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Hugh Freyl is a blind lawyer, scion of Illinois' most influential family. He recounts this story from the grave. David Marion is Freyl's protege and a young convicted killer whose release from prison Freyl has orchestrated. He now stands accused of Hugh Freyl's murder. None from Freyl's powerful inner circle will stand up for David's innocence. The perfect scapegoat for their misdoings, he alone bears the burden of proof. Revealing the inner-workings of an untouchable elite with all their tricks, entitlements and intricate financial schemes, Brady shows us a place that could be any small American city - a place where innocence can backfire and where fear is the only effective weapon against a corrupt government.
He sank into mud up to his ankles, carried her out into the water until he could feel an undercurrent, held her head under until she stopped breathing, let her go. For generations the Freyls have ruled Springfield, Illinois, capital of a state of great lakes and rivers. Now convicted killer David Marion threatens their invincibility, and he threatens it from within their own ranks. In prison, his savage fury kept him at the top of the hierarchy, but he needed those bars. Without them, he's spiraling out of control. Water: it's blue gold, and the price on world markets is soaring. When Springfield gets a new mayor, this mostly comfortable, well-to-do community finds its supply under threat, not only from corporations out for the money and the life-and-death power that come with global control but from a disease that appears from nowhere, that nobody can identify and nobody can treat. None of these things interests David Marion, not even blue gold, at least not until his own past surfaces and he finds himself caught between multinational leviathans at war over America's heartland. Revealing the inner workings of a claustrophobic social elite with all its tricks, entitlements and scheming, Brady takes us into the heart of a community and a family where innocence can backfire and where fear is the only effective weapon. [author photo] Joan Brady was the first woman to win the Whitbread Book of the Year (now Costa) for her novel, Theory of War, also the recipient of France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. Critics hailed it as a 'modern work of genius'. She is the author of an autobiography, The Unmaking of a Dancer, and of the highly-acclaimed novels, Death Comes for Peter Pan and The Émigré. The Blue Death is the third of her thrillers which include the internationally bestselling Bleedout and Venom.
Her cool sexy demeanor betrays nothing, but twenty-nine-year-old Heather Hurley suffers from major anxiety attacks -- her life in L. A. isn't going exactly as planned. Now, in a bar near her hometown on the Jersey shore, her future is about to change forever. "Your panic is your friend. It loves you and it's just trying to protect you." The man who spoke to her was gorgeous: long dusky hair, faded jeans and a black motorcycle jacket. And before Heather could brush him off, his arm touched hers and the result was electric: she felt her fear and anxiety drop away. Who was this guy? "I am who you think I am." Oh, God. "That's very good. It's about time we straightened out a few things in your life." His voice was like a sanctuary, a safe and lovely haven, and she felt enveloped by a cloud of serenity. So begins Heather's journey toward discovering her life as it was meant to be: filled with the true meaning of love and the magic of realizing her dreams. For every woman who longs to embrace her true self, heaven in high gear is proof that you can always find your way, as long as you trust your heart.
In her wonderful, whimsical novel God on a Harley, Joan Brady displayed an innate talent for going straight to the heart of the way women feel. Now she takes us a giant step further, sharing her own deeply personal and ultimately jubilant voyage. This is her message of love, hope, and renewal for every woman who, for whatever reason, has never had a child. "I am about to take you on a journey. We set sail from the painful, frightened years and emerge into the calm beauty of awakening. Finally, we will cruise gracefully into a celebration of all the female joy that has been kept secret for so long." One day, after she had turned forty, Joan Brady realized she was on her own. No husband. No kids. She felt like someone had lobbed a hand grenade into her heart. At other people's baby showers, she thought she'd explode. The end of her childbearing years loomed like a tidal wave on the horizon, reminding her that she was not now, and never would be, a mother. She could sink, or she could swim. In charactersistic style, Joan let herself hit bottom -- only to emerge incredibly joyous, bountiful, and awed by a sense of peace she could never have predicted. "Women who never actually give birth are all mothers, in some sense, to every child we encounter. We give birth to beauty, love, patience, creativity. We are the role models who support and believe in children's dreams because we support and believe in our own." Like having a long conversation with a very good friend, this is a letter of rapture and affirmation for all women who have not traveled the path to the delivery room, but have instead discovered a magical route of their own. A rare and wonderful gift that rejoices in being whole, female, and happy, this is Joan Brady's statement of celebration.
A weird family history, this novel shows how the past lives on, generation after generation. It is a story of one woman's trip into what a distant relation might have experienced and how echoes of his misery haunt his family to this day.
David Marion and the Freyl family return in a page-turning story of international suspense and intrigue by award-winning author Joan Brady.
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