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Three murders in just as many weeks in the quiet rural town of Bluestream is unheard of. It's also no coincidence. And it's not over: Detective Virgil Flowers is about to be pulled into the middle of a killer's violent personal vendetta.
A Dark Redemption introduces DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller as they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Ugandan student. Plunged into an underworld of illegal immigrant communities, they discover that the murdered girl's studies at a London College may have threatened to reveal things that some people will go to any lengths to keep secret. . . Unflinching, inventive and intelligent, A Dark Redemption explores a sinister case that will force DI Carrigan to face up to his past and DS Miller to confront what path she wants her future to follow.
When Ronnie moves from her home in the city to rural Oregon, she feels secluded and cut off from everything and everyone. The one person she feels connected to is a 10 year old neighborhood girl, Karen, whom she babysits for. But when she discovers Karen's body in the river, the victim of a supposed accident, Ronnie feels compelled to uncover the truth.As Ronnie becomes increasingly obsessed with solving Karen's murder, she discovers a dark underbelly to her new home and is eventually led to the truth -- a shocking secret hidden deep within the woods.Dark River is a suspenseful, atmospheric novel about murder, mystery, and the Santiam River, where the past and present converge, stirring up secrets and bringing truth to the surface.
"If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she's treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this?" Meili, a young peasant woman is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of the great sage Confucius. They have a daughter, but desperate to carry on his illustrious line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant without waiting for official permission. When family planning officers storm into the village to arrest violators of the population control policy, mother, father and daughter are forced to make a fugitive life on the river. Meili dreams of reaching a place called Heaven, a vast stinking wilderness of toxic waste, where the men eventually turn infertile and the family planning officers don't dare to go. But as their troubled quest to give birth to a son continues, it becomes clear that Kongzi and Meili are not just raging against the state -- they are at war with one another.
Duty and passion are a dangerous combination in the paranormal world of Denise Rossetti, author of The Flame and the Shadow, Thief of Light, and Lone Warrior... Rosarina of the Garden is the most famed--and desired--courtesan of her time. She is also a spy, the heir-apparent of Caracole's Spymaster, sent on a deadly mission to Green IV. She cannot afford to trust anyone, least of all a man with his own agenda--and the ability to crack her cool composure. Technomage Quintus is on Green IV to repair the great Machine that keeps that planet habitable. He doesn't expect to encounter the Dark Rose again, but he's determined to make the most of it. She'll be a most pleasing lover... once he convinces her to accept his offer. But there is more in play on Green IV than either know. The Necromancer is waiting for the perfect moment to exact his revenge. If Rose and Quin cannot learn to trust each other then the Necromancer will rule--and even love won't be enough to save them.
Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more than anything. Marc, who owns a gun collection. And he'll stop at nothing--even using his guns--to get what he wants. Ames feels her parents have betrayed her with their lies and self-absorption, but is she prepared to make the ultimate betrayal against them?
Dark Wing is a 240 page science fiction novel written by Carl West and Katherine MacLean and first published in 1979. It tells the story of a teenager who, not permitted to join an intersteller colonizing expedition, acquires illegal medical knowledge and struggles against governmental repression to save his non-earthborn friend and to achieve his own dreams. Argo's summary reads as follows:Travis had raced to the New York Spaceport hoping the space shuttle that held his classmates was waiting for him. But of course it wasn't. When his parents had refused to sign for him, even though he had trained for space for two years, that was the end. As the shuttle left the spaceport, he knew that his dreams were dead. And he was on spaceport land without a permit to be there. It was in escaping from a police copter looking for tresspassers that Travis found an ambulance, wrecked maybe seventy years before, with two paramedic :vases still intact, their information about medicine and the art of healing waiting for anyone who wanted to understand. But medicine was even more illegal than being at the spaceport. Anyone found trying to practice medicine was open to a thorough brainwashing. Yet Travis found himself fascinated. More than fascinated-an eager student. And soon he was caught up in a black market of doctoring. But his illegal medical practice was not his only problem. There was his friend Iron Phedon, who had actually been born on another planetCentauri II, Nueva Terra-and who was being detained on earth after the death of his parents by political and commercial interests for highly unsavory reasons. Readers will find the New York City that Travis explores-from the strange services of the Deathwatch to. the luxury and greed of corporate officialdom-different in technology and structure from the city of today but not so different in the people who make it up. It is a place where anything can be had for a price, including a completely new identity and life history, and where a small vial of penicillin can make the fortune needed to achieve one's grandest dreams.
A new romantic fantasy of magic, manners, and espionage that is also a 'fast-paced thriller' (Carol Berg). For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting. When Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep just before sunrise, he has no choice but to take her in. Tercelle Amberley's betrothed is a powerful Darkborn nobleman, but her illicit lover came to her through the daytime. When she gives birth to twin boys, they can see, something unheard of among the Darkborn. When men come for the boys, Balthasar is saved by the intervention of his Lightborn neighbor-and healed by the hands of his wife, Telmaine. Soon he finds himself drawn deeper into political intrigue and magical attacks, while Telmaine must confront a power she can no longer keep sheathed in gloves, a power she neither wants nor can control. 'Swift action, broad conspiracies, and monumental life-and-death stakes . . . grand adventure. '-Sharon Shinn'A wonderful read, with an intriguing setting populated by appealing and memorable characters. '-Lane Robins
Judd and Lionel must trust the son of a Global Community officer to lead them to safety. Fearful that Melinda will turn them in, Vicki and the rest of the Young Trib Force begin a frantic search for her. As another judgment rocks the planet, the kids wonder whether Judd and Lionel will ever make it home. Follow the kids as they struggle to survive the next judgment.
Perfect SubmissionHe wants her.He wants to possess her. Now. And her body says yes. Forever.Talen knows the Black Gryffons are the last line of defense against the Chimera. He must marry in order to carry on the family legacy. But finding a woman who will be his partner in love and his slave for sex won't be easy. He needs a woman who will submit to him completely, who will let him take her body in any way he wants, in ways she never imagined. With a hard thrust or a slow tease, he will make her burn with desire and beg for erotic ecstasy like she's never known before. . .Praise for Tawny Taylor"Scorching hot. . .a heady mix of BDSM and thrill." --Romantic Times on Dangerous Master"Delicious taboo sex and intrigue. . .irresistible!" --Eden Bradley on Darkest Fire"Absolutely delicious!" --Kate Douglas on Dark Master
15-year-old Jenny's unhappy life with her poor and difficult family undergoes a dramatic change when her penniless but ever-optimistic grandfather acquires a very frightened, unpromising-looking colt and gives it to Jenny to care for. Her dreams for Darkling, her passion for an ambitious young Jockey, Goddard, and her loyalty to her grandfather weave a tangled web in this coming-of-age story as bitter secrets emerge from her family's past and force Jenny to make decisions about her future.
Excited by the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse as part of a research project at the Mauna Kea Observatory, Frank and Joe Hardy must use their sleuthing skills to find out who is responsible for the murder of the expedition's leader.
Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite som drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave. She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?
Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth-its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals-the kind of all-embracing universe that calls up comparison to the worlds of such contemporary fantasy masterworks as George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series and Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus-part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence-from lands long thought dead. The Darkness that Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion. With this stunning debut, R. Scott Bakker is poised to become one of the next great fantasy writers of his generation. The Darkness that Comes Before proves again that epic fantasy can be intelligent, majestic, and terrifying.
The first book in the Prince of Nothing Trilogy. Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth-its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals-the kind of all-embracing universe Tolkien and Herbert created unforgettably in the epic fantasies The Lord of the Rings and Dune. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus--part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence--from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.
This omnibus features two classic, long-unavailable Darkover novels-Darkover Landfall and Two to Conquer-in one volume for the first time.
As it forces readers to confront questions of morality and power, right and wrong, The Darkroom of Damocles builds to a stunning conclusion. During the German occupation of Holland, tobacconist Henri Osewoudt is visited by a man named Dorbeck, who strangely proves to be Osewoudt's spitting image in reverse. Dorbeck assigns Osewoudt to commit a series of dangerous assignments but things quickly go awry, with Osewoudt eventually killing his own wife. After the war, Osewoudt is taken for a traitor and captured. Osewoudt cannot prove that he received assignments from Dorbeck--he cannot even prove that his doppelganger ever existed.
Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, a socialite, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they became the golden couple who knew everyone who was anyone; they sat at the very heart of British public life.Diana's letters to her only son, John Julius Norwich, cover the period 1939 to 1952. They take us from the rumblings of war, through the Blitz, which the Coopers spent holed up in the Dorchester (because it was newer, and therefore less vulnerable, than the Ritz), to rural Sussex where we see Diana blissfully setting up a smallholding as part of the war effort. After a spell with the Free French in Algiers, Duff was appointed British Ambassador to France and the couple settled into the glorious embassy in post-Liberation Paris.Over and beyond all the glitz, Diana emerges in these letters as highly intelligent, funny, fiercely loyal: a woman who disliked extravagance, who was often cripplingly shy, who was happiest in the countryside with her cow and goats and whose greatest love and preoccupation were her husband and son.As a portrait of a time and some of history's most dramatic and important events, these letters are invaluable. But they also give us a vivid and touching portrait of the love between a mother and son, separated by war, oceans--and the constraints of the time they lived in.
Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, a socialite, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they became the golden couple who knew everyone who was anyone; they sat at the very heart of British public life. Diana's letters to her only son, John Julius Norwich, cover the period 1939 to 1952. They take us from the rumblings of war, through the Blitz, which the Coopers spent holed up in the Dorchester (because it was newer, and therefore less vulnerable, than the Ritz), to rural Sussex where we see Diana blissfully setting up a smallholding as part of the war effort. After a spell with the Free French in Algiers, Duff was appointed British Ambassador to France and the couple settled into the glorious embassy in post-Liberation Paris. Over and beyond all the glitz, Diana emerges in these letters as highly intelligent, funny, fiercely loyal: a woman who disliked extravagance, who was often cripplingly shy, who was happiest in the countryside with her cow and goats and whose greatest love and preoccupation were her husband and son. As a portrait of a time and some of history's most dramatic and important events, these letters are invaluable. But they also give us a vivid and touching portrait of the love between a mother and son, separated by war, oceans--and the constraints of the time they lived in.
The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries have shown that when it comes to murder, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, doesn't mess around. But when a local hoarder is murdered, she'll need all her wits to dig a new friend out of a heap of trouble... After a tree falls on Tom Riordan's house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota--including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch--offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates.But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property--his cousin Valentina--becomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes there's more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer's identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack ...FREE CROCHET PATTERN INCLUDED
In a chest of drawers bequeathed by his grandmother, author Randal Keynes discovered the writing case of Charles and Emma Darwin's beloved daughter Annie Darwin, who died at the age of ten. He also found the notes Darwin kept throughout Annie's illness, the eulogy he delivered at her funeral-and provocative new insights into Darwin's views on nature, evolution, and the human condition. In Darwin, His Daughter & Human Evolution, Keynes shows that Darwin was not "a cold intellect with no place for love in his famous 'struggle for existence,' [but]. . . a man of uncommon warmth" (Scientific American). Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin is now a major motion picture and the movie tie-in paperback is also available from Riverhead Books. .
While Elizabeth and Jessica continue their internship at the London Journal, Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of grisly murders. Meanwhile Elizabeth and Luke have become more than friends, and they both suspect Jessica may be in danger from her new friend Lord Robert Pembroke. The second book in this three-part mini-series will grab both Sweet Valley fans and horror fans.
As sophomores Madison, Holly, and Lina continue to learn about dating and boys and record their findings on their weblog, another student begins to make up unflattering stories about the trio to post to her own web page.
Revisits the lives of high-schoolers Holly, Lina, and Mads as they wonder about slowing down their searches for the right boys, and as Holly's boyfriend Sean offers her friend Mads more than the driving lessons he promised.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?