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When a high society jewel thief winds up drowned at the bottom of a pool with a tacky garden gnome tied to her ankles, Nora must swing into action to save her old flame from a hasty murder charge. .
Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister. That more or less ruined my day. When Sunny's older sister, Jazz, ran away to New York, Sunny was secretly relieved. Everyone loved Jazz, talked about Jazz, wished they were friends with Jazz. Jazz was perfect and Sunny was... well, not Jazz. Then Jazz's apartment building burns to the ground and she is presumed dead. Sunny's family, already broken by divorce, unravels. Dad's drinking skyrockets, and Mom's depression hits an all-time non-functioning low. Sunny is left to cope.Then they get a letter from Jazz saying she is coming home. But how? Jazz is dead, right?
The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago...And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why. They're convinced he was murdered-by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay-and his mother and sisters-can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.Allie McCormick is a cold-case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she's returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she's starting over. But when Clay's powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn't murder the Reverend Lee Barker.Maybe Clay's a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time. And he's not a cold-blooded killer. At least, that's what Allie believes-until she finds proof that behind the preacher's pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done....
How did Riot escape from the Night Church? How did she survive the Rot & Ruin--and the horrors of her own past? There's only one way to find out.... Jonathan Maberry explores the origins of a fascinating new character in an exclusive e-short story set in the land of the Rot & Ruin.
Spy fiction its best: A mission of revenge, a haunting love story, and a chilling tale -- in the definitive novel of the end of the Cold War. Celebrated for his "palm-sweating tension" (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times) and "rare insight" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Gerald Seymour has scored bull's-eye after bull's-eye with readers and critics. Now, crackling with suspense and finely realized characters, Dead Ground floodlights an East German Stasi as chilling at the collapse of the Communist world as it was throughout its reign of terror. One frozen night, Tracy Barnes witnesses the killing of her lover by the secret police. Years later, when the Wall has crumbled and old enemies have become new friends, Tracy encounters the murderer and plans to make him pay. But in a country still at war with itself, Tracy finds that she is being played as a pawn in a far bigger game of revenge that reaches all the way to Moscow. In Dead Ground, exposing some uncomfortable truths behind one of recent history's most important political transitions, Gerald Seymour shows himself to be a truly unique talent.
After receiving an unsigned note with an urgent plea for help and a map to the cemetery, best friends and detectives Willie, Kyle, and Lucy discover that someone is planning on relocating the cemetery's bodies and building a new mall on the property. The nature of this case makes the Scarface detectives more than a little nervous, so they hire Chuckie, the neighborhood bully, as a bodyguard, and set about finding out just who is planning on moving the dead guys as well as figuring out a way to stop them. But more puzzling than the case itself is the mystery of who their client is. Could it be Loony Lorraine, the deceased detective whose old office is the detectives' headquarters? Can dead guys talk? Once again, Barbara Joosse has created a hilarious, spooky, kid-friendly story perfect for all 7-to-10-year-olds, particularly reluctant readers.
When an asteroid impact in the USSR threatens to set off a nuclear war, an international force of Special forces act.
This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEThe first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today. Drawing on memoirs, interviews in both Russia and the US, and classified documents from deep inside the Kremlin, David E. Hoffman examines the inner motives and secret decisions of each side and details the deadly stockpiles that remained unsecured as the Soviet Union collapsed. This is the fascinating story of how Reagan, Gorbachev, and a previously unheralded collection of scientists, soldiers, diplomats, and spies changed the course of history.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls. Sam's job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure their souls are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he's dispatched to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that's doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before. "No." File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ] e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-219-4From the Paperback edition.
When the attractive and wealthy mother of one of Christie daughter's horse-riding friends asks him to investigate the mutilation of some of their horses, He soon finds himself running down dead ends.
Georgia Parish never regretted leaving northern Queensland, Australia, to pursue her career. But after surviving a plane crash she finds herself back there, struggling to comprehend a sinister fact - the plane she was on was sabotaged. Was it someone hoping to kill the man who never arrived to take the flight? Or did it have something to do with the two other strange passengers? Georgia's search for the truth plunges her into a harsh and unforgiving landscape, across oceans and into crocodile-infested swamps. There, unable to trust anyone, she discovers more than just her own life is at stake.
The Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate a presidential candidate, but which one? Can the U.S. stop it before millions lose their lives?
Melanie Graham is thrilled. She loves exercise riding, and she's good at it, too! Her aunt Ashleigh says Melanie would make a great Jockey-she's really thriving at Whitebrook. But Melanie's not alone. Her friend Kevin McLean also wants to exercise-ride, and soon Melanie and Kevin are galloping together on the Whitebrook track. Racing for fun turns serious as Melanie becomes more and more competitive, testing their friendship to the limit. Kevin thinks Melanie is pushing herself too hard. Will she slow down before it's too late?Whether jumping a cross-country course, galloping a powerful racehorse, or just riding on the trails, only one thing matters to Christina and her friends: the special bond between horse and rider. If you love horses, then you'll love reading all the books in the Thoroughbred series.
Paddy Meehan returns in Denise Mina's most powerful mystery yet, nominated for a 2007 Edgar AwardWhen journalist Paddy Meehan investigates a domestic dispute, the well-dressed man who answers the door assures her the blonde in the shadows behind him is fine, and slips her money before he closes the door. In fact, the woman was tortured and left to die later that night, and Paddy has only days to uncover the truth before the newspaper learns of her bribe and the police close the case for reasons of their own. Only Paddy cares enough to pursue a dark and brutal story that could make her career-or kill her, in a novel that proves why Denise Mina is "some kind of magnificent" (Wall Street Journal)."Brutally funny." -People "Mina again demonstrates why she is one of the best mystery writers on either side of the Atlantic." -Miami Herald"In all her insecurity, Paddy is achingly real . . . and Mina's note-perfect writing captures Paddy's voice dead-on." -Boston Globe"A gloriously visceral style. . . . Mina excels at narrative and social commentary." -Newsday
The second novel in the wonderful Paddy Meehan series by Scotland's princess of crime. Paddy Meehan, Glasgow's aspiring journalist is back on the beat, trawling the streets of Glasgow for a story -- something to prove she can write; that she's better at her job than all her male colleagues; anything that will get her off the terrible night shift that is slowly turning her brains to mush. And then she meets the woman with the poodle perm at the door of a wealthy suburb in the north of the city. It's just a domestic dispute, Paddy's told, although her instincts are alerted when she's slipped a £50 note to keep the story out of the papers. By the next morning the woman is dead; she's been tortured, beaten, and left to die. Paddy has found her story, but she's still got the £50; and with her father and brothers unemployed, and her upright Roman Catholic family perilously short of money, this could solve a lot of problems. A day later, Paddy sees a body being pulled from the river. Another death, she's told; it's nothing to do with you; go home. But when Paddy talks to the wife of the dead man, she finds that the relationship between him and the murdered woman was closer than the police had imagined. Why have these people died? What were they trying to hide? And could this be the break Paddy's been waiting for? What follows is a deeply personal journey into the dark heart of a brutal economic recession, and the brutal bud of the drugs trade in the 1980s.
Highly Commended by the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2010. Lauren and her aunt and uncle are returning to London after years living away in Cornwall. For Lauren it is a return to the sight of a terrible family tragedy and a house full of ghosts. When she was six years old her mum and little sister were murdered in their home ...and Lauren's dad was put in prison for the crime. Now she is living a stone's throw from her old house, and despite her trepidation, Lauren is curious to know who lives there now, and how the house will make her feel. When she becomes friendly with Nathan, the son of the new owners, she finds herself back at the scene of so many nightmares...of memories, but also of things forgotten. Lauren blocked out a lot of that fateful day, but now that she's older, things are coming back to her...things that could mean her dad is innocent, not guilty of murder. After all these years of hating him Lauren now faces the prospect of loving her dad once again. But is it that easy?
This Irish bad-boy thriller -- set in the hardest streets of New York City -- brims with violence, greed, and sexual betrayal. "I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went." So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the Troubles in Belfast. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever -- just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block. Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget -- saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent. But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him. A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent -- complete with an Irish lilt.
After being mugged, former insurance agent Jeff is recovering from a traumatic brain injury. One of the unlooked for side effects of this injury is his ability to sometimes read others emotions. Needing a job, he accepts one at the local bar, and investigates the recent death of the previous bartender. A woman's sequened high-heel shoe keeps flashing into his mind via his abilities, and then there's the unfriendly Cyn, who seems to be implicated somehow in the death of Walter.
[From the back cover:] "She's got Las Vegas legs, but she's had it with life in the fast lane. She's Amanda Hazard--Savvy CPA and amateur sleuth--and she's about to stir up a tornado of trouble in the Oklahoma boondocks! Treacherous twister Sexy cop Nick Thorn's ex-girlfriend has just blown into town ... followed by a tornado that rips through Vamoose, Oklahoma. Amanda knows she has to keep busy and Elmer Jolly's tax forms seem just the ticket. But when she arrives at Jolly's farm, she finds her elderly client in his storm cellar--stone-cold dead. Amanda's been named executrix of Jolly's estate, but the figures tell her that the "fatal accident" theory doesn't add up to a hill of beans. A little chat with Elmer's tight-fisted brothers and cantankerous cousins only stirs up a new storm of hostility. And when Amanda takes a near-fatal tumble out of Elmer's hayloft, she knows she's on target. Then the Will vanishes--leaving Amanda to stop a killer who's waiting to blow her right out of the water ..." Look for the first book in the Amanda Hazard series, Dead in the Water, in the Bookshare collection with Book #3 Dead in the Melon Patch, coming soon.
(Back cover) "The road to ruin Amanda is in the market for a practical new truck, so she heads to Vamoose's only car dealership, Lemon's Used Cars. After some hot and heavy negotiations, Amanda buys proprietor Frank Lemon's own truck in a deal too good to refuse. Later that night, when Amanda sees her truck flying down the street, she and reconciled fiancé Police Chief Nick Thorn race after it. But when the truck veers off the road, and the driver is killed, Thorn is blamed. Knowing she has to save her man's career, Amanda puts the pedal to the metal and uncovers more than a trunkful of fraud and a carload of suspects. Digging for clues just where she shouldn't, Amanda soon learns that there's mortal danger in discovery. Because at this dealership, the cars ought to be road tested for murder ..." Look for all of the amusing, well plotted mysteries in this series about a city girl who chooses the small town life in Vamoose where the social centers are the beauty parlor and cafe and her nearest neighbors are chickens, cows, horses, and sheep. Amanda always has an uphill battle convincing the handsome town sheriff that the dead people she finds on her rounds as a CPA are victims of murder, not accidents. #1 Dead in the Water, #2 Dead in the Cellar, #3 Dead in the Melon Patch, #4 Dead in the Dirt, #5 Dead in the Dirt, followed by #7 Dead in the Hay and #8 Dead in the Pumpkin Patch.
The shipwrecked, vacationing passengers of the ill-fated freighter, Morris, are picked up by the H.M.S. Pandora and sail into a cruise of metaphysical terror, madness, and death.
Despite his father's opposition, Simon "Spacey" Drake is determined to become a long-distance sailor, so he signs up for a week-long live-aboard sailing course. The trip gets off to a rough start, but the real trouble begins when Simon and Olivia, another student, get curious about a nearby cabin cruiser in an anchorage. They investigate and stumble upon an abalone poaching operation, but the poachers have far too much at stake to let a couple of kids get in their way. Simon has always believed that the only person you can count on is yourself, but when he and Olivia find their lives in danger, he knows they will have to work with the rest of the crew if they are to survive.
This moody and arresting thriller is perfect for fans of Tana French.The young victim was pregnant, her body washed up on the rocks. Twenty years on, the murder remains unsolved; her father is now dead, and her mother refuses to talk about what went on all those years ago.Detective Marjory Fleming is called in to reopen the case that her late father, a policeman, was unable to put to rest. As Fleming digs deeper, it becomes clear that her father struggled to keep secret some of the shameful details surrounding the young girl's death.Can she handle the truth she will unearth, not just about her father but about herself?
His life destroyed because of a bad rap he took for murdering two guys to prevent a rape, Reid Bennett relocated to Murphy's Harbor, a quaint little town in Canada. But was it really the quiet little place it seemed to be? A corpse and a scared woman, each found on a different side of the lake. Then, another corpse. Reid, with his German shepherd Sam by his side, must go above and beyond the call of duty to get to the bottom of this mystery. The only way he can solve it and remain alive is to stretch the traditional definition of a police officer.
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