The clock's ticking . . . On an icy morning in a small Pennsylvanian town, a man appears at a bank with a note demanding cash and a bomb locked to his body. Minutes later, the bomb is detonated . . . Four years on and bestselling author Frank Corso is reluctant to investigate this unsolved murder. But when a series of bank robberies and bombings rocks the Los Angeles area, Corso realizes it's just the beginning . . . where the feds see nothing but the random hand of a lunatic, Corso senses the tracks of something more sinister, something with a message. Is this a trail of horror that he and his research assistant, the attractive Chris Andriatta, have themselves inadvertently started and which only they have the power to stop?
For her he would give up everything: his home, his work and even his freedom. When his marriage fails, he does just that. A chance meeting with a stranger on a train changes his life and his daughter's - in ways he could never have imagined. From her earliest years Tina is exceptional, a brilliant student and a joyous person with a loving spirit. At university she falls in love with Gilbert who, three years older than she, graduates from law school just as she is about to enter medical school. Together they go to New York, where they learn a truth about Donald that shatters Tina's regard for the father who has for so long protected and cherished her. When a terrible lie has been told for love, can it be forgiven?
A story which begins in Tooting in 1951. Evie Smith has two daughters by a married lover, who leaves her when she becomes pregnant again. Five years later Evie gets together with a mysterious man, but a fire robs her of him. Then an encounter with a police officer provides a chance of happiness.
The Edwardian era is ending and in Chester a young maid, Emma, strives to keep her head above water, as poverty threatens to engulf her and her family. A chance meeting with another young servant, Alice, who is struggling to escape her violent and unhappy past, introduces Emma to the Waters household and the demanding young Victoria who is passionately involved in the embryonic Suffragette Movement. As Emma and Alice become closer, Emma learns of Alice's destructive and deranged ex-fiancé Bert, and it soon becomes apparent that the two girls lives may be linked in more ways than one. Just as she has found a love of her own, Emma is drawn into a dangerous situation, which threatens her newfound happiness.
A biography of the late Irish motorcycle racing legend, Joey Dunlop, who won a record 26 Isle of Man TT races over the famous road circuit, as well as a host of other titles, during a 30-year career. The author has blended archive material and freshly conducted interviews with Joey's friends, family and racing peers such as Steve Hislop, Carl Fogarty and Roger Marshall to produce this book.
Near the town of Lunenberg, Novia Scotia, a young boy witnesses an horrific crime. Years later, Scottish journalist John Taggart is headed for Canada to cover one of the biggest stories of his career, haunted by the mystery of his origins. He never knew his father's identity and his mother's mental decline now means it will never be revealed. Meanwhile Annie Welles, an officer in Nova Scotia's Major Crimes Unit, is faced with two curious murders, while a corrupt superior plots to end her career. When Annie and Taggart meet, they are both at turning points in their lives, and both are about to become involved in a conspiracy that will change them forever - if it doesn't kill them first.
When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past. But it's not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there's an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden...Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, a book was entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the book contains, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs.
As those in power around the globe face up to the challenges of a new world order, in Washington CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan is putting everything into a plan that could finally bring peace to a Middle East still suffering from the ravages of war. But too many groups have invested too much blood to allow the plan to succeed – the terrorists have one final desperate card to play. With one terrible act the world is plunged into nuclear crisis.His dreams of peace shattered, Ryan is confronted with a situation he has never dared to imagine: with the world standing on the brink of war, what do you do if the US President is incompetent to deal with the greatest crisis of all?
Gritty. Gripping. Unforgettable. Martina's back. Just before Danny Cadogan's fourteenth birthday, his father, Big Dan, leavesAcirc; his wife and children to face the wrath of the men sent to collect his gambling debt. Determined to protect his mother, brother and sister, overnight DannyAcirc; becomes set on making his way in a violent and dangerous world. He becomes a Face. Not just a Face, but the most feared Face in the Smoke. Out for all he can get. At any cost. Danny's ruthlessness doesn't stop at his front door. He rules his familyAcirc; with an iron will acirc;euro;" and his fists. But if his wife, Mary breaks her silence, it could shake Danny's criminal empire; right to the very core. And for a Face at the top of his game, there's only one way to go. Down. Because, after all, debts can be paid without money. Set in the heart of London's criminal gangland,Acirc; FACES is gritty, gripping and utterly unforgettable.
Christopher Boone is a 15-year old autistic savant in Swindon, England. He hates being touched, cannot tell a lie, or understand metaphors or jokes. He is a whiz at math and enjoys puzzles. When the neighbor's dog is killed with a pitchfork, he seizes upon it as a puzzle and math problem in hopes of understanding something that makes no sense to him. This begins a journey for Christopher that takes him places he never imagined, both physically and emotionally. Mark Haddon's novel is narrated by Christopher, which creates a nuanced character who is neither stereotyped nor stiff and unoriginal. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has received praise from almost all reviewers. The Fort Myers News Press says, " It would be curious indeed if this little gem of a novel didn't find its way onto the best-seller lists."
The year is AD 255 the Roman Imperium is stretched to breaking point, its authority and might challenged along every border. The greatest threat lies in Persia to the east, where the massing forces of the Sassanid Empire loom with fiery menace. There the isolated Roman citadel of Arete awaits inevitable invasion. One man is sent to marshal the defences and shore up crumbling walls. A man whose name itself means war: a man called Ballista. Alone, Ballista is called to muster the forces and the courage to stand first and to stand hard against the greatest enemy ever to confront the Imperium.This is part one of Warrior of Rome: an epic of empire, of heroes, of treachery, of courage, and most of all, a story of brutal bloody warfare.
The phenomenal #1 "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah's Book Club pick is now in mass market paperback. This spellbinding novel of responsibility and family, betrayal and redemption is an exquisitely written, profoundly human masterpiece.
The new, glitzy, page-turning novel from Arrow's irresistible book-a-year blockbuster author, Lulu Taylor.
From the prestigious dormitories of Westfield to the irresistible socialite scene of present-day London: everywhere Allegra McCorquodale goes, scandal follows her. And in Allegra’s shadow are her closest friends since school, the Midnight Girls.
Romily de Lisle: super rich, brilliant and bored. She’s as blessed as Allegra when it comes to looks, but she’s a force to be reckoned with. And Imogen Heath: pretty, timid and hopelessly drawn to Allegra’s reckless charm. She longs to be a part of the glitzy high-society world where her friends move with such ease.
Once free of the cloistered worlds of school and university, the Midnight Girls face new and different challenges, but they are for ever bonded by a terrible secret they’ve sworn never to break.
Bitter rivalries arise as their professional lives soon cross paths. Greed, tragedy and sinister passions threaten their allegiance and each of them stand to lose what they love most...
Lulu Taylor was brought up in the English countryside, educated at Oxford University, and has lived all over the world.Her novels, Heiresses and Midnight Girls, are sexy, dramatic and enthralling depictions of modern high society.She is married and lives in London.
John Irving's tenth novel. A novel of loss, grief and comedy.
While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand, that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy...
John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement. 'It was so simple,' he remembers. 'Yount was the first person to point out that anything I did except writing was going to be vaguely unsatisfying.'
In 1963, Irving enrolled at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, and he later worked as a university lecturer. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, about a plot to release all the animals from the Vienna Zoo, was followed by The Water-Method Man, a comic tale of a man with a urinary complaint, and The 158-Pound Marriage, which exposes the complications of spouse-swapping. Irving achieved international recognition with The World According to Garp, which he hoped would 'cause a few smiles among the tough-minded and break a few softer hearts'.
The Hotel New Hampshire is a startlingly original family saga, and The Cider House Rules is the story of Doctor Wilbur Larch - saint, obstetrician, founder of an orphanage, ether addict and abortionist - and of his favourite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. A Prayer for Owen Meany features the most unforgettable character Irving has yet created. A Son of the Circus is an extraordinary evocation of modern day India. John Irving is also the author of the international bestsellers A Widow for One Year, The Fourth Hand and Until I Find You.
A collection of John Irving’s shorter writing, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, was published in 1993. Irving has also written the screenplays for The Cider House Rules and A Son of the Circus, and wrote about his experiences in the world of movies in his memoir My Movie Business.
Irving has had a life-long passion for wrestling, and he plays a wrestling referee in the film of The World According to Garp. In his memoir, The Imaginary Girlfriend, John Irving writes about his life as a wrestler, a novelist and as a wrestling coach. He now writes full-time, has three children and lives in Vermont and Toronto.
Sharp and very, very funny, this is another of Irving's fiercely original meditations of life's inherent strangeness',‘Irving has a literary style similar to a snowball effect: with each novel he creates symbols and develops themes to accompany those he has already accumulated. Grief, loss, abortion, amputation, sex, children, America’s political history and the power of foresight are all explored here’,‘A coruscating comedy of sexual manners. In the margins of a hard-hitting satire on the modern media, Irving has produced some of the funniest bedroom scenes of recent years’,‘Richly entertaining reading: part satire, part farce…there’s no better – or funnier – reintroduction to the least known truly great American author’,'A rich and deeply moving tale…Vintage Irving'
The number one bestselling author shows his sensitive side in his heartwarming new romantic novel
Jane was a sweet, funny, chubby seven-year-old, desperately seeking love from her self-obsessed mother, Vivienne, and a father who was wrapped up in a new life with his beautiful young girlfriend. Jane's only friend was handsome, funny, thirty-something Michael. Michael was different; no one else could see him, nor did they believe he existed beyond the realms of Jane's very creative imagination. They would talk from morning until night. As Jane grew older though, the time came for Michael to leave Jane's side.
Jane couldn't forget him though. Over twenty years since Michael said goodbye, Jane catches a glimpse of that unforgotten face, her heart pounding, she can't believe it is true - could it really be Michael? This time though Michael isn't just a figment of her imagination. But will the path of true love be a smooth one? And will Jane get her happy ever after?
Sundays at Tiffany's is a heart-warming romance about a girl who until now has lived her life on the sidelines, about what it feels like to fall in love, a tale of soulmates.
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women’s Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world’s highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
The secret life of paradise - what happens when the sun goes down?
How does it feel to live and work in the world’s most beautiful and luxurious tropical island resort, surrounded by white sandy beaches and aquamarine seas? How does it feel to be in the lap of luxury when you’re thousands of miles from anywhere else? And when the guests are some of the richest and most demanding people in the world, where do you find the energy every day to smile, smile and smile again?
Beach Babylon takes you behind the scenes at a five-star tropical island resort. Do all the stories which take place behind the closed doors of the exclusive spa have happy endings? What do the world’s richest people expect from room service during their fortnight in paradise? What does the windsurfing instructor do to keep sane after hours?
In the bestselling tradition of her previous Babylon books, Imogen Edwards-Jones investigates the rivalries and alliances between the staff at a resort where pandering to the guests’ most extravagant whims is de rigueur. With a cast of millionaires, celebrities, hangers-on and prostitutes, Beach Babylon takes you to a world where extreme luxury is the norm and where excess somehow isn’t always enough...
Imogen Edwards-Jones is the co-author of the Sunday Times non-fiction bestsellers Hotel Babylon, Air Babylon and Fashion Babylon as well as author of the novels My CanapéHell, Shagpile, The Wendy House and Tuscany for Beginners. She lives in west London.
Anonymous is the manager of an exclusive five-star island resort.
Paperback of 2004's massive Christmas bestseller. The best-written, most gut-wrenchingly honest, stomach-achingly funny book ever written about music, fame and the whole damn thing...
The publication of Feel: Robbie Williams by Chris Heath in September 2004 caused shockwaves of controversy and delight. Not only was its publication trumpeted in tabloids, on TV and the radio, but it was also critically lauded by the broadsheets. Finally, a book had been written on the subject of celebrity and the modern world which had intelligence, honesty and humour.
Written by Chris Heath, who spent nearly two years working with Robbie on this book, every word is imbued with Robbie's humour, charisma, talent, memories and complexity. But more than ever before, this book tells the truth about his extraordinary life. You may have seen his face a million times, heard his music every day, followed him from the beginning of Take That, but this is a man with some serious surprises in store.
After years of rumour and lies, the complete, intimate story of Robert P. Williams had been written.
This is a groundbreaking book.
Author Biography Chris, also an investigative news-writer, has written for Rolling Stone, Details, the Telegraph and The Sunday Times amongst many others. His subjects have varied from Madonna and Lisa-Marie Presley to politicians, murderers and artists. Chris and Robbie have spent nearly two years working on this book.
Reviews The definitive book on Robbie Williams,A phenomenal piece of journalism... an absorbing essay on fame and the music industry,Perceptive, sympathetic and sometimes shocking. It is also - because Williams is a genuinely amusing man - wonderfully funny,The most lustrous and scrupulously observed anatomy of the madness of top-flight 21st century celebrity existence that it has ever been my deep joy to read,It's all there, the inside story that the fans have guessed at and the tabloids have done their best to invent...Until Mrs Williams finally does appear, nobody is going to get closer to Robbie than this,Feel is far too good to be confined to Robbie Williams fans. It is one of the great documentaries of our time - a brillianly observed account of what it feels like to live in the bubble of fame... the excellence of this book so absorbingly conveys what it feels like to be a pop star
A wonderful exploration by the bestselling and much loved author of Hidden Lives into what it means to be a wife, particularly a 'good wife', then and now, looked at through the lives and marriages of four extraordinary women in different eras.
In 1848 Mary Moffatt became the devoted wife of the missionary and explorer David Livingstone in Africa - and it eventually killed her. A hundred and twelve years later, in 1960, Margaret Forster married her school sweetheart Hunter Davies in a London Registry Office - and forty years later they are still married. Between those two marriages and their experience is a huge gulf during which time women's lives changed immeasurably, and the notion of marriage evolved - through the other two marriages under the spotlight here, that of the unconventional Fanny Stevenson (wife of Robert Louis Stevenson) in the late 19th century and across continents and of our own charismatic 20th century Jennie Lee (wife of Aneurin Bevan), a politician in her own right. But curiously some aspects and attitudes remained fixed and immutable and found an echo in Forster's own life. Have these fixed points finally shifted now, with the coming of the 21st century? What was and is now a 'good wife'? Why do couples still marry in church in an age of unbelief? Taking up where Hidden Lives left off, these are some of the questions Forster asks as she weaves personal experience, and the experiences of her own mother and grandmother, through the stories of three women who have long fascinated her. The emphasis is on aspects of these women's lives never focused on before, on the kind of personal and intimate and everyday detail which has intrigued and gripped readers of Forster's memoirs, biographies and fiction.
Author Biography Margaret Forster was born in Carlisle in 1938. she is the author of the bestselling memoirs Hidden Lives and Precious Lives, acclaimed biographies of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and of many successful novels, most recently The Memory Box.
The moving and thought-provoking new novel from the world's favourite author
Coco Barrington is the black sheep of her unusual Hollywood family. Having dropped out of law school, she works as a dog walker in North California. Her widowed mother, mega-bestselling author Florence Flowers, has just begun a secret romance with a man twenty-four years her junior, and her sister, Jane, one of Hollywood’s top producers has lived with her partner, Liz, for 10 years
When Coco reluctantly agrees to house-sit in Jane’s luxurious home, she discovers how much things can change in just a matter of days. Jane’s house comes complete with an unexpected houseguest: Leslie Baxter, a dashing but down-to-earth British actor who’s fleeing his psycho ex-girlfriend. Their attraction is immediate.
Suddenly Coco is seeing things differently…
Author Biography DANIELLE STEEL is one of the world’s most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with eighty international bestselling novels in print and 600 million copies sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death. She lives in California and Paris.
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Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror. The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalised, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind.
When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident, he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer. Wrestling the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner Faith Mitchell find themselves at the centre of a grisly murder hunt. And Sara, Will and Faith – each with their own wounds and their own secrets – are all that stand between a madman and his next crime…
Author Biography Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing since she was a child. She is the author of the Grant County series of international bestsellers Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear,Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege,the bestselling thrillers set in Atlanta, Triptych and Fractured. She is also the author of the darkly comic novella, Martin Misunderstood and the editor of and contributor to Like a Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.
Alex Cross tells the incredible story – passed down through the generations – of an ancestor’s courageous fight for freedom.
From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he’s written – a novel called Trial.
As a lawyer in early-twentieth-century Washington DC, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Theodore Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumours of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.
Arriving in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town’s black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror – but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart.
Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross’s Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.
Author Biography JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy.
Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets
An elegant demolition of the supermarket miracle, this book charts the impact that supermarkets have had on every aspect of our lives and culture. Did you know... · Almost 50% of supermarket fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues? · UK supermarkets make 40p on every £1 spent on bananas while plantations workers are paid just 1p? · Supermarkets instill a climate of fear amongst their suppliers? · Every time a supermarket opens the local community loses on average 276 jobs? In the 1970s, British supermarkets had only 10% of the UK's grocery spend. Now they swallow up 80%, influencing how we shop, what we eat, how we spend our leisure time, how much rubbish we generate, even the very look of our physical environment. Award-winning food writer Joanna Blythman investigates the enormous impact that these big box retailers are having on our lives. She meets the farmers who are selling food to supermarkets for less than they need to survive and the wholesalers who have been eliminated from the supply chain; she travels to suburban retail parks to meet the teenagers and part-timers who stack our shelves and reveals the hoops third world suppliers must jump through to earn supermarket contracts. This thought-provoking, witty and sometimes chilling voyage of discovery is sure to make you think twice before you enthusiastically reach for that supermarket trolley again.
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night brings Christopher Brookmyre's distinctive, heart-warming style to the touching story of what unfolds when the former pupils of an ordinary Glasgow high school are reunited after fifteen long years; reminiscence, reconciliation, old secrets, rekindled passions, joy, laughter, hijackers, murder, vengeance, machine-guns, rocket-launchers...that sort of thing.
A sweet, funny and romantic novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller. When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men. Tilly has no intention of joining in a she's just happy with her new Girl Friday job. Then she meets Jack Lucas. Jack is irresistible... and he's got his eye on Tilly. But there are shocking rumours about his wicked reputation. Tilly doesnat want to be just another notch on anyone's bedpost. But is she being mature and sensible a or is she running away from the love of her life?
PI John Craine is struggling to cope with the weight of his past. Sixteen years ago his wife, Stacy, was brutally murdered. To escape the pain and the unanswered questions, John buries himself in work by day, and whisky by night: sometimes both at the same time. Most of his work isn't terribly demanding u uncovering insurance scams is his bread and butter u but when the mother of local missing young woman, Anna Gerrish, calls on his services, everything changes. John soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies. And as he delves deeper and deeper into the case everything suddenly starts to get terrifyingly personala
It is the week before Christmas. The effects of the credit crunch have prompted Dr Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. But in no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of dramatic and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same broadcast, she receives a startling call-in from a former psychiatric patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds a suspicious package ? possibly a bomb ? waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a deadly plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionairess with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past....
Tom Rob Smith’s first book, Child 44, enjoyed unprecedented attention and acclaim (as did its youthful author), so it was inevitable that the appetite for that novel’s successor would be keen. Now it’s here, and The Secret Speech, largely speaking, lives up the promise of its Fleming-Dagger-winning predecessor, despite being a very different book: Ex-MGB officer Leo Dormidov returns and becomes involved in a narrative so incident-packed it makes the earlier book seem positively sedate. The most memorable thing about the first novel, of course, was the moral transformation of the hero, initially a charismatic tool of the brutal state apparatus, enforcing the Stalin-era edicts with grim efficiency until he becomes hunted rather hunter and earns some hard-won humanity. Part of the point of Child 44 was the protagonist’s journey of character – so how to follow this, when Leo has become a human being by the end of the first novel? The Secret Speech performs this tricky balancing act by taking the reader back to 1949, with Leo the unreformed agent of the state, behaving with the callousness he once possessed before his life was turned upside down. We are then taken to the mid-fifties, after the death of Stalin (as cracks begin to show in the totalitarian Soviet State). Khrushchev’s famous denunciation of the Stalin era ushers in significant changes, and Leo Dormidov (along with his wife Raisa and their daughters) are in danger, as the power of the police is undercut – and, in fact, the police are now identified as enemies of the state. This is only one of the dangers that Leo faces: there is now a ruthless enemy on his trail – as ruthless as Leo was himself in the days of his authority and acclaim.There is no denying that the bracing innovation of the first book (in what is to be a trilogy) burns at a lower wattage here – that’s inevitable – but Smith is too adroit a writer not to keep us comprehensively gripped (breathless, even, as climax after climax is piled into a crowded narrative). --Barry Forshaw
Allan and Barbara Pease are the world's foremost experts in personal relationships. Their books, seminars and TV programmes have made them household names from Australia to the UK and from the USA to Japan. In their follow-up to the multi-million selling WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS, Allan and Barbara use the same combination of startling observation of people's actions towards one another, humour and practical advice to teach the reader more about what men and women want from relationships, and how to get it.
When Edgar Freemantle moves to Duma Key to escape his past, he doesn't expect to find much there. But Duma Key and its mysteries have been waiting for him. The shells beneath his house are whispering to him, and something in the view from his window urges him to discover a talent he never knew he had. Edgar Freemantle begins to paint. Even though he has lost an arm. And the hand he uses is the one he lost ...
In this delicately wrought and profoundly moving, multi-award winning novel, Andrea Levy handles the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war and love, with a lightness of touch and a generosity of spirit that challenges and uplifts the reader. It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street . London , the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but with her husband, Bernard, not back from the war, what else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England . But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was.
A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind . . .
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet . . . The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting - but, above all, about finding light in the darkest of places. 'Spare, beautiful and brutal prose . . . The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing' The Times'Moving and compelling . . . It will put an imperceptible but stealthily insistent hold on you. I sat down in the morning to read the first couple of pages; five hours later, I was still there, book in hand, transfixed' Maggie O'Farrell, Sunday Telegraph
"He took one last long look at her before walking away and disappearing into the night. At that moment, Mandy knew her life would change forever . . ." Mandy Sanderson is turning thirty and has everything going for her - dark ebony hair, flashing black eyes, flawless skin and a job she loves - yet, so far, true love has eluded her. Then, on the night of her birthday party, surrounded by friends she adores, Cupid strikes as Mandy and the gorgeous Jake Chaplin lock eyes across the restaurant and fall for one another in an instant. Jake is confident, successful, oozing with sex appeal and utterly irresistible. He is also married, with two children, and Mandy has always sworn not to break her own golden rule: never encourage a man to play away. Jake is used to getting what he wants, and this time it is Mandy he's determined to win, and with Jake, seduction comes in more ways than one . . . Warm, sexy and heart-wrenchingly moving, The Mistress is written by one of Britain's best-loved actresses and offers a refreshingly modern take on what it is that women want. www.readthemistress.com
A new war is dawning'SThe Three Laws of the Vampire Federation: 1. A vampire must never harm a human 2. A vampire must never turn a human 3. A vampire must never love a humanDI Joel Solomon has a secret: he believes in vampires. But a ritual murder in the Oxfordshire countryside is just the first incident in a horrifying chain of events drawing the Detective Inspector into his worst nightmare. Are vampires really claiming fresh victims?Alex Bishop is an agent of the Vampire Intelligence Agency (VIA), tasked with enforcing the laws of the global Vampire Federation and hunting down rogue members of her race. But when the Federation comes under attack from an uprising led by the traditionalist vampire Gabriel Stone, Alex finds herself fighting for survival.From the streets of London and Oxford to the canals of Venice and the mountains of Transylvania, Joel and Alex are plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse as the war between the Trads and the Feds threatens to destroy them - and everything they believe in'S
SUSAN SLOAN OMNIBUS: "GUILT BY ASSOCIATION", "AN ISOLATED INCIDENT"
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION Date-rape didn't exist in 1962. But thirty years after Karen Kern's life fell apart on a cold New York night, her nemesis returns, hogging the limelight on prime time TV. Bob, the ex-Harvard man with the fatal charm, is now Senator Willmont, riding high in the polls and running for President. But this is no longer 1962, and times have changed ...AN ISOLATED INCIDENT The motto of Seward Island is 'a good place to visit - a great place to raise a family', but when a fifteen-year-old girl is found brutally slain tranquil surface of the quiet community begins to crumble revealing deep-rooted prejudices and a web of corruption which threatens to ensnare the most innocent of the island's inhabitants.
The latest in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell.In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity'?irst comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.
Celebrity couple Jack and Cass Manderville seem to have it all - good looks, sucessful careers and a great marriage untila gorgeous redhead called Imogen turns up to interview Jack and Cass................
THE SYMBOL WAS LOST... BUT THE TRUTH HAS BEEN FOUND! With his blockbuster bestselling novels "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons," author Dan Brown introduced readers to a world of symbols and secret societies, men of God warring with men of Science, and the adventures of brilliant Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Now, with his newest novel, "The Lost Symbol," Brown has woven a complex web of intrigue, religion, technology, and great historical figures guiding the destiny of mankind. Inside, you will find the truth behind "The Lost Symbol"'s history and myths, such as: *The strength and influence of the enigmatic Freemasons throughout history *The founding fathers of the United States--and their possible connections with secret organizations such as the Illuminati and the Templars *The meaning within the symbols of the Great Seal of the United States *The identity of the Masonic "Great Architect of the Universe" *And so much more! For armchair historians and devoted fans-or those who want to know where the line is drawn between fact and fiction-this is the ultimate guide to the mysteries, symbolism, and historical contexts of Dan Brown's thrilling novel. Includes 8 pages of photos and illustrations!
An intimate and entertaining portrait of one of comedy's greates geniuses by those who knew Pter Cook best abd can write about his rare talent. The contributers include Clive Anderson, Alan Bennett, John Cleese, Stephen Fry, William Goldman, Barry Humphries, Eric Idle, Dudley Moore and Michael Palen.
Haunting, poignant memoir of the author's quest to discover the shocking truth about her past, spanning three generations of a fascinating but flawed family. Anna grew up accepting that her parents were glamorous but mysterious figures, who had both died by the time she was seven. It was only when she was in her thirties that she discovered they had both committed suicide. As she began to search for the truth about her parents, she uncovered details about their fascinating and incredibly divergent backgrounds: her father's family can trace their ancestry to King James II. Her mother came from a Welsh mining family. They met in 1950s literary London and fell in love. But a year after Anna was born, her mother was dead. The book explores the nature of loss, exile, betrayal and Anna's own deep-rooted instinct to refuse the horrors of her past and transcend the legacy of her parents. This is a compelling, moving story of uncovering the past in order to reclaim the future.
As a child, Clarissa Dickson Wright was surrounded by wealth and privilege. Her mother was an Australian heiress, her father a brilliant surgeon to the Royal family. But he was also a tyrannical and violent drunk who used to beat her and force her to eat rotten food. When her adored mother died suddenly, Clarissa fell into a mind-numbing decade of wild overindulgence that eventually cost her entire fortune. After a long, hard road to recovery, Clarissa finally faced her demons and turned to the one thing that had always brought her joy: cooking. Now at last she has found sobriety and peace, and her TV parternship with the beloved late Jennifer Paterson as the Two Fat Ladies brought her fame and success. With stark honesty and brilliant wit, this is Clarissa’s own story of a life lived to extremes.
Love is the Reason, by Cork author Mary Malone, is centred around a suspicious house fire.Lucy and Danny Leonard's lives are thrown into disarray when a devastating house fire destroys a lifetime of memories in their Crosshaven home, bringing the finger of suspicion to their door. Forensic Gardai quickly upgrade the case from accidental to arson, concentrating their investigation for motive very close to home. Delving deep into the affairs of Danny's construction company, they discover a fraudulent revenue trail and suspect a link. The company assets are frozen and the Leonard good name is in serious question. Was it intentional that Danny was in the house when the fire started? Are his injuries designed to add credence to an insurance scam? Isn't his company already in serious trouble? How coincidental that both of their sons are out of the country at the time of the fire? These are some of the leads the Gardai follow, their discoveries terrifying Lucy, adding to the shocking reality that she omitted to renew the insurance premium. But who can she turn to for help? Is there anybody she can trust? Eric and Carol Black are the Leonards' nearest neighbours. Driving premium cars, sailing expensive yachts and mingling with the elite, their lives teeter dangerously close to the edge as Eric's greed threatens their lavish lifestyle. Seizing the opportunity to benefit from the Leonards' misfortune, Eric and Carol manipulate Lucy's vulnerability, disguising treason as neighbourly concern. The investigation is ongoing, the Leonards are homeless, their future hanging in the balance. But the instigator is still out there.
Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.
Overachieving and eccentric football manager Brian Clough was on his way to take over at the country's most successful, and most reviled football club: Leeds United, home to a generation of fiercely competitive but ageing players. The battle he'd face there would make or break the club - or him. David Peace's extraordinarily inventive novel tells the story of a world characterised by fear of failure and hunger for success set in the bleak heart of the 1970s.
New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta thirty feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver, Ted Eddings, is dead, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the fringed depths of the Inactive Shipyard for a story, or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified The case envelops Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and police captain Pete Marino in a world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work are critical offensive weapons. Together they follow the trail of death to a well of violence as dark and forbidding as the water that swirled over Ted Eddings.
Giorgio Bramante, a Roman archaeology professor, was master of the hidden world beneath the earth until the day he lost his young son, Alessio, to a group of students intent on re-creating a centuries-old ritual to a long-banished god. His rage knew no bounds and, in a frenzy, he beat one of the students to death.Released from prison fourteen years later, Giorgio is bent upon a terrifying revenge on all those he blames for the loss of his son. Inspector Leo Falcone, a member of the original investigating team, is one of his targets. And Nic Costa, watching Falcone move relentlessly into the man's merciless grip, realizes the answer must lie in solving a cold case that, like the forgotten Alessio Bramante, has long been regarded as dead and buried for good.
Eduardo, a retiree whose wife and son have died, lives on his isolated Montana ranch. His life is peaceful ndash; if lonely ndash; until he is awakened one night by a fearful throbbing sound and eerie lights in the lower woods. During the next several months, one mysterious and disturbing event follows another. Increasingly, he fears for his sanity and his life, until the terrible night when someone ndash; or something ndash; knocks on his back door... Jack McGarvey, a Los Angeles cop, is hammered by submachine-gun fire when a madman goes berserk one lovely spring morning. He barely survives. His partner is not so lucky. Months later, still on disability, with no idea of when he might work again, with Los Angeles growing more violent by the day, he longs to move his family to a more peaceful place. Though he would do anything to protect his wife Heather and son Toby, Jack seems powerless and without prospects. Then, in their hour of desperation, the McGarveys find salvation when they receive an unexpected inheritance. It includes a sprawling ranch in one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in the country. Montana. Excited by their good fortune, the McGarveys set out from Los Angeles to begin their new life ndash; unaware that the terror-riddled and unstable city will eventually seems like a safe haven compared to what lies ahead.
Everything is going right for lifeguard Ned Kelley. He is involved with Tess, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and whats more, a million dollars is within touching distance; his share of the score for the robbery of some world-class art. All he has to do is trigger alarms to throw the cops off the scent. But when Tess is brutally murdered and the others involved in the robbery are massacred, Ned is the prime suspect. He has been set up
Building on COUNT TO TEN's success, I'M WATCHING YOU confirms Karen Rose's status as the new queen of the thriller. Star prosecutor Kristen Mayhew has a dangerous, secret admirer. He seems to knows her every thought, her every move. He sends her letters. And he kills the criminals she herself is powerless to stop. This avenger even knows Kristen's deepest secret - the one that has made her keep her distance from Abe Reagan, the police detective sent to protect her. In the shadow of a calculating serial killer, the two have no alternative but to work together if they are to stop the messages and halt the vicious murders. Because sooner or later, the killer's obsessive need for retribution will make Kristen a target and then their real problems will begin...