The Man Who Smiled
  77. Henning Mankell — Kennedy’s Brain
  78. Henning Mankell — The Pyramid
  79. Henning Mankell — Sidetracked
  80. Henning Mankell — The Man from Beijing
  81. Henning Mankell — The Troubled Man
  82. Dan J. Marlowe — Never Live Twice
  83. Dan J. Marlowe — The Name of the Game is Death
  84. Dan J. Marlowe — Strongarm
  85. Gregory Mcdonald — Carioca Fletch
  86. Gregory McDonald — The Buck Passes Flynn
  87. Gregory McDonald — Flynn’s In
  88. Richard Neely — Shattered
  89. Jo Nesbo–The Snowman
  90. Jo Nesbo–The Leopard
  91. Hakan Nesser — Borkmann’s Point
  92. Hakan Nesser — The Return:
  93. Hakan Nesser — Mind’s Eye
  94. Hakan Nesser — Woman with Birthmark
  95. Jim Nisbet — The Damned Don’t Die
  96. David Peace — Tokyo Year Zero
  97. Justin Peacock — A Cure for Night
  98. Ruth Rendell — No More Dying Then
  99. Ruth Rendell — Some Lie and Some Die
  100. Ruth Rendell — A Demon in My View
  101. Ruth Rendell — A Judgement in Stone
  102. Ruth Rendell — The Lake of Darkness
  103. Ruth Rendell — Shake Hands Forever
  104. Ruth Rendell — A Sleeping Life
  105. Stella Rimington — Secret Asset
  106. Bernhard Schlink — Self’s Deception
  107. Bernhard Schlink — The Gordion Knot
  108. Murray Sinclair — Only in L.A.
  109. Murray Sinclair — Tough Luck in L.A.
  110. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — Roseanna
  111. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
  112. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — The Man on the Balcony
  113. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — The Laughing Policeman
  114. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — Murder at the Savoy
  115. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — The Abominable Man
  116. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — The Locked Room
  117. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — The Fire Engine that Disappeared
  118. Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo — Cop Killer
  119. April Smith — Judas Horse
  120. April Smith — North of Montana
  121. Apri Smith — Good Morning, Killer
  122. Peter Spiegelman — Black Maps
  123. Jason Starr — Hard Feelings
  124. Jim Thompson — The Getaway
  125. Jim Thompson — The Grifters
  126. Jim Thompson — A Hell of a Woman
  127. Jim Thompson — Pop. 1280
  128. Jim Thompson — The Killer Inside Me
  129. Jim Thompson — The Transgressors
  130. Jim Thompson — After Dark, My Sweet
  131. Jim Thompson — Savage Night
  132. Andrew Vachss — Flood
  133. Andrew Vachss — Strega
  134. Andrew Vachss — Blue Belle
  135. Andrew Vachss — Hard Candy
  136. Andrew Vachss — Blossom
  137. Andrew Vachss — Sacrifice
  138. Andrew Vachss — Down in the Zero
  139. Andrew Vachss — Footsteps of the Hawk
  140. Andrew Vachss — False Allegations
  141. Andrew Vachss — Safe House
  142. Andrew Vachss — Choice of Evil
  143. Andrew Vachss — Dead and Gone
  144. Andrew Vachss — Pain Management
  145. Andrew Vachss — Only Child
  146. Andrew Vachss — Down Here
  147. Andrew Vachss — The Getaway Man
  148. Andrew Vachss — Shella
  149. Andrew Vachss — Mask Market
  150. Andrew Vachss — Born Bad
  151. Andrew Vachss — Terminal
  152. Minette Walters — The Devil’s Feather
  153. Lionel White — The Killing
  154. Harry Whittington — The Devil Wears Wings
  155. Harry Whittington — Fires That Destroy
  156. Harry Whittington — A Moment to Prey
  157. Charles Willeford — Pick-Up
  158. Charles Willeford — The Burnt Orange Heresy
  159. Charles Willeford — Cockfighter
  160. Charles Willeford — Miami Blues
  161. Charles Williams — Hot Spot
  162. Don Winslow — The Death and Life of Bobby Z
  163. Don Winslow — The Winter of Frankie Machine
  164. Don Winslow — Dawn Patrol
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