In the early 1820's horse racing was a down and dirty sport. James Wyndham, who owns racing stables in both England and America, finds his racing nemesis in red-haired Jessie Warfield, renowned hoyden and champion jockey, who knows as many dirty racing tricks as James does.
When Spenser is hired by a Marlene Rowley to follow her cheating husband, he soon crosses paths with a detective who's shadowing the wayward Marlene. Not the most trusting couple in town--but, as Spenser is about to learn, certainly the most dangerous.
"Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his meaningless life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: Why was I here?"--Publisher description.
"Inspector Alleyn has decamped for the South of France for a family vacation. Well, that and a little official poking around. Unfortunately, the object of his poking--the cultish denizens of a sinister and luxurious chateau--are not fond of being poked, and they have a particularly unpleasant way of getting their point across."--Page  of cover.
A pair of high-school sweethearts grow apart; he goes to war, she marries someone else. But he can't forget her.
Two seemingly unrelated murders lead ethical thief, artist, and hacker Kidd and his partner LuEllen to uncover a vast electronic conspiracy involving a corporation and a number of U.S. government bureaucrats.
"An Unfortunate Woman assumes the form of a traveler's journal, chronicling the protagonist's journey and his oblique ruminations on the suicide of one woman and the death from cancer of another, a close friend." "After Richard Brautigan committed suicide, his only child, Ianthe Brautigan, found among his possessions the manuscript of An Unfortunate Woman. It had been completed more than a year earlier but was still unpublished at the time of his death. Finding it too painful to face his presence on page after page, she put the manuscript aside." "Years later, having completed a memoir about her father's life and death, Ianthe Brautigan reread An Unfortunate Woman and now, clear-eyed, she saw that it was Richard Brautigan's work at its best, and that it had to be published."--Jacket.
PI Spenser is hired to find the missing husband of a Boston gangster's daughter. The assignment leads him to the underworld in Las Vegas where he realizes the case is not one of young love, but control of the gangland in Boston.
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon moves to Mississippi to accept a promotion, but she begins to think she has made a big mistake when the body of a young girl is found near an overgrown country cemetery, and her attempts to find answers are met with silence, hostility, and violence.
A college professor, and friend to Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden, disappears while searching for the grave of Sacajawea on a reservation. Vicky discovers her friend was linked to another historian who disappeared 20 years before--also tied to Lewis and Clark's guide. The answer may lie in the pages of Sacajawea's hidden memoirs.
Grace, a seemingly reserved librarian, shows the town of Cedar Cove what she is truly made of when her husband mysteriously vanishes, forcing her to call upon her inner strength and courage to help her two daughters deal with his disappearance.
The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.
A resourceful runaway alone in the wilds of Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Billy Straight suddenly witnesses a brutal stabbing in Griffith Park. Fleeing into the night, Billy cannot shake the horrific memory of the savage violence, nor the pursuit of a cold-blooded killer. As LAPD homicide detective Petra Connor desperately searches for the murderer, the vicious madman stalks closer to his prey. Only Petra can save Billy, but it will take all her cunning to uncover a child lost in a fierce urban labyrinth--where a killer seems right at home.
Three Brautigan novels--A Confederate general from Big Sir, Dreaming of Babylon and The Hawkline monster--reissued in a one-volume omnibus edition.
Poet Christopher Snow, a man who cannot stand daylight, teams up with his genetically engineered dog, Orson, to investigate the abduction of children in Moonlight Bay, California. The children are believed to be prisoners in an army base populated by intelligent animals, produced by scientific experiments. Snow and Orson penetrate the base to search for them.
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.
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.
"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.
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.