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All the world's a stage--and now Jim Qwilleran's apple orchard hsa become the stage--for a real-life murder scene. The much-disliked director of the Pickax Theatre Club's Shakespeare production, Hilary van Brook, is found dead after the closing-night cast party...and with the help of his super-smart siamese, Qwill must cast a suspicious eye on all the players--especially the ones pussyfooting around behind the scenes.

A child killer is stalking the inner city of Washington, D.C., his latest victim Shanelle Green, an adorable first grader from Sojourner Truth School. This killing is especially unsettling to Detective Alex Cross. Sojourner Truth is the school his son Damon attends, just four blocks from his home. While the death of an inner-city black child doesn't garner much media attention, another murder is making big headlines. The same day that Shanelle was beaten to death, Senator Daniel Fitzpatrick was found handcuffed to a bed and shot execution style. The only clue the police have to go on is a bizarre rhyme, signed "Jack and Jill," promising more high-profile executions, ultimately targeting the president of the United States. When Cross is called in to help protect the president, he begins to suspect that the two cases are somehow related. As he races to put all the pieces together, the killers continue their bloody rampage, paralyzing the city.

In a clinic on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. And one by one, they're being targeted by a serial killer. There's only one cure, but many ways to die.

"Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser tells the history of the Supreme Court through the eyes of everyday people who have suffered the most as a result of its judgements. The justices built a nation where children toiled in coal mines and cotton mills, where Americans could be forced into camps because of their race, and where women were sterilized at the command of states. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy. Nor is the modern Court a vast improvement, with its incursions on voting rights, its willingness to place elections for sale, and its growing skepticism towards the democratic process generally. In this book, Millhiser argues the Supreme Court does not deserve the respect it commands. To the contrary, it routinely bent the arc of American history away from justice"-- Provided by publisher.

A newcomer opens a shop in Castle Rock, Me., bringing bargains as well as nightmares and disasters to the town.

Dalgliesh investigates murder at a hospital nursing school, uncovering its secret world of sex and ambition.

"From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold it 'Til it Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative southern-fried comedy about four liberal UC Berkeley students who stage a mock lynching during a Civil War reenactment -- a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer" -- Provided by publisher.

At the annual party celebrating the success of the racing season, everything is running well to form, until a runaway horse box ploughs through the marquee, causing terrible death and destruction. A witness to the tragedy, wine merchant Tony Beach presumes it to be just one of those awful accidents. But as he gets involved in the investigation and begins to make connections, events take a more sinister turn.

For internationally known chef Curtis Stone, cooking is a pleasurable journey, not just a destination. In this wonderful book featuring 130 of his favorite dishes, Curtis inspires us to turn meal preparation into a joy rather a chore through delicious recipes, mouthwatering photographs, and handy make-ahead tips. He also shares plenty of heartwarming, personal stories from time spent in his kitchen and around the table with family and friends, reminding us that good food and a good life are intrinsically intertwined.

In Havana, detective Arkady Renko of the Moscow police joins forces with beautiful Ofelia of the Cuban police to investigate the murder of a Russian diplomat. The protagonists find love while the reader gets an inside look at post-Cold War Havana.

Single mom Heather Donovan's dreams of home and family are seemingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O'Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son's father, Connor O'Brien. His parents' divorce and his career as a divorce attorney have left him jaded about marriage. Then everything changes. Will the possibility of a future without Heather make Connor look at love differently?

"For a small-town girl with a big dream in 1955, there is no address more glamorous than New York's Barbizon Hotel. Laura, a patrician beauty from Smith, arrives in its vaunted halls to work at Mademoiselle for the summer. Her hopelessly romantic roommate Dolly comes from a working-class upstate town to attend secretarial school. Vivian, a brash, redheaded British bombshell with a disregard for the hotel's rules, rounds out the unlikely trio of friends.As the summer wears on, Laura struggles to find her footing in the chic but formidable world of Manhattan publishing while Dolly battles her own demons of self-doubt. Vivian longs to sing at the Stork Club instead of just shilling cigarettes there, but finds herself floundering in more ways than one. Together, the girls embark on a journey of self-discovery that will take them from the penthouse salons of Park Avenue to the Beat scene of Greenwich Village to Atlantic City's Steel Pier -- and into the arms of very different men who will alter their lives forever"-- Provided by publisher.

At the trial in Philadelphia of a woman accused of killing her policeman lover, lawyer Bennie Rosato comes to suspect her client is the victim of a conspiracy and that the judge is in on it. By the author of Rough Justice.

A friend's son is gravely ill and the potential bone-marrow donor who could save his life has disappeared, so detective Myron Bolitar has no choice but to investigate, even though his sports agency desperately needs his attention.

The effects on many lives in the village of Thrush Green, in Southern England, when a carnival comes to town on May Day.

In what is arguably his greatest book--written in 1979 and reissued here in trade paperback--America's most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's prisons who---after robbing two men and killing them in cold blood--insisted on dying for his crime.

In the midst of its maiden voyage, the Emerald Dolphin, a luxury cruise ship equipped with revolutionary new engines, sinks and NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt heads out to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster.

A madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit, always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives. Two men had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past, a secret shared by none other than Lt. Eve Dallas's new husband, Roarke.

A novel about the real meaning of reconciliation - about how, in the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on and people still manage to find reasons to celebrate. Angel's kitchen is an oasis in the heart of Rwanda, where lives are transformed and connections are made, changing her life and the lives of all around her.

"In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design." - From cover p.4.

A thirteenth-century nobleman who returns from the Holy Land to England enters an ill-starred marriage by arrangement, whose only benefit is title to a mysterious property called Rosehaven.

"For more than forty years, the United States has reached out to China, helping it develop a booming economy and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that there is little to fear--and everything to gain--from China's rise. But what if the Chinese have had a different plan all along? The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on Chinese documents, speeches, and books (many of them never translated into English) to reveal the roots of this strategy in traditional Chinese statecraft and track how the Chinese are putting it into practice today. Pillsbury shows how American policymakers have been willfully blind to these developments for decades--and he includes himself in that critique, as he was once a leading voice in favor of aiding China. He also calls for the United States to design a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is, and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wakeup call for all Americans concerned about how we have misread the greatest national security challenge of the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.

Discusses the origins of ISIS, including why they were not initially taken seriously, how they evolved from an Iraqi insurgent group, and how they have attracted local and global support.

In the aftermath of a suspicious commuter plane crash in Los Angeles, police lieutenant Peter Decker investigates the claims of one family that foul play had been involved, a suspicion that gains credibility when a key victim is discovered to be someone else.

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