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Here are new Easy Rawlins mysteries--original short stories from the "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning mystery author. This handsome collection contains six interconnected stories. Abridged.
A novel of psychological investigation and suspense, of a family caught in complex and ambiguous turmoil.
EXCITEMENT, SUSPENSE--AND KAY TRACEY--GO TOGETHER! Sixteen-year-old Kay Tracey is an amateur detective with a sense of sleuthing that a professional might envy. Her closest friends who share her adventures are Betty Worth and her twin sister Wendy. Whenever there is a mystery in the small town of Brantwood, you'll find Kay and her two friends in the middle of it.
Meg has been chosen to be Mistress of the Revels for the annual holiday parade, and she takes it personally when the Scroogey town Santa Claus is discovered dead.
6 stories are: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb, The Final Problem, and The Adventure of the Empty House.
In The Six Messiahs, Mark Frost again creates a novel of nineteenth-century mystery, adventure, and terror with Arthur Conan Doyle--the creator of the Sherlock Holmes books--at the center of the heart-stopping action. But The Six Messiahs is not a sequel; it is a spectacularly imagined novel that stands entirely on its own. Ten years have passed since Doyle first met the brilliant Jack Sparks and together they cracked the deadly case of The List of 7. Inspired by his friend, Doyle went on to create Sherlock Holmes, the character that has since made him a wealthy and celebrated man. Now off to America for his first book tour, Doyle is joined by his impetuous younger brother, Innes, and a cryptic Irish priest. During their voyage across the Atlantic, the men are stalked by an otherworldly order of assassins attempting to steal a precious piece of the ship's cargo: a priceless book of ancient mysticism. The Book of Zohar is the first piece of a lethal puzzle that will draw Doyle across the burgeoning young nation. From the filthy slums of lower Manhattan to the dark alleys of Chicago to a final apocalyptic confrontation in the searing Arizona desert, Doyle and his companions track the paths of six mysterious strangers who are united by a single, eerie dream. A dream of a black tower rising out of a wasteland--and a river of blood. As their trails converge at the source of this terrifying vision, Doyle and company confront an evil so dark and profound that it threatens to obliterate the very fabric of the world. Mark Frost has created a remarkable entertainment, a thriller teeming with details of American life at the turn of the century. There are twists and turns, mysteries to solve, page-turning frights, laughs, fascinating insights into the issues of the day, a cast of fantastically vivid characters--and a pulse-pounding story that will keep readers mesmerized until they reach the horrific and shattering conclusion.
"It's late winter and police detective Jake Hines is beginning to feel the effects of light deprivation: not only in the edginess of the citizens of Rutherford, Minnesota, but also in the escalating battle he's having with his girl-friend, Trudy, a battle that seems to make no sense at all. Sitting in headquarters thinking about these matters may not make them go away, but it does offer Jake a chance to examine some of his feelings. Then two emergency calls come in at the same time." "A child has been critically injured in his own front yard and something approaching the proportions of an old-fashioned gang rumble has broken out in the parking lot of Central High. As the department mobilizes to deal with these two events, Jake is told that the little boy is dead and that the emergency room doctor attributes the death to a gunshot wound. The witnesses all state, however, that there was no gun at the scene, and no one heard a shot. To complicate matters, one of the ringleaders in the school brawl was the chief's son and the first boy he hit has gone to the hospital...."--BOOK JACKET. I Love A Mystery a page-turner . . . a dandy, with a well-developed plot, sharp characterization, and a fluid style.
THE END OF THE WORLD IS HERE. Unlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning. After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller,7 Deadly Wonders, super soldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge. A mysterious ceremony in an unknown location has unraveled their work and triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in no less than the end of all life on Earth. But there is one last hope. If Jack and his team can find and rebuild a legendary ancient device known only as the "Machine," they might be able to ward off the coming Armageddon. The only clues to locating this Machine, however, are held within the fabled Six Sacred Stones, long lost in the fog of history. And so the hunt begins for the Six Sacred Stones and the all-important knowledge they possess, but in the course of this wild adventure Jack and his team will discover that they are not the only ones seeking the Stones and that there might just be other players out there who don't want to see the world saved at all. From Stonehenge in England to the deserts of Egypt to the spectacular Three Gorges region of China, The Six Sacred Stones will take you on a nonstop roller-coaster ride through ancient history, modern military hardware, and some of the fastest and most mind-blowing action you will ever read.
A vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise. . . In Iraq an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family's deaths, she follows him back home to the United States. An anguished mother desperate to find her child. . . In California a soccer mom arrives to pick up her son from school, only to discover that her husband has taken their child and vanished without a trace. A detective who needs to redeem himself. . . In the Rocky Mountains an off-duty cop rescues a little girl from a raging river moments before she utters her final words in his arms. Haunted by failure, he launches an investigation that leads him to a Montana school where time is ticking down on an event that will rewrite history. . . . Three strangers entangled in a plot to change the world in only six seconds. . .
Coben, the master of domestic suspense, returns with a standalone thriller--in the vein of #1 bestsellers "Hold Tight," "Caught," and "Stay Close"--that explores the depth and passion of a lost love, and the secrets and lies at its heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Hush and the Bailey Weggins mystery series comes a thriller set in a college town where a student's death sends one woman on a search for the truth and into the clutches of a frightening secret society. Phoebe Hall's Manhattan life has suddenly begun to unravel. Right after her long-term boyfriend breaks off their relationship, she's falsely accused of plagiarizing her latest bestselling celebrity biography. Looking for a quiet place to put her life back together, Phoebe jumps at the offer to teach in a sleepy Pennsylvania town at a small private college run by her former boarding school roommate and close friend, Glenda Johns. But behind the campus's quiet cafÉs and leafy maple trees lie evil happenings. The body of a female student washes up on the banks of a nearby river, and disturbing revelations begin to surface: accusations from coeds about abuses wrought by a secret society of girls on campus known as The Sixes.. To help Glenda, Phoebe embarks on a search for clues-a quest that soon raises painful memories of her own boarding school days years ago. As the investigation heats up, Phoebe unexpectedly finds herself falling for the school's handsome psychology professor, Duncan Shaw. But when nasty pranks turn into deadly threats, Phoebe realizes she's in the middle of a real-life nightmare, not knowing whom she can trust and if she will even survive. Plunging deeper into danger with every step, Phoebe knows she's close to unmasking a killer. But with truth comes a terrifying revelation: your darkest secrets can still be uncovered . . . and starting over may be a crime punishable by death.
An extraordinary new Spenser novel from the beloved New York Times-bestselling author, published posthumously. On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. The situation doesn't look good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become their biggest liability. In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young, former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. Sixkill acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor for Sixkill. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead girl come to light, it's Spenser--with Sixkill at his side--who must put things right.
In the near future, the United States is no longer a dominant superpower. Countries that were once allies now race to establish their own influence around the globe.
Other nations start wars. America finishes them. Embroiled in an all-out war in the Mediterranean Sea, the Sixth Fleet finds itself being slowly taken apart by the enemy. Their only hope: reinforcements who must first face their own test under fire by fighting their way past the very gates of the enemy-the hellish Straits of Gibraltar.
After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind. THE SIXTH MAN Edgar Roy-an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.
"New York Times"-bestselling author Garwood weaves magnificent stories of passion, adventure, and intrigue. Now she raises the heat and spices up the action with a sexy, smart, daring new heroine and a smoldering thriller.
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a "lucky" bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck-- BAD LUCK: Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs. GOOD LUCK: Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Connie, and Lula have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash. BAD LUCK: Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie's messing up local stoner Walter "Moon Man" Dunphy's vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in security expert Ranger's apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics. GOOD LUCK: Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner's Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip's lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save Vinnie and the business from ruin. BAD LUCK: Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a Turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles. GOOD LUCK:. The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky --the only question is.. .with whom? Sizzling Sixteen...so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!
This story takes place in England, spanning the late 1800s to the not-too-distant future. One layer is the search for the "Skallagrigg", a mythical being known only to institutionalized disabled people. Are Arthur, a lttle boy with cerebral palsy who was left in a grim asylum, and the Skallagrigg merely myth? Read and find out. And then there's Esther Marquand, many years later, who as a woman with spastic cerebral palsy, cannot talk nor move much on her own. Yet she learns computers and writes amazing programming. SDhe goers in search of the Skallagrigg and makes her search into a computer game. Then there are all the other characters, including Tom, the close friend with Downs Syndrome. There are romances and losses. Surprises. Tears of sadness and joy. This is a good clean copy, I have verified accuracy with another person against the print book, but I'm not sure how screenreaders will come through on some of the phonetic disabled speech.
Top ten New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings us another mesmerizing thriller featuring Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady as she searches for the brutal killer of a young girl. Brianna "Bree" O'Brien never returned from Skeleton Canyon. Someone brutally murdered the pretty, popular teenager who had stolen away under cover of darkness to rendezvous with her boyfriend. Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life. Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But she is disturbed by the O'Brien's insistence that Bree's boyfriend is responsible for their daughter's slaying. Joanna senses there are words not being spoken, and dark mysteries locked behind doors of the sprawling O'Brien family compound. But it is the strange disappearance of a good friend that is pulling Sheriff Brady ever closer to the lethal nest of lies, greed and secrets hiding in a desolate corner of the Arizona desert - where the next blood that feeds the parched, cracked earth could be her own.
Now, the author of the bestselling NUMA and Dirk Pitt series delivers an explosive Oregon Files novel featuring his unbeatable hero of the high seas Juan Cabrillo... 1896: Four Englishmen flee for their lives across the merciless Kalahari Desert carrying a stolen fortune in raw diamonds, and hunted by a fierce African tribe. The thieves manage to reach the waiting HMS Rove only to die with their pursuers in a storm that buries them all under tons of sand... Today: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the craft... along with beautiful Sloane MacIntyre. Sloane is looking for the now-submerged Rove, and her search has attracted unwanted and lethal attention from unknown forces. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes in the same area. What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo to the trial of a far more lethal quarry, a deranged enemy whose cadre of followers plans to unleash the devastating power of nature itself against all who oppose them...
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek ... and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out ... and then email the clips for Ryan to see.In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.
There is a small village in France that is well known for its page de foie gras and bones, boasting the largest concentration of prehistoric bones in Europe, where people occasionally commit murder.
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