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Drew Danner , an L. A. -based crime novelist, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head, blood under his nails, and a cop by his side. Accused of murdering his ex-fiancée, Drew has no memory of the crime but reconstructs the story the only way he knows how--as a novel. As he searches the dark corridors of his life and the city he loves, another young woman is similarly murdered and Drew must confront the very real possibility of his own guilt. A thrilling piece of contemporary L. A. noir, The Crime Writer is sure to boost Hurwitz's profile as one of the coming masters of the genre. .
The doors to the UCLA Medical Center Emergency Room burst open and a young nurse stumbles in-- blinded, her once-beautiful face hideously blistered and burning from a savage attack by an unknown assailant. A dedicated physician, ER Chief David Spier is no stranger to the terrible ravages of senseless violence. But this tragedy hits too close to home; the victim is a colleague. A second violent assault suggests the unthinkable: A disturbed man is stalking the medical center, and specifically the women who work there. It's up to Dr. Spier to keep the emergency room running smoothly and efficiently, even as his terrified coworkers wonder who might be next. But destiny is about to place him at the very center of a media frenzy that erupts in the wake of the attacks when the brutal assailant himself is dragged into the E.R. in handcuffs and placed under Dr. Spier's care.., as a patient. Hindered by a mutinous staff that refuses to administer to the damaged man, up against angry L.A. cops who would rather see the criminal dead than imprisoned and alarmed media hungry for a lead story at any cost, Dr. Spier must now make the most difficult ethical decision of his career. But by doing so he underestimates the power and cunning of the man he is sworn to heal, and inadvertently unleashes a bloody wave of horror that threatens to engulf every -md eve:*..hing he cares about. A single act of humanity has made him a pariah in the eyes of the city--and the target of a twisted, tormented madman's hope and vengeance. Dr. Spier's most sacred oath as a healer has become his death sentence. To save a city under siege and himself, he must descend into the blackest depths of a twisted and vicious mind.., to unlock an unspeakable secret that has been hidden away for decades behind hospital doors.
Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she's long dreamed of--a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, coming upon a shack among the trees. There she spies a menacing man throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve rushes quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton. Later that night, clicking through the camera's card, Eve discovers that Teresa Hamilton took a photo of that same menacing-looking man in the woods. Teresa Hamilton has since disappeared. Now the man in the woods is after whoever was snooping around his house. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. When a major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world, the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a brutal predator hell-bent on protecting a long-hidden secret. With her only resource her determination to live, Eve must fight a dangerous foe and survive against incredible odds--if she's to make it back home alive.
A riveting and explosive novel, The Kill Clause is a brilliantly inventive tour de force by a powerful new master of suspense. Tim Rackley is a dangerous man of honor, a deputy U.S. marshal who is very good at his job--until everything he believes in is shattered by the brutal murder of his own daughter. Betrayed by an imperfect judicial system, Rackley watches helplessly as the killer walks free on a legal technicality. Devastated, furious, and burning with a righteous need for vengeance, he is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options--a quest that leads him into a shadowy no-man's-land between justice and the law . . . and into the welcoming fold of "the Commission." A vigilante group made up of people like him--relentless streetwise operators who have each lost a loved one to violent crime--the Commission confronts the failings of a system that sets predators loose to hunt again, cleaning up society's "mistakes" covertly, efficiently, and permanently. But as he is dragged deeper into a deadly morass of hidden agendas and murderous justice, Tim Rackley discovers that playing God is an excruciating and fearsome task. When his new secret life starts coming unwound at an alarming speed, he is suddenly caught in the most terrifying struggle he has ever faced--a desperate battle to save his marriage, his career, his life, his soul . . . and everything left that's worth fighting for.
In the year 2007 the world is not what it was... Powerful earthquakes and hurricanes have left most of South America in ruins--and solar rays pouring down through holes in the depleted ozone layer can burn human flesh to a crisp in minutes. An impending global eco-catastrophe has brought a crack scientific team to a desolate island in the GalApaos--along with a ragtag squad of U.S. Navy SEALs entrusted with their protection--to position critical seismic equipment before the next wave of earthquakes hits. But there is something waiting for them all in the jungles of Sangre de Dios. A scientific phenomenon the likes of which has never been seen has evolved in the devastating heat of a killing sun. And with the world's future hanging in the balance, a desperate search for answers has suddenly turned into a terrifying war for survival--transforming scientists and soldiers alike into something they never dreamed possible: prey.
Thriller involving U.S. Marshall's attempting to save a young woman from an evil mind-controlling cult and its charismatic leader.
WITH ONE SELFLESS ACT, HE'S PUT EVERYTHING HE LOVES IN MORTAL DANGER. Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an eleventh-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he's steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: "He will make you pay in ways you can't imagine."
The maestro of pulse-pounding suspense delivers an explosive new white-knuckle thriller featuring deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Rackley -- a lawman driven by honor, morality, and a thirst for justice. The leader of one of the country's most violent biker gangs, Den Laurey should have been behind bars. But thanks to a daring escape on an L.A. freeway, several deputy marshals are dead and Laurey is riding free. Rackley, back on the Service's warrant squad, is in hot pursuit of the outlaw and his ruthless gang -- with a media whirlwind and the entire Los Angeles law-enforcement community driving him. Just when Laurey is within his grasp, circumstances force Rackley to let him go -- with devastating results. A few miles up the road, a sheriff's deputy is attacked: Tim's pregnant wife, Dray. Driven by guilt, Tim vows to hunt Laurey down -- a search that will lead him into a dark world of deception and lies, a world of criminals and undercover cops, drugs and mutilation. And the key to the violent puzzle lies in the discarded corpses of women -- women for whom Tim must seek justice when no one else will. With the stakes rising, Tim must unravel a horrifying secret and confront a deadly terror that reaches from the back alleys of Mexico to the poppy fields of Afghanistan ... and threatens to explode on the dark streets of L.A.
Over the past two decades, Nick Horrigan has built a quiet, safe life for himself, living as much under the radar as possible. But all of that shatters when, in the middle of the night, a SWAT team bursts into his apartment, grabs him and drags him to a waiting helicopter. A terrorist, someone Nick has never heard of, has seized control of a nuclear reactor, threatening to blow it up. And the only person he'll talk to is Nick, promising to tell Nick the truth behind the events that shattered his life twenty years ago. At seventeen years old, Nick Horrigan made a deadly mistake, one that cost his stepfather his life, endangered his mother, and sent him into hiding for years. Now, what Nick discovers in that nuclear plant leaves him with only two choices. To start running again, or to fight and finally uncover the secrets that have held him hostage all these years. As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life, and the lives of nearly everyone he loves at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfathers dying words: TRUST NO ONE. Acclaimed for years by both critics and his peers as one of the finest thriller writers today, Gregg Hurwitz has lived up to all the accolades and expectations with Trust No One, an electrifying and compelling novel that will be remembered for years to come.
Mike Wingate had a rough childhood--he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted--he's happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a wonderful young daughter; and his successful construction company guarantees a solid future for them all. Until Mike's past comes back to haunt him. Menacing characters are starting to surface in Mike's life... and when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike's murky origins than in protecting the family he has now. With no one left to turn to, Mike calls on Shep, a truly dangerous man--and Mike's only true friend--from their childhood days together in foster care. Together, the two of them will do whatever it takes to protect Mike and his loved ones against a hidden enemy who comes with a deadly warning: You're Next...
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. A deadly warning in a deadly game. In the bestselling tradition of The Silence of the Lambs comes The Tower, a novel of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping terror played out in a psychological battle of wit, cunning, and pure evil between a diabolically clever killer and his determined hunter. The Tower, nicknamed "Alcatraz II" by law enforcement officials, is infamous as the world's foremost airtight extreme maximum security prison. A futuristic building, it is located offshore of San Francisco, and built to be 100 percent escape-proof. The men who are condemned to spend the rest of their lives there are the most dangerous, violent offenders in the prison system -- men whose crimes have made it imperative that they be separated from society, from one another, and from hope -- forever. Allander Atlasia, a psychopathic killer and himself the victim of a horrible sexual attack as a child, has been sentenced to the Tower for a series of gruesome crimes. But Atlasia manages to do the impossible -- he breaks out of the prison. He makes his way to the mainland and, armed with his own private agenda of hate and murder, begins his killing spree, intent on re-enacting and revenging the childhood tortures that turned him into a monster. Jade Marlow is an ex-FBI agent who has been assigned to hunt down and capture Atlasia. A self-described "tracker," Marlow is relentless, fearless, and brilliant -- a loose cannon in a private struggle with his own demons. With a record of irrational behavior and violence, and a kind of genius for putting himself into the mind of a criminal predator that is itself a sort of madness, Marlow may just be the only man smart and diabolical enough to catch Atlasia. Atlasia's victims are the unfortunate bystanders in this complex story of emotional and psychological horror, as they fall prey to this madman's twisted re-enactment of his own depraved past, as he rights the wrongs he feels have been visited upon him. His message to his pursuers is delivered in a particularly chilling manner, a literal realization of the old adage "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Two men -- one a sinister, inventive, pitiless serial killer, the other a brilliant sleuth and hunter who bears his own heavy burden of dark secrets and impulses -- play out a deadly game against a background of increasingly brutal murders, in which there are no rules but kill or be killed. Superbly written, ingeniously plotted, and enormously entertaining, The Tower marks the debut of a stunning new writer.
Eight-year-old David Bernstein discovers life is much more exciting when he calls himself Ali Baba Bernstein.
When he and his family move to the suburbs, Aldo has difficulty finding new friends.
First-grader Montgomery Gerald Morris, known to everyone as Monty, is an amazing reader. And it's because he's such a great reader that he finds out about the pair of parakeets in need of a new home. But even though things don't turn out exactly as Monty expects with the birds, exciting things are happening at school and at home. First there's the surprising new pets in his classroom, then there's the amazing news that Monty will have a new brother or sister. In fact, first grade is turning out to be an amazing year! In this third book about Monty, Johanna Hurwitz once again portrays the unpredictable, everyday turns of a first-grader's life with humor and charm.
In this sensitive introduction to the Holocaust and to the life of the little girl who hid out and kept a diary during World War II, this acclaimed author deftly evokes the background of the war while capturing the girl's unforgettable spirit.
Ezra Feldman, almost ten, likes baseball more than anything else in the world. But his father cannot understand why his son would rather rot his brains watching men swinging big wooden sticks than read a book or play chess.
Why would a beautifully wrapped birthday present hold nothing but an empty box? Ten leading authors give us ten deliciously different answers to the same question. Kids are invited to savor these original birthday surprises, then try their own solutions to the mystery of the empty box. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Happy to spend his summer vacation at home in the city, eight-year-old Jay is horrified by his parent's plan to spend two weeks in the Vermont woods sharing a house with another family.
Relates the adventures of an inquisitive little girl who lives in a large apartment building in New York with her parents and little brother Teddy.
Lucas Cott desires to be a good student while his classmates want him to be funny as the class clown!
A fifth-grade class election is full of surprises when Julio nominates his best friend but ends up becoming much more involved!
A yard sale, ice skating, class pictures, and a surprise party are a few of the things that make fourth grade fun for Julio and his friends, but they must get serious about studying as the statewide end-of-year test approaches.
When a childhood illness leaves her blind and deaf, Helen Keller's life seems hopeless indeed. But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. This amazing true story is finally brought to the beginner reader level.
Rory and Derek were best friends but with Bolivia visiting next door, would their friendship last?
Straight A student Cricket Kaufman hates to admit it--summer bores her. But when her family has zucchini as the vegetable three nights in a row because they have more zucchini than they can fit in the refrigerator, Cricket decides to find ways to use zucchini to make desserts. It's not long before her sixth grade friends get involved in the food-inspired fun and games. What is the strange secret ingredient in Cricket's "apple" crisp? How many cookies do the girls have to sell to earn more money than the boys collect by recycling cans? And who will triumph with the most original edible treat at the class's April Food's Day party? Fans of Johanna Hurwitz's popular Class Clown series will gobble up these satisfying stories, plus sixteen bonus recipes that are as sweet and simple as Cricket's No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls. You don't have to be hungry to dig into this hearty helping of laughs, surprises, and--best of all-- just desserts! The full page pictures are described and you can depend on the recipes to be accurate because all of the measurements have been double-checked, so get reading and cooking!