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Crescent City, 1934 In Crescent City, the dead are always close. At the point of death, people can choose to become Ghosts, tethered to the living. They can remain with their loved ones as invisible companions-or in the case of Crescent City's ghostly mayor, remain in office forever. Being a P.I. in Crescent City isn't easy or glamorous. Luckily Lola Starke has an edge: her Ghost, Aubrey, who can gather valuable clues from other Ghosts in the Ether. When they accept a simple missing-persons case, they're drawn into a complicated web of lies and double-crosses that involves the most powerful people in the City-including Lola's own mother, Grace McCall, a famous film star and the mayor's former lover. As Lola races to untangle the deceit ensnaring her, she discovers an old enemy at its center carefully orchestrating the perfect moment to betray Lola and destroy Aubrey forever...unless Lola and Aubrey can stop them first. 80,000 words
Follow orders or die. Anika Washington knows the rules laid down by the counterterrorist agency that owns her. When she aborts a mission in order to spare a young girl, she's given an ultimatum: take on a new mission that requires betraying her fellow operative, and lover, or forfeit her own life. After discovering that her lover, Gianni, has chosen another, Anika accepts the mission. In the aftermath, she learns that Gianni was faithful to her and she'd been tricked into thinking otherwise. The knowledge comes too late and she's almost killed in an agency double-cross. Now she must run - battling time, former enemies, and the agency itself to stay alive and save the man she loves.
Die YoungHilde Swensen is a beauty pageant queen with a face to die for and a body to kill for. But by the time Detective Claire Morgan finds her in a shower stall--posed like a grotesquely grinning doll--Hilde is anything but pretty. She's the victim of a sick, deranged killer. And she won't be the last. . .Die BeautifulBrianna Swenson is the beauty queen's sister--and the girlfriend of Claire's partner Bud. She tells Claire that Hilde had plenty of enemies, including a creepy stalker, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and a slew of jealous competitors. But what she doesn't say is that they both shared a dark, disturbing secret. A secret that refuses to die. . .Die SmilingFrom the after-hours parties of a sinister funeral home to the underworld vendettas of the Miami mob, Claire follows the trail with her lover Nicholas Black, a psychiatrist with secrets of his own. But it's not until she uncovers evidence of unspeakable acts of depravity that Claire realizes she's just become a diabolical killer's next target. . ."One of the most creepy, crawly and compelling psychological thrillers ever." --Fresh Fiction on Dark Places
He may have photographed a murder. Herb just wanted to photograph the cheerleaders in the school showers. He planted his camera high in the corner where no one could see it, and rigged it to a special homemade timer.
When a mysterious woman is kidnapped by a politically motivated fringe group and taken to their compound, Jack Reacher must help her escape with her life--from the inside out...
When a mysterious woman is kidnapped by a politically motivated fringe group and taken to their compound, Jack Reacher must help her escape with her life--from the inside out...
In A Free Man of Color and Sold Down the River, Benjamin January guided readers through the seductive maze of New Orleans' darkest quarters. Now January joins the orchestra of the city's top opera house -- only to become enmeshed in a web of hate and greed more murderous than any drama onstage.In 1835, the cold February streets glitter with masked revelers in Carnival costumes. An even more brilliant display is promised at the American Theater, where impresario Lorenzo Belaggio has brought the first Italian opera to town. But it's pitch-black in the muddy alley outside the stage door when Benjamin January, coming from rehearsal with the orchestra, hears a slurred whisper, sees the flash of a knife, and is himself wounded as he rescues Belaggio from a vicious attack.The bombastic impresario first accuses two of his tenors, then suspects his rival, the manager of New Orleans' other opera company. Could competition for audiences really provoke such violent skulduggery? Or has Belaggio taken too many chances in the catfight between two sopranos, one superseded by the other as his mistress and his prima donna?But burning in January's mind and heart is a darker possibility. The opera Belaggio plans to present -- a magnificent version of Othello -- strikes a shocking chord in this culture. Is the murderous tragedy of the noble Moor and his lady, the spectacle of a black man's passion for a white beauty, one that some Creole citizen -- or American parvenu -- would do anything to keep off the stage? Bloody threats and voodoo signs, poison and brutal murder seem to implicate many strange bedfellows. And Benjamin must discover who -- in rage, retribution, or an insidious new commerce in this beautiful cutthroat city -- will kill and kill ... and who will Die Upon a Kiss.From the Hardcover edition.
Somewhere in London, a lonely young woman is reaching out to the wrong man. It's up to Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and the rest of the Barnes murder squad to find her before a killer does.
There is no love lost between Marla and Carolyn Sutton. Carolyn has never forgiven Marla for leaving Hairstyle Heaven to open her own place, especially since Marla's clientele grew as Carolyn's faded away. Carolyn retaliated by relocating near Marla, but could not put the highlights back in the balance sheet. Still, it is a nasty shock when Marla enters the meter room behind the shopping center that houses both salons and tumbles over her rival's body. Carolyn's neck is broken and a hank of her hair is missing. Marla's powerful curiosity would have been enough to send her snooping for clues, but when Detective Dalton Vail, her very significant other, actually asks her for help, nothing can hold her back. Her quest becomes even more personal when Wilda Cleaver, Carolyn's trusted psychic and new owner of her salon, insists that Carolyn's spirit is begging Marla to solve her murder. Adding a dose of blackmail, Wilda warns that someone Marla loves is in great danger but will not give details until Marla cracks the case. Marla's got her work cut out for her--poor Carolyn was far from popular, and maybe even farther from honest. There is Carolyn's snubbed sister, Linda, who only inherited an unspecified "valuable" collection that appears to be missing, the chiropractor whose shady dealings Carolyn had uncovered, and the immigration lawyer who apparently had been issuing suspicious visas for Hairstyle Heaven's French-born staff. Add to all this some surprising news from Detective Vail and a blossoming romance for Marla's mother, and Marla's well-coiffed head is soon spinning. It will take all her skill to untangle the snarl of suspects, trim the list down to unmask the murderer--and learn what is behind Wilda's eerie premonitions before someone Marla loves is next.
Meet Ariadne Evans. She's the proud owner of a knitting shop. And she's just got herself in a stitch. When Ariadne enters her knitting store one day and discovers the cast-off body of longtime customer Edith Perry strangled with homespun yarn, she fears her life is about to come undone -- again, since she's still getting over her divorce. Ariadne's worries increase when she's questioned by detective Joshua Pierce, who may or may not have designs on her. While Josh pieces together the details of the crime, clues about Ariadne's ties to Miss Perry begin to slip together...and a bizarre pattern unfolds. Now it's up to Ariadne to do some sleuthing of her own. Can she untangle the investi-gation without getting snarled up into too much trouble? That depends on whether the killer is as crafty as she is....
A missing member of Parliament is found dead, pressed in a bale of wool, and a year later, Inspector Roderick Alleyn receives a desperate plea...
Married to an ambitious but feckless architect and living in the pretentious show home they can ill afford, Jane is forced to return to work, leaving her children in the care of a less than reassuring childminder. As the weeks pass, her disintegrating marriage and the discovery of her husband's secrets lead Jane into a battle to save both herself and her children from an explosive summer of hatred, jealousy - and murder. This claustrophobic thriller, based on events from the author's own life and her struggles as a young widow, marries the desperate ring of truth with all the added horror of Joan Aiken's gothic imagination.
It was a wedding no one would forget... Luke Skywalker was juggling martini glasses. Albert Einstein was dirty-dancing with Monica Lewinsky. And Zorro was arguing with Death himself. For wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid, it was just another night on the job: a coed bachelor party thrown by one of Seattle's hippest couples--the bride-to-be a hard-charging Microsoft millionaire, the groom a Seattle Sentinel news editor. But what started as the perfect evening for the young, handsome, and politically correct ended in disaster. One beautiful bridesmaid was dead, and another had thrown herself into Elliott Bay. Now Carnegie has more than a cutting-edge wedding to save. All around her, secret liaisons are unraveling, dangerous decisions are coming to light, and at least one criminal is lurking. With families to please, dresses to hem, and headlines to grab, Carnegie is discovering the dark side of love and marriage amid high and low Seattle society--and that while some passions may be forever, some are a motive for murder. . . .
April in San Francisco may be all about layers, but it also marks one year since the stylish Rita Jewell began working at Dolce's, an upscale boutique catering to the city's trendy socialites. And while it may seem like a glamorous world, someone's about to get ugly... Things have been less than pretty for Rita lately. There's her lackluster love life. Then Dolce hires a new salesgirl. Fast-talking fashionista Vienna Fairchild is young, confident, and horribly entitled. She's rearranged the store and relegates Rita to answering her phone--and the men are ringing for Vienna as though it were going out of style. Lucky for Rita, Dolce has tickets to a charity bachelor auction--but what to wear? While Rita opts for something simple, Vienna stuns the crowd in a breathtaking black dress with a pink bow on the back. Rita is even more stunned when she sees Vienna in that same dress the following day--dead on the sales floor of Dolce's. With Rita's fingerprints all over the scene and a believable motive, she's going to need to find some clues and throw together the perfect outfit that says: "I'm innocent."
vibrancy, and boldness" (Santa Fe New Mexican) that alternate history master Harry Turtledove calls " amazingly--often frighteningly--real." Now the national bestselling author of Conquistador and The Peshawar Lancers presents a vision of modern society suddenly and mercilessly thrust into its own dark age.... Michael Havel was flying his Piper Chieftain over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers, a family of five, when the Change occurred. At that moment, the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing Michael to glide into a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And as he leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.... Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when the Change thrust the small Oregon town into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to sustain the survivors of this crisis.... The Change happened when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash, causing all electronic devices-- computers, telephones, engines, radios, televisions--and even firearms to cease to function, and plunged the world into a darkness humanity was unprepared to face. But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.... S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan. This is a parallel series to the Island in the Sea of Time series.
A vintage tale of lust and drugs in old Greenwich Village--roaring back after fifty years out of print Sick of living respectably with her grandmother, Anita Carbone hops a downtown train. She finds Greenwich Village--the Village of Kerouac and Dylan, but also of Joe and Shank, two small-time dope peddlers more than happy to welcome a square into their midst. But after a few weeks in Joe's bed, she finds that with sex, drugs, and grime come danger, and that it's harder to get back uptown than it was to come down. Lawrence Block is the master of the thriller, and this early novel is a wild tour of a vanished scene: an authentic trip that burns with the slow intensity of a roach's last drag. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.
An event planner and yo-yo dieter finds herself embroiled in an intense murder investigation where she must catch the killer...and lose that extra twenty pounds.A savvy young event planner for a cable food network, the perpetual dieter Jen Stevens has a great group of girlfriends, an exciting career, and is on the prowl for Mr. Right. If it weren't for that pesky extra twenty pounds, her life would be completely perfect. When foul play shows up on the menu board of one of her celebrity bakeries, Jen gets entrenched in the investigation and throws herself into a battle of sheer willpower...against carbohydrates. She cleverly cuts through the fat to uncover clues and solve the crime. When things get sticky, Jen is no cream puff, and saving the day becomes a piece of cake.
1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history--and the future: Sybil Gerard--a fallen woman, politician's tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator Edward "Leviathan" Mallory--explorer and paleontologist Laurence Oliphant--diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for.... Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson's and Sterling's unique visions--and the beginning of movement we know today as "steampunk!"From the Paperback edition.
At thirty-six, Petra Fields gets a shock that causes her to take a look at her life, and she's not proud of what she sees. Her past is a catalog of secrets and lies that she's never had the courage to own up to, and Petra knows she won't find peace of mind until she's made amends. But the task is far more difficult than she expected. The first and hardest step is admitting to Krista, her teenage daughter, that the father Krista believed was dead is very much alive--a revelation that will change their relationship forever. Then there's the neighbor whose husband Petra had an affair with, the former coworker that she got fired, and a list of other acquaintances who are understandably angry at her sudden desire for forgiveness. Far from setting her free, the truth seems to bring more complications and heartache, but also opens up her life in surprising ways. And when Petra is granted a new chance at love, she'll face the biggest challenge of all--finding the courage to seize her own happiness and start over for real. . . Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster. . . "Accomplished prose that challenges us to think, feel, and imagine. " --Robert Fleming, author of The Wisdom of the Elders
From acclaimed author and screenwriter Derek Haas comes a unique and thrilling twist on a family story--what happens when an elite assassin becomes a father? Now a new dad, the infamous Silver Bear finds himself staying up late for feedings and changing diapers--all while leading the double life of a contract killer. The struggle is not with his conscience. He enjoys his gig. But a child forces him to weigh selfishness versus safety. Continue his line of work, and he'll always wonder if he's putting his child's life at risk. His partner, Risina, serves as his fence. Like Columbus, she's good at her job and likes doing it. An unusual take on working motherhood . . . When the next assignment comes in, both Columbus and Risina are surprised to find that the mark is another assassin: a brash, young killer named Castillo. Castillo is an assassin on the rise. Even Columbus is impressed by his tenacity and talent--and as he closes in on his target, he realizes that Castillo is a younger version of himself. It's almost like looking in a mirror. Castillo has even studied Columbus's work. But Columbus's assignment is clear: kill the young man. However, Castillo learns that his hero and unwitting mentor has a family--a revelation with enormous ramifications.
In the future, cancer has been eliminated on Earth. Despite his diagnosis, celebrated artist Jimson Alleca can live peacefully for another twenty years if he stays on the planet to receive his medication. But, Jimson doesn't want peace; he wants love. Even though it will shorten his lifespan to one single year more, Jimson leaves space-normal to enter "the Hype," a shimmering space outside of space. He goes in search of his former lover, the starcaptain Russell O'Neill. What he finds is enough adventure and freedom to fill a lifetime.With A DIFFERENT LIGHT, author Elizabeth A. Lynn's changed the face of science fiction by depicting a homosexual relationship not as taboo or fantastical but as a normal aspect of everyday life around which the fantasy and adventure gets built. Since the novel's first publication in 1978, readers have loved its depth of prose, its clarity of emotion, and its thrilling adventure. It is no wonder Lynn is a multiple World Fantasy Award-winning writer whose work author George R.R. Martin called "lyrical and literate, and a treat from the first page to the last."
When dairy farmer Stella Crown's friend, veterinarian Carla Beaumont, is car-jacked it's just the first of a rash of vicious attacks on local business women. Then three more women--a truck driver, a minister, and a personal trainer--are targeted for vandalism and theft. But the community is shaken to the core when the kind-hearted Dr. Peterson is found murdered in her office. Stella is worried that she and her farmhand Lucy might be next in line. So she makes it her job to find the connection between the victims, get the good Detective Willard to stop the violence, and track down the killer. Meanwhile, Stella's boyfriend Nick insists on joining her on the farm. Will he, with his newly diagnosed MS, be able to protect her? More importantly, does she even want him to? As she investigates, Stella finds much that doesn't seem right in her usually quiet town. Between her suspicions of steroids at the local gym, irate patients at the doctor's office, and Carla's brand-new boyfriend, Stella's not sure where to focus her attentions. But focus she must--or more women will die.
A "hypnotic" (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters."The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is," hailed the Houston Chronicle about Different Seasons. This gripping collection begins with "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," in which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge--the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award-nominee The Shawshank Redemption. Next is "Apt Pupil," the inspiration for the film of the same name about top high school student Todd Bowden and his obsession with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. In "The Body," four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. This novella became the movie Stand By Me. Finally, a disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death in "The Breathing Method."
Maddy Sprowls gets to The Hannawa Herald-Union on the stroke of nine. She makes her first mug of Darjeeling tea and settles down at her desk to read the obituaries. The obits are the best part of her day, she admits. But not today. First she reads that her old college friend Gordon Sweet is dead. Then she learns he was murdered--at the abandoned landfill where the eccentric archaeology professor was conducting his latest dig. And just like that, the cranky 68-year-old newspaper librarian finds herself investigating an-other murder. No, two murders! Gordon's death just might be linked to the grisly bludgeoning of state wrestling champ David Delarosa fifty years earlier. And so begins a harrowing and hilarious trek back to Maddy's old beatnik days, when she was a member of the Meriwether Square Baked Bean Existentialist Society. Legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac still casts a long shadow over the group. And there's a coffee house full of quirky suspects to consider: Poet Chick Glass, saxophonist Shaka Bop, free-thinking Effie Fred-mansky, snooty Gwen Moffitt-Stumpf, and toxic waste dumper Kenneth Kingzette, just to name a few. There's a reason why reporters call Maddy "Morgue Mama" behind her back. And why cops and criminals alike get the jitters when she pulls up in her old Dodge Shadow. She is tough, tenacious, and as readers of C.R. Corwin's Morgue Mama: The Cross Kisses Back discovered, tricky as the dickens.
In retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor's latest exhilarating short story, Pike Logan's personal mission to get Jennifer Cahill into the Taskforce becomes tied to an archaeological dig in Roswell, New Mexico, where exposing a conspiracy leads to something much more treacherous than alien cover-ups. Includes an exclusive preview of Brad Taylor's hotly anticipated sixth Pike Logan novel, Days of Rage, coming July 15, 2014.After finding the ruins of a Mayan temple--and saving the world from a terrorist attack--in One Rough Man, Pike Logan has been given the chance to rejoin the Taskforce, a top secret counterterrorist organization that operates outside the bounds of US law. But before he becomes an operator again, he's determined to get Jennifer Cahill into the Taskforce as well, though no one else seems willing to give a female civilian a shot. Jennifer herself would rather focus on setting up their new company, Grolier Recovery Services, an archaeological research agency that Pike hopes will also serve as a sophisticated cover for future Taskforce missions. When Grolier receives its first job offer to check out a site in Roswell, New Mexico, Jennifer convinces Pike to go. But once they arrive it's clear that there's a lot more going on than a simple search for Indian artifacts, and uncovering the secrets carefully guarded out in the desert could not only cost them their future with the Taskforce, but their very lives.
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