'Although it is difficult to believe, the 60s are not fictional; they actually happened' (from the Author's Note). HEARTS IN ATLANTIS comprises of five brilliant, interconnected, sequential narratives, each deeply rooted in the 60s and haunted by the Vietnam War: In 'Low Men in Yellow Coats' 11-year-old Bobby discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror. In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest ... and confront their own collective heart of darkness. In 'Blind Willie' and 'Why We're in Vietnam', two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era. And in 'Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling' Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.
An innocent posting in a blog about a tragic car crash prompts cyberbullies to mount a vicious attack against a troubled teenager. Pushed over the brink, he seeks revenge against fellow classmates and local citizens, planting roadside crosses to mark their deaths as a prelude to his carnage. Body language expert Kathryn Dance must race against the clock to stop the boy before he completes his horrifying plans for revenge.
A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space? Unabridged. 1 MP3 CD.
'Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.' The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within ten hours, most people would be dead or insane. A young artist Clayton Riddell realises what is happening. And together with Tom McCourt and a teenage girl called Alice, he flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone...
One by one, the children of Moonlight Bay are disappearing. No one knows if they are dead or alive. Christopher Snow, suffering from the rare disorder xeroderma pigmentosum, has glimpsed the dark and torrid secrets of the small-town community where he has spent his entire life. And only he has the key to the truth ndash; a truth that could only exist in the genetic chaos of Moonlight Bay.
Do you know what a 'homechicken' is? Or are you a 'Johnny No Stars'? Did the class bully give you a 'nuggy' or a 'beano' in the school yard? If you want to recall the irreverent expressions of your school days, or simply feel frustrated on the sidelines of an exclusive speech community, you may need to improve your slang! From the widely acceptable to the taboo, here's a great opportunity to widen your vocabulary. Maybe you'd secretly like to know what a 'mudmuncher' is, or a 'fire pie'? The answers are here, and many, many more. Adapted from a hugely popular cult website, The Dictionary of Playground Slang is the essential tool to help you recapture the cruel, bizarre - and often highly obscene - world of the playground.
"A banquet for all the senses," said "Newsweek" of this bestselling and Booker Prize-winning literary novel--a richly textured first book about the tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love.
From the award-winning author of "One False Move" comes Cobens most mesmerizing and emotionally charged novel to date. Myron Bolitar, sports agent and reluctant sleuth, is happily basking in the sun when he learns that his business partner has been arrested for murder. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
Paul Copeland's sister went missing twenty years ago. Now raising adaughter alone, after the death of his wife, he balances family life with acareer as a prosecutor. But when a homicide victim is found with evidencelinking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the past are threateningeverything. Is this body one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Couldhis sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind thatsummer so long ago: his first love, Lucy, his mother who abandoned thefamily, and the secrets that his parents might have been hiding even fromtheir own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truthscan be brought to the light. And can he find absolution?
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible -- that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive. Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn't. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope. But already Beck is being hunted down. He's headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret -- and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.
Rachel Sexton works for the National Reconnaissance Office as an intelligence officer. She is also the daughter of a Senator currently running for President. Her father’s main offensive, and a very popular one, against the incumbent President is to attack the huge amount of NASA funding. Rachel is barely on speaking terms with her father, believing him to be totally corrupt, but is still worried she is being used by the President when he asks her to verify an amazing find by NASA, a find which will settle the arguments about NASA funding for ever.
Reluctantly agreeing to view the find Rachel is whisked off to the North Pole. What she finds once she gets there takes her breath away. However, she quickly learns that nothing is what it seems, and, with two civilian scientists, is soon fleeing for her life. Stranded on an ice berg they are rescued in the nick of time by a nuclear submarine, but once back in the US their attempts to expose the plot show them that they can trust absolutely no one…
Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England and can be found on the web at www.danbrown.com
Jake Horn once used his hands to heal -- now the same hands kill. He was on the dodge for a crime he didn't commit when the town of Sweet Sorrow took him inand rewarded him with a badge he never wanted. Still, this out-of-the-way Dakota hellhole is a good place for a man to get lost in -- until legendary gunfighter William Sunday rides up with a price on his head, followed by a parade of bounty hunters, criminals, and cold-blooded killers. A feared gun artist with a murderous rep, suffering from an illness he knows will soon claim his life, Sunday is determined to reconcile with his daughter before his own body does him in. Meanwhile, every human reptile in the territories is closing in for the kill, leaving lawman Jake no choice but a suicidal duty: to stand side-by-side with a dead man who has nothing left to lose.
The Undisputed Master Of The High-Concept Thriller Has Written His Most Gripping And Entertaining Book Yet In Paris, A Physicist Dies After Performing A Laboratory Experiment For A Beautiful Visitor. In The Jungles Of Malaysia, A Mysterious Buyer Purchases Deadly Cavitation Technology, Built To His Specifications. In Vancouver, A Small Research Submarine Is Leased For Use In The Waters Of New Guinea. And In Tokyo, An Intelligence Agent Tries To Understand What It All Means. Thus Begins Michael Crichton'S Exciting And Provocative Techno-Thriller State Of Fear. Only Crichton'S Unique Ability To Blend Scientific Fact With Pulse-Pounding Fiction Could Bring Such Disparate Elements To A Heart-Stopping Conclusion. This Is Crichton'S Most Wide-Ranging Thriller. State Of Fear Takes The Reader From The Glaciers Of Iceland To The Volcanoes Of Antarctica, From The Arizona Desert To The Deadly Jungles Of The Solomon Islands, From The Streets Of Paris To The Beaches Of Los Angeles. The Novel Races Forward On A Roller-Coaster Thrill Ride, All The While Keeping The Brain In High Gear. Gripping And Thought-Provoking, State Of Fear Is Michael Crichton At His Best.
In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery.
What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old....
WORTH THE WAIT. . . Harris's writing bears the hallmarks of honed perfection. . . this piece of literature is popular fiction only in the sense that it will sell. And sell. . . LOOK NO FURTHER FOR THE CHILLER OF THE YEAR' Peter Millar, The times 'Insanely readable. . . No thriller writer is better attuned than Thomas Harris to the rhythms of suspense. No horror writer is more adept at making the stomach churn. . . COMPELLING. . . TRULY SHOCKING. . . A BRILLIANT BOOK' Mail on Sunday 'It is a gut-churning, nail-biting, skin-crawling, often lyrical triumph - addictive on every level. . . The plot is a helluva plot. . . The denouement is as exciting as the rest. . . IF THERE'S A BETTER BOOK THIS YEAR, with truth, fantasy and a touch of erudition combined in prose which really does leap off the page, I'LL EAT MY HAT' Francis Fyfield, Express. 'No panting fan. . . could have hope for more. . . HANNIBAL IS A GREAT POPULAR NOVEL AND A PLAUSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE' Guardian
‘outstanding’,‘Hannibal Lecter is back at his deadliest best…for sheer heart-stopping suspense he’s hard to beat in a deliriously sadistic dance with death which will grip you to its eerie, unexpected climax’,‘an absolute holiday must. Quite simply this is the best-written thriller to dominate the market in years…in the wit, erudition and sheer style of the eponymous Dr Lecter, we have not only a world-class villain but a literary evocation of the diabolical to compare with Goethe and Gogol. Honestly’
Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track. Danny, an East End Cockney, leaves Clement Attlee Comprehensive School at the age of 15 to take up a job at a local garage. He falls in love with Beth, the boss's daughter, and asks her to marry him. Spencer Craig resides in the West End. A graduate of an English public school and Cambridge University. After leaving university he becomes a criminal barrister and is soon tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. Danny and Beth travel up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. They end the evening in a wine bar where Spencer Craig is also celebrating - his 30th birthday, along with a select group of university chums. Although the two young men don't meet, their lives will never be the same again. For, an hour later, one of them is arrested for murder, while the other ends up as the Prosecution's chief witness in an Old Bailey trial.
Rat-munching rattlesnakes! I can't believe it. I, Geronimo Stilton, just let my super-sporty friend Bruce Hyena convince me to go on another one of his extreme adventures. You know me--I just can't say no to a friend! This time, we're going to be climbing to the top of the famouse Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Moldy mozzarella! I'm in no shape for a mountain climb. How will I ever make it to the top?
Dean Koontz's compelling and high-concept new thriller is the story of a young man who owes his life to a heart transplant a¦ but confronts an imminent and far worse death because of whose heart it was.At 34,Ryan Perry never expected to find himself on a waiting list for a heart transplant, with time running out.So when miraculously he receives a new heart and the transplant is a success, he thinks his troubles are over. A year later, he has never felt so good.But then he starts to get mysterious gifts from an unknown person. He has the feeling he is being watched. $100,000 suddenly vanishes from his bank account, donated to the cardiology department of the local hospital.And then comes a terrifying threat: everything he has a his money, his reputation, his friends, his freedom, and his new heart a will all be ripped away from him. He is promised a nightmare death.In grave danger, alone with his beating heart and its secrets, can Ryan unlock the mystery of the enemy who threatens his very existence?Prepare for the unexpected in this compelling and fast-paced thriller from the master of suspense.
Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum.Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever...
When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, "Babycakes" was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.
Introduces Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood - a fascinating hero who hunts down thieves, spies and murderers in the crime-ridden streets of Regency London. As the most resourceful of an elite band of investigators, Matthew Hawkwood was surprised to be assigned the case - even if it did involve the murder and mutilation of a naval courier.
A novel based on the Emmy Award-winning television series created by Chris Carter. When a disease-ravaged body is found in the smoldering ruins of the federally funded DyMar genetic research lab, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fear that a deadly, man-made plague is on the loose. As the FBI agents investigating the "X-Files" -- cases the bureau has deemed unsolvable -- Mulder and Scully pursue the truth wherever it leads, even into the labyrinthine corridors of the FBI... and beyond. Racing to contain the lethal virus before it can spread, Mulder and Scully make a chilling discovery. Before his death, Dr. David Kennessy, a hotshot cancer researcher at DyMar, had been experimenting with a promising but highly dangerous technology: microscopic bio-machines that can cure any disease, heal any wound. In theory, this research could be a miracle cure, perhaps even a doorway to immortality. It was also the only way Dr. Kennessy could save his leukemia-stricken son. But when a second corpse turns up, savagely mutilated from within, it's anything but theoretical. Could machines created to cure have learned to kill? Scrambling for answers, Mulder and Scully are opposed at every step by faceless enemies with all the resources of the government -- even perhaps of their own agency -- at their command. Enemies who will stop at nothing to ensure that the secret of immortality falls in the right hands -- their hands. As sinister forces close in, Scully fights to save the life of an innocent boy while Mulder comes face to face with a crazed and desperate man. A man whose slightest touch brings agonizing death -- and perhaps a resurrection more horrible still.
The first gripping novel of suspense in the compelling Cutler family series. Settling into her new school, developing a crush on fellow pupil Philip Cutler and cherishing a secret hope to become a famous singer one day, Dawn Longchamp feels happy and safe. But nothing is what it seems... When Dawn's mother suddenly dies, her world begins to crumble. After a terrible new shock, Dawn is thrust into a different family and an evil web of unspoken sins. Her sweet innocence lost, humiliated and scorned, Dawn is desperate to find her older brother Jimmy again - and to strip away the wicked lies that have changed both their lives forever.
Following his return from his ill-fated trip to Australia, Francis and Siana Matheson have settled into a loving marital relationship. Siana's main concern is that so far she has been unable to bear her husband another child. Francis however is content to be a father to his grown-up daughters and Siana's young sister Daisy. He also delights in his young son, Bryn, born while he was overseas. However, Francis is unaware that the boy is his illegitimate grandson, the result of the vicious and horrifying rape of his eldest daughter. Although it worries Siana, the need to protect all concerned has left her with no choice. She must keep quiet and live with the guilt of her deceit. But Siana cannot keep the truth hidden forever - and when her tragic secret is finally revealed, there will be devastating
Journalist Peter Jacobs is dragged into the police investigation of two strings of gruesome deaths when he receives an anonymous call from someone who knows more than he should about the murders. And when Julie Moore, a graduate student researching Near Death Experiences, falls in love with Peter, she has no way of knowing that she has placed herself in the deadly sights of the Cold One who needs Peter to complete Its mysterious designs...
Featuring an endearing and energetic heroine whose professional success and personal secrets inevitably collide. Frankie McGowan draws on her experiences in the PR industry to write a novel that ranges from Wall Street to London.
A century has passed since the heroic defence of Dros Delnoch. But the people of the Drenai face a new terror: a mad emperor kept in power by two forces of unsurpassed evil. The Joinings are werebeasts of awesome power. The Dark Templars are warrior-priests whose fighting skills are without equal. Against them, the Drenai face certain defeat.One man, an outsider hated by the Drenai for his Nadir blood and despised by the Nadir for his Drenai ancestry, sets out to bring down the emperor. He is one man against the armies of chaos.He is Tenaka Khan - the Prince of Shadows.
Like the best of John Grisham and Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, "Presumption of Guilt" tackles a high profile subject -- police corruption and cover-up -- and builds a fast-paced story that hits hard on sex crimes, the ambiguities of the law, and the arrogance of power.Atlanta lawyer Laura Chastain has developed a hard-earned reputation for waging uncompromising courtroom battles, inciting tabloid headlines, and making enemies on both sides of the law. Now, she is about to plunge straight into the heart of Atlanta's most controversial trial: defending an unscrupulous white cop indicted for killing a black suspect held in custody. But if Laura is willing to believe detective Jeff Williams, who has no alibi but insists he's innocent, then she must also believe the unthinkable: that Williams knew something damning about his brothers-in-blue, and that a deadly cover-up of murder and corruption is operating at the highest levels of the Atlanta police force.As Laura tries to untangle the web of liesthat obscure guilt and innocence, her future hangs in the balance -- because if Williams is lying, it could cost Laura her career...and if he's
Ellie and Izzy have lived a crazy life, with a mother whom they adored, but who wasn't without problems. From long midnight baths, to driving the family car straight into the lake, she's been a magic but maniacal figure, someone whose colourful stunts and bold lies have been the source of both pride and shame for the girls.
A mysterious suicide in Dublin brings investigative reporter Emma Boylan home from her honeymoon as she attempts to unravel the truth about hotel magnate Todd Wilson and his twisted network of friends and family. She meets Maeve, Todd's wife and the much-admired president of a national charity group; Ethel, the Wilsons' estranged nanny; Fergus, Maeve's handsome and enigmatic colleague; and Johnny, the boy who accuses Todd Wilson of something more ominous than bad business practices. In this gripping thriller, Emma traces a thread of betrayal and murder to find out why the Wilsons' world is falling apart and who's behind it all. But as she closes in on the truth, Emma is drawn into the mesh of lies until, fearing for her own life, she realises that there's no one she can trust.
Billy Ikehorn: Meet Again The Magnificent Owner Of Scruples. Billy Is Imperious And Stubborn, A Creature Of Rampant Sexuality, Too Rich, Too Vulnerable And Far, Far Too Impulsive. The Story Begins On The Day After Scruples Ended, The Day On Which Billy'S Husband, Producer Vito Orsini, Won The Oscar For Best Picture.Spider Elliot, Who Reigns Like A Pasha At Scruples, Is A Man Who Adores Women And Can Read Their Minds. He Is More Than Tough Enough To Stand Up To Billy.Valentine O'Neill Is The Brilliant Young Designer For Scruples. As Alert As A Vixen, Hot Tempered, And Thoroughly Lovable, She Is As Difficult To Pin Down As A Mermaid.Now Billy, Spider And Valentine Have Explosive Unfinished Business. Watch The Sparks Fly As This Irresistible Story Unfolds With An Enchanting New Cast Of Characters, Including Gigi (Graziella Giovanna) Orsini, Vito'S Daughter From An Early Marriage. Gigi, With Her Charm, Independence And Wild Sense Of Humour, Changes The Lives Of Everyone Who Knows Her. It Is Billy And Gigi Who Together Dominate The New Chapter In A Story Millions Of Readers Wish Had Never Ended.
A bank job goes wrong and a Kingsmarkham detective sergeant is killed. Months later, the Flory family are slaughtered at home by an unknown assassin. The cases seem unrelated. But Chief Inspector Wexford is not so sure. Especially when he meets and gets to know the one survivor from the Flory massacre, the disturbing and beautiful Daisy Flory.
Set in Ireland in the 1920s, this novel tells of Kitty Delaney, a woman of strength and passion caught between her loyalty to her husband, Leonard, and her deep love for the enigmatic and disturbing Paul Stratton.
Natalie Latimer, the spirited heroine from Savannah and To See Your Face Again,has blossomed into a woman--a woman who has found the strength to endure through inner resources and compassion . . . But the darkness of the Civil War is about to descend over America.
Born in the slums of Possilpark, Kate Gallacher learns the importance of standing up for herself. But when her wilfulness leads her to disobey her parents and marry Pete Brodie, she is catapulted into a life of violence and fear. Kate's refusal to be defeated becomes more important than ever.
Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on earth is Rebus invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary? Sucked into the machine that is modern Scotland, Rebus confronts the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond justice...
Raped and left pregnant by her drunken father, Anna Bradly abandons her baby. Over the years, Anna manages to build up a successful business, but when she is robbed of both her husband and her livelihood, fate leads her back to her roots - and a confrontation that could break her heart.
From half way around the world, American Clare Sullivan obeys a desperate summons from her glamorous sister Gina and flies to Paris. But when she arrives, there's no sign of Gina. Her sister's trail leads Claire to London and to Garth Cooper, a boyfriend of Gina's, who seems to have a secret to hide. As time passes, Claire begins to understand that Gina's disappearance is not just another one of her sister's melodramatic stunts.
This is a tender and poignant debut novel about life, love and closing circles. Ugly duckling Polly loves Davy, Davy loves Michaela, Michaela loves Colin, and Colin loves - well, like spreadable margarine, Colin''s love goes a long, long way.'
A much-beloved only child, great things are expected of young Octavia Smith. Her childhood ambition is to change the world and it seems the determined young woman finds her cause in the Suffragette movement. But, will the arrival of attractive Tommy Meriton into Octavia's life give her passions another path to follow? With the outbreak of World War One nothing can stay the same and the conflict leaves its mark upon Octavia as well as those she loves. And it is time for her to choose where her destiny lies...
Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. The mystery takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare and left behind a legacy of secrets and lies. Rebus has more than his share of personal problems, too. He's fresh out of hospital, but won't say how it happened. Could there be a connection with a house-fire and the unfortunate death of a petty criminal who had been harassing Rebus's colleague Siobhan Clarke?
The devastating account of three sisters, torn apart and forced to suffer abuse and exploitation at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. They reveal three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage. From as early as 3 years old, Julianna, Celeste and Kristina were treated by their 'guardians' as sexual beings. They were made to watch and mimic orgies, received love letters and sexual advances from men old enough to be their grandfather, and were forced into abusive relationships that barely went unhidden. They were denied access to formal schooling, forced to wander the streets begging for money, and were mercilessly beaten for 'crimes' as unpredictable as reading an encyclopaedia. Finally, unable to live with the guilt of what had happened to her children, their mother escaped with Kristina, cutting herself off from her remaining children in a bid to save at least one child.Desperate to free her remaining sisters, Kristina eventually returned to the place of her torture to free Celeste and, after many years, Julianna, who was only able to break free with the knowledge that the child she was carrying would be subjected to the same fate if she could not find the courage to escape. Now the three sisters have finally come together to reveal in full and horrific detail their existence within a group that has destroyed the lives of so many. Their stories intertwine throughout the years, revealing a community spread throughout the world whose legacy of anorexia, depression, drug abuse, suicide and even murder are impossible to erase. Lives that follow parallel paths are ripped apart and painstakingly mended with a shared strength that finally enabled the sisters to free themselves from the shadows of their past.