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Act of Betrayal (The PJ Gray Series #4)

by Shirley Kennett

Someone destroys the life of PJ's partner, igniting a twisting, vengeful plotWithin just a couple of days, detective Leo Schultz's life unravels. His son Rick is kidnapped and horrifically murdered. The very next day, Schultz's car runs over a little girl, and he is identified by witnesses as the driver. Only his partner, PJ Gray, believes in his innocence. For city officials, this is not the end of it, as key members of the law and order systems are successively taken down. Forensic psychologist and virtual reality expert Gray must uncover the motives behind the conspiracy, a mystery that ultimately sends her digging around in her partner's long past in the force. What she finds there forces her to wonder whether she knows Schultz's true nature at all. Gray must get into the heads of her partner and the killer, before the murderer finds Schultz--or could the target be Gray herself?

Time of Death (The PJ Gray Series #5)

by Shirley Kennett

PJ Gray and her partner strive to uncover a murderer--and reveal their feelings for each otherA serial killer dubbed the Metro Mangler is on the loose in St. Louis. PJ Gray, psychologist and virtual reality sleuth, heads the investigation, alongside her partner, the veteran homicide detective Leo Schultz. Are the killings the work of one criminal, or two? The partners sift through baffling evidence, which links to a thirty-year-old crime and a wealthy family's secrets. But in this case, there's an added complication: The relationship between the partners is heating up. Gray is a recently divorced single mother, though, and outside of work she's preoccupied with her son's new gaming addiction. And on top of it all, there's another man after her, too--she's next on the Mangler's hit list.

Rough Strife: A Novel

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

The arithmetic of marriage is never easy to understand--as time passes, the variables constantly changeCaroline is set adrift in 1950s Rome when she meets Ivan. Though things start slowly, Ivan wins her over after a strong pursuit, and the two marry, agreeing never to inflict any "irreparable wounds." But though Ivan proves to be a fine father, he is a distant husband, and Caroline finds herself daydreaming of other men. So as the years pass, the couple finds ways to bend but not break their cardinal rule. Rough Strife, the first novel from Lynne Sharon Schwartz, was nominated for the National Book Foundation Award. In this sensational debut, Schwartz depicts a marriage that grows painfully into the modern era, despite the changes--both political and personal--that challenge it.

Balancing Acts: A Novel

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Retirement doesn't spell the end after all, in this rousing journey through loss and rebirthMax has lived a long and fulfilling life. He and his wife were star trapeze artists and acrobats in the Brandon Brothers circus. But with her passing, he's left alone in New York, and suffers a heart attack after a terrifying mugging. Without family to fall back on, Max is forced to leave his beloved Manhattan for a rest home in Westchester. He fears it will be the end of him--but in this stirring novel, retirement means a new beginning. In Westchester, Max meets Lettie, a kind widow, and the rambunctious and intelligent Alison, her daughter. And through a new gig teaching juggling and stunts at a local middle school, and new relationships with unexpected allies in the boring suburbs, Max discovers that it's never too late to have a fresh start.

Acquainted with the Night: Stories

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

A rich and diverse collection of stories detailing life in all its daily battles and yearnings Lynne Sharon Schwartz is a master of tone, deft at creating realistic settings and characters. In Acquainted with the Night, she unleashes sixteen wickedly smart, wholly believable short stories. In the title story, for instance, a man's nocturnal battle against a floating globule in his eye forces him to question his very state of being. In "Mrs. Saunders Writes to the World," an anonymous old woman attempts to force people to know her first name by writing "FRANNY" in big red letters all over her neighborhood. In another, a girl must to deal with the increasingly juvenile actions of her divorced mother. By turns darkly humorous, moving, and witty, Acquainted with the Night demonstrates Schwartz's genius for detail.

Referred Pain: Stories

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Everyone has a face that they show to the outside world--but our thoughts, fears, and perversions lie just beneath"Referred pain" describes the sensation of pain, not at the actual point of injury, but somewhere else in the body. This disorientation of the senses is felt, in one way or another, by many of the characters in this collection from Lynne Sharon Schwartz, one of America's foremost chroniclers of contemporary life. In the title novella, a son of Holocaust survivors circumvents his discomfort over his parents' history through a Kafkaesque series of dental procedures. In another story, a professor's sexual attraction to one of his students leads him down a twisted path of misplaced identity. Laced with Schwartz's satirical, acidly intelligent wit, Referred Pain displays the peak of her ability.

Tunnel of Love: A Novel

by Hilma Wolitzer

Pregnant, recently widowed, and hoping for transformation, a young woman moves to Los Angeles with her teenage stepdaughterLinda has known only a few worthwhile men, and the good ones have a nasty habit of dying young. While teaching at the Newark branch of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio she meets Wright, who has a Mustang and a thirteen-year-old daughter, Robin. Soon enough Linda and Wright are married and pregnant, but just six weeks after the wedding he drops dead, leaving Linda with little besides the car and the girl. Unsure what else to do, Linda packs Robin into the Mustang and sets off for Los Angeles, toward a promise of a new and better life. Robin is surly, cynical, and addicted to junk food--in short, a typical teenager. But as Linda's pregnancy progresses and they try to make their way in the City of Angels, this unlikely pair will forge an unexpected emotional connection. Hilma Wolitzer's storytelling recalls the best work of Anne Tyler and Gail Godwin, and her wit shines through in this tale of improbable allegiances and contained grief. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hilma Wolitzer, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr

by John Lahr

John Lahr's stunning and complex biography of his father, the legendary actor and comedian Bert LahrPart biography, part history of American show business, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr's masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comedian and performer Bert Lahr. Best known as the Cowardly Lion in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz, Lahr was a consummate artist whose career spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. While he could be equally raucous and polished in public, Lahr was painfully insecure and self-absorbed in private, keeping his family at arm's length as he quietly battled his inner demons. Told with an impressive objectivity and keen understanding of the construction--and destruction--of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is more than one man's quest to understand his father. It is an extraordinary examination of a life on the stage.

A Lively Game of Death (The Hilary Quayle Mysteries #1)

by Marvin Kaye

New York's toughest PR woman takes on the city's deadliest business: toysHilary Quayle will do anything to get a client a bit of good press--no matter how late she has to stay out or how many martinis she has to knock back. But even though she is the best PR woman in Manhattan, she has a weakness: She has always wanted to be a detective. So when Trim-Tram Toys' hot new product is stolen and sold to a knock-off huckster named Sid Goetz, Hilary can't resist the case. And it only gets more interesting when the theft leads to murder. Hilary and her assistant, Gene, push their way through the crowd at the bustling Toy Fair, but when they reach Goetz's showroom they find it strangely subdued. Sid lies dead, shot in his sizeable stomach, three Scrabble tiles clutched in his fist. Chasing killers may not be a game, but that doesn't mean that Hilary won't have a good time playing.

Bullets for Macbeth (The Hilary Quayle Mysteries #3)

by Marvin Kaye

Hilary takes on a pair of mysteries--one fictional, and one all too realIn college, Hilary Quayle dreamed of the stage, and playing all the great leading ladies that Shakespeare had to offer. But her interest was due less to the Bard than to another man: director, actor, and theatrical personality Michael Godwin. And though she got her wish, she found that acting onstage and romancing backstage did not add up to happiness. A decade past college, she's now a publicity wizard and occasional sleuth, but still nursing enough of a schoolgirl crush to help Michael Godwin when he calls. The director is in New York to stage a spectacular, arena-sized Macbeth, one that will answer the centuries-old question: Who is the mysterious third murderer who appears in Act III? When accidents begin to plague the production, Godwin and his company chalk it up to the play's curse. But when a real murderer enters the scene, only Hilary Quayle can guarantee a happy ending.

My Son, the Druggist (The Marty Gold Mysteries #1)

by Marvin Kaye

When an allergic reaction results in death, a pharmacist takes the heatMarty Gold has enough problems. Cockroaches, for one thing, and two parents who give him endless grief for moving away from home, for another. But at Spector's Drugs in Manhattan, he is a king. The prescriptions he fills save lives, and the milkshakes he prepares make those lives worth living. So as December approaches, Marty's biggest concern is surviving Thanksgiving dinner. He has no idea he's about to be accused of murder. Of all the elderly women who frequent the pharmacy, Bernice Fenimore is the kindest. Marty has been refilling her Darvon prescription for so long that it's almost automatic. So when she drops dead of an allergic reaction, and the wrong pills turn up in the prescription bottle, the druggist is the chief suspect. To clear his name, Marty will have to scour the West Side in search of the real killer, and he'll find that investigating a murder is even trickier than making the perfect milkshake.

The Grand Ole Opry Murders (The Hilary Quayle Mysteries #2)

by Marvin Kaye

In a famous Nashville family, a deadly feud is as much a tradition as country music Hilary Quayle has never done public relations for a country-western client, but Amanda Boulder's songwriting is beautiful, her voice is pure, and her career is in bad need of a good publicist. But there's one thing standing in the way of a great solo career: the rest of the Boulder family. The Boulders have been touring for eight decades, ever since old Pappy Boulder first picked up a fiddle. Hilary sends her assistant, Gene, to join up with the traveling Boulder Clan bluegrass musicians as they make their way to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. But before Amanda's budding solo career can put an end to the family business, someone decides to put an end to her. She's onstage at the Opry when the poison hits. And when Hilary Quayle gets to Nashville, she'll learn that Southern hospitality and murder can go hand-in-hand.

Terror Is My Trade (The Chester Drum Mysteries #7)

by Stephen Marlowe

Crossing the Atlantic on NATO's behalf, Drum tangles with mobsters, blackmail, and murderAs the H.M.S. Queen Victoria pulls out of New York Harbor, danger encircles Chester Drum. He's sailing for Europe on the largest luxury liner ever built, but it's not big enough to hold the secrets on board--or the men who keep them. And by the time the liner reaches Southampton, she will be missing a few passengers. Drum can only hope he isn't among those who don't make it to shore. Hired by a NATO functionary as a bodyguard, the private investigator quickly learns his real assignment: protecting his client from a Chicago mobster with dreams of blackmail. Keeping the mafia at bay is tricky enough, but when a State Department colleague ends up in the line of fire, Drum sets his mind on getting even. After all, there is no better spot for vengeance than the icy waters of the open sea.

Homicide Is My Game (The Chester Drum Mysteries #8)

by Stephen Marlowe

When Drum picks up a hitchhiker, trouble follows her into the carA monsoon is hammering Washington, DC, when Chester Drum spots Anita Sparrow on the roadside in the middle of the night. Sixteen, frail, and soaking wet, she is trying to find help for her brother, Donny, a photographer with cerebral palsy who was beaten nearly to death a mile up the road. Drum takes Donny to the hospital and drives Anita home, where he finds her house ransacked, her brother's darkroom destroyed. It seems Donny took a picture of something he wasn't supposed to see, and powerful men will kill to ensure the negative is never developed. On top of it all, Drum soon learns that the Sparrows have ties to some of the biggest names inside the Beltway, and Anita is not as innocent as she appears. Her family story simmers with pornography, corruption, and murder--not polite topics for dinner table conversation, but ones that make Chester Drum feel right at home.

Trouble Is My Name (The Chester Drum Mysteries #5)

by Stephen Marlowe

A missing politician sucks Drum into the three-ring circus of Cold War GermanyOn the eve of becoming a vice-presidential candidate, Fred Severing vanishes in Germany, where he made his name twelve years earlier during the madness that followed World War II. To find the American, his party hires globe-trotting private detective Chester Drum, and it isn't long before Drum's investigation lands him in the Rhine River along with an elderly war criminal. Drum is meeting with Wilhelm Rust, a mid-level ex-Nazi, when Communist spies storm their boat. Drum jumps into the river, taking Rust with him, and inadvertently saves the ex-Nazi's life. His investigation may be all wet, but Drum isn't one to quit. Finding Severing will mean lying to West Germans, East Germans, and Nazis, and perfecting the triple-cross that is the favorite pastime of European Cold Warriors.

Snark (The Clifford Driscoll Novels #1)

by William L. Deandrea

In the follow-up to Cronus, an American spy travels to London to locate a high-profile missing person, and is faced with terror from the pastIf they're going to take you, let them take you with your eyes open. That's the credo of Clifford Driscoll, the American spy at the center of Snark, the follow-up to William DeAndrea's Edgar Award-winning Cronus. Driscoll has gone by many names in his short, eventful life, and he's just borrowed another: that of Jeffrey Bellman, an agent his Russian enemies at Cronus consider dead. As the son of a formidable secret intelligence director, Driscoll/Bellman is used to all kinds of existential ducking and weaving. The new Bellman is sent to England to find Sir Lewis Alfot, a missing former British intelligence chief. He hasn't even left the London airport, though, before assassins target him. They come courtesy of Leo Calvin, a terrorist Bellman's dealt with in the past--and Calvin has just kidnapped Alfot as bait. Can Bellman stop Calvin in his tracks, and is Alfot, for his part, as respectable and law-abiding as he seems?

Atropos (The Clifford Driscoll Novels #3)

by William L. Deandrea

An electric thriller where spies go to battle, and the free world is at stakeIn the final installment in William DeAndrea's Clifford Driscoll series, master spy Driscoll is "going tame"--that is, recovering from a near-death accident and enjoying domestic peace. Driscoll, now known as Allan Trotter, hasn't killed anyone in more than a year. He still works for the Agency--a super-secret intelligence unit of the US government known only to the president and its founding congressman--but he's too full of pins and plates to be a field agent anymore. To top it off, he's so smitten with beautiful media mogul Regina Hudson that he's contemplating settling down. But Trotter's new life is rudely interrupted when he learns that Soviet spies are bent on taking charge of the upcoming US presidential election. Their instrument is an influential senator, Hank Van Horn, a womanizing bad seed who-- despite an upstanding reputation--once murdered one of his own staffers. And as if the election plot wasn't perilous enough, Van Horn's relentless son, Mark, soon gets involved in a very bloody way.

Azrael (The Clifford Driscoll Novels #2)

by William L. Deandrea

Allan Trotter goes head to head with the Angel of DeathAllan Trotter's counter-espionage service began at birth: His father, the head of an ultra-secret intelligence wing of the US government, deliberately conceived him with a gorgeous Russian spy. Raised to navigate a crooked world, Trotter was immersed in deception, danger, and narrow escapes. He's a perfectly honed agent, but he desperately wants a normal life. Trotter is pulled out of his life of seclusion, though, when the Russian spy outfit Cronus sends their Angel of Death, Azreal, to a sleepy town in Upstate New York to knock off innocent people. The aim? To scare back a stray agent: Petra Hudson, now the happy CEO of a media conglomerate worth billions, who has put her spying past behind her--or so she thinks. Ignorant of her mother's double life, Hudson's daughter, Regina, a newspaper editor, has unknowingly alerted the Agency. And since fighting Cronus is the one thing that can give Trotter's life meaning, when he learns that Regina--a kindred victim of the organization--is at risk, the stakes feel even more crucial.

The Lunatic Fringe: A Novel Wherein Theodore Roosevelt Meets the Pink Angel

by William L. Deandrea

In Old New York, Teddy Roosevelt seeks answers to a cartoonist's killing, a missing woman, and an impending bomb plot As a newspaper war flares between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, noted cartoonist Evan Crandall is murdered in his apartment. When police officer Dennis Muldoon finds the body, he also discovers a naked, sultry beauty blindfolded and tied to the bed. She pleads with him to free her, but after he unties this mysterious "Pink Angel," she steals his gun and escapes. Meanwhile, anarchists are planning to blow up the Croton Reservoir during a millionaire's nearby wedding reception. Enter the police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt. With the help of Officer Muldoon, Roosevelt is on a mission to set the city in order, and that will mean putting a stop to escalating crime, and locating the mysterious Pink Angel.

Five O'Clock Lightning: A Novel About Baseball, Politics, and Murder

by William L. Deandrea

A onetime baseball catcher confronts the murder of a McCarthyist politician at Yankee StadiumIn 1953 America, McCarthyism is everywhere. Congressman Rex Harwood Simmons is among the leaders who single-mindedly hunt down suspected Communists; he even claims that Communism has infiltrated America's favorite pastime. But while watching a Yankee game one afternoon, he becomes a target. As the crowd cheers for a homerun, Simmons is shot dead in his seat. The task of solving the crime falls to onetime ballplayer and Korean War veteran Russ Garrett, who collaborates with "Vicious Aloysius" Murphy, a Bronx homicide detective. The investigation won't be easy, since there are plenty of people with a motive to plug Simmons. Several clues point to a blacklisted intellectual--but he was driven to suicide years ago. And as Garrett hunts for the killer, a new conspiracy comes to light: a plot to murder Yankee star Mickey Mantle.

The Werewolf Murders (The Niccolo Benedetti Mysteries #2)

by William L. Deandrea

Master detective Niccolo Benedetti hunts down a killer in the French AlpsNiccolo Benedetti is many things: a professor, philosopher, painter, charmer, and a sterling, world-class detective, too. For Benedetti, a murder is not just a crime, but also a means of dissecting the nature of evil. It's a problem demanding as much art as it does science. In this second installment in the Benedetti series, the detective travels to a ski resort in the French Alps, where a conference of international scientists is rocked by a series of killings. To make matters worse the prefect of police is also targeted, endangering the whole future of the conference, and the scientists claim that the perpetrator is nothing less than an honest-to-God, full moon-intoxicated werewolf. Together with sidekicks Ron Gentry and Janet Higgins, Benedetti will have to dive headfirst into this supposedly supernatural case.

The Manx Murders: A Professor Niccolo Benedetti Mystery (The Niccolo Benedetti Mysteries #3)

by William L. Deandrea

Niccolo Benedetti takes on the mysterious case of two battling industrialist twinsIn Harville, Pennsylvania, two brothers are sparring. A common enough occurrence, but these ones happen to be elderly, twins, and industrialist millionaires. The two have feuded for years over all sorts of issues, including a woman they both loved. Now Henry Pembroke has built a bird sanctuary, while his twin brother, Clyde, has decided to breed Manx cats. Henry argues that Clyde's cats will kill his birds, and in an attempt for revenge, he blocks a new air-cleaning device that Clyde wants to produce. After nearly a lifetime of fighting, the brothers call on renowned Italian detective--and larger-than-life artist-philosopher--Niccolo Benedetti, together with private investigator partner Ron Gentry, to help solve their differences. But what begins as a property dispute takes a lethal turn when one of the brothers is kidnapped and a secretary is murdered. In this quiet town, Benedetti, a lifelong student of evil, suddenly has more than enough to study.

Saturday Night Dead (The Harvey Blissberg Mysteries #3)

by R. D. Rosen

A late-night TV executive falls to his death, and Blissberg must crack the case before the killer has the last laughWhen Harvey Blissberg is hired by Roy Ganz, the pretentious, pint-size producer of a legendary but fading late-night network comedy show, he has no idea that he's about to walk right into a television tragedy. The private eye thinks he's doing a short, easy job by dragging a missing guest host out of a Times Square bar. The show goes well but just as the cast and crew start to celebrate, Ganz exits a twenty-fourth floor window, plunging faster than his show's ratings. Hastily hired by the network to conduct a discreet investigation, Blissberg slowly makes his way through the show's ragtag roster of writers and actors, many of who would have relished a chance to defenestrate their manipulative boss. The joke's on Blissberg, however, when he's forced to make an unexpected detour back to the early days of television.

Fadeaway (The Harvey Blissberg Mysteries #2)

by R. D. Rosen

Now a private investigator, Blissberg scours locker rooms and back alleys for two missing basketball starsAfter retiring from baseball, Harvey Blissberg hung out a shingle in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a private detective with a taste for the less savory side of sports. When key players from the Boston Celtics and the Washington Bullets go AWOL, Blissberg quickly becomes the two teams' number-one draft choice to find them. What can a born-again black forward and a white point guard whose nickname is "Toot 'n' Shoot" have in common? When both of the missing players turn up dead, Harvey searches desperately for the link between them. The hunt leads him back to the city he thought he'd left behind--Providence, Rhode Island--and an unholy deal struck years ago between two of the city's most powerful figures. If he doesn't work quickly, Blissberg may be stuck holding the ball when the final buzzer sounds.

Forced Entry (The Stanley Moodrow Crime Novels #3)

by Stephen Solomita

Now a PI, Moodrow takes on a pair of crooked real estate developers in QueensJackson Heights is a quiet neighborhood made up of immigrants, families, and young professionals looking to escape sky-high Manhattan rents. For Marek Najowski, the neighborhood is an easy target. A slumlord with dreams of becoming a player, he teams up with Irish drug kingpin Marty Blanks to buy three sleepy apartment buildings and, using intimidation and violence, drive out the rent-controlled tenants. The potential profits are limitless. But they haven’t counted on Stanley Moodrow. Once the toughest cop in the New York Police Department, Moodrow has not mellowed since he took his business private. When he gets a whiff of the Jackson Heights scheme, he sees an opportunity to showcase his particular talents. As Marek and Marty will learn, criminals aren’t the only ones who know how to hurt people.

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