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Dark Homecoming

by William Patterson

William Patterson weaves a chilling novel of gothic suspense about the terror lurking within a beautiful mansion--and the consequences for a newcomer who dares to call it home... Liz Huntington met her husband David, scion of one of Palm Beach's wealthiest families, just weeks ago. Their honeymoon was idyllic and Liz is blissfully happy--at first. But she feels increasingly uneasy in her lavish new home. Huntington House and its staff still seem to be in the thrall of David's first wife. In fact, the housekeeper, Mrs. Hoffman, has made it clear that Liz can never measure up to the stunning, sophisticated, deceased, Dominique. Though Dominique drowned in a yachting accident, Liz still senses her spirit in the house. She hears unexplained noises...sees shadowy figures vanishing down the long corridors. The scent of Dominique's favorite flowers fills the air. But Liz's fears are more than insecurity. Two young women connected to Huntington House have already met terrible deaths. More will die--and soon. Because behind the house's polished façade is an unimaginable secret and a love turned to twisted, unnatural obsession...

The Great Train Massacre

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

A train full of killers. Two passengers marked for death. And one legendary mountain man. Matt Jensen is in for the ride of his life. And it may be his last...Rich Man, Dead ManAfter surviving a brilliantly plotted murder attempt, the richest man in San Francisco is looking to hire the best protection money can buy. Enter Matt Jensen, who, for the princely sum of $5000, agrees to escort millionaire John Gillespie and his very fetching daughter on a railway journey from Frisco to Chicago. There's just one catch: the world's deadliest killers are coming along for the ride...In Provo, Utah, a knife-wielding assassin leads Jensen on a life-or-death chase across the top of the train. In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a ruthless pair of hired guns climb on board, ready to kill anyone who gets in their way. And in Omaha, Nebraska, three more cutthroats join the party. It doesn't take Matt Jensen long to realize this is no ordinary job. It's a one-way ticket to hell...

The Comancheros

by Stephen Lodge

The last of the great American cowboys, Charley Sunday is a legendary Texas ranger whose gun-blazing adventures have been passed down from generation to generation. But only his grandson knows the real story of what happened one cold--and very deadly--winter... TIME TO KILL With Christmas approaching, Charley is happy to welcome his grandson Henry-Ellis for a visit to his West Texas ranch. The boy is old enough now to travel alone by rail--but nothing can prepare him for the bullets and bloodshed waiting for him along the way. First, he witnesses a double shooting on the train. Then, he sees his grandpa gun down a dangerous duo of jewel thieves in the streets. After that, they stumble onto a train robbery in the making. But the real trouble starts when they get home for the holidays... A scheming pair of swindlers are plotting to take over Charley's land. A vicious gang called the New Comancheros are setting up headquarters in a nearby saloon. And any hopes for peace on earth, good will toward men, are quickly going straight to hell. This Christmas, Charley Sunday is coming to town...for justice.

The Evening Spider

by Emily Arsenault

A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel--inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s--by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries.Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries.1885: Frances Barnett is in the Northampton Lunatic Hospital, telling her story to a visitor. She has come to distrust her own memories, and believes that her pregnancy, birth, and early days of motherhood may have impaired her sanity.During the earliest months of her baby's life, Frances eagerly followed the famous murder trial of Mary Stannard--that captivated New Englanders with its salacious details and expert forensic testimony. Following--and even attending--this trial, Frances found an escape from the monotony of new motherhood. But as her story unfolds, Frances must admit that her obsession with the details of the murder were not entirely innocent.Present day: Abby has been adjusting to motherhood smoothly--until recently, when odd sensations and dreams have begun to unsettle her while home alone with her baby. When she starts to question the house's history, she is given the diary of Frances Barnett, who lived in the house 125 years earlier. Abby finds the diary disturbing, and researches the Barnett family's history. The more Abby learns, the more she wonders about a negative--possibly supernatural--influence in her house. She becomes convinced that when she sleeps, she leaves her daughter vulnerable--and then vows not to sleep until she can determine the cause of her eerie experiences.Frances Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover another's secrets, she risks awakening some of her own.

The Lovers

by Rod Nordland

Zakia and Ali grew up as neighbors and fell in love from afar. Defying their families and Afghan custom, the young lovers--both from different Muslim sects--eloped and went into hiding. When Rod Nordland came upon them, he felt obligated, having shared their story in the pages of the New York Times, to help them to safety--but there was a limit to how well he could protect them.Despite more than a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Rod Nordland tells a compelling tale of forbidden love, governmental bungling, and reckless disregard for basic human rights, and illustrates the degree to which mysogyny persists in traditional Afghan culture. The Lovers is a story of one couple's unshakable self-determination and the irrepressibility of human feeling in the face of a shockingly repressive society. donations from abroad, made a disastrous attempt to flee to Tajikistan. Forced to return to Kabul, they were closely tracked by Zakia's family--who briefly captured Ali--before they went back into hiding in the countryside.Despite a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. The Lovers is Rod Nordland's compelling tale about his inability, even as a Westerner with money and will, to protect these young lovers' basic human rights. Recounting the stories of similar, though less fortunate, couples from his decades of experience in the region, Rod illustrates how common misogynistic cultural practices such as stoning, child marriage, and legalized rape are deeply ingrained in traditional Afghan culture. The United States has spent more than a billion dollars on efforts to train and improve the Afghan judiciary system, with a particular emphasis on women's rights and gender equality. As a result, Afghan law now technically outlaws many horrendous customary practices. But they remain prevalent nonetheless and give cover for people like Zakia's father and brothers, who still want to capture and kill her.Zakia and Ali still hope, against enormous odds, to flee the country. The Lovers is the story of their unshakable self-determination and the irrepressibility of human feeling in the face of a shockingly repressive culture.Advance Praise for The Lovers"This sensitive and unblinking portrait of love and injustice somehow encompasses Afghanistan's recent tragedy: hope, suffering, disillusionment, resilience. Rod Nordland has come as close as any Western reporter to the human heart beneath the headlines."--George Packer, author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America and The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq"A captivating account of forbidden love in one of the world's most conservative countries. Nordland takes the reader on his personal journey to save a couple from the inevitable doom of secret love in Afghanistan and reveals an unprecedented window into the country's cultural constraints. A blueprint of the struggle for Afghan women's rights."--lynsey addario, author of It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War"This is a much bigger story than that of the suspenseful elopement at its core, a romance between two lovers of unlikely courage who risk their lives to marry, written by the journalist who risked his professional detachment to champion their freedom. It is a searing analysis of the endemic gender terrorism in a culture where no woman of any age or class--including the cabinet minister for women's affairs--is immune from brutality, if not enslavement, at the hands of her own kinsmen. You will never use the word 'patriarchy' casually or abstractly after you read it. And read it you must."--JUDITH THURMAN, critic, biographer, and winner of the National Book Award"With The Lovers, Rod Nordland has delivered a true-to-life Romeo and Juliet story that cuts straight to the heart. This saga of Zakia and Ali--a pair of stubborn, young head-over-heels Afghan sweethearts determined to be together against all the odds--is raw...

The Mystery of Hollow Places

by Rebecca Podos

The Mystery of Hollow Places is a gorgeously written, stunningly original novel of love, loss, and identity, from debut author Rebecca Podos.All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist; she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed of a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as "troubled waters."Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. And she decides it's up to her to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father's books to track down a woman she's only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life.

Shallow Graves

by Kali Wallace

For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters--human and otherwise--lurk at the fringes.When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn't remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she's somehow conscious--and not only that, she's able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs--where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.

Deep Cover

by Leslie Jones

The next action-packed romantic thriller from the author of Night Hush and Bait...On a secret assignment for MI-5, British SAS soldier Trevor Carswell is deep undercover with The Philosophy of Bedlam, a home-grown anarchist group responsible for several museum bombings. He's on the brink of unearthing their motives when Scotland Yard foils their latest attack. Desperate to escape, the Bedlamites take civilian hostages--among them, a woman Trevor never expected to see again.American political analyst Shelby Gibson is stunned when she recognizes Trevor, her one-time lover, brandishing a shotgun in the lobby of the August Museum of Modern Art. He's the last man she'd ever trust, but Trevor is no criminal, and he may be her only hope of getting out of the building alive.With the woman he once loved in serious danger, Trevor will risk everything to get Shelby to safety, even if it means blowing his cover. As they search for the truth behind the bombings, Shelby and Trevor expose the powerful, desperate man pulling the anarchists' strings...and the half-century-old secret he'll kill to keep quiet.

No Exit

by Lena Diaz

Lena Diaz returns to the thrilling world of EXIT Inc., with two enemies who become unlikely allies--and discover that only through love can they save each otherAs an agent of the Equalizers, Jace Atwell will risk everything to destroy EXIT Inc., the corrupt antiterrorist group, before more innocent lives are lost. The only way to infiltrate EXIT is by getting close to the CEO's beautiful daughter, but when they get a little too close, Jace finds himself falling for the woman he is duty-bound to deceive.Whatever clandestine activities EXIT is involved in, Melissa Cardenas refuses to believe that her father is responsible and is determined to prove it. So when sexy, smooth-talking Jace comes clean about his motives, Melissa drops a bombshell of her own: she's been investigating too--and she wants to help him find the truth.The chemistry between Melissa and Jace is undeniable, but their opposing views of justice make teamwork tricky. With their lives on the line--and the truth something neither of them expected--the only way to survive will be to trust their hearts and each other . . . if they can.

Spirit Week Showdown

by Crystal Allen Eda Kaban

A hilarious and spunky new heroine in the vein of the heroines of such beloved books as Ramona the Pest, Ivy and Bean, and Clementine, from Crystal Allen--the acclaimed author of How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy. Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is boot-scootin' excited for the best week of the whole school year--SPIRIT WEEK! She and her megapopular best friend, Naomi Jackson, even made a pinky promise to be Spirit Week partners so they can win the big prize: special VIP tickets to the Fall Festival! But when the partner picking goes horribly wrong, Mya gets paired with Mean Connie Tate--the biggest bully in school. And she can't get out of it. Good gravy.Now Naomi is friend-ending mad at Mya for breaking a promise--even though Mya couldn't help it--and everyone at school is calling Mya names. Can Mya work with Mean Connie to win the VIP tickets and get her best friend back?

Front Lines

by Michael Grant

Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families--to go to war.These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

Sin & Suffer

by Pepper Winters

"Some say the past is in the past. That vengeance will hurt both innocent and guilty. I never believed those lies. Once my lust for revenge is sated, I'll say goodbye to hatred. I'll find a new beginning."SIN & SUFFERShe came from a past Arthur "Kill" Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn't as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.Now Kill's carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they'll know until they've paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .

Letters to Penthouse Vol. 53

by Penthouse International

Mrs. Robinson isn't the only cougar in town. There are plenty of yummy mummys and flirty forties just waiting to for a stud to make them feel young again. Penthouse readers know these sexy seductresses are experienced, insatiable and they don't play games...unless they're playing their boy-toys. Now, take an erotic journey to the suburbs where mature MILFs, wanton wives next door, and wicked widows are stalking their young prey. Just because these desperate housewives spend their time in the kitchen doesn't mean they don't someone to bake their pies too. In these sizzling pages, the mother of all man-eaters is waiting to make a boy into a man.

Duke of My Heart

by Kelly Bowen

Scandal can be handled...Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl - quite inconveniently deceased - tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals. Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected - yet absolutely true.

Extreme Honor

by Piper J. Drake

HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVEDavid Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier's toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope's Crossing kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .

How to Study

by Ron Fry

The bestselling How to Study (Seventh Edition) reveals the study skills that all students need to know in order to be successful, whether the goal is landing a top scholarship or excelling in school. This edition includes information on how to create an effective work environment, stand out in class, use the library, conduct research online, and much more. Plus, author Ron Fry covers all the traditional elements of a winning study strategy, such as reading, writing, time-management, memory, and test-taking skills. How to Study (Seventh Edition) introduces a revolutionary study system, along with examples, that gives students the edge in any learning environment.

A Very Venetian Murder

by Haughton Murphy

During an Italian getaway, Reuben Frost tracks a historically minded murderer The sun shines bright on the canals of Venice, and in his seat in the motoscafo, Reuben Frost can't think of anywhere he'd rather be. For more than two decades, Frost and his wife have made an autumn pilgrimage to the Bride of the Sea, and he credits the city's restorative effects with helping him survive long into retirement. As always, the couple stays in the legendary Hotel Cipriani, presently occupied by the outrageous fashion designer Gregg Baxter, but this time they'll learn there's more than one way to die in Venice. After surviving an attempted poisoning, Baxter is found stabbed to death by a colorful hand-blown glass dagger--the weapon of choice for Venetian assassins ever since the Renaissance. With the help of Commissario Valier, an Italian detective, Frost must find the killer or risk spoiling his vacation. A Very Venetian Murder is the 7th book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murder Saves Face

by Haughton Murphy

To save his old firm, Reuben Frost must find a killer in the heart of Hell's Kitchen It's the last business day of the year and Tom Henderson is alone in the library of prominent Wall Street law firm Chase & Ward. He'll be out the door as soon as he grabs one last volume of case law from the sleek compact shelving system recently installed in the firm's new Clinton Plaza building. But when the shelves slide open, they reveal the mangled body of a senior associate lying dead in the stacks. The victim had few friends--and many enemies--and the killer could've come from anywhere in New York. Has a murderer infiltrated Chase & Ward, or is someone inside the firm committing sinister deeds? It falls to Reuben Frost, the firm's most respected retired member, to answer that awful question. Murder Saves Face is the 6th book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murder Times Two

by Haughton Murphy

The murder of an eccentric millionaire presents a deadly puzzle for Reuben Frost When Tobias Vandermeer, heir to one of New York's great real estate fortunes, required a quiet divorce, there was no lawyer more equipped than Reuben Frost. A cheerful drunk with a knack for jazz piano, Vandermeer and Frost remained friends--right up until the day the former drops dead in the midst of a reading club dinner. The poison found in his bloodstream makes Vandermeer's death a murder; his fabulous wealth makes it a scandal. Frost senses a clue in the deceased's latest needlepoint effort: a scene from the devastating satire Vanity Fair, the book club's latest subject. But eliminating suspects and finding his old friend's killer will require an angry call to the mayor, a trip to Rio, and at least one more death. Murder Times Two is the 5th book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murder Keeps a Secret

by Haughton Murphy

When his godson is pushed out of a window, Reuben Frost looks for a killer who's trying to rewrite history Reuben Frost waits patiently for his turn to purchase the tickets that will allow him to get his hands on a weak martini. Though wary of his fellow guests at the annual charity dinner, the brilliant lawyer, recently put out to pasture by his white-shoe firm, will endure his watered-down drink for the sake of his godson. David Rowan is a rising star in the publishing world, and his blockbuster biographies have earned him the $100,000 Reuff Prize for American History and a seat at the head of the banquet. But Rowan is about to learn that when stars stop rising, they come crashing back down to earth. When he falls to his death from his office window, his godfather is convinced that the young man must have been murdered. But who would kill a scholar? With the help of his loyal wife, this septuagenarian sleuth will find that history is a dangerous subject. Murder Keeps a Secret is the 4th book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murders & Acquisitions

by Haughton Murphy

During a weekend in the country, Reuben Frost investigates the murder of a frozen-food king who got himself into hot water Reuben Frost misses a lot of things about life as a corporate lawyer, but working for Andersen Foods Corporation is not one of them. A vast international enterprise, AFC has made millions pumping out cheap, inoffensive food. But Reuben Frost, a titan of Wall Street, is simply not the TV-dinner type. Unfortunately, even after retiring from the respected law firm Chase & Ward, Frost is still expected to attend the annual Andersen family retreat, a weekend of fun and games as bland as an Andersen frozen meal. This year, however, the retreat will be a bloody good time. A corporate raider has his eyes on the Andersen family fortune, and old Flemming Andersen is determined to fight him to the death--a wish he'll get to fulfill all too soon. When Andersen is boiled alive in his hot tub, Frost must find the killer to save the corporation and rescue his long weekend. Murders & Acquisitions is the 3rd book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murder Takes a Partner

by Haughton Murphy

A death at the ballet draws Reuben Frost into a backstage conspiracy While striding down Fifth Avenue, reveling in the beauty of the city, Reuben Frost loses his footing--and is caught by a ballerina. Hailey Coles is a slip of a girl, but her firm grip keeps the retired lawyer from crashing down to earth. Soon, Frost will have a chance to return the favor. When the stage of the National Ballet is darkened by murder, only he can ensure that the show will go on. Clifton Holt is a brilliant choreographer, but as an artistic director, he's made enemies of everyone from the boardroom down to the corps de ballet. When he's found stabbed to death at the stage door, it's assumed to be the work of a single desperate mugger. But Frost smells a more complicated plot, and he vows to find the killers before the final curtain falls. Murder Takes a Partner is the 2nd book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murder for Lunch

by Haughton Murphy

When Reuben Frost's old firm is faced with murder, the Wall Street legend comes out of retirement to find the killer No one on Park Avenue can hail a taxi quite like Graham Donovan. He stands outside his apartment building, arm outstretched like a true master of the universe. Today, he rides downtown with the Wall StreetJournal on his lap, his mind preoccupied by rumors that his venerable Wall Street law firm, Chase & Ward, is about to be accused of insider trading. A suspicious letter has surfaced bearing Donovan's signature, and he's desperate to protect his reputation. But in the end, it doesn't matter, for he has hailed his final cab. When Donovan drops dead during lunch, the firm calls on its greatest mind, seventy-four-year-old Reuben Frost, a brilliant lawyer who was recently forced into retirement. It's clear Donovan has been poisoned, but by who? Only Frost knows the ins and outs of Wall Street well enough to pinpoint the killer. Murder for Lunch is the 1st book in the Reuben Frost Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

America's Gift to Golf

by Herbert Warren Wind

The dean of American golf writers pays tribute to the nation's greatest tournament Over the course of his forty-year career at the New Yorker and Sports Illustrated, Herbert Warren Wind covered the game of golf from many different angles, providing readers with eloquent insights on the iconic courses of Scotland as well as Bing Crosby's lifelong love affair with the sport. But no aspect of golf was closer to Wind's heart, or more intimately associated with his name, than the annual Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course. Recounting Arnold Palmer's victory in 1958, Wind coined the phrase "Amen Corner" to describe the fateful stretch of golf course including the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first Augusta National Invitation, held in 1934, Wind eloquently recounted a half-century's worth of highlights, from Bobby Jones's original vision of an informal competition between his old friends and the game's rising stars, to Ben Crenshaw's impressive defeat of Tom Watson in the 1984 tournament. Full of the grand traditions--including green jackets, purple azaleas, and white jumpsuits--and dramatic moments that have made the Masters the most entertaining of the four major championships, America's Gift to Golf brings the history of this majestic tournament to vivid life and testifies to the enduring legacy of Herbert Warren Wind.

The World's Oldest Church

by Michael Peppard

Michael Peppard provides a historical and theological reassessment of the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos. Contrary to commonly held assumptions about Christian initiation, Peppard contends that rituals here did not primarily embody notions of death and resurrection. Rather, he portrays the motifs of the church's wall paintings as those of empowerment, healing, marriage, and incarnation, while boldly reidentifying the figure of a woman formerly believed to be a repentant sinner as the Virgin Mary. This richly illustrated volume is a breakthrough work that enhances our understanding of early Christianity at the nexus of Bible, art, and ritual.

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