Stanley Ellin - Author

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Stanley Ellin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at Brooklyn College. He worked as a teacher, a steelworker and a dairy farmer and served in the US Army in World War Two before becoming a full-time writer in 1946. His first published short story, The Speciality of the House, won him a special Ellery Queen Award. He won two Edgar Awards for short stories, as well as one for The Eighth Circle, and the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere for Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. In 1980 he was made a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.

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Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

New York City private eye John Milano's new client is an old flame - and the fire is still burning in Miami Beach. It wasn't too many years ago that superstar Sharon Bauer dumped John for an aged and infirm billionaire at the instruction of her very persuasive yogi, Kalos, renowned master of "e;The Path."e; Following Kalos's advice was practically a guarantee of enlightenment for his receptive disciple. But now, the only thing Sharon is feeling is terror. It's not until John arrives at Sharon's lavish Florida compound that he realizes her fears aren't just another performance. A fun weekend house party with Hollywood friends has turned into an intimate mystery: Kalos has received a series of unnerving and anonymous notes threatening his life. Though John can't bear the sight of the influential mystic, he's agreed to protect him, for Sharon's sake. But he soon learns that Kalos isn't the only target. Nor is he the only guest to harbor buried secrets and mortal enemies. In fact, Sharon's past is littered with them. And when a sudden death shakes the well-guarded estate, John and Sharon know they're about to follow a path that's a lot more permanent than spiritual nirvana.Star Light, Star Bright is a "e;richly entertaining"e; crime novel from an Edgar Award-winning master of suspense (Miami Herald).

Panama Portrait

Panama Portrait

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

Ben Smith, a market researcher from New York City, has arrived on Santo Stefano, an island two hundred miles off the coast of Peru. At the behest of his company's seafood division, he's gauging the potential profitability of the island's abundance of rock lobsters. Encouraging a little tin-pot country to draw foreign investment should be a breeze - a beautiful one, too, berthed, as he is, in such an exotic locale. But Ben's interests are soon divided between the seductive Infanta Elissa, daughter of the island's powerful guano king, and another American tourist who has come in search of a reportedly lost and invaluable Panama portrait painted by French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. And something sinister is taking over Santo Stefano. The locals call it festa brava, a ritualistic hanging ceremony, dating back centuries, in which competitors test their courage against the gallows. Whether you survive or not, it's said to be the ultimate experience. As an undercurrent of violence and unease rises closer to the surface, Ben wonders what else awaits him on the island, how it will change him, and how far he'll be expected to go on a journey of adventure, self-exploration, and absolute fear. From a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, The Panama Portrait is "e;a [spellbinding], sophisticated, barbaric, and hypnotic"e; thriller (Kirkus Reviews).

Very Old Money

Very Old Money

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

In dire financial straits, young couple Mike and Amy Lloyd - a former cab driver and a New York prep-school teacher, respectively - have signed away their independence to become live-in servants for one of the city's wealthiest and most private families. At first, the Durie home, a cavernous Gilded Age palazzo off Fifth Avenue, is a maze of intimidation: sixteen other employees, eight Duries in residence, forbidden rooms, and an exact and unbreakable set of rules. For Amy, personal secretary to the aged and blind Miss Margaret, that includes never broaching the subject of her employer's "e;condition"e; or the tragic accident that caused it. On the other hand, Mike, an aspiring writer, is already taking notes for a Durie-inspired novel. A modern gothic, he's guessing - part Rebecca, part Psycho. Most of the plot, he'll soon discover, won't require much imagining. But Amy, bound to the servitude of the matriarch - a woman cut off from the world for fifty years - is growing more curious and unnerved by Miss Margaret's demands: the sudden trips to the Plaza hotel, the mysterious bank transactions, and an extended invitation to a stranger for a private dinner. By the time Amy realizes the truth - that she and her husband have been enlisted as unwitting accomplices in a subtly played series of moves that could lead to something rather unspeakable - it could be too late.

Winter After This Summer

Winter After This Summer

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

After three years at Temple University, Dan Egan was still trying to find out who he was. Frustratingly unmoored, he moved from engineering to fine arts and finally to humanities, plowed under each time. He was the one in the back row, sleeping behind dark glasses - the "e;ivy beleaguered"e; dilettante soon to be adrift in the very real world of working men. Now, following his expulsion after a tragic dorm fire, Dan has finally been defined. He's the guy who failed to save his roommate - all-American football hero, Time magazine's golden cover boy, and Dan's best friend since childhood. Maybe Dan will take the midnight train to Philadelphia and weather the worst of the family storm. Maybe not. Wherever Dan's headed, he'll be carrying his buddy's ghost. Then he meets the Barbara Jean Avery, the dumb, sweet still-virginal child bride of a dangerous old crust named Michael. She reads movie magazines, flounces around Coney Island, and has Technicolor dreams that will never come true. Dan's got a thing for her;maybe she can make his dreams come true. Without even trying, without even realizing, Barbara Jean and Michael are going to change Dan's life. A novel that flirts with the mysteries of being human - from the comic to the sexual to the tragic - The Winter After This Summer is a singular work in the canon of a three-time Edgar Award-winning author, a late coming-of-age story written with a fierce and respectful regard for man's fate.

Bind

Bind

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

Freelance private investigator Jake Dekker and his lovely assistant, Elinor, are kicking back in Biscayne Bay as they plan their next move on a new case: masquerading as newlyweds and insinuating themselves into the confidence of South Miami Beach's highly respected Thoren family. Only weeks before, patriarch Walter Thoren died in a car accident after taking out a double-indemnity policy for a cool six figures, and the insurance company suspects fraud. They won't have to pay if Jake can prove it was suicide. Unfortunately for Jake, things don't add up: Walter was healthy, sane, and prosperous. And given the particulars of the crash, it couldn't have been murder. So what exactly are the Thorens concealing? To find out, Jake and Elinor will head down a twisting trail of blackmail, mob connections, kidnapping, family secrets, and sordid sexual indiscretions. But they, too, are being inveigled by a masquerade - and it's hiding the most shocking scandal under the sun. A dark masterpiece of crime fiction, The Bind was adapted for the 1979 film Sunburn, starring Farrah Fawcett, Charles Grodin, and Art Carney.

Valentine Estate

Valentine Estate

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

There was a time when Davis Cup winner Chris Monte had it all. Now, down and out in Dade County, restringing racquets at a South Beach tennis shop and hiring himself out for an occasional lesson, he's dead broke. Then, along comes Elizabeth Jones, a mousy student with an irresistible proposition: fifty thousand dollars in exchange for marrying her. As sole beneficiary of the Valentine estate, Elizabeth is set to inherit a fortune. There's only one stipulation: She must be married. She'll collect, they'll divorce, and Chris will get paid off. Simple. But there are a few details Elizabeth left out, including the other claimants who are ruthlessly scheming to get their shares;her former boss, a goon with shady connections;her institutionalized mother, the target of whispers and gossip;the syndicate representative behind the execution of the will;and the pressing question of the actual identity of the deceased. Before long, Chris is in over his head. And wondering what his real part is in this twisted game of family secrets, Chris has good reason to fear that in agreeing to marry Elizabeth, he's set in motion the carefully drawn plans for his own murder. From a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, The Valentine Estate is a gripping thriller and was named an Edgar Award finalist for Best Novel.

Luxembourg Run

Luxembourg Run

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

By the time David Hanna Shaw is shuttled off to an Ivy League school by his preoccupied mother, the brilliant young linguist is already fluent in a half dozen languages. He's also a quick study in international swindling, deceit, drug smuggling, and currency profiteering. That's what comes from having been dragged across every European capital by a mendacious diplomat father. Then, one day, innately unsettled and anxious, David suddenly disappears from campus. Finally on his own and living only for himself, David heads back to Europe, where he becomes a professional drifter, taking on odd jobs as everything from a brothel handyman in Paris to an occasional courier for a cadre of smugglers in Amsterdam. Swayed by the cash, and a beautiful new lover, David has found his niche - only to be betrayed by his syndicate bosses and left for dead. Now, David's only thoughts are of revenge. But for a smart man like David, murder is too common. The payback he has planned is an intricate game of deception, multiple identities, and psychological torture as ingenious as it is devious. And it should be. After all, David has been taught by a master.

Key to Nicholas Street

Key to Nicholas Street

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

A grisly murder reveals the hateful secrets that lie beneath a small town's surface. The locals call her the Ballou. An illustrator for a high-fashion magazine, she has been the talk of the upstate town of Sutton ever since she first appeared, paying cash for one of the finest houses on Nicholas Street. Daring, gaudy, and grand, she inspires envy in the women and lust in the men. And in one member of this quiet town, she is about to inspire murder. The trouble starts when her rakish New York lover moves in full time, scandalizing the prudish Ayers family next door. When the Ayers' maid pays a social call to the Ballou, she finds her lying dead at the foot of a staircase - gray, cold, and fabulous no more. Suspicion falls on the Ayerses, whose starched exterior hides a wealth of ugly secrets. From this interlocking narrative told from the perspectives of the citizens of Sutton comes a reminder that no town is too small for murder.

Dreadful Summit

Dreadful Summit

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

His father humiliated, a teenage boy vows bloody revenge. Every sports fan in New York knows Al Judge, the hard-bitten reporter whose column is the scourge of gamblers, gangsters, and corrupt players across the city. Sixteen-year-old George LaMain is Judge's biggest fan - right up until the night he decides the writer has to die. George is in his father's saloon, waiting for his dad to give him his birthday present: a trip to the fights at Madison Square Garden. They are about to leave when Judge demands George's father strip and lie down on the barroom floor. George doesn't know why, but his old man does it - and Judge beats him senseless in front of the whole bar. When he's finished crying, George takes his father's gun and sets out into the night. To avenge his disgraced father, he plans to gun Al Judge down. But before he can become a killer, this birthday boy will have to grow into a man.

Dark Fantastic

Dark Fantastic

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

In a desolate part of Brooklyn, a retired history professor plots mass murder. The withered old man speaks into a tape recorder. This is not a confession, he explains, but a presentation. He is Charles Witter Kirwan, a former academic who has lived his whole life in the same house and watched his childhood neighborhood turn from white to black. Now, stricken with terminal cancer, Kirwan has decided to fight back against his neighbors. His may be the ravings of a lunatic racist, but the dynamite in his basement is real. He is going to blow up the apartment building next door - and take some sixty African Americans with it. Private investigator John Milano is on the trail of a stolen painting when he catches wind of Kirwan's mad plan. He has forty-eight hours to stop the bombing, and to keep those innocents from following this twisted, hateful man into death.

House of Cards

House of Cards

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Hired as a tutor for a madwoman's son, an American expatriate scraps to stay alive. A washed-up heavyweight with dreams of becoming a writer, Reno Davis is down to his last franc when he lands a job as a bouncer at a sprawling Paris discotheque. His first night, he saves a slumming beauty from a pair of toughs, and she rewards him with a well-paid job tutoring her darling son. But what she really wants is a bodyguard to keep her precious baby safe from terrors real and imagined. Reno's new boss is a mental case, paranoid and delusional, whose lovers have a bad habit of dying violent deaths. But in this case, her paranoia may be justified. Protecting the boy draws Reno into an international conspiracy that stretches from Paris to Rome to the killing fields of northern Algeria. When the bullets start to fly, this ex-fighter begins to fear that he may be punching above his weight.

Dreadful Summit

Dreadful Summit

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

His father humiliated, a teenage boy vows bloody revengeEvery sports fan in New York knows Al Judge, the hard-bitten reporter whose column is the scourge of gamblers, gangsters, and corrupt players across the city. Sixteen-year-old George LaMain is Judge's biggest fanright up until the night he decides the writer has to die. George is in his father's saloon, waiting for his dad to give him his birthday present: a trip to the fights at Madison Square Garden. They are about to leave when Judge demands George's father strip and lie down on the barroom floor. George doesn't know why, but his old man does itand Judge beats him senseless in front of the whole bar. When he's finished crying, George takes his father's gun and sets out into the night. To avenge his disgraced father, he plans to gun Al Judge down. But before he can become a killer, this birthday boy will have to grow into a man.

House of Cards

House of Cards

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

Hired as a tutor for a madwoman's son, an American expatriate scraps to stay aliveA washed-up heavyweight with dreams of becoming a writer, Reno Davis is down to his last franc when he lands a job as a bouncer at a sprawling Paris discotheque. His first night, he saves a slumming beauty from a pair of cafe toughs, and she rewards him with a well-paid job tutoring her darling son. But what she really wants is a bodyguard to keep her precious baby safe from terrors real and imagined. Reno's new boss is a mental case, paranoid and delusional, whose lovers have a bad habit of dying violent deaths. But in this case, her paranoia may be justified.Protecting the boy draws Reno into an international conspiracy that stretches from Paris to Rome to the killing fields of northern Algeria. When the bullets start to fly, this ex-fighter begins to fear that he may be punching above his weight.

Dark Fantastic

Dark Fantastic

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

In a desolate part of Brooklyn, a retired history professor plots mass murderThe withered old man speaks into a tape recorder. This is not a confession, he explains, but a presentation. He is Charles Witter Kirwan, a former academic who has lived his whole life in the same house and watched his childhood neighborhood turn from white to black. Now, stricken with terminal cancer, Kirwan has decided to fight back against his neighbors. His may be the ravings of a lunatic racist, but the dynamite in his basement is real. He is going to blow up the apartment building next doorand take some sixty African Americans with it.Private investigator John Milano is on the trail of a stolen painting when he catches wind of Kirwan's mad plan. He has forty-eight hours to stop the bombing, and to keep those innocents from following this twisted, hateful man into death.

Key to Nicholas Street

Key to Nicholas Street

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

A grisly murder reveals the hateful secrets that lie beneath a small town's surfaceThe locals call her the Ballou. An illustrator for a high-fashion magazine, she has been the talk of the upstate town of Sutton ever since she first appeared, paying cash for one of the finest houses on Nicholas Street. Daring, gaudy, and grand, she inspires envy in the women and lust in the men. And in one member of this quiet town, she is about to inspire murder.The trouble starts when her rakish New York lover moves in full time, scandalizing the prudish Ayers family next door. When the Ayers' maid pays a social call to the Ballou, she finds her lying dead at the foot of a staircasegray, cold, and fabulous no more. Suspicion falls on the Ayerses, whose starched exterior hides a wealth of ugly secrets.From this interlocking narrative told from the perspectives of the citizens of Sutton comes a reminder that no town is too small for murder.

Eighth Circle

Eighth Circle

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

Investigating a crooked cop, a private detective gets too close to the caseThe investigators of the Conmy-Kirk detective agency don't work in trench coats, drink on the job, or carry pistols. They are researchers who comb newspapers and government records in search of the tiny details that could make or break their clients' fortunes. It is painstaking and unromantic, but as co-owner Murray Kirk is about to learn, those details can mean the difference between life and death.The district attorney is cracking down on corruption in the NYPD, and the search is spreading like wildfire, forcing hundreds of policemen to resign in disgrace. When Conmy-Kirk is hired to clear the name of one of the accused, Kirk finds himself falling for his client's daughter, a moral infraction that draws him deeper into the city's underworld than he ever wanted to slip. This work isn't like it is in the moviesif Murray Kirk catches a bullet, he'll stay dead.

Stronghold

Stronghold

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

Four desperate ex-cons attempt an audacious kidnappingJames Flood and his three partners get out of jail with a single number on their minds: $1 million, in cash, for each of them. To get it, they have a simple plan, a mixture of home invasion and kidnapping, with a brilliant twist: Their target is a wealthy family whose religion means they can't possibly fight back.Armed with enough guns and ammunition to take on an army, Flood and his men storm the house of Marcus Hayworth, the leader of a small Quaker community in upstate New York. Though the police advise Hayworth to pay whatever it takes to set his family free, he plans to retaliate using nonviolent methods. But his commitment to pacifism slips just a bit with every minute that his family remains in the sights of James Flood's gun.

Specialty of the House

Specialty of the House

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2014

In a quaint old restaurant, a chef relies on a devilish secret ingredient In Sbirro's restaurant, there is no electric lighting, no music, and no menu. The only sound is the contented sighs of the regulars, who come every night in hopes that Sbirro will treat them to his signature dish, the famed lamb Amirstan, which comes from a beast so rare, only Sbirro knows how to obtain it. Tonight, two diners at this spectacular relic of a forgotten age will find that lamb Amirstan costs more than they are willing to pay.';The Specialty of the House' was the first story published by Stanley Ellin, who would go on to become one of the great short fiction authors of the twentieth century. From crime to horror to grim tragedy, every story in this collection is as delectable as a cut of meat prepared by Sbirro himself.

The Speciality of the House

The Speciality of the House

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2012

'Ellin consistently wrote the best mystery stories of his time' Lawrence BlockStanley Ellin's first short story, 'The Specialty of the House', about a New York restaurant with a special gourmet menu, was published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1948 and caused an immediate sensation, winning him a special Ellery Queen Award. 'The House Party' and 'The Blessington Method' subsequently both won Edgar Awards. Stanley Ellin, who was made a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1980, is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th-century short story, and this volume brings together the best of his work in the genre.

Very Old Money

Very Old Money

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2012

The enormously wealthy Durie family occupies a gigantic baroque turn-of-the-century mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The family, whose fortune was established in Colonial times, is traditionally shy of all public notice and proud that no scandal has ever touched its name.Newly married Michael and Amy Lloyd, bright young teachers in a private school, suddenly find themselves unemployed and apparently unemployable. When all cash and credit are gone, Michael and Amy decide to take up positions on the Durie household staff. But as the Lloyds learn to cope with their positions as servants they slowly become aware that the seventy-year-old matriarch Margaret Durie is, for her own unexplained reasons, enlisting them as her helpless accomplices in a subtly designed series of events that will ultimately lead to a thunderous scandal ... and a ghastly death.

Luxembourg Run

Luxembourg Run

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2012

At ten, David Shaw, a silent and observant little boy already fluent in half a dozen languages, was being dragged through the capitals of Europe by a diplomat father and a beautiful scatterbrained mother. At twenty, in the midst of the troubled 1960s, David abruptly disappeared from his Ivy League college - to be reborn as Jan Van Zee, amiable Dutch drifter, making his way around Europe and working as an occasional courier for a syndicate of smugglers.At thirty he is cruelly betrayed and left for dead by the syndicate, and now lives only for revenge against an apparently all-powerful and invulnerable foe. Reverting to his true identity, David returns to America to claim his vast inheritance, and sets out to execute a consummate vengeance against each of the syndicate's three bosses

Stronghold

Stronghold

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2012

James Flood, just released from a Florida prison, has a desperate scheme. He and his recruits, all hardened criminals, will move in upon a prominent upstate New York family, holding the Hayworth women as hostages while awaiting delivery of a four-million-dollar ransom. Marcus Hayworth, a leading member of the Quaker community, is convinced he can subvert Flood's plan. Instead of going to the police, he asks the Quaker community to back him in non-violent opposition.Subsequent events isolate both hostages and captors within the Hayworth house, waging a war of nerves that involves more than a clash between good and evil. For Flood has an urgent and specific need for revenge. And Hayworth's principles have never been put to the ultimate test.

Eighth Circle

Eighth Circle

Author: Stanley Ellin Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2012

For Murray Kirk, running a private investigation agency is a business; he isn't interested in justice or crusades, just profit and loss. And, because Murray knows something about police corruption, when he's asked to act for a young officer accused of bribery, he isn't keen. He can't see the profit - until he meets the man's fianc e. Then his motives become uncomfortably confused, and he finds himself descending into a murky world of bookmakers, gangsters and crooked politicians, where setting up an honest cop is all in a day's work ...

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