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At the close of the Civil War, weary veteran Malcolm Hopeton returns to his home in western New York State to find his wife and hired man missing and his farm in disrepair. A double murder ensues, the repercussions of which ripple through a community with spiritual roots in the Second Great Awakening. Hopeton has gone from the horrors of war to those far worse, and arrayed around him are a host of people struggling to make sense of his crime.
In 1859, various literary luminaries - including Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins - collaborated on a serialised work concerning events in a most peculiar house. This is their tale... When our narrator espies a deserted house from his railway carriage, he cannot resist the challenge of taking up residence in a place no one else will inhabit. Local legend has terrified the nearby villagers, who in turn convince his servants to abandon ship. Undaunted, he and his sister invite a group of friends to join them - each of whom is then commissioned to rout out the supernatural from their respective rooms. And come Twelfth Night, they will meet to recount their experiences...
Over his long and illustrious career, Elmore Leonard was recognized as one of the greatest crime writers of all time, the author of dozens of bestselling books - many adapted for the big screen - as well as a master of short fiction. A superb stylist whose crisp, tight prose crackled with trademark wit and sharp dialogue, Leonard remains the standard for crime fiction and a literary model for writers of every genre. Devoted Leonard aficionados and fans new to his fiction will marvel at these early works that reveal an artist on the cusp of greatness.
The bond between a talented carpenter and her architect daughter is challenged by a career-shifting television network decision, a family death, sudden parenting responsibilities, and changing romantic prospects.
Caroline Cashion is a beautiful, intelligent, professor of French literature. Then, in a split second, everything she's known turns out to be a lie. A bullet is found lodged at the base of her skull, but Caroline has never been shot. Now she learns the truth: she was adopted at three after her parents were murdered. A cop lets slip that she was wounded by the same bullet that killed her mother. Caroline is horrified and in danger . . . the bullet in her neck could finger a murderer.
The Chinese have proven the existence of dragons -- a scientific revelation that will astonish the world. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the greatest zoo ever constructed deep within China to see the fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane Cameron, a reptile expert and writer for National Geographic. Their Chinese hosts assure the visitors that it's perfectly safe, and nothing can go wrong. Of course it can't . . .
A year has passed and Hadassah has donned veils to conceal her identity and the scars that now mark her body. Believed dead, she works helping a doctor and becomes skilled at healing through faith. When Julia falls ill, Hadassah faces a difficult decision: should she return to the Valerian household, risking exposure and death? The flame between Hadassah and Marcus is rekindled, though Marcus continues to search for meaning and faith.
When Julia learns that her sister has been violently murdered, she must uncover why. Becoming involved with a dangerous stranger online, she starts losing herself ... losing control ... perhaps losing everything. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life.
Experiencing visions that make him convinced his suicide-victim musician friend was actually murdered, Tyler Anderson takes the unusual case to Cafferty--who, with Quinn, discovers the victim's secret lover and a disturbing history of old jealousies.
"Back in the bad old days, when Billy Graves worked for an anti-crime unit in Harlem known as the Wild Geese, the NYPD branded him as a cowboy. Now forty, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch. Mostly, his team of detectives conducts a series of holding actions--and after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job. But soon after he gets a 3:00 a.m. call about the fatal knifing of a drunk in a Third Avenue pub, his investigation moves beyond the usual handoff to the day shift. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 13-year-old girl, he finds himself drawn back to the late 1990s when the Wild Geese were at their most wayward. Before the case can be closed, it will severely test Billy's new sense of purpose and force him to accept that his troubled past isn't past at all"--Provided by publisher.
"An intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far--a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes" -- provided by publisher.
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon and former Browards Rock resident Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Dont Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review. As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. Its a fight Annie won't soon forget especially after the author turns up dead. Despite an array of suspects to match Griffiths cast of characters and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing, Annies not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large.
When Gaby Struther's plane is delayed, she's forced to share a hotel room with a stranger, Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won't explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight isn't a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved. Tim Breary has confessed. He's even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife.
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life -- when a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving her community reeling.
"A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future"-- Provided by publisher.
Flavia Petrelli is the Prima Donna performing at Venice's illustrious La Fenice. An opera superstar, she is constantly swamped by adoring fans and aspiring singers. However one fan is remaining anonymous as Flavia is inundated with bouquets of yellow roses. They appear on stage, in her dressing room and even inside her locked apartment.
In the summer of her 28th year, Edna Pontellier and her children, along with the wives and families of other prospective businessmen, spend the summer in an idyllic coastal community away from their husbands and the sweltering heat of 1890s' New Orleans. Aware of deep yearnings that are unfulfilled by marriage and motherhood, Edna plunges into an illicit liaison that reawakens her long dormant desires, inflames her heart, and eventually blinds her to all else.
"Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier "Peg Leg" Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate's treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice--the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas, or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine. Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren't the only ones searching for the lost pirate's chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel's deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It's hard to say how far he's willing to go to gain either one. Wicked Charms is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they're living a charmed life"-- Provided by publisher.
Struggling with looming bills and writer's block while her best friend faces a life-changing decision, Nantucket author Madeline King tackles escalating rumors during a summer of explosive secrets.
In Being Nixon, Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex, confounding figure who became America?s thirty-seventh president. The son of devout Quakers, Richard Nixon (not unlike his rival John F. Kennedy) grew up in the shadow of an older, favored brother and thrived on conflict and opposition. Through high school and college, in the navy and in politics, he was constantly leading crusades and fighting off enemies real and imagined. As maudlin as he was Machiavellian, Nixon possessed the plainspoken eloquence to reduce American television audiences to tears with his career-saving ?Checkers? speech; meanwhile, his darker half hatched schemes designed to take down his political foes, earning him the notorious nickname ?Tricky Dick.?
"From the popular author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words, "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then his unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the first-born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined."
He's everything she doesn't need. The quiet horse whisperer whose touch still ignites her dreams--and is everything wealthy Lauren Prescott is not. She can think of a million reasons why she should never ever fall into Sky Fletcher's sure embrace again. Until she clashes head-on with the dangerous complications of her privileged life and needs his protection like air to breathe... She's more than he can resist. The heiress Sky can't get out of his heart, no matter how much he tries. And being the secret third Tyler son doesn't change a thing. All he wants from his two brothers is help uncovering a dangerous conspiracy threatening his land, their ranch, and the spirited beauty he never should have touched.