Four Days


In Four Days, an orphaned boy watches as his older brother and idol graduates from petty thievery into big-league crime. A bank heist goes awry, leaving loose threads and dangerous links back to the brothers. Following instructions, the boy leaves the city with the stolen money and travels to a rendezvous point in a mountain vacation resort. What he doesn’t know is that he is on his own, his brother will not show up—and the underworld is after him.

John Buell’s gripping second novel, Four Days, was first published in 1962 by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy in the United States and Macmillan in the UK. John Buell wrote five novels—The Pyx (1959), Four Days (1962), The Shrewsdale Exit (1972), Playground (1976) and A Lot to Make Up For (1990)—three of which were made into feature films. This Ricochet Books edition of Four Days marks the reintroduction of the work of a neglected master of suspense.
The Ricochet Bundle


Available together for the first time—all twelve books from the Ricochet Books series.

Discover the vintage noir mysteries, fast paced pulp fiction thrillers and detective novels that are set in 1950s Montreal, with two exceptions—Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Collect all twelve riveting noir novels for 120$ (regular retail price 167$).

This book bundle includes:

The Crime on Cotes des Neiges

Murder Over Dorval

The Body on Mount Royal

Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street

Waste No Tears

The Long November

The Mayor of Côte St. Paul

Hot Freeze

Blondes Are My Trouble

Gambling With Fire

The Keys of My Prison

The Pyx

The Pyx


“Mr. Buell proves he has real talent…. The author’s choice of a mystery or suspense story format to serve his serious purpose reminds one of Graham Greene’s novels, but The Pyx is not just another in a long line of imitations.” --The Critic

“One of the most unusual novels of the year.” -- The Los Angeles Times

“Shockingly powerful.” -- The New York Times Book Review

The Body on Mount Royal


"They’re cheap, gritty, good reads, and they feel like home. ""–Katia Grubisic

"Pulp fiction chez nous. As vivid as Chandler’s Los Angeles, as Montreal as a quart of Molson."" –Kevin Burton Smith, Editor/founder, The Thrilling Detective Web Site
The Keys Of My Prison


Frances Shelley Wees has established herself long since as Canada’s outstanding expert in the subtle art of the soft-spoken psychological thriller. The Keys of My Prison confirms her rank. –Ottawa Citizen
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A slyly suspenseful drama of identity theft. –The Quill & Quire

Ricochet Books


Ricochet Books is a series of vintage noir mysteries edited by Brian Busby.

Véhicule Press launched its Ricochet series of vintage noir mysteries with The Crime on Cote des Neiges —a hardboiled detective novel set in Montreal originally published in 1951. At the centre of this novel, and the two others by David Montrose, is the hard-drinking, hard-working private dick, Russell Teed.

First Edition 1951 back cover:

"There were two blondes and a brunette. One of them had killed John Sark. Detective Sergeant Framboise thought it was Inez Sark. Inez had left her parents’ thirty-five room shack in Westmount to marry John Sark, the biggest bootlegger Montreal had ever known. That, said Framboise, was in itself motive enough. But Russell Teed knew that there was an earlier Mrs. Sark who had an even better motive. East side, west side, all over town Russ chased clues, trying to keep the gorgeous Inez out of jail. If he had to shoot up a couple of characters and bust up a drug ring in his search to lay bare Sark’s lovelife, well, that was all part of the service of Russell Teed Investigations."

About the editor

Brian Busby is the editor of Ricochet Books.His biography of John Glassco, A Gentleman of Pleasure, was published in 2011 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. He is the author of the blog: The Dusty Bookcase. A Montrealer, he now lives in St. Marys, Ontario.



Brian Busby
Gambling with Fire Gambling with Fire
David Montrose
Blondes Are My Trouble Blondes Are My Trouble
Douglas Sanderson
Hot Freeze Hot Freeze
Douglas Sanderson
The Mayor of Côte St. Paul The Mayor of Côte St. Paul
Ronald Cooke
The Long November The Long November
James Benson Nablo
Waste No Tears Waste No Tears
Hugh Garner
Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street
Al Palmer
Murder Over Dorval Murder Over Dorval
David Montrose
Crime on Cote des Neiges, The The Crime on Cote des Neiges
David Montrose