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If this were possible, imagine the black market in peculiar souls that might spring up among the wealthy and unscrupulous.
Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  an illegal market that trades in illegal goods, stolen goods, or goods sold illicitly to avoid tax payments or licensing requirements
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  • If this were possible, imagine the black market in peculiar souls that might spring up among the wealthy and unscrupulous.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Graham had strong-armed most people into handing over any packs they’d salvaged and had supposedly put an Arcadian named Asher in charge of distributing them, but there was already a fledgling black market; people were trading nutrition packs for blankets and taking on extra water shifts in exchange for reserved spots inside the crowded tents.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He also made arrangements with his gentile friend Wojek to sell a few of his fine suits on the black market.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I suppose you could steal it or buy it on the black market.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • But—black market, barter currency?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Some call it the underground, others the black market, but all I care about is what they can do.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • I mean, even Twelve had a black market, right?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Sometimes they are stolen and turn up on a meal-card black market.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Discuss little more than trades in the Hob, which is the black market where I make most of my money.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • You can get good money for it on the black market.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • He said he’d bought it on the black market.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Poaching, trading on the black market, mocking the Capitol in the woods.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He owned a collection that he had bought on the black market and watched ten to twelve movies a week—Iranian, French, American, of course Bollywood—he didn’t care.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • We also purchase ration books on the black market.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The two girls sell it all on the black market and use the money to buy flashy costume jewelry and cheap perfume.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Now the black market is so much healthier than the legitimate economy I’ve seen people use zaires for repairing cracks in their walls.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Thanks to the stealing, a black market with a remarkable diversity of goods flourished in camp.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Stay away from the black market.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • The cigarettes must have come from the black market, I thought, and this gave me hope.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • In Hiroshima, the early postwar years were, besides, a time, especially painful for poor people like her, of disorder, hunger, greed, thievery, black markets.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • At various times, in various situations, they carried M-14s and CAR-15s and Swedish Ks and grease guns and captured AK-47s and Chi-Coms and RPGs and Simonov carbines and black market Uzis and .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handguns and 66 mm LAWs and shotguns and silencers and blackjacks and bayonets and C-4 plastic explosives.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He hadbeen trying to organize a Kitchen Workers’ Union and had recently charged the camp’s chief steward, a Caucasian, with stealing sugar and meat from the warehouses to sell on the black market.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • It’s a rule: everything an inmate earns goes into the prison account, so their work/release doesn’t leave them flush with cash that could juice up Lorton’s black market for almost any good or service.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The black market can supply what the wealthy people need.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • To help some of them conceal their big feet—and their coming growth spurts—Woolf started up a black market in his shoes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The banks paid about one hundred rials for a single dollar, but Moody said the black market rate was better.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The harsh lifestyle, the lack of food, the drabness of people’s dress, the discrepancy between the official exchange rate and the black market.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • In the real world, some doctors and nurses peddled drugs on black markets, desperate patients sold their antibiotics to buy food, and stupid pharmacists mixed first-line tb drugs with cough medicine.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I removed a black market fifty-mark bill from my tunic pocket.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • An engineer who worked at the Shell refinery at Corio said that he had managed to buy a little petrol on the black market in Fitzroy but very properly refused to name the scoundrel who had sold it.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • One Wennerström company registered in Cyprus caused a dramatic stir when it was revealed that it had attempted to buy enriched uranium on the black market in Ukraine.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • They are contraband Africans direct from the black market.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Intel suggested that they had obtained inoculations through black market sources.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Emily dropped her voice as if she were discussing selling contraband on the black market.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • "Ten credits down the drain, black market," he shot at Powell.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • "Can you buy it on the black market?" he asked.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Sister Agatha will be having to shop on the black market soon enough, and it’s not cheap.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Half the food on this planet is in the black market, or is not reckoned through one ruling or another.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • It set him on edge more than any of the black markets and seedy dens he’d visited in Zenuvia.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • An antique like this has to go for eight, ten thousand for a legal collection, twice that on the black market.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Because regulation of a legal market is bound to fail when a healthy black market exists for the same product.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But black market profiteers had filled [37] entire warehouses with staples like flour, coffee, sugar, and delicious smoked meats.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The NCAA rules had created a black market—and done for high school football players what the Soviet police had once done for Levi’s blue jeans.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I bought myself a nice pair of boots with that money, and even shopped for an electro-bomb on the black market—a weapon that disables guns in its vicinity.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • "But perhaps something more cheerful," his friend would finally say, and Litvinoff would happily change the subject, eager to test out one of his philosophical theories on his old friend, or to run by him a new fast-cash plan involving ladies’ stockings and the black market, or to describe the pretty girl who lived across the street from him.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Black market,’ she said indifferently.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Black market," said Reba.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • He’s done much more and much worse than your little fling at the black market, but he’s smart enough to keep himself out of courtrooms.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He had purchased it for $1.6 million on the Middle Eastern antiquities black market last year.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
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