Books are an integral part of any library, and The Buckshot Brogue Library is no exception. The recent vintage trend has seen a number of long out-of-print titles being revived for a new generation of fans, but there really is no better way to enjoy the genre than to find an obscure novel by a forgotten author, usually with cover art that evokes its era, lurking in a secondhand book shop or village hall sale.

From the golden age of detective fiction in the inter-war years to hardboiled Forties and Fifties noir, through the Sixties spy explosion and into the gritty crime thrillers of the Seventies, let The Buckshot Brogue Library lead you from drawing rooms to dive bars in pursuit of a rattling good yarn.

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