BEYOND DESIRE by Richard Himmel

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Would he ever have the strength to resist her? To call his life his own once more?

Clarissa…in her arms, Peter achieved manhood. She taught him that to love too many women was to love none at all. He was obsessed with her, drugged by her warmth and willingness. By now, he was ready to kill himself and her if she refused him…

“Decidedly off-beat but nonetheless absorbing. Himmel makes a most unusual story convincing. He should rake’em in.” Pensacola News-Journal

THE SHAME by Richard Himmel

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Kit Greer was a war widow. Lovely, young and very lonely…the startling story of a woman who could not forget the past and a man who dared not remember.

Originally published as Soul of Passion, the first novel by Richard Himmel, who would become a bestselling and widely acclaimed author of crime novels and thrillers…as well as a world-renowned interior designer.

THE RICH AND THE DAMNED by Richard Himmel

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The fourth Johnny Maguire Adventure

Two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire is caught in the middle when a wealthy industrialist dies and leaves him in charge of executing the inheritance… which his dead client’s four children are desperate to grab. The children include the industrial’s two daughters, one of whom has shared Johnny’s bed and another who would like to. Meanwhile, a mobster is eager to take-over the dead man’s business…even if it means killing.

I HAVE GLORIA KIRBY by Richard Himmel

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Johnny Maguire is back in his third adventure — a hurricane of guys, gals and guns

The wife of the biggest mob boss in town walks into Johnny’s office with a suitcase full of stolen cash and asks for his help. She’s also Johnny’s first love, the woman who ripped out his heart ten years ago. He knows he should say no…but he can’t stop himself.

HARD LAW: FOUR COMPLETE NOVELS by Richard Himmel

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Four gritty, hard-boiled novels featuring two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire

I’LL FIND YOU

Johnny Maguire is a struggling lawyer who falls into a passionate affair with the widow of one of his clients. She disappears… supposedly taking a suicide dive into the ocean. But Maquire doesn’t buy it and starts searching for her…a quest that pits him against the mob and spirals into a twisted story of sex and murder.

“In its own twisted way, it’s a love story…with lots of raw emotion, with plenty of melodrama. And a really great final scene and line, very much in keeping with the character of Johnny Maguire.” Bill Crider

“Richard Himmel was an outstanding writer, and I’ll Find Youis a quality book… likely to please readers of well-written hardboiled crime who are also comfortable with some romance and human drama in their stories.” The Paperback Warrior

THE CHINESE KEYHOLE

Was the big blonde a willing victim to the sadist with the whip, or did she hold the key to the Communist spy ring? Johnny had to know…and the answer was at The Chinese Keyhole, the hottest and deadliest nightclub in Chinatown. where hell was set to music.

THE RICH AND THE DAMNED

Lawyer Johnny Maguire is caught in the middle when a wealthy industrialist dies and leaves him in charge of executing the inheritance… which his dead client’s four children are desperate to grab. The children include the industrial’s two daughters, one of whom has shared Johnny’s bed and another who would like to. Meanwhile, a mobster is eager to take-over the dead man’s business…even if it means killing.

I HAVE GLORIA KIRBY

The wife of the biggest mob boss in town walks into Johnny’s office with a suitcase full of stolen cash and asks for his help. She’s also Johnny’s first love, the woman who ripped out his heart ten years ago. He knows he should say no…but he can’t stop himself.

THE CHINESE KEYHOLE by Richard Himmel

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Was the big blonde a willing victim to the sadist with the whip, or did she hold the key to the Communist spyring? Johnny had to know.

Johnny Maguire hadn’t visited Chinatown in a long time, and now he wasn’t there for the tourist attactions. Not that the Chinese Keyhole didn’t have plenty to offer -if you liked that sort of thin. Behind its pseudo-Oriental facade, the strip-club provided unusual entertainment for its off-beat clientele…and the performers were weirder than those who paid to watch them. There was the statuesque blonde dancer for instance. She left nothing to the imagination of her audience, and she was beautiful: but she just wasn’t Johnny’s type. And he wasn’t crazy about her partner, either-the muscular but mincing ballet dancer who carried a vicious-looking whip and didn’t hesitate to use it.

But it was all in a day’s work . Somewhere amongst the lust, sadism, and brutality there was the key to a Communist spy ring. And Johnny had to find it…mayhem regardless of the risk. Through a mess of murder, mayhem, lust, and sadism he smashed his way to the Chinese Keyhole, where hell was set to music.

I’LL FIND YOU by Richard Himmel

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Johnny Maguire is a struggling lawyer who falls into a passionate affair with the widow of one of his clients. She disappears… supposedly taking a suicide dive into the ocean. But Maquire doesn’t buy it and starts searching for her…a quest that pits him against the mob and spirals into a twisted story of sex and murder.

This was the first book in the Johnny Maguire series and the second title published by Fawcett’s famed Gold Medal paperback imprint.

“Richard Himmel was an outstanding writer, and “I’ll Find You” is a quality book. This is one of the better genre novels – call it romantic suspense- from the dawn of paperback originals. Johnny is a very funny narrator and a self-deprecating lawyer. Himmel wrote something likely to please readers of well-written hardboiled crime who are also comfortable with some romance and human drama in their stories.” The Paperback Warrior

“Gangsters are involved, and there’s a murder, but this isn’t really a crime novel. In its own twisted way, it’s a love story…  with lots of raw emotion, with plenty of melodrama.  And a really great final scene and line, very much in keeping with the character of Johnny Maguire. Himmel had something going for him, and it’s not a big surprise that the book was such a hit.  My guess is that he didn’t plan to make Maguire a series character.  He wasn’t cut out to be one.  The book sold so many millions, however, that bringing him back must have proved irresistible.”
Bill Crider