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Pop quiz: What would you do if you had to solve your own murder to get anywhere in death? Maybe if I hadn't slept through my alarm, slammed into Kristin--my high school's reigning mean girl--or stepped in a puddle, destroying my mom's new suede DVF boots (which I borrowed without asking), I wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I wouldn't have been pushed in front of that arriving train. But I did, and I was. When I came to, I was informed by a group of girls that I'm dead. And that because I died under mysterious circumstances, I can't pass straight over to the Other Side. But at least I'm not alone. Meet the Dead Girls Detective Agency: Nancy, Lorna, and Tess--not to mention Edison, the really cute if slightly hostile dead boy. Apparently, the only way out of this limbo is to figure out who killed me, or I'll have to spend eternity playing Nancy Drew. Considering I was fairly invisible in life, who could hate me enough to want me dead? And what if my murderer is someone I never would have suspected?
How did Riot escape from the Night Church? How did she survive the Rot & Ruin--and the horrors of her own past? There's only one way to find out.... Jonathan Maberry explores the origins of a fascinating new character in an exclusive e-short story set in the land of the Rot & Ruin.
A heart-stopping novel of psychological suspense from the internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Other Woman's House Ruth Bussey once did something wrong - horribly wrong - and was nearly destroyed by her punishment. Now, she has tentatively rebuilt her life and unexpectedly found love with a man named Aidan Seed. But Aidan also has a secret, and one day he confides in Ruth: years ago, he killed a woman named Mary Trelease. Ruth's initial horror turns to confusion when she realizes that she knows Mary Trelease, and Mary is very much alive. So why does Aidan insist that she's dead? The fourth book in Sophie Hannah's beloved Zailer and Waterhouse series, The Dead Lie Down is a sophisticated, addictive page-turner that will appeal to fans of Laura Lippman and Tana French. .
When a member of Molly Pink's crochet group is suspected of murder, it's up to Molly and her pals to pick up the dropped stitches and catch a killer.
During a blackout on the streets of London on a freezing evening in late 1944, a young Polish land girl, Rosa Nowak, is suddenly and brutally killed. For the police, their resources already stretched by war regulations and the thriving black market, this is a shocking and seemingly random crime. No one can find any reason why someone would want to murder an innocent refugee. For the former police inspector John Madden, the crime hits close to home. Rosa was working on his farm and he feels personally responsible for not protecting her. His old colleagues Angus Sinclair and Billy Styles are still at the Yard, but struggle to make sense of their few clues. Their only lead points towards war-torn Europe - but as the fighting sweeps across the continent, will they find the killer before he strikes again? 'An excellent and convincing evocation of wartime London' C. J. Sansom 'A superlative detective novel . . . Airth's John Madden novels are must-reads' Daily Express 'Compelling . . . Airth's atmosphere of London at war is superb' The Times
"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading." -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her employer. Madden feels he owes it to Rosa to find her killer and pushes the investigation, uncovering her connection to a murdered Parisian furrier, a member of the Resistance, and a stolen cache of diamonds. Delivering the atmospheric writing and compelling characters that have already established Rennie Airth as a master of suspense as well as style, this long-awaited third installment in the John Madden series is historical crime writing at its best.
From the back of the book: Terrorist bombs and bullets When Joe's girlfriend, Iola, is blown to bits by a bomb meant for Joe and Frank, the two brothers vow to punish her murderer. The killer is still on their trail, but before Joe and Frank can turn the tables on him, they're snatched up by the Network, a secret government agency that desperately wants the Hardys under wraps for their own good. Then they learn that Iola's killer is "The Assassin," an infamous international terrorist. Joe and Frank are just his warm-up for a larger target-one whose destruction will rock the world. To stop him, they've got to slip out of the clutches of the Network... and challenge the Assassin face-to-face.
Sam wants to win, no matter what it takes. Bicycle racing is his sport and he has a gift for it - but his attitude keeps getting in the way. After his teammates give up on him, Sam is offered a fresh opportunity. Viktor, an aging Olympic racer, will coach him and maybe give him what he needs to be a winner. But there's a catch: Sam has to work as a bike courier at Viktor's company. The work is dangerous and intense, fighting traffic in the inner city to make deliveries at breakneck speeds. Then Sam is assigned by Viktor to the mysterious "dead run," delivering untraceable packages for an unknown client. Soon Sam is racing away from the law - and risks losing everything.
From the back of the book: Haunted hotel Callie Shaw invites Frank and Joe to Runner's Harbor, a hotel in Barbados run by her cousins. But just as the brothers arrive, they're met by a horrifying host. Then things get even scarier. From trap doors and secret passages to ghostly gunmen, the young detectives come face-to-face with the mysterious spirit world. It seems Runner's Harbor has a skeleton in every closet-and they're all out to put the brother team into an early grave. ================ From inside the book: SKELETON CREW Slowly Joe walked along the rocking deck. He had one hand on the rail and the other on his torch. The boat lurched in the water, and Joe lost his balance, waving the torch awkwardly in the direction of the wheelhouse. The flame cast an eerie light, but he had no difficulty picking out the figure at the wheel of the ship. It was a man, or what remained of a man. The body was nothing but a skeleton frozen in time.
When it comes to solving murder, sometimes the pen can be mightier than the sword . . . Handwriting expert Claudia Rose heads to the Big Apple at the behest of Grusha Olinetsky, the notorious founder of an elite dating service whose members are mysteriously dying. Drawn into the feckless lives of the rich and single, Claudia finds herself in a twisted world of love and lies fueled by desperation. But is one among them desperate enough to kill? Claudia must find clues in the suspects' handwriting before more victims are scribbled into the killer's black book. . . .
From the back of the book: War in the woods! Crosscut, Oregon, is a town divided. Two rival lumber mills are in fierce competition, while the tension between pro- and anti-logging forces threatens to tear Crosscut apart. And when an explosion at one mill claims the life of its owner, the police charge Callie Shaw's uncle, environmentalist Stan Shaw, with the murder! Frank and Joe refuse to let Stan take the fall. But the land around Crosscut is rough country-and the men in it are even rougher. Before the boys can clear Stan's name, they'll have to clear a path through a dangerous world of chain saws and bulldozers, dynamite and double-barreled shotguns! =============== From inside the book: JAWS OF DEATH Joe had managed to sneak inside the lumbermill, but where was Frank? As Joe made his way through the noisy mill, he stole a glance at the enormous wood chipper at the far end of the room. Just then a worker farther down the line bellowed, "Punch the button!" and pointed toward the gaping entrance of the chipper. Joe swiveled around and gasped. Lying half on and half off the moving conveyer belt was a body. Joe peered through the dusty air at the motionless figure. "Frank!" Joe knew that the chipper could suck in massive pieces of wood and reduce them to splinters in mere seconds. Exploding into a run, Joe raced for the mouth of the horrible machine-but he knew that his brother didn't stand a chance.
From the back of the book: Last laugh When Bayport is hit by a rash of vicious pranks, Frank and Joe investigate. They aren't sure the tricks are meant to be funny, especially the mysterious phone tip that leads them to a spooky mansion that happens to be on fire. After dousing the blaze, the brother detectives find a vital clue. The trail leads them to a bizarre club dedicated to danger. But the pranks may be only a cover for an ultraserious game plan. Soon the young sleuths find themselves playing straight men for a deadly practical joke-where the punch line is murder. ================ From inside the book: NO JOKE Carefully Frank and Joe worked their way down along the slippery cliff walk that led to the old Hickerson Mansion. Joe touched his brother's shoulder. "There's definitely somebody in there," he whispered. "Right-I saw a flashlight shining around in there, too. Shall we follow?" But when Frank stepped across the threshold, he stopped. Lightning flashed, and for a few seconds Frank could see a length of carpeted corridor in the crackling light. Two sets of muddy footprints ran down the faded carpeting and through the doorway at the far end. Then the Hardys heard the sounds of feet running and a door slamming. "They're taking off!" Frank charged for the doorway. He slid open the heavy oak doors and dived into the next room. Joe followed him but stopped short next to his brother. The room they'd burst into was on fire.
Here comes a Clancy first: a new series of novels for young adults starring a team of troubleshooting teens--the Net Force Explorers--who know more about cutting edge technology than their teachers!<P> Computer savvy teens, a war game gone awry, and good old-fashioned intrigue are the elements of The Deadliest Game, a high-octane episode in Tom Clancy's wildly popular teen series Net Force. Clancy and co-author Steve Pieczenik envision a futuristic society where people enliven their dull lives with intense virtual experiences. One of the most favored of these virtual realities is a medieval war game called Sarxos. Players leave their physical bodies at home while an implant in their head carries them through their computer to the virtual Dominion of Sarxos, a land where they may be anyone-- from a reigning warlord to a practicing hedge-wizard. But when players who are winning too many battles in Sarxos start getting stalked and attacked in the real world, it becomes clear that one player has begun taking the game far too seriously.<P> Enter teen cyber-sleuths Meg and Leif, experienced Sarxos players. As members of the Net Force Explorers, a teen auxiliary of the cyber-crime-stopping Net Force, Meg and Leif start questioning characters in the alternate reality. Even when their boss instructs them to stop, they stay hot on the trail of the online Sarxian player who is "bouncing" any threatening opponent out of the game. But time is running out in the search for the online criminal, and Meg and Leif may find themselves the next bouncees!<P> In Net Force, Tom Clancy has created a cyber-thrilling series that will transition into the next millennium with ease. The breathless action and abrupt plot transitions between the real world and virtual reality will fascinate teen computer fiends and young video gamers alike.
Amy and Eric are the perfect couple. Popular, good-looking, happy. But after they are seen quarreling at a party, Amy disappears and Eric is the number-one suspect. Amy wakes up alone in a windowless, all-white room. She has no idea how she got there, or who put her there. All she knows is that she has to get out. Eric wakes up to news of Amy's disappearance--and a visit from the police. All he knows is that he didn't do it, and that he has to find Amy. As Amy tries to figure out a way to escape, she must also follow the instructions in a bizarre letter from her kidnapper. And as Eric tries to figure out where Amy is and who took her, he discovers that the past has a way of coming back and biting you in the butt. Told in alternating voices--first Amy's, then Eric's--Deadly is a fast-paced story about love, hate, courage, tenacity, forgiveness--and the many uses of a toilet rod.
Jessica Wakefield is in danger. Convinced that her fiance, Jeremy, is a two-timing criminal, she plots to get even. But her devious plan goes awry and she's caught in her own trap. Elizabeth Wakefield is scared for her sister and doesn't know whom to trust. If she chooses wrong, Jessica will burn to death!
RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE Someone's been using a gun to cast his vote, killing eleven candidates for the United States congress over eight years. Exhausted in their search for the culprit, the Secret Service has decided to use someone on the inside to end the bloodshed--the Gunsmith, Clint Adams. Clint soon finds himself in Austin, living in a fancy house with a butler and a cook who makes the best peach pie he's ever tasted. His gorgeous secretary Carla styles him into a distinguished candidate, dressing him in the finest clothes and taking him to parties to meet campaign donors. But the Gunsmith better not get too comfortable. Even though he's been asked to run as a democrat, the streets will soon be running red... .
In a non-fiction narrative that reads like a medical thriller, Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first kills cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France. Photos.
From the back of the book: Case 2 Nancy Drew is looking for a kidnapped rock star -- but she finds a lethal conspiracy. With backstage passes to Radio City Music Hall, Nancy and her three best friends meet the members of the country's hottest rock group, Bent Fender. But the fun's over when, minutes before the concert, the lead guitarist vanishes. Nancy takes the case. Soon her list of suspects reads like the WHO'S WHO of the New York rock scene. And her clues read like a puzzle: What do a wallet with a dragon emblem, a license plate, and two anonymous men have in common with the missing musician? Then Nancy's boyfriend Ned shows up, eager for romance. Nancy feels she can't spend the time -- until, through Ned, she uncovers a conspiracy that could blow the lid off the music industry. =============== From inside the book: FROM THE NANCY DREW FILES ASSIGNMENT: Find a missing rock star-Bent Fender's lead guitarist, Barton Novak, who disappeared suddenly after telling Nancy he had something important to tell her. CONTACT: Roger Gold, Bent Fender's drummer, whose father is a friend of Carson Drew's. SUSPECTS: Ann Nordquist, the group's agent. She may have decided that ten percent isn't enough. Maybe she's going for it all. George Marshall, the producer of Fender's hit records. Could he also be producing pirate editions of those same tunes? Dave Peck, a friend of Ned Nickerson's, with a mysterious new job, and lots of cash to flash around. Alan Wales, Bess Marvin's new boyfriend, who'd give anything to be a success in the rock world. How far is he willing to go? COMPLICATIONS: How do you prove there's been a kidnapping when there's no ransom note? And how do you investigate a case when all the clues lead straight to your best friend's boyfriend? But Nancy has to hang in there. Barton's life is in danger -- and before the case is over, so is hers!
Althea's dreams are about to become her nightmaresAlthea has always been a sweet, kind girl. In middle school, she had a group of friends to hang out with. She was on the softball team, took gymnastics, and won ribbons for horseback riding. But high school is horrible for Althea. She doesn't make the cheerleading squad. Her group of friends splits apart to form new cliques, and Althea is left to sit alone at lunch. That is, until she discovers a vampire living in the attic tower of her family home. A vampire who can make her dreams come true: a spot on the cheerleading squad; popularity; a boyfriend. All the vampire wants in return is a small sacrifice, and Althea is in too deep to back out now. The first book in Caroline B. Cooney's Vampire's Promise trilogy reveals the danger behind the door of the Shuttered Room . . . This ebook features an illustrated biography of Caroline B. Cooney including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Read Nancy Holzner's posts on the Penguin Blog. View our feature on Nancy Holzner's Deadtown. First in a brand new urban fantasy series that's "fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" (Karen Chance) and "full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" (Ilona Andrews). If you were undead, you'd be home by now... They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human.
When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. He misses the purposeful routine of the academic year, and has lost his appetite for research. His wife Winifred's late-flowering career goes from strength to strength, reducing his role to that of escort and househusband, while the rejuvenation of her appearance makes him uneasily conscious of the age gap between them. The monotony of his days is relieved only by wearisome journeys to London to check on the welfare of his eighty-nine-year-old father, an ex dance musician who stubbornly refuses to move from the house he is patently unable to live in with safety. But these discontents are nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke. It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behaviour threatens to destabilise his life completely. Funny and moving by turns, Deaf Sentence is a brilliant account of one man's effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality, the comedy and tragedy of human lives.
You are not alone... Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying-as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators-in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
Have you ever had a friend who just seems to attract trouble, no matter what she does? That's Allure. Just 21, she barely made it out alive from an abusive relationship with her psycho baby daddy, Greg. Poor girl just wants to be loved, but the harder she tries to find the right man, the more wrong her life gets. Whether it's Lavante, who has to stuff socks in his pants to make himself feel manly; or Derek, who would be a fine catch if his bipolar disorder didn't almost get Allure killed; or Bryce, a sweet and sexy cop whose first love is the crack pipe; Allure bounces from one drama to another. Then there's James, strong and stable--until he knocks her up and hits the road. Get ready to laugh--and cry--at Allure's crazy love life.
Allure Jones is back with more drama than ever! Three years have passed since her breakup with James. Allure is now working as a high school English teacher, buying her own home, raising Sierra, and dating the man of her dreams. Just when Allure thinks her life can't get any better, confusion sets in. James insinuates his way back into Allure's life, causing her to question whether she is completely over him. She has to be careful, though, because his wife is desperate to hold on to what's hers by any means necessary. If this isn't enough trouble, another ex continues to cause disorder in Allure's life. Just as things start to heat up between Allure and her new love, she finds herself being pulled back into her past. How much drama can one woman stand?
Go Ask Alice was a hoax. But Dear Nobody is a true teen diary so raw and so edgy its authenticity rings off every page "I am a freak." The words and drawings of Mary Rose present a gritty, powerful, no-holds-barred true experience of a teen girl so desperate to be loved, so eager to fit in that she'll go to extremes that could cost her her life. This is not a story about addiction. Or sexual promiscuity. Or cystic fibrosis. It's the story of a young woman with a powerful will to live, who more than anything wants to be heard...and loved. This compelling, emotional account ensures her voice will not be forgotten.