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The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle John Berendt

From "A Scandal in Bohemia," in which Sherlock Holmes is famously outwitted by a woman, the captivating Irene Adler, to "The Five Orange Pips," in which the master detective is pitted against the Ku Klux Klan, to "The Final Problem," in which Holmes and his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, face each other in a showdown at the Reichenbach Falls, the stories that appear in The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes bear witness to the flowering of author Arthur Conan Doyle's genius. "The plain fact," the celebrated mystery writer Vincent Starrett asserted, "is that Sherlock Holmes is still a more commanding figure in the world than most of the warriors and statesmen in whose present existence we are invited to believe."From the Trade Paperback edition.

The City of Falling Angels

by John Berendt

Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt's first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.

The City of Falling Angels: A Venice Story

by John Berendt

Venice teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay, where narrow streets and passageways form a giant maze of mystery.

Medianoche en el jardín del bien y del mal

by John Berendt

La nueva novela de una de las voces bolivianas más prometedoras del panorama literario internacional nos lleva al corazón de una familia de aventureros alemanes que se exiliaron en Bolivia Los afectos aborda la paulatina desintegración de los Ertl, una peculiar familia de aventureros que, tras la derrota de Alemania en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, decidió exiliarse en Bolivia. Es en esas tierras extrañas donde el cabeza de familia, Hans Ertl, pretende alcanzar el gran sueño de Paitití, la ciudad perdida de los incas que se oculta en algún lugar inhóspito de la selva amazónica. Ni su mujer ni sus tres hijas saldrán indemnes de las inalcanzables quimeras y las ausencias de este padre explorador. Pero será Monika, la mayor y la más aventurera, la única que acabe heredando su carácter inconformista para lanzarse, con los años y en aras de sus convicciones, a un objetivo mucho más temerario. Con el trasfondo movedizo de los cincuenta y los sesenta y en una Latinoamérica radicalizada, Rodrigo Hasbún mezcla la biografía, la ficción y los hechos históricos para asomarse a los vínculos y los afectos de esta familia inusual. Esta novela, trepidante y llena de belleza, pone de manifiesto lo lejos y lo cerca que se puede estar de aquellos a los que se está unido por unos apellidos y unos cuantos recuerdos. Mientras fuera del entorno familiar se desarrollaban las sucesivas aventuras, arqueológicas, ideológicas y políticas, en la intimidad se libraban otro tipo de batallas decisivas. English Description Affection deals with the gradual disintegration of the Ertls, a peculiar family of thrill-seekers who, after the defeat of Germany during World War II, decide to go into exile in Bolivia. It is in these strange lands where the head of the family, Hans Ertl, attempts to reach the great dream of Paitití, the lost city of the Incas that is supposedly hidden in some inhospitable corner of the Amazon jungle. Monika, his oldest and most adventurous child, is the only one who ends up inheriting his maverick character, over time launching herself toward an even riskier objective.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

by John Berendt

Read John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Large Print.* All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typefaceShots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city is certain to become a modern classic.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

by John Berendt

Read John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Large Print.* All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typefaceShots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city is certain to become a modern classic.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

by John Berendt

The best non-fiction novel since IN COLD BLOOD: a true story of intrigue, murder, forgery and eccentricity set in the steamy, surreal atmosphere of Savannah, Georgia. The unpredictable twists and turns of a murder case are skilfully interwoven with a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South.

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