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By Kent Harrington. 2008
Mexico City. Dr. Collin Reeves has found a semi-comfortable niche performing occasional chores for the CIA, acting as a go… to doctor for the U.S. embassy when American tourists need medical attention, and pursuing his avocation of painting. When CIA veterans Alex Law and Butch Nickels get wind of a possible terrorist bombing plot, they use any means to extract information that might prevent it. Reeves, pressed to keep alive suspects who are being tortured, faces both a moral dilemma and personal danger. Some strong language, some descriptions of violence, and some descriptions of sex. c2008.
By D. F Bailey. 2007
How can a lie possibly be good? This question presses on Paul Wakefield following a kayaking accident on the ocean… surrounding the city of Victoria. His wife and child are threatened by the repercussions that follow the accident, and Paul must decide how to confront the accusations facing him. Knowing the truth will destroy them all, he scrambles for the one thing certain to save a select few: the good lie. Some descriptions of sex, descriptions of violence, and strong language. 2007.
By Anne Enright. 2007
Veronica - once an attention-deprived middle child among 12 siblings, and now an unfulfilled wife and mother - has come… to London to claim the body of her beloved yet estranged brother Liam, who drowned himself at sea. As the nine surviving members of the Hegarty clan converge in Dublin for Liam's wake, Veronica wants to protect the past - and the secret of what transpired in her grandmother's house during the winter of 1968. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007 Man Booker Prize. 2007.
By Irène Némirovsky, Sandra Smith. 2007
Golder, born into poverty on the Black Sea, has clawed his way to fabulous wealth by speculating on gold and… oil. But his security is fragile. For years he has defended his business interests from cut-throat competitors, but now his health is beginning to show the strain. As his body betrays him, so too do his wife and child, leaving him to decide which to pursue: revenge or altruism? Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2007, c1929.
By Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa. 1982
A festive marriage celebration in a South American village is interrupted violently when a young merchant is murdered, presumably for… seducing the bride before the wedding. Twenty-seven years later, gathering evidence from the participants and witnesses, the 1982 Nobel Prize author reconstructs the mounting horror of that day as a whole community assumes complicity for a man's death. Bestseller. 1982. Uniform title: Crónica de una muerte anunciada.
By Marion K Douglas. 1995
Childhood friends Annie and Sylvie meet after 17 years and decide to live together. But after six years, Sylvie dies… suddenly, and Annie can only mourn. Slowly, she tries to begin again, in this often humorous novel of loneliness and the need for companionship. 1995.
By Peter Ackroyd. 1987
Charles Wychwood, an aspiring poet, discovers an old manuscript that he believes to have been written by Thomas Chatterton, the… 18th century poet. This novel, laced with mystery and a hint of possession, explores the themes of reality and illusion. c1987.
By Lawrence Durrell. 1982
In the Avignon of Vichy France, Constance, the English mistress of a decaying chateau, struggles to maintain her integrity in… spite of the loss of her husband and friends and the obdurate perversity of her Nazi-sympathizer sister. Descriptions of sex. Sequel to "Livia, or, Buried alive" (DC39818), followed by "Sebastian, or, Ruling passions" (DC39820). 1982. (Avignon quintet ; 3)
By Soseki Natsum, Alan J Turney. 1973
By Lawrence Durrell. 1960
In the final volume of the "Alexandrian Quartet", Darley returns to Alexandria now caught by war-fever. The conflagration has its… effect on his circle - on Nessim and Justine, Balthazar and Clea, Mountolive and Pombal. Sequel to "Mountolive" (DC33132). 1960. (Alexandria quartet ; 4)
By W. Somerset Maugham. 1989
Christmas Holiday was published some months before the outbreak of war in 1939. Maugham's purpose was to describe the opening… of a young Englishman's eyes to the horror and ugly drama of life in the Paris underworld. 1989.
By Barbara Rogan. 1987
Sternholz, owner of a dingy, little cafe, arrived in Tel Aviv after World War II, having lost his wife and… son in the death camps in Eastern Europe. He rules with an iron hand, serving only those he wants to serve, and bestowing advice and love on his favourites. 1987.
By Robert J Wiersema. 2006
Karen and Simon Barrett make the painful decision to take their 3-year-old daughter Sherry, victim of a hit-and-run driver, off… life support, but when they do, she spontaneously begins breathing on her own. Henry Denton, the driver who struck Sherry, is haunted by the accident and attempts to take his own life, only to be saved by an unexplained force. Sherry's nurse discovers that the little girl has the power to heal, and when word of her gift leaks, the sick begin lining up to be saved, and a mysterious stranger sets his sights on vanquishing the believers - and the Barretts. Some strong language and descriptions of violence. 2006.
By Erika De Vasconcelos. 2000
Traces the lives and loves of two Armenian women. Dzovig is a young woman brought up in the aftermath of… the Armenian genocide and Vecihe is the mother of Dzovig's dead lover, Tomas. Slowly, over time, they both come to terms with the events that have led them to suffer the tragic consequences of political unrest. 2000.
By David Burg, Nicholas Bethell, Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit͡ìsyn. 1968
Based on his own experiences when he was a cancer patient in a Soviet hospital, the Russian Nobel Prize Winner's… novel fearlessly attacks the government of his country. The story focuses on Paval Rusanov, a high official suffering from a tumour. Some strong language. 1968. Uniform title: Rakovyĭ korpus.
By Nadine Gordimer. 1980
Explores the destiny of a young woman whose life must be lived in the shadow of her dead parents, dedicated… Communists who fell victim to South Africa's savage system of apartheid. She struggles to find her own identity and to keep their cause alive. Some strong language. 1980.
By Pat McCabe. 1998
Twenty years ago Patrick `Pussy` Braden escaped from his home town and drunken foster mother to begin a new life… in London. There he plies his trade in his blouse tops and milkman maxis. However the businessmen and lonely old women are not the only dangers that threaten Pussy's existence. It's the 1970s and fear haunts the streets of London and Belfast as Pussy's nights of Dusty Springfield wigs and glittered stockings are invaded by the horror of a conflict he cannot avoid. Descriptions of sex. 1998.
By Giles Blunt. 2009
In 1980s El Salvador, a young woman is detained in a government torture squad's head-quarters, suspected of supporting guerrilla forces.… A new recruit, Victor Peña, is assigned to assist in her interrogation, but before they learn so much as her name - Lorca - the squad relentlessly break her, body and soul. Years later, this terrifying journey into human cruelty and courage still haunts the tormentor as dramatically as it does his victim. Explicit descriptions of violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.
By John Updike. 1994
A chance encounter between Tristao, a poor black teen from the Rio slums, and Isabel, a pampered upper-class white girl,… sparks heated family resistance that forces them to flee to the far reaches of Brazil. Strong language. 1994.
By Jorge Luis Borges, Alastair Reid, Emir Rodriguez Monegal. 1981
Collection of 118 short stories, poems, and essays spanning the entire literary career of the celebrated Argentine writer. Includes well-known… works such as "The Circular Ruins," "The Aleph," "The South," "Borges and I," and "Theme of the Traitor and Hero." Also includes some of his earlier and less well-known writings. 1981. Uniform title: Selections.