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Tough Guys

Fiction with strong male characters.

Storm front by Jim Butcher — A crime fighting wizard in modern day Chicago. (Book One in the Dresden Files Series)

Killing floor by Lee Child — Introducing Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman accused of murder. (Book One in the Jack Reacher Series)

Brules : a novel by Harry Combs — A Western telling the story of mountain man Cat Brules.

Bringing out the dead by Joe Connelly — Frank Pierce is an EMS medic working in the harsh environment of Hell’s Kitchen.

Sharpe's tiger : Richard Sharpe and the siege of Seringapatam, 1799 by Bernard Cornwell — Sharpe is a soldier in this gritty book set in the Napoleonic Wars. (Book One in the Sharpe Series chronology)

The Mediterranean caper by Clive Cussler — A high tech thriller featuring underwater adventurer Dirk Pitt. (Book One in the Dirk Pitt Series)

The paperboy by Pete Dexter — Reporter Ward James returns to his rural Florida hometown to investigate an old murder case.

Booked to die : a mystery introducing Cliff Janeway by John Dunning — An ex-homicide detective opens a used bookstore, but finds dead bodies as well as books. (Book One in the Cliff Janeway Series)

Men in blue by W.E.B. Griffin — When one of their own is killed in the line of duty, the Philadelphia Police Department goes after his killers. (Book One in the Badge of Honor Series)

Starship troopers by Robert A. Heinlein — A recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe.

The sun also rises by Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 — Hemingway’s spare writing style illuminates the Spanish Civil War.

Eye of the storm by Jack Higgins — Seasoned terrorist Sean Dillon is hired to assassinate the British Prime Minister. (Book One in the Sean Dillon Series)

The thin red line by Jones, James, 1921-1977 — An unflinchingly realistic novel of the WWII battle between Japanese and U.S. forces at Guadalcanal.

The fisherman's son by Michael Köepf — Drifting in a life raft, Neil Kruger reflects on his harsh life as a commercial fisherman.

Radigan by Louis L'Amour — When Angelina Foley hires gunfighters to drive him off his ranch, Radigan fights back.

All the pretty horses by Cormac McCarthy — In 1948, 16-year-old John Grady Cole leaves his Texas home to ride south to Mexico. (Book One in the Border Trilogy)

The deep blue good-by by John D. MacDonald — A classic series with a beach bum private eye who only takes cases when he’s out of cash. (Book One in the Travis McGee Series)

The naked and the dead by Norman Mailer — This gritty story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.

Master and commander by Patrick O'Brian — A chronicle of the friendship between the captain and the ship’s doctor on a British man-o-war during the Napoleonic Wars. (Book One in the Aubrey/Martin Series)

The Godwulf manuscript by Robert B. Parker — Spenser is hired by a Boston university to locate a stolen manuscript. (Book One in the Spenser Series)

The unlikely spy by Daniel Silva — In WWII England, Alan Vicary is in charge of a group of “turned” German spies who feed misinformation to Germany.

White Star : a novel by James Stewart Thayer — Owen Gray, a former U.S. Marine sniper in Vietnam, wants to forget the past, but an unknown sniper starts murdering people around him.

The tomb by F. Paul Wilson — Repairman Jack fixes situations. This case is the recovery of a stolen necklace with an ancient curse. (Book One in the Repairman Jack Series)

The Virginian : a horseman of the plains by Owen Wister ; with a new afterword by Max Evans — A classic Western saga set on the Wyoming frontier.

[Compiled by the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list with additions from Canton Public Library Staff.]

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