Who murdered Walter Slurrie, America's most prominent political figure? Parallel investigations by the NYPD and the Secret Police uncover his life.
In love with a Prussian officer, a Jewish woman moves to Hitler's Berlin Every afternoon, Paule tends to her father's newspaper clippings and listens to his stories. An actor, Paul-Alain Bernheim has a sexual appetite and a lust for life that have made him a legend of the Paris stage. He is also a fiercely proud Jew, and he has imbued his daughter with an unshakeable pride in the history of her people. So why, she wonders, has she fallen in love with a German? From the moment Paule spots Wilhelm von Rhode at an embassy reception, she can't take her eyes off him. So after a whirlwind Paris romance, when von Rhode is recalled to Berlin, Paule follows as his wife. But as the Nazis tighten their stranglehold on Germany and the world prepares for war, will Paule's love stand against the night?
A war hero and the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Sergeant Raymond Shaw is keeping a deadly secret--even from himself. During his time as a prisoner of war in North Korea, he was brainwashed by his Communist captors and transformed into a deadly weapon--a sleeper assassin, programmed to kill without question or mercy at his captors' signal. Now he's been returned to the United States with a covert mission: to kill a candidate for US President.Shaw's former commanding officer, Major Bennett Marco, is the only one who knows his secret. And he must untangle a complex thread of lies, betrayal, and murder to uncover the truth of a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top of the US government--before it's too late. This compelling military psychological thriller is the basis for the 1962 adaptation starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury--and it will have you on the edge of your seat until the end.ABOUT THE AUTHORRichard Condon (1915-1996) is a political novelist from New York who wrote over 26 satirical thrillers throughout a prolific career--dealing with themes of political corruption, greed, and abuse of power. Before his career as a novelist, Condon served in the US Merchant Marines and later became a Hollywood publicist, agent, and advertising writer.Condon's best-selling works include The Manchurian Candidate and the Prizzi series, dealing with the life of a crime family in New York. The Manchurian Candidate was made into a movie twice, once in 1962 and again in 2004. The 1962 movie starred Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role.
A Mafia don builds a savage empire of murder and vice Millions of acres of forest separate Edward Courance West from the outside world. In his remote Adirondack retreat, he is tended by servants dressed in black and green, the color of West's empire--and of money. The son of an Irish powerbroker of the rough-and-tumble Lower East Side, West has been forging his kingdom since the day his father died, leaving him with a small fortune, a few bordellos, and a burning hunger to escape New York and make his mark upon the world--a mark he will leave in blood. The moment Congress passes Prohibition, West sets about building a one-man monopoly of bootlegging, smuggling, and murder. Clawing ruthlessly to the top in hopes of forgetting his father, West won't stop until he becomes the greatest criminal the world has ever seen.
An exciting thriller about a mafia leader, slavery, the Prohibition, the Depression, McCarthyism - America in the 30s, 40s and 50s.
An international criminal mounts an impossibly daring art heist There are only two people on earth who know that James Bourne is a criminal: his wife and his partner. Although he may be the most distinguished crook in Europe, Bourne has never been arrested. The thieves of London don't know his name, nor do the dons of Sicily or the police of Paris. A master thief, he's patient, careful, and utterly discreet--but he's about to meet his match. A handful of masterpieces adorn the walls of the palace belonging to the richest woman in Spain, and although she's a friend of Bourne's, he has never let a personal relationship get in the way of business. He plans to steal a few of the paintings, replacing them with impeccable forgeries made by his Parisian partner. But even the craftiest crook can be outsmarted, and this heist is about to turn deadly.
When a beautiful blonde turns his head, a mob enforcer risks losing his neck Charley Partanna sits in his office, quietly rigging an election. As the chief executioner for the Prizzi family, he has taken time out of his busy schedule of cold-blooded murder to ensure that New York reelects its mayor, and that dirty money continues to flow his way. When he isn't killing snitches or stealing votes, Partanna goes to night school, but tonight, his homework will have to wait. The Prizzis are going to war. For Partanna, a mob war is nothing but an inconvenience. The streetwise underboss can make a hit completely undetected. But when he makes the mistake of falling in love with the don's granddaughter, Partanna will see just what kind of trouble the Prizzi family can cause. Prizzi's Family is the 2nd book in the Prizzi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When the Prizzi family decides to enter politics, Charley Partanna tries to turn legit If Charley Partanna is lucky, he can go a few months without falling in love. During these stretches, he's able to focus on his job as chief executioner for the Prizzi family. But once romance strikes, Partanna--a criminal manager who still commits the odd murder for old time's sake--is lost to the world. So he knows there will be trouble when he meets his latest infatuation at an orgy. She's clothed from neck to ankles, but she's the sexiest woman Partanna has ever seen, and she hits his heart hard. His latest affair may be consuming Partanna body and soul, but he'll have to make sure it doesn't interfere with the Prizzi family's latest venture: politics. And with the Prizzis' sights set on the White House, Partanna will discover the campaign trail is a bloody one indeed. Prizzi's Glory is the 3rd book in the Prizzi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Hired killers by day. Lovers by night. Until they found out that their next assignment was each other.
Condon's highly individualistic novels: The Oldest Confession, and The Manchurian Candidate
In the early 70s, Leila Aluja, an Iraqi-American lawyer, becomes a film star as part of her job with the government's counter-espionage unit.
For the sake of vengeance, a woman plots to destroy the US government It's June 1976, and a bullet has shattered Agatha Teel's shoulder. The gunman has fled, gushing blood from a bullet wound of his own, and Teel has just a few minutes to save her own life. She marches herself to the bathroom--the most lavish room she has ever owned--strips, and does what she can to dress the wound. A needle of morphine dulls the pain enough for her to walk, and she wraps a sable coat around her nude body and presses for the elevator. She can't die tonight. She has a coup to stage. Six months earlier, Teel set her plot to overthrow the government of the United States in motion. On July 4, 1976, she will crush America beneath her heel. For Teel, it's not about ideology, nor politics. This is strictly personal: It's revenge.
She was beautiful, brilliant, a dazzling lawyer and a glamorous socialite. She was also the mastermind behind a terrorist plot to annihilate 60 million Americans and destroy the US.
President Timothy Kegan is assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Philadelphia; a single shooter is caught and convicted. Fourteen years later, the slain President's brother, Nick, hears a deathbed confession that upends everything he thought he knew about his brother's death. In a desperate rush to find the real killer, Nick must navigate the murky waters of a conspiracy that involves the CIA, oil barons, the police force, movie stars, and people at the highest level of government.A gripping political thriller, this book contains disturbing echoes of the Kennedy Assassination. Rife with political intrigue, it addresses many mysteries that remain unsolved in the real life JFK case--and it's sure to keep you turning pages.ABOUT THE AUTHORRichard Condon (1915-1996) is a political novelist from New York who wrote over 26 satirical thrillers throughout a prolific career--dealing with themes of political corruption, greed, and abuse of power. Before his career as a novelist, Condon served in the US Merchant Marines and later became a Hollywood publicist, agent, and advertising writer.Condon's best-selling works include The Manchurian Candidate and the Prizzi series, dealing with the life of a crime family in New York. The Manchurian Candidate was made into a movie twice, once in 1962 and again in 2004. The 1962 movie starred Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role.
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