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A young boy dies, another goes missing, and one mother's choice will forever alter many lives When Benet's young son dies on the operating table, she cannot be comforted--not even by her mother who cares for a young boy just about the same age. Meanwhile, another mother's son goes missing, and police circle around possible suspects in what must be murder. These three mothers--the schizophrenic Mopsa, upwardly mobile Benet, and gold-digging Carol--become forever entwined by death, delusion, kidnapping, and murder, and one woman's loss becomes another's gain. With deft characterization and keen insight, Rendell presents a complex, real exploration of morality and a mother's love in this Crime Writers' Association Macallan Silver Dagger award-winning novel.
A man yearns to win back his wife's love and wreak vengeance on her lover with the help of a secret ring of spies Dead drops, coded messages, and a safe house--it's all make-believe for a teenage spy ring. But when John Creevey intercepts the messages and believes them to be the work of a real crime syndicate, the spy games turn deadly serious in a fiery cocktail of obsession and revenge. Ruth Rendell expertly layers her narrative to reveal the grotesque truths behind her characters' ordinary lives.
As their worlds collide, an ex-con and his victim struggle to make sense of their violent past and forge a new future.<P> When Victor Jenner emerges from prison he finds himself inexorably drawn to the man who put him there—the policeman he’d shot a bullet through and paralyzed for life. But it seems that David Fleetwood isn’t the sort to hold a grudge, and neither is his ravishing girlfriend, Clare. But can an ex-con like Victor create a new life, or are these three newfound friends treading into the dangerous waters of the past?
From the Book Jacket: Philip Wardman is an ordinary young man, quiet and good looking, working at an ordinary job, living in an ordinary suburb of London. His one eccentricity is his neurotic fear of violence and death; his ideal of beauty is a statue of a minor Greek goddess, Flora, which stands in his widowed mother's garden. When she gives it away to a friend he impulsively and surreptitiously retrieves it, at the risk of arrest. At his sister's wedding Philip encounters the living incarnation of the marble Flora: Senta Pelham, a lovely, ethereal actress who disregards conventional morality. She comes to him that night, coolly informing him that he is the man she has been seeking all her life. A strange and passionate love affair begins. But darker forces soon intrude. Unlike Philip, Senta is fascinated with death; her disdain for the common run of humanity leads her to propose an evil game: Philip must prove his love for her--by committing murder
A young woman, sheltered from the outside world, comes to terms with her deluded, murderous mother--and what she must do to survive When the police come to the door at the gatehouse of a remote British estate, sixteen-year-old Liza and her mother know that their lives are about to change forever. After all, Liza watched her mother kill a man--well, more than just one. Having lived as a virtual hermit on the estate, Liza knows nothing of the outside world, but she sets off to find her way with the help of a newly won lover. As she learns about those around her, she begins to discover herself--and just how alike she and her mother might be. Rendell carefully unravels this tale of an obsessive bond between mother and daughter and of hope for a new life in a strange land.
Once Guy and Leonora were lovers. Now it's over but Guy can't forget...or forgive. Every day he calls Leo with fantasies about their love and their future. All she wants is him out of her life. But Guy isn't about to oblige. Then Leonora announces her engagement and finds out just how sick he is. When Guy tries to kill two members of her family, she gets in touch with her own peril.
When a young man moves into a recently inherited Suffolk manor house, he falls into a summer idyll that gathers friends and strangers alike--and concludes in murderWhen the new owners of Wyvis Hall go to bury a dear pet dog, they stumble upon a ghastly relic left by the home's previous occupants: the bones of a woman and a small child, hastily interred. So opens a mystery set in motion a decade before when nineteen-year-old Adam Verne-Smith inherited the property and spent one debauched summer there with friends and a few aimless drifters. While most of Wyvis Hall's visitors that summer would go on to live respectable lives, two would never leave. Now, investigators must piece together not only whodunit, but also to whom it was done, in this brilliantly constructed thriller.
In this classic, a niece investigates the shocking secrets that condemned her once proud family<P><P> Faith Severn has never understood why the willful matriarch of her high-society family, aunt Vera Hillyard, snapped and murdered her own beloved sister. But long after Vera is condemned to hang, a journalist's startling discoveries allow Faith to perceive her family's story in a new light. Set in post-World War II Britain, A Dark-Adapted Eye is both a gripping mystery and a harrowing psychological portrait of a complex woman at the head of a troubled family.<P> Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner
When Lizzie and Bell meet for tea after nearly two decades apart, the topic of conversation is murder--one that Bell herself committed<P> When Elizabeth Vetch spots Bell for the first time in seventeen years, she chases her down in order to learn why her old friend committed a terrible murder all those years ago. Bell has been in prison ever since the mysterious events that took place at the House of Stairs, a London mansion full of over-privileged, overstuffed, and somewhat sinister boarders, landed her there. Now it's up to Lizzie to put together the pieces of her friend's--and her own--fateful past. As the story behind Bell's crime unfolds, master of suspense Barbara Vine keeps readers guessing at the victim and the motive, letting the sword of Damocles hang over the heads of a fascinating and richly drawn cast of characters.
In the Gold Dagger Award-winning crime novel, a young man writing a history of London's Underground must contend with a killer living under his own roof <P> All his young life, Jarvis Stringer has obsessed over the London Underground. Now he's writing a detailed history of the subway, and to make money in the meantime he rents out cheap rooms in the crumbling former schoolhouse he's inherited, all to desperate single mothers, buskers, subway vigilantes, and assorted misfits. But when one of his boarders turns out to be a murderer, Jarvis becomes distracted from his work--to say the very least. King Solomon's Carpet is an absorbing depiction of London's subterranean landscape and of those eking out invisible lives beneath society's surfaces.
A century-old diary points to the truth behind a notorious murder, if only its writer's granddaughter can unlock its riddles Lonely, ignored by her husband, a stranger in a strange land, Asta Westerby turns to her diary for comfort shortly after moving from Denmark to East London. Starting in 1905, she records the details of her new life and the development of her newborn daughter, Swanny. In the end, her journal spans five decades and becomes a literary sensation, offering an intimate view of an Edwardian life. But though the diaries are well known, few are acquainted with the dark tale hidden in their deleted passages. Asta's Book is at once a crime novel, a historical romance, and a psychological portrait told through the diary itself and through the voice of Ann, the granddaughter bent on unlocking the diary's excised mystery.<P> Note: This book is also published under the author Barbara Vine.
A daughter setting out to write a biography of her author father uncovers deadly secrets in his pastAfter celebrated author Gerald Candless dies of a heart attack, his daughter Sarah sets out to write his life story. But Sarah soon learns that although Gerald passionately loved his two daughters, he had a complicated and mysterious private life. The more she uncovers, the deeper Sarah's fascination grows for a man who was always present in her life but was never what he seemed. If Sarah can get to the bottom of her father's past, she stands a chance of healing her family and saving her own divided soul. An ingeniously plotted mystery, The Chimney Sweeper's Boy tells of the secrets we keep hidden even from those we love.
An elderly nursing home patient tells stories of her past that seem to mirror her caregiver's life to a disturbing degree--and that's before the stories take a deadly turnStuck in a loveless marriage and mired in a troubled affair, Genevieve Warner doesn't have a friend in the world--until she meets Stella, a patient at the nursing home where she works as a caregiver. Whip smart and deeply familiar, Stella confides in Genevieve the story of her life, a story that builds toward a horrifying confession. As Genevieve's own life slips helplessly down the same path, she desperately tries to turn away from a fate that seems inevitable. Sensitive and heartbreaking, The Brimstone Wedding is a mysterious tale of mistakes repeated.
A nurse caring for a brilliant and wealthy psychiatric patient comes face to face with the man's family's dark secretsNurse Kerstin Kvist knows something is wrong when she moves into Lydstep Old Hall to care for John, the mentally afflicted patriarch of the wealthy Cosway family. Beneath the ivy-covered and crumbling roof, nothing seems quite right. For instance, why is John Cosway taking powerful drugs that don't fit his diagnosis of schizophrenia? Then, as Kerstin struggles to figure out her place in this odd and unsettling household, a stranger moves in nearby and changes everything for her and for the Cosways. With the intellectual nuance and fine dry wit characteristic of Rendell/Vine thrillers, The Minotaur is a masterful whodunit, rife with thrilling twists of plot.
"An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside."--The New York Times Book ReviewA classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shock waves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City's underbelly. The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns of Selby's Brooklyn are fierce and lonely creatures, desperately searching for a moment of transcendence amidst the decay and brutality of the waterfront--though none have any real hope of escape. Last Exit to Brooklyn offers a disturbing yet hauntingly sensitive portrayal of American life, and nearly fifty years after publication, it stands as a crucial and masterful work of modern fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author's estate.
A viscerally affecting portrait of an incarcerated man who loses himself to dark fantasies of revengeIn The Room, Hubert Selby Jr. imaginatively and convincingly explores the inconceivable depths of madness. A small-time criminal sits alone in his cell, his mind radiating with sadistic thoughts of retribution against his captors and those who have failed him during his life. What follows is a deeply disturbing exploration into one of the darkest minds in American fiction--made all the more terrifying by the narrator's flashes of humanity. The Room is Selby's second novel--a tale so frightening the author himself couldn't read it for decades after writing it. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author's estate.
A womanizer's struggle for self-control spirals into crime, madness, and murderHarry White grew up in blue-collar Brooklyn, but the young man's charm, smarts, and good looks have helped him earn a place as an uptown junior executive. White's gifts have also made his love life easy, and he takes special pleasure in seducing married women. But when "Harry the Lover" is ready to grow up and leave his womanizing behind, White finds that suppressing his libido has dangerous consequences. His attempts at restraint awaken something sinister, causing White to seek excitement in a new form of violence and depravity. Shocking and enthralling, The Demon is an unflinching meditation on male vanity by one of the most acclaimed and original writers of the twentieth century. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author's estate.
An evocative, poignant saga of four people trapped--and ultimately destroyed--by their addictionsSara Goldfarb is devastated by the death of her husband. She spends her days watching game shows and obsessing over appearing on television as a contestant--and her prescription diet pills only accelerate her mania. Her son, Harry, is living in the streets with his friend Tyrone and girlfriend Marion, where they spend their days selling drugs and dreaming of escape. When their heroin supply dries up, all three descend into an abyss of dependence and despair, their lives, like Sara's, doomed by the destructive power of drugs. Tragic and captivating, Requiem for a Dream is one of Selby's most powerful works, and an indelible portrait of the ravages of addiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author's estate.
Startling, stunning, as chilling as it is unforgettable, More Than Human is the story of a strange metamorphosis --as only Theodore Sturgeon could conceive it.
Theodore Sturgeon's visionary tale sends a man into a utopian future, where perfection has been achieved at a shocking cost--especially for our ideas about genderNothing about Charlie Johns's life is particularly unusual until the day he wakes up in the future. Suddenly surrounded by impossible architecture and technology, Charlie finds himself warmly welcomed by the citizens of Ledom, a fantastic, futuristic Eden with no poverty, no pollution, no wars, no strife, and only one gender. Everything Charlie has always believed about men, women, and sexual identity has been proven wrong, and now he is being asked by his eager hosts to judge their perfect society before he returns to his own time. But something isn't quite right about Ledom's ideal existence--and when cracks begin to appear in its flawless façade, Charlie must unearth the city's hidden secrets . . . before it's too late. Sturgeon's Venus Plus X is literary science fiction at its most brazen and inventive. A scathing critique of American puritanism that unabashedly explores questions of sexuality and gender, it remains as relevant, insightful, provocative, and troubling as when it first appeared in print. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Theodore Sturgeon reinvents the alien invasion novel with this heart-stopping story of a malevolent, galaxy-consuming hive mind and its surprising human hostDrunk, angry, abusive, and pathetic, Dan Gurlick exists at the very lowest level of human civilization, sleeping in junkyard cars and scrounging through garbage cans for his dinner. But his last rotting meal contains something unexpected: a spore that originated from a galaxy many light-years away. First, Dan eats the spore, then, the spore eats Dan; and the homeless alcoholic becomes a host for the Medusa. An insatiable alien hive mind, the Medusa has already consumed the life forms of a billion planets. Now, it hungers for the dominant species of Earth. But to do so, it must somehow unite the planet's intelligent creatures into a single shared consciousness: an assignment the miserable wretch Dan may prove surprisingly capable of carrying out. To Marry Medusa is suspenseful, inventive, and surprisingly compassionate; a vibrant and unforgettable exploration of what it means to be more--or less--than human. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.
Named one of the Horror Writers Association's Top 40 Horror Books of All Time, Theodore Sturgeon's gripping psychological thriller both fascinates and terrifies with the story of a troubled soldier and his bizarre, violent obsession with vampirismAt the height of an unnamed war, a soldier is confined for striking an officer. Referred to as George Smith in official papers and records, the prisoner comes under the observation of Army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge, who asks the young man to put his story down on paper. The result is a shocking tale of abuse, violence, and twisted love, a personal history as dark and troubling as any the doctor has ever encountered. Believing the patient to be dangerously psychotic, Dr. Outerbridge must dig deeper into his psyche. And when the truth about the strange case of George Smith is fully revealed, the results will be devastating. Told through letters, transcripts, and case studies, Some of Your Blood is an extraordinary, poignant yet terrifying, genre-defying novel. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.
A small rural community is forever altered by the arrival of a strange and beautiful savior in this haunting and provocative parable by master storyteller Theodore SturgeonEverything changes when Godbody comes to town. He appears out of nowhere, enigmatic and breathtaking, to touch the lives of a chosen few. To them he offers a vision of what life could be--spreading his message of love, generosity, sensuosness, and freedom--and before long he has erased their sadness and opened their hearts. Still, there are those in town who, corrupt and powerful, are threatened by what Godbody brings, and for this reason he must pay the ultimate price. But before his preordained end, Godbody will accomplish something truly miraculous. The final book of Theodore Sturgeon's fabled career, published posthumously, Godbody is a powerful, moving, thought provoking, and sweetly erotic tale of love, truth, and otherworldly second comings that, once read, will never be forgotten.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.
Thirteen ingenious stories--at once breathtaking, wondrous, horrifying, and achingly human--from one of science fiction and fantasy's most influential writersOne of science fiction's most beloved trailblazers, Theodore Sturgeon wrote novels and short fiction that inspired and amazed readers and critics alike. In Selected Stories, thirteen of Sturgeon's very best tales have been gathered into one collection: Here are stories of love and darkness, transcendence and obsession, alien contact and human interaction. In the devastating wake of a nuclear holocaust, an actress performs her swan song before a small audience of survivors. A machine is possessed and intent upon destruction. Humankind's place in the vast cosmos is explored, as is the strange humanity of evil. In the author's acclaimed story "The Man Who Lost the Sea," a life is reconstructed in bizarre shattered fragments. And in "Slow Sculpture," Sturgeon's award-winning classic, a breast cancer patient surrenders to a healer's most unorthodox methods. Lyrical, often witty, frequently provocative, and always surprising, Selected Stories covers a wide range of human and inhuman emotion and experience, deftly traversing the borders between science fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.
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