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Derry's Partner (Famous Dog Stories)

by Hubert Evans

Derry, a pedigreed Airedale, lived in the wild open country of the Northwest. Quite different was Derry's partner, Mac--half Newfoundland and half husky. This is the story of these two dogs and their master, Ed Sibley. It recounts their adventures in the wilderness--and the bravery of the dogs against man and beast who tried to do their master harm. Sometimes it was a battle with wolves, again it was a fierce fight with a bear, once it was Derry's partner that succeeded in running down a criminal and saving his master from disgrace. And there is something beyond story in this book. The author knows dogs and writes about them with understanding. No one can read the story of Derry and Mac without learning a great deal about the way to handle a dog--and without loving dogs more than ever as the finest of companions both at play and at work.

Fool Errant: Fool Errant, Danger Calling, Walk With Care, And Down Under (The Benbow Smith Mysteries #1)

by Patricia Wentworth

Political intrigue and industrial espionage are brewing in Britain's Foreign Office in this thriller from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries On a dark, foggy night, Hugo Ross encounters a beautiful woman. She claims to be running away and begs Hugo not to tell anyone that he's seen her. Before boarding her train, she warns him not to take the job he's applying for: secretary to eccentric inventor Ambrose Minstrel. The train pulls away, and the stunning stranger is gone. Desperate for employment, Hugo ignores her warning and takes the job. He's barely moved into Meade House when a message from Loveday Leigh is hand-delivered: He must leave immediately and burn the letter. When they finally meet again at Waterloo Station, Loveday is not the mysterious woman Hugo remembers. Odd happenings continue, and he enlists the help of the esteemed Benbow Smith, an enigmatic figure connected to London's Foreign Office. Soon Hugo is caught up in an undercover plot involving governmental intrigue, industrial espionage, and stolen military secrets. With his own life on the line, how much is he willing to risk for his country? Fool Errant is the 1st book in the Benbow Smith Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Hide in the Dark

by Frances Noyes Hart

At a manor in Maryland, thirteen guests gather to celebrate Halloween—but before the party is over, only twelve are left alive . . . Halloween night, 1928. It has been years since a group of friends, all of them witty, well-dressed, and wealthy, have gathered at the house known as Lady Court—and since one of their own died tragically young. But despite the haunting memory of poor Sylvia and the secrets still lurking among them, the old friends&’ appear to be in high spirits. Amid the laughter, they play holiday-themed games, one of which requires the lights to be turned off. It is during this brief darkness that one of their party is murdered.Now, as a storm rages and knocks the telephone line out, the atmosphere of fun and flirtation turns to fear, and the rest of the night will be spent trying to unmask a killer . . . &“Hart . . . has inlaid her mystery with a filigree of wit and romance.&” —Time

The Miss Silver Mysteries: Grey Mask, The Case Is Closed, and Lonesome Road (The\miss Silver Mysteries Ser. #28)

by Patricia Wentworth

The first three novels in the classic Miss Silver Mysteries introduce Patricia Wentworth's beloved British governess-turned-sleuth. In The Grey Mask, Miss Maud Silver investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. Strangely, he finds his family estate unlocked and sees a light in one of its abandoned rooms. Eavesdropping, he learns of a conspiracy to commit a fearsome crime. Charles's first instinct is to let the police settle it. But then he hears her voice: Margaret, his long lost love, is part of the gang. To unravel their diabolical plot, he contacts Miss Silver, a former governess who applies her reason to solving crimes and facing the dangers of London's underworld. In The Case Is Closed, Miss Silver fights to free an innocent man when a new clue arises in a long-closed murder inquiry. Marion Grey is growing used to the idea that her husband will never be released from prison, especially after the horrors of the very public trial. But when new evidence suggests her husband may be innocent after all, she hires a professional--the inimitable Miss Silver--to clear his name. In a chance encounter on a busy train, a friend of Marion's meets a mysterious man who disappeared during the trial, and who may know something that could set Marion's husband free. But who is he, and where has he gone? To find out, the demure detective Miss Silver must track him down--or risk becoming a victim herself. In Lonesome Road, a terrified young woman asks Miss Silver for help unmasking someone who has threatened her life. Rachel Traherne has been receiving menacing letters about her deceased father's fortune. The first two letters were vague; the third said simply, "Get ready to die." Since then, Rachel has nearly been killed three times: first by a flight of sabotaged stairs, second by fire, and third by a box of poisoned chocolates. She fears the culprit may be a family member, jealous of her inheritance and willing to kill for it. But who could it be? Miss Silver is going to find out. These charming traditional British mysteries featuring the unstoppable Miss Silver--whose stout figure, fondness for Tennyson, and passion for knitting disguise a keen intellect and a knack for cracking even the toughest cases--are sure to delight readers of Agatha Christie, Ellis Peters, and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Green Ice

by Boris Dralyuk Raoul Whitfield

In this Golden Age noir classic, a falsely convicted man is released from prison only to find he's being framed for multiple murders In the 1930s, when pulp magazines like Black Mask reigned and noir fiction was in its heyday, mystery author Raoul Whitfield ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the genre's heavy hitters. Widely acknowledged by those in the know as a pioneer of hard-boiled detective fiction, Whitfield wrote action-packed tales of murder and mayhem that noir aficionados adored. His debut novel, Green Ice, is considered by many to be his masterpiece. Mal Ourney has spent the last two years in Sing Sing for a crime he didn't commit, taking the rap for a lady friend whose carelessness behind the wheel resulted in someone else's death. Always a champion of the underdog, Mal has done his time quietly and without complaint while lending a sympathetic ear to the small timers who were unwittingly led into a life of crime by big-time, low-life gangsters. Now that he's a free man, Mal's got a plan to make the big guys pay. But he's barely stepped through the prison gates when people in his life start dying, beginning with his ex-girlfriend. It seems someone is determined to frame Mal Ourney, and it has to do with a missing cache of priceless emeralds. Now the innocent ex-con will have to do some fancy footwork if he hopes to sidestep the electric chair.This ebook includes an introduction by Boris Dralyuk.

The Scarab Murder Case: Philo Vance #5 (Philo Vance #5)

by S.S. Van Dine

These Egyptian hieroglyphics spell &“murder.&” &“Classic, almost textbook, golden age detective fiction. The plotting is ingenious and fiendishly convoluted.&” —Vintage Pop Fictions In 1922, English anthropologist Howard Carter discovered the long-hidden tomb of King Tutankhamun, and the world went Egypt-crazy. Just a few years later, New York is not immune to the craze, and even Philo Vance, that eminent scholar-sleuth, has some sympathy for the fad—though of course he knows lots more about the topic than Carter ever did. When a wealthy Egyptologist is murdered, with mysterious inscriptions and artifacts dotted round, it&’s only natural that John FS Markham calls Philo for help. After all, Markham is merely the New York District Attorney, whereas Philo Vance is . . . well, Philo Vance.Praise for the Philo Vance series &“With his highbrow manner and his parade of encyclopedic learning, Philo Vance is not only a detective; he is a god out of the machine.&” —The New York Times &“The Philo Vance novels were well-crafted puzzlers that captivated readers . . . the works of S.S. Van Dine serve to transport the reader back to a long-gone era of society and style of writing.&” —Mystery Scene &“Outrageous cleverness . . . among the finest fruits of the Golden Age.&” —Bloody Murder

Danger Calling: Fool Errant, Danger Calling, Walk With Care, And Down Under (The Benbow Smith Mysteries #2)

by Patricia Wentworth

Clandestine operative Benbow Smith recruits a former Secret Service agent to bring down an enemy of the free world in this thriller from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries Lindsay Trevor, a junior partner in a publishing firm, boards a train headed for Waterloo Station. He is contemplating his future as a soon-to-be-married man when the stranger seated across from him asks if he's willing to die for his country. Trevor was taken prisoner during World War I, and after his escape, he was recruited by Britain's Secret Service. But that was twelve years ago. The last thing he wants now is to risk his life again--or is it? Operative Benbow Smith is betting that Trevor wants back in the game. And when an unfortunate series of events changes the direction of his life, the former SS agent signs on. With Lindsay Trevor declared officially dead, the victim of a fatal accident, he's free to impersonate another man. Soon the agents are enmeshed in a spiraling web of blackmail, intrigue, and murder, fighting a predatory criminal who is a master of deceit and manipulation. Danger Calling is the 2nd book in the Benbow Smith Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Death in a Bowl

by Boris Dralyuk Raoul Whitfield

In this gripping classic thriller from the Golden Age of noir, tough-as-nails PI Ben Jardinn investigates the bizarre murder of an orchestra conductor in front of thousands of witnesses at the Hollywood Bowl From his Hollywood office just steps away from Grauman's Chinese Theatre, hard-drinking private investigator Ben Jardinn keeps his finger firmly on the pulse of Tinseltown. So when an orchestra conductor is shot dead in front of twenty thousand pairs of eyes at the famed Hollywood Bowl, Jardinn is intrigued--especially since two of the prime suspects came to ask for his help before the murder even occurred. However, tracking down the truth won't be easy since it seems no one's word can be trusted--not even that of the PI's closest colleagues. And the trail to a killer and a motive twists into dark and unexpected places where even a tough, streetwise detective may find it difficult to stay alive. A pioneer of hard-boiled 1930s detective fiction, Raoul Whitfield created some of the genre's most intriguing stories and characters, many of which were featured in Black Mask, a legendary pulp magazine of the era. A contemporary of Dashiell Hammett--as well as his drinking buddy--Whitfield enjoyed success on par with Hammett's during his lifetime. But while the works of mystery writers like Hammett and Raymond Chandler have been immortalized in print and on the movie screen, for decades Whitfield's action-packed tales of betrayal, revenge, greed, and murder were largely ignored--an injustice that is now being rectified to the delight of noir fiction aficionados everywhere.This ebook includes an introduction by Boris Dralyuk.

When Love Blooms

by Robin Lee Hatcher

When Emily Harris takes a job in the rugged high country of Idaho, she's about to discover that changing the heart of one man may be the destiny she's been in search of all her life. A heartwarming historical romance by bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher.

The Virgin Kills

by Boris Dralyuk Raoul Whitfield

A killer stalks the guests of an eccentric millionaire at a Hudson River boating event in this classic thriller from one of the unsung masters of early noir mystery In the years between the world wars, in the heyday of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Leslie Charteris, Raoul Whitfield was a mystery author to be reckoned with. Considered by many to be more realistic than his famous contemporaries, Whitfield wrote gripping tales of murder and mayhem, full of unanticipated twists and turns. His work was often featured in Black Mask, the legendary mystery magazine of the 1930s. The time is ripe to rediscover one of the godfathers of noir fiction. The guests of millionaire gambler Eric Vennel are gathered on their eccentric host's yacht, Virgin, speeding north up the Hudson River toward the Poughkeepsie Regatta, a renowned collegiate competition of boating skill. The crew on board is a motley one, including a famous Hollywood starlet, an acclaimed author, a sports writer, some society swells, a well-known aviator, a gossip columnist, and a hard-boiled newspaper reporter. Vennel is said to have a lot of money riding on this race. There is also speculation that someone wants him dead, which is why an underworld thug has been brought along to serve as the rich man's bodyguard. Neither the rumors nor the thug is doing much to alleviate the already considerable tension. And the questionable demise of a favored regatta competitor only heightens the sense of unease. It seems there may indeed be a killer among them--a suspicion that is emphatically confirmed when, one by one, the passengers of the Virgin begin to die.This ebook includes an introduction by Boris Dralyuk.

The Dragon Murder Case: Philo Vance #7 (Philo Vance #7)

by S.S. Van Dine

A whodunit that &“presents a good puzzle, and that, according to Mr. Vance and his tens of thousands of readers, is what murder mystery books are for&” (The New York Times). No question, The Dragon Murder Case showcases Our Philo at his most supremely irritating. The book is set at a Manhattan mansion complete with picturesque pool. Into that pool dives Sanford Montague, never to be seen again. Fools rush to blame the supernatural, noting that the &“Dragon Pool,&” is supposedly home to a monster known to the Lenape Indians. Philo&’s not so sure: He is (of course) an expert on both dragons and the Lenape Indians, with a sort of sideline expertise in pools and fish. It is tempting to agree with Ogden Nash that &“Philo Vance needs a kick in the pance&”: and by the time you reach the end of Dragon, you will almost certainly want to point your boot at his posterior. But you will have had a swell time getting there, and we&’ve got a crisp greenback that says you&’ll be chuckling too hard to aim.Praise for the Philo Vance series &“With his highbrow manner and his parade of encyclopedic learning, Philo Vance is not only a detective; he is a god out of the machine.&” —The New York Times &“The Philo Vance novels were well-crafted puzzlers that captivated readers . . . the works of S.S. Van Dine serve to transport the reader back to a long-gone era of society and style of writing.&” —Mystery Scene &“Outrageous cleverness . . . among the finest fruits of the Golden Age.&” —Bloody Murder

The Kennel Murder Case: Philo Vance #6 (Philo Vance #6)

by S.S. Van Dine

A classic mystery featuring dogged detective Philo Vance. &“An intricate puzzle . . . [Vance] has an uncanny insight into the subtler aspects of crime.&” —The New York Times Given all the rich people getting bumped off in Philo Vance&’s Manhattan, it&’s amazing there are enough left to support the symphony. Latest up: Arthur Coe, found dead in his own locked bedroom. Suicide? The ever-perceptive Philo doesn&’t buy that theory for a second. The presence in Coe&’s house of a strange, prize-winning terrier only adds to the mystery, although Philo&’s fabulously in-depth knowledge of dogs does not in fact solve the crime; his fabulously in-depth knowledge of the murder of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in 1898 proves much more useful. Like most of the Philo Vance novels, Kennel was made into a movie, directed this time by Michael Curtiz, who a few years later would turn his hand to a little number known as Casablanca. At least one critic has called the film a &“masterpiece,&” and though we make no similar claim for the book, GoodMysteries.com, dedicated to the art of the classic whodunit, calls Kennel &“one of the best locked-room setups ever written.&”Praise for the Philo Vance series &“With his highbrow manner and his parade of encyclopedic learning, Philo Vance is not only a detective; he is a god out of the machine.&” —The New York Times &“Well-crafted puzzlers that captivated readers . . . the works of S.S. Van Dine serve to transport the reader back to a long-gone era of society and style of writing.&” —Mystery Scene &“Outrageous cleverness . . . among the finest fruits of the Golden Age.&” —Bloody Murder

Present Times: A Novel

by David Storey

From "the leading novelist of his generation" (the Daily Telegraph)--a story about marriage, family, and 1 man's 2nd chance At age 47, former playwright Frank Attercliffe lives with 2 of his 5 children in a 4-bedroom apartment on Walton Lane on the outskirts of an English suburb. For the past 3 years, his wife, Sheila, has been living with Maurice, a car dealer who owns a Rolls-Royce, a Bentley, and a Jaguar--a man rumored to have killed 3 people in car accidents. Attercliffe cowrites a weekend football roundup for the local sports column, and after a match, he is introduced to the beautiful actress Phyllis Gardner at his favorite watering hole. That night, however, Sheila comes home, having left Maurice and given up her current lover, Gavin. She wants to move back to Walton Lane with the entire family--but she wants Attercliffe to move out. With its cast of eccentric and endearing characters, including Attercliffe's loquacious fellow journalists, his alcoholic mentor, and the daughters who force him to live in the moment, Present Times is a novel about marriage, changing family values, and 2nd acts.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes: 75th Anniversary Edition (English Literature Ser. #No. 33)

by Vincent Starrett

An indispensable biography of the world's most famous detective In a boarding house at 221B Baker Street, a genius is at work. With the help of his tireless companion, Dr. Watson, the peerless Sherlock Holmes solves one impossible mystery after the next. Many of his adventures, such as "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Red-Headed League," are world famous, while others, including "The Adventure of the Tired Captain" and "The Singular Affair of the Aluminum Crutch," remain strictly private, simply because Watson cannot find the time to write them down. This glimpse into the secret case files of England's greatest detective is just one of the fascinating tidbits included in Vincent Starrett's landmark book of Sherlockiana. A founding member of the Baker Street Irregulars, Starrett enriches his meticulous research with a true fan's delight. Whether he is discussing Arthur Conan Doyle's real-life criminal investigations or detailing the layout of 221B Baker Street and its surrounding neighborhood, Starrett's deep appreciation for the stories and their inimitable hero is infectious. Countless companion volumes to the series have been published, but none offers as much insight and entertainment as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes does. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

A Prodigal Child: A Novel

by David Storey

A novel about family and class restrictions by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of This Sporting Life and Saville With 2 rooms downstairs and 3 upstairs, the house at Spinney Moor Road is a real step-up for the Morley family. Arthur Morley is a farmer who frequently comes home drunk, and who often competes with his prudish, penny-pinching wife, Sarah, for the love of their boys, Alan and Bryan. It is Bryan, the younger son, who begins to want more out of life. He yearns for something better and finds it when he goes to live with the childless Fay Corrigan at her posh home in town during the week, while attending a prep school that she pays for. But Bryan soon feels a growing chasm between his new life and the world he left behind. And his mounting jealous-erotic obsession with the much-older Fay leads to actions--and consequences--that will reverberate for years to come. Beginning in the 1930s and concluding with the onset of World War II, A Prodigal Child is a novel about adolescent yearning, familial devotion, and the stifling conventions of class.

Walk with Care: Fool Errant, Danger Calling, Walk With Care, And Down Under (The Benbow Smith Mysteries #3)

by Patricia Wentworth

Benbow Smith investigates the suspicious death of a prominent political figure and a mysterious letter in this thriller from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries Rosalind Denny, the American-born widow of the under secretary for Foreign Affairs, is still grieving for her husband. Eighteen months ago, Gilbert Denny threw away a happy marriage and a promising political career by ending his life. But Rosalind doesn't believe that Gilbert's drowning was a suicide. In London, Foreign Office agent Benbow Smith is visited by Bernard Mannister, a distinguished member of parliament and president of the British Disarmament League. A confidential letter that could destroy lives and disrupt the precarious balance of Western power is missing. Mannister, like Denny and others before him, is being driven from public service--but why? With an intriguing cast of characters, including a talking parrot, a sleepwalker, and a psychic, Walk with Care is both a top-notch historical thriller and a revelatory glimpse into the inner workings of British intelligence. Walk with Care is the 3rd book in the Benbow Smith Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

The Casino Murder Case: Phil Vance #8 (Philo Vance #8)

by S.S. Van Dine

Bet on this Golden Age mystery from the author of The Dragon Murder Case. &“One is tempted to say that this is the best of the Philo Vance stories.&” —The New York Times The &“tremendous popularity&” of the Philo Vance series stems in part from author S. S. Van Dine&’s preference for ripping his plots from the headlines of the day (The New York Times). By the early &’30s, when Casino came around, those headlines included some creepy chemical discoveries and scandalous doings at secret Manhattan gambling dens, where rich folks knocked back cocktails and played roulette, snickering at both the Depression and the Volsted Act. Philo, of course, is no stranger to cocktails or to snickering, and he knows more about creepy chemicals than the management at Dow. This comes in handy when the owners of a secret Manhattan gambling den are poisoned, perhaps by some new and creepy chemical. As deliciously, irritatingly erudite as ever, Philo is in his element here, solving what one reviewer called an &“uncommonly subtle&” crime.Praise for the Philo Vance series &“With his highbrow manner and his parade of encyclopedic learning, Philo Vance is not only a detective; he is a god out of the machine.&” —The New York Times &“The Philo Vance novels were well-crafted puzzlers that captivated readers . . . the works of S.S. Van Dine serve to transport the reader back to a long-gone era of society and style of writing.&” —Mystery Scene &“Outrageous cleverness . . . among the finest fruits of the Golden Age.&” —Bloody Murder

The Trail of Danger

by William MacLeod Raine

Young Dennis Gifford, runaway sailor from the Mary Bligh, pounded up the dimly lighted streets of Monterey, the shouts of pursuit loud in his ears. He leaped a wall into a Spanish garden. Dennis did not know that this temporary refuge was actually a seething cauldron of hate and death. Those were the days when "Californian" meant a Spaniard or Mexican who lived there. Americans had already conquered the country, but some natives still hoped to drive them out. Bandits--like Juan Castro--recruited their companies by this patriotic appeal. Old Ramon Martinez, in whose house Dennis had found refuge, was a gentleman and opposed violence. He accepted American rule. His sons and daughters, particularly lovely, dark-haired Rosita, liked young Gifford. Juan Castro swore to kill Dennis to get Rosita for himself. Ramon Martinez was being impoverished by shrewd American financiers who held mortgages on his ranches and hired bandits to steal his cattle. Plunged into the fight on Martinez's side, Dennis defeated an attack by Castro on a gold convoy, killed one of the bandit's men and wounded another. From Monterey to rough, bustling San Francisco he rode a trail of danger that meant life or death at every fork--and there were many forks. The trail almost ended when--a captive--he found himself watching a marriage ceremony--that of Rosita and Juan Castro!

The Furys: A Novel (The Furys Saga #1)

by James Hanley

A boy returns home from seminary to a family on the verge of collapse For almost seven years, Mrs. Fury has done nothing but think of Peter. Of her five children, he is the youngest, her darling boy whose future she planned out long ago. It was for Peter that she took one child out of college and married another off--for Peter that she sent a third to work at sea. She has sacrificed everything so that Peter could return to Ireland to study for the priesthood. He is to be the family's salvation--but after seven years in seminary, Peter has failed. Mrs. Fury receives two telegrams: One telling her that Peter is coming home, the other bearing the news that her eldest son, Anthony, has fallen from his ship's mast and is in a hospital in New York. With two slips of paper, Mrs. Fury's hopes for the future are dashed. But this Irishwoman is strong as iron, and she will do whatever it takes to keep her family together--if only for Peter's sake. The Furys is the first book of James Hanley's acclaimed Furys Saga.

The Grindle Nightmare

by Q. Patrick

Murder strikes a New England village in this mystery by the Edgar Award–winning author who wrote the Peter Duluth Mysteries as Patrick Quentin. Patrick Quentin, best known for the Peter Duluth puzzle mysteries, also penned outstanding detective novels from the 1930s through the 1960s under other pseudonyms, including Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge. Anthony Boucher wrote: “Quentin is particularly noted for the enviable polish and grace which make him one of the leading American fabricants of the murderous comedy of manners; but this surface smoothness conceals intricate and meticulous plot construction as faultless as that of Agatha Christie.” It begins with the residents of a rustic New England village finding animals brutally slaughtered over a period of weeks, casting a sinister pall over the town of Grindle Oak. Then, a young girl goes missing, and her father—not trusting the police—asks local doctor Douglas Swanson to help him find her. But when Swanson turns up to begin the search, he finds the man dead with his hands bound in animal traps and his body mutilated. It appears the madman behind the abominable acts has moved on to more evolved prey. As more depraved crimes are discovered, a wave of suspicion and distrust sweeps through the town, with outright vigilantism threatening to break out. The good doctor finds himself cast as an unlikely sleuth who must discover what demented desires are driving a killer whose bloodlust is growing greater every day . . . This haunting mystery “maintains the suspense and atmosphere of terror to the very end” (The New York Times).

I'm Dying Laughing: The Humourist (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics Ser.)

by Christina Stead

Christina Stead's unforgettable final novel--a profound examination of love and radicalism during the McCarthy eraIn the wake of the Great Depression, Emily Wilkes, a young American journalist, travels to a Europe still scarred by World War I. During her crossing, she meets Stephen Howard, a charismatic and wealthy Communist who quickly converts Emily to his ideals when the two become lovers. Upon their return to the States, they marry and settle into a comfortable life in Hollywood as darlings of the American left. Emily shines as a screenwriter and novelist while Stephen dedicates himself to the Party line--but their radicalism soon finds them out of favor and retreating to Paris, where they tragically and bitterly unravel. Published posthumously by Christina Stead's literary executor professor Ron Geering, I'm Dying Laughing is an unflinching look at political faith and romantic attachment.

King Coffin: A Novel

by Conrad Aiken

Inspired by the infamous case of Leopold and Loeb, King Coffin is a chilling glimpse into the mind of a twisted genius The sun is setting over Harvard, and Jasper Ammen is not impressed. A brilliant student who loathes all that the world has put before him, he gazes with contempt at the beauty of the campus, the intellectual pretensions of his fellow students, and the gaudiness of the sunset, for none of these approaches the majesty of Jasper's mind. A reader of Nietzsche and Stirner, he is convinced of his own superiority, and has decided to prove it in the most irrefutable manner: with the perfect murder. Ammen will choose his victim at random and commit the unsolvable crime before a host of witnesses who will see what happens but not be able to understand it. Only his closest friends will realize that he has gotten away with murder, and they won't be able to stop him or see him punished for the ghastly deed. An intense and disturbing portrait of rationalism taken to a dangerous extreme, King Coffin ranks alongside the works of Henry James and Fyodor Dostoevsky as a masterpiece of psychological realism.

The Lords of Creation: The History of America's 1 Percent (Forbidden Bookshelf #1)

by Mark Crispin Miller Gretchen Morgenson Frederick Lewis Allen

An acclaimed classic detailing the economic history of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and exposing the capitalist giants who changed the worldFrederick Lewis Allen's insightful financial history of the United States--from the late 1800s through the stock market collapse of 1929--remains a seminal work on what brought on America's worst economic disaster: the Great Depression. In the decades following the Civil War, America entered an era of unprecedented corporate expansion, with ultimate financial power in the hands of a few wealthy industrialists who exploited the capitalist system for everything it was worth. The Rockefellers, Fords, Morgans, and Vanderbilts were the "lords of creation" who, along with like-minded magnates, controlled the economic destiny of the country, unrestrained by regulations or moral imperatives. Through a combination of foresight, ingenuity, ruthlessness, and greed, America's giants of industry remolded the US economy in their own preferred image. In so doing, they established their absolute power and authority, ensuring that they--and they alone--would control the means of production, transportation, energy, and commerce--thereby setting the stage for the most devastating global financial collapse in history.As Gretchen Morgenson thoughtfully states in her introduction, "It is not immediately clear why the frequency and severity of financial scandals is increasing in the United States. What is clear is that we need to understand the origins of these disasters, as well as the policies and people that bring them on. . . . While distant actions may seem unrelated to current events, rereading about the past almost always provides surprising insights into the present."The Lords of Creation, first published in the midst of the Great Depression, when the financial catastrophe was still painfully fresh, is a fascinating story of bankers, railroad tycoons, steel magnates, speculators, scoundrels, and robber barons. It is a tale of innovation and shocking exploitation--and a sobering reminder that history can indeed repeat itself.

Mum's the Word for Murder

by Brett Halliday

An author and a cop chase a cunning serial murderer across El Paso Asa Baker stares at his typewriter, cursing the empty page. His publishers are clamoring for another Western novel, but Baker is fed up with cowboys. He needs a new kind of hero--and one is about to fall in his lap. His friend Jerry Burke is one of the top cops in El Paso, and he's about to drag Baker into a plot more outrageous--and more dangerous--than anything the Old West has to offer. A troubling personal ad has appeared in the local paper. Addressed to Burke, it warns that someone will die tonight at 11:41 p.m. And as promised, the body appears at 11:41 sharp--setting Burke and Baker on the hunt for an ingenious serial killer who advertises murder, but never leaves a trail.

What's in It for Me?: A Novel (The Harry Bogen Novels #2)

by Alistair Cooke Jerome Weidman

Out of the game and itching for action, Harry schemes up a way back to the top in this engrossing sequel to I Can Get It for You WholesaleWhen Harry Bogen became king of the garment district, he blossomed into a natural-born tyrant: imperious, cruel, and quick with a lie. But after he built his empire, he blew it up, leaving his partners in jail and securing the whole of the fortune for himself. It takes only three months for Harry to find that retirement does not suit him. To get back in the action, he'll have to spin a lie that would be his biggest yet. The scheme starts with an order for one thousand dresses, bought at cut-rate price from a vendor who can't afford not to sell. From there, Harry raises the stakes, juggling deals and spinning stories as fast as he possibly can. Will he secure himself fortune everlasting, or will this little Napoleon meet his Waterloo? Win or lose, Harry Bogen will keep scrapping every inch of the way.This ebook features a foreword by Alistair Cooke.

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