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ROCK-STAR REWARD? OR ROCK-STAR REGRET? There's nothing better than tickets to an Eric Stanley concert -- at least that's what Nancy, George, and Bess think. That's why they enter the River Heights Singing Contest! First prize is a set of front-row seats to Eric's next show! Nancy and her friends practice hard for their performance and pick the perfect name for their group -- The Spy Girlz. For a final touch, Riley McArthur even lets them borrow a pair of sunglasses that once belonged to Eric Stanley himself! But when the glasses go missing, the Spy Girlz might be out of the competition without even singing a note. This is one mega mystery that only a rock-star detective has a chance of cracking. Picture descriptions present.
Reginald Hill's offbeat private eye Joe Sixsmith is off by bus to Wales with his church choir group to compete in the Llanffugiol Choral Festival. On the way, and possibly lost, they come upon a summer cottage in flames, and Joe surprises everyone (including himself) by dashing in to save a woman trapped inside. Joe escapes with minor injuries. The woman, whose identity is unknown, is not quite as lucky. The owner of the cottage secretly engages Joe to discover who the woman is. Unbeknownst to her husband, the man's wife also hires Joe to find out if the young woman is actually her husband's lover, as she suspects. Adding to the confusion are a multitude of curious individuals - a suspicious policeman, a patronizing headmaster, a drug dealing student, and a gang of disaffected locals bent on sabotaging the festival. Joe is intent on uncovering the truth during his weekend stay, and his investigation reveals crimes that have remained buried for years. Written with both humor and verve by the author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, readers will enjoy this next installment of Joe Sixsmith's adventures as much as they did its predecessors.
After the loss of his family farm, John Moon is a desperate man. A master hunter, his ability to poach game in-season or out is the only thing that stands between him and the soup kitchen line. Until Moon trespasses on the wrong land, hears a rustle in the brush, and fires a single fateful shot. Following the bloody trail, he comes upon a shocking scene: an illegal, deep woods campground filled with drugs, bundles of cash and the body of a dead young woman, killed by Moon's stray bullet. Faced with an ultimate dilemma, Moon has to make a choice: does he take the money and ignore his responsibility for the girl's death? Or confess? But before he has a chance to decide, Moon finds himself on the run, pursued by those who think the money is theirs. Men who don't care about right and wrong and who want only one thing from John Moon: his body, face down in a ditch. Matthew F. Jones' A Single Shot is a rare, visionary thriller reminiscent of the work of Tom Franklin, Ron Rash, Daniel Woodrell, and Cormac McCarthy.
A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician in the English countryside is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "Tiger" Single disappears into thin air. In Single & Single the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. Le Carré's finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son. This is territory le Carré knows better than anyone. Masterful and prescient, he is writing at the height of his creative powers, and Oliver Single, the central protagonist, is one of his most fascinating characters.
No matter how much you think you know, you're taking a chance when you shop for a new roommate. But after Allie Jones throws out Sam, her sexy but two- timing live-in lover, she desperately needs someone to split the rent on her Upper West Side New York apartment. And if anybody seems a safe bet, it's shy and unimposing Hedra Carlson, the least likely candidate for leaving dirty socks on the floor. Yet there is something odd about the way Hedra openly envies Allie's appearance and lifestyle. Then Allie begins receiving obscene phone calls from strangers who know her name; her credit cards mysteriously disappear; and she is shocked to discover that Hedra's wardrobe is eerily similar to her own. Unknown to Allie, her plain and modest roommate is sharing much more than the rent...and an unspeakable, bloody nightmare is just beginning...
Nancy and her friends are invited to Fort Lauderdale by Nancy's, the famous lawyer, Carson Drew to assist on a case he is working on. It seems that valuable stamp collections are being stolen, and there are rumors that they are going to be counterfeited for a quick short sale. While they are on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Nancy and her friends also help a wealthy woman plagued with burglars who don't steal anything. This is an updated mystery series with obvious references to more modern day conveniences.
From inside the book: THE SINISTER SIGNPOST Racing cars! Mystery! Adventure! These elements combine to give Frank and Joe Hardy one of the most dangerous and intriguing cases of their careers. It all starts when their father, Fenton Hardy, is engaged by an experimental race car and motor designer to investigate a series of mysterious accidents. Three of his drivers have crashed because the windshields of their cars were suddenly crazed, thus cutting off forward vision. Frank and Joe uncover one slim clue. Each of the drivers had seen a signpost marked danger shortly before his accident. The young detectives investigate, only to discover that the signposts have vanished. What happened to them? And what sinister purpose did they serve. The attempted theft of a secret experimental motor and the kidnapping of a famous race horse are part of this thrilling case, which proves to be as sinister as the signposts themselves. ================= This is the revised 1968 version.
Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the cloistered convent lie two nuns-one dead, one critically injured-victims of an unspeakably savage attacker. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles's autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. Then another body is found, mutilated beyond recognition. Together, Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Maura Isles finds herself drawn inexorably toward the heart of an investigation that strikes close to home-and toward a dawning revelation about the killer's identity too shattering to consider.
Private investigator Jackson Steeg has a new client--his mobster brother, Dave, who's in deep trouble after a suspicious fire in one of his warehouses leaves half a dozen charred corpses in its wake.Steeg might not approve of his brother's ways, but blood is blood, so he doggedly chases the truth, even when the trail leads him to a diabolical serial killer haunting the grimy streets of Hell's Kitchen--and to the realization that the answers to all of his ugliest questions lie far too close to home.Propelled by Ira Berkowitz's lean, lyrical prose, Sinners' Ball is another hard-hitting journey into a dark world of old-school gangsters, murky morality, and inherited sin that lies hidden beneath New York City's antiseptic modern façade. Shamus Award Winner.
Fans of supernatural fiction can't stop talking about author Tracey O'Hara's Dark Brethren--a phenomenal urban fantasy series in the bestselling vein of J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeaniene Frost, and Jocelynn Drake. O'Hara continues her gripping paranormal saga of shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, and darkest magic with Sin's Dark Caress, as an NYPD Detective joins forces with a powerful forensic witch to investigate a rash of gruesome murders that plagues the city, hoping to prevent an ancient, insidious evil from reentering their world. Sin's Dark Caress is supernatural suspense combined with a captivating love story that will appeal equally to dark fantasy lovers and fans of paranormal romance. It's no wonder the Romantic Times BOOKclub declares that, "urban fantasy just got a major jolt of talent with O'Hara's arrival."
An erotic suspense story as a young woman navigates the criminal underworld despite her own moral conflicts. She ran away from home as a teen to escape her overprotective and heavily religious family, but now Trenda Fuqua finds herself seduced by the very life she was warned against. Drug running, theft, and murder are part of the world she lands in, and soon Trenda is on the run for her life. Complicating matters is Darius Kain, a rogue cop, who is also after her. Trenda has some critical information that could end not only his career, but his life, and Kain will stop at nothing to silence her. Suddenly far away from the safe haven of her family and everything she once knew, Trenda needs to find her way back...and fast. A masterful blend of thrills, action and erotic elements, Sins of a Siren is sure to keep readers flipping the pages.
Mike Stewart's first novel introduces Tom McInnes, an Alabama attorney who investigates his brother's murder, only to uncover secrets that can kill.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE The survivors of postnuclear America struggle against the free fall into anarchy and barbarism. Hot lead keeps people sharp, but it's the fire within that keeps them alive. Ryan Cawdor and his band roam Deathlands searching for somewhere to call home. Until then, it's survival at all cost. LINE OF ATTACK New Hampshire is rich with big game, more than enough to feed Ryan and his hungry companions. But claims to a fallen elk get ugly and Ryan is forced to chill another hunter, the self-proclaimed king of the Granite Highlands, over the meat. Soon the hunters become the hunted as the dead man's widow gives chase, armed with predark tanks and heavy artillery. As the kill zone widens across cannibal-ridden lava fields, Ryan and his group search for leverage in the merciless landscape.
Colossal in concept, dazzlingly plotted, filled with vivid, jaw-dropping violence, Sins of the Assassin confirms Robert Ferrigno as the modern master of the futuristic thriller. In the second book of Ferrigno's spectacular Assassin Trilogy, Rakkim Epps battles radical fundamentalist forces in a futuristic America, now a divided blood-soaked dystopia. Will he survive? Can America ever be unified again?The year is 2043. New York and Washington, D. C. , have been leveled by nuclear bombs. New Orleans is submerged beneath fifty feet of water and treasure hunters scavenge its watery ruins. The United States no longer exists, and in its place two new nations maintain an uneasy coexistence. To the west stretches the Islamic Republic, seemingly governed by a moderate president but hollowed from within by the violent, repressive Black Robes, a shadowy fundamentalist group intent on crushing all those who do not follow Allah's path. In this frightening world, freedom is controlled by the state, and non-Muslims are either second-class citizens, hidden underground, exiled, or executed. To the east and south lies the Christian Bible Belt, itself torn by conflict from warring factions, each claiming to be more righteous than the others. Meanwhile the former United States is being nibbled away at the edges: South Florida, known as "Nuevo Florida," is independent; the Aztlán Empire, formerly Mexico, encroaches from the south; and Canada has laid claim to huge swaths of territory along the United States's former northern border. What stability exists between the warring empires is threatened when the president of the Islamic Republic discovers that a Bible Belt warlord, known simply as the Colonel, is searching for a superweapon hidden inside a remote mountain decades earlier by the old United States regime. Rakkim Epps, retired shadow warrior, is sent on a perilous mission to infiltrate the Belt and steal or destroy the weapon. Accompanying Rakkim is Leo, a naive nineteen-year-old whose technologically enhanced brain is crucial to their success. Together they sneak through the Belt, a lawless territory where a bloodthirsty, drug-addled militia prepares for the End-Times. When Rakkim and Leo finally reach the Colonel's mountain, Epps is forced to rely on his shadow warrior's ability to kill any and all who would halt his quest. Opposing him is the Colonel's enforcer, a sadistic, carbon-skinned killer named Gravenholtz, and the Colonel's wife, the alluring, sexually rapacious Baby, who wants -- and gets -- more of everything. Meanwhile, the Old One, the ancient and immensely rich Muslim fanatic who seeks to rule both American nations, plots his attack from the safety of his ocean liner. Rakkim Epps, he realizes, must be stopped, controlled, or killed. A terrific stand-alone read,Sins of the Assassin is a cinematic feast of action and plot, and verifies Robert Ferrigno's Assassin Trilogy as a monumental imaginative work of suspense.
The homicide beat in Louisiana isn't just terrifying, it's demonic. Detective Kara Gilligan of the supernatural task force has the ability to summon demons to her aid, but she herself is pledged to serve a demonic lord. And now, people who've hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead for no apparent reason. To clear her name and save both the demon and human worlds, she's in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back.
autumn 1980: all seems well as the Collins family welcome David's fiancee, Lauren Chandler, into their midst. But when Lauren mysteriously disappears , it is only the first clue to unravelling a greater, more terrifying mystery confronting Barnabas and Julia - a mystery that spans two centuries and threatens the lives and security of everyone at Collinwood. It becomes evident that an unusual vampire has been let loose on the estate--one with the power to destroy everything Barnabas has so longed to have. Eventually, the fate of the entire family hangs in the balance as Julia follows a spirit's cryptic clues in a desperate effort to save them. Yet even that may not be enough, for Julia realizes that she has experienced some things before.
Caterina Shaw's days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment--a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body--and she's been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run. Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he's hunting down is far from the vicious killer he's been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she's a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be. The heat that builds between them is irresistible, but surrendering to it could kill them both . . . for a dangerous group is plotting its next move using Caterina as its deadly pawn.
Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder-punishable by execution.This notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer among the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan-and try to save Hester from the gallows.
"She thought the lack of cranberry sauce was going to be her biggest problem, but a missing schoolteacher, a murdered man, a troubled child, and a call for help were difficulties Dorothy Martin most definitely hadn't foreseen." "She had wanted to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for her husband, Alan, and some of her friends, a taste of home for a holiday she missed. Then the call came from the school, asking Dorothy to fill in for a few hours because Amanda Doyle hadn't shown up and there was a flu epidemic and no one was available. Three days later, on Thanksgiving, the second call came: John Doyle was dead - murdered - and Amanda was the suspect. Would Dorothy mind caring for their daughter, Miriam, for the day? Please?" "Dorothy had already sensed that something was not right in the Doyle household: John was clearly abusive, emotionally if not physically, and the church the family belonged to held some very strange ideas about sin and punishment. Now Amanda and Miriam needed her; neither of them could be responsible for the murder, no matter how it looked to the police." With Alan's help and more than a few surprises, Dorothy unravels a nasty knot of family secrets and gives Amanda and Miriam something for which to be truly thankful.
All it took was one small item on the regional news for Kimberly Guyver and Rachel Golinski to know that their old life was catching up with them. They wondered how they'd been naïve enough to think it wouldn't. They hoped they still had a chance to leave it behind - just one more time - but within hours, Rachel's home is burning and Kimberly's young son, Riley, is missing.DC Goodhew begins to sift through their lives, and starts to uncover an unsettling picture of deceit, murder and accelerating danger. Kimberly seems distraught but also defensive and uncooperative. Is it fear and mistrust of the police which are putting her son at risk, or darker motivations?With Riley's life in peril, Goodhew needs Kimberly to make choices, but she has to understand, the one thing she cannot afford is another mistake.
PARADISE LOST Crawling from the wreckage of Armageddon, humanity endures, mutated and forever altered. Gone are the comforts of civilization, replaced by a bloodlust to survive. Deathlands is a tortured landscape where peace and hope struggle to take root. Still, Ryan Cawdor and his band push onward, seeking a place to call home. SWARM OF MADNESS If any kind of utopia exists in postapocalyptic America, Ryan and his companions have yet to find it. But high in the Virginian mountains, their quest may find its reward. Heaven Falls is an agrarian idyll, its thriving inhabitants harnessing powerful feminine energy and the medicinal qualities of honey. Bountiful and serene, this community is the closest thing to sanctuary the companions have ever encountered. But as they are seduced by a life they have only envisioned, they discover Heaven has a trapdoor that opens straight to hell....
From the book: Before the Black Pearl, there was a teenage stowaway named Jack Sparrow ... Captain Jack Sparrow's ship, the Barnacle, and its up-till-now unshakable crew have suddenly fallen under a sinister spell. While continuing their quest for the storied Sword of Cortes, the crew suddenly finds itself entranced by an ethereal song. As a result, each of them attempts to take the Barnacle in a different direction-- and away from the Sword's supposed location. Only Jack seems unaffected by the strange song, but can he both subdue his crew and defeat the mysterious force behind the dark spell?
In the middle of the night, a disheveled and badly frightened monk arrives at the doorstep of Bishop Mitrofanii of Zavolzhsk, crying: "Something's wrong at the Hermitage!" The Hermitage is the centuries-old island monastery of New Ararat, known for its tradition of severely penitent monks, isolated environs, and a mental institution founded by a millionaire in self-imposed exile. Hearing the monk's eerie message, Mitrofanii's befuddled but sharp-witted ward Sister Pelagia begs to visit New Ararat and uncover the mystery. Traditions prevail-no women are allowed-and the bishop sends other wards to test their fates against the Black Monk that haunts the once serene locale. But as the Black Monk claims more victims--including Mitrofanii's envoys--Pelagia goes undercover to see exactly what person, or what spirit, is at the bottom of it all. Fans of Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, the first book in Akunin's Pelagia trilogy, will be instantly mesmerized-and frightened-by this latest foray into Zavolzhsk's spiritual underworld. Praise: "For all his status as a globe-circling bestseller, Akunin keeps faith in his sleekly engineered and allusive whodunnits with the classical virtues of Russian prose. ... That polish lends his books a peculiar charm." -The Independent (London). "Readers can hear echoes of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekov in whodunits that, because of their literary overtones, can be guiltlessly consumed as entertainment." -Los Angeles Times.
The third installment of the Sister Pelagia series pleases lovers of mysteries, as well as fans of classic Russian literature ("USA Today").
"Pelagia's family likeness to Father Brown and Miss Marple is marked, and reading about her supplies a similarly decorous pleasure. " -The Literary Review. In a remote Russian province in the late nineteenth century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal with a family crisis. After learning that one of his great aunt's beloved and rare white bulldogs has been poisoned, the Orthodox bishop knows there is only one detective clever enough to investigate the murder: Sister Pelagia. The bespectacled, freckled Pelagia is lively, curious, extraordinarily clumsy, and persistent. At the estate in question, she finds a whole host of suspects, any one of whom might have benefited if the old lady (who changes her will at whim) had expired of grief at the pooch's demise. There's Pyotr, the matron's grandson, a nihilist with a grudge who has fallen for the maid; Stepan, the penniless caretaker, who has sacrificed his youth to the care of the estate; Miss Wrigley, a mysterious Englishwoman who has recently been named sole heiress to the fortune; Poggio, an opportunistic and freeloading "artistic" photographer; and, most intriguingly, Naina, the old lady's granddaughter, a girl so beautiful she could drive any man to do almost anything. As Pelagia bumbles and intuits her way to the heart of a mystery among people with faith only in greed and desire, she must bear in mind the words of Saint Paul: "Beware of dogs-and beware of evil-doers." "Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised [Akunin's] clever plots, vivid characters and wit." -Baltimore Sun. "Akunin's wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted." -The Providence Journal.
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