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By Patricia Melo, Clifford Landers. 2015
Praise for The Body Snatcher An excellent and atypical book a fantastic adventure --The Huffington Post An… explosive mixture of dread greed and corruption You won t put it down until you ve read the very last page --Cosmopolitan This tightly plotted novel by Brazil s best-selling crime author is a tale of drug dealing gone wrong police corruption and macabre blackmail set in a heat-soaked town in the vast untamed Brazilian lowlands bordering Bolivia One bright Sunday alone on the banks of the Paraguay River the narrator witnesses the fatal crash of a small plane He finds a kilo of cocaine in the dead pilot s backpack and pockets it along with the pilot s expensive watch Thus begins the protagonist s long slide into corruption When police locate the crash site the pilot s body is missing and a large-scale search ensues Our hero now involved in a busted cocaine deal ends up owing a Bolivian drug gang so much money that blackmailing the wealthy family of the dead pilot seems to be the only way out When the family secretly agrees to pay serious money to recover the body of their son our hero who does not have the pilot s body decides someone else s will do Or so he thinks Patricia Melo is an author and playwright born in Sao Paolo 1962 Her novels Lost World The Killer In Praise of Lies and Inferno have been published in English to rave reviews Her works have also been translated into Italian Spanish and Dutch
Katie Hirschel is the proud owner of Istanbul s only mystery bookshop When the director of a film starring… an old school friend is found murdered in his hotel Katie starts her own maverick investigation After all her friend Petra is the police s principal suspect and reading all those detective novels must have taught Katie something
By Antonina W. Bouis, Sergei Lebedev. 2011
"Opening in stately fashion and unfolding ever faster with fierce, intensive elegance, this first novel discloses the weight of Soviet… history and its consequences. ... Highly recommended for anyone serious about literature or history."--Library Journal (Starred review)"Packs a wicked emotional punch through fierce poetic imagery ... Lebedev takes his place beside Solzhenitsyn and other great writers who have refused to abide by silence ... Courageous and devastating."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)"An important book about where Russia is today, with poetic descriptions and unforgettable images evoking that nation's often elusive attempts to understand its dark past. I stand in awe of both the author and translator."--Jack F. Matlock, Jr, former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union "The subject matter of Oblivion is the eerie frozen landscape scattered with the human detritus of an inhuman bygone era. What brings it back from oblivion is the author's exceptional power of language. A haunting read."--Michael Zantovsky, former press secretary to Czech President Vaclav Havel, author of Havel: A Life and former Czech Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Britain"Beautifully written, haunting and unputdownable. A masterpiece novel which relates the horrors of Russia's unburied Soviet past through the eyes of a man revisiting--and filling in the gaps in--his half-understood childhood." --Edward Lucas, senior editor, The Economist and author of The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West"Sergei Lebedev's debut novel is a haunting tale about the loss of national memory and its moral consequences for the individual. The brilliant translation by Antonina W. Bouis captures the evocative beauty of the poetic first-person narration and renders it into memorable English."--Solomon Volkov, author of Shostakovich and Stalin, St. Petersburg: A Cultural History, and The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn"An extraordinary book that takes readers across Russia's desolate northern landscape and turns up secrets about the terrible legacy of the Soviet gulags, described through evocative, often poetic portraits of people and places."--Celestine Bohlen, International New York Times columnist and former Moscow correspondent for The New York Times"A monomaniacal meditation on memory and forgetting, presence and emptiness ... Lebedev's magnificent novel has the potency to become a mirror and wake-up call to a Russia that is blind to history."--Neue Zürcher Zeitung"Sergei Lebedev opens up new territory in literature. Lebedev's prose lives from the precise images and the author's colossal gift of observation."--Der Spiegel"The beauty of the language is almost impossible to bear."--Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungIn one of the first twenty-first century Russian novels to probe the legacy of the Soviet prison camp system, a young man travels to the vast wastelands of the Far North to uncover the truth about a shadowy neighbor who saved his life, and whom he knows only as Grandfather II. What he finds, among the forgotten mines and decrepit barracks of former gulags, is a world relegated to oblivion, where it is easier to ignore both the victims and the executioners than to come to terms with a terrible past. This disturbing tale evokes the great and ruined beauty of a land where man and machine worked in tandem with nature to destroy millions of lives during the Soviet century. Emerging from today's Russia, where the ills of the past are being forcefully erased from public memory, this masterful novel represents an epic literary attempt to rescue history from the brink of oblivion.Sergei Lebedev was born in Moscow in 1981 and worked for seven years on geological expeditions in northern Russia and Central Asia. His first novel, Oblivion, has been translated into many languages.
By Alison Anderson, Jean-Philippe Blondel. 2015
"A taut, suspenseful psychological journey from which there is no escape. The 6:41 to Paris shatters any illusions that acts… of cruelty committed in our youth are of little consequence later in life. A gripping yarn for our time."-Kati Marton, author of Paris: A Love Story"Clever and gripping, The 6:41 to Paris offers an intimate look at what happens when, during a fateful meeting, two old flames are unexpectedly forced to face their lives and the choices they've made in the past. Through his masterful use of a dual narrative, Blondel takes the reader on an intense emotional journey, and, as the train rumbles down the tracks, the suspense builds. Unputdownable."-Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir"A terrific read. Jean-Philippe Blondel writes masterfully about the astonishing private realm, with two alternating monologues that echo one another."-L'Express"A fine book, in wonderfully precise and sensitive language, unpretentious and full of small truths."-Die Presse"Funny, wise and conciliatory."-SternCécile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation thirty years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey-In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?-with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.Jean-Philippe Blondel was born in 1964 in Troyes, France where he lives as an author and English teacher. His novel The 6:41 to Paris has been a bestseller in both France and Germany.
By Scott Graham. 2014
"This riveting series debut showcases Graham's love of nature and archeology, simultaneously interjecting some serious excitement. Graham is to be… commended for weaving together several cultures into one story. Recommend to readers who enjoy Tony Hillerman, Nevada Barr, and C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series."-LIBRARY JOURNAL"A gripping tale of kidnapping and murder...in a style similar to mysteries by Tony Hillerman."-ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL"Graham has created a story [of] richness and depth...Graham's comfort and familiarity with his subject make the story an enjoyable read."-DURANGO HERALD"A riveting mystery...Graham takes readers intimately into the setting, his knowledge of the places he writes about apparent at every turn."-DURANGO TELEGRAPH "A terrific debut novel..."-C.J. BOX, New York Times bestselling author of Stone Cold and Breaking Point"The real star of this engrossing mystery novel is the Grand Canyon itself. Scott Graham clearly knows the territory. In addition to some fine plot twists guaranteed to keep you guessing to the end, Graham delivers a glorious portrait of one of the most compelling landscapes on earth, a place that can kill just as easily as it thrills. This is a topnotch read."-WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of Tamarack County"One of the most engaging mysteries I've read in a long while! In archaeologist Chuck Bender, Scott Graham has created a flawed, all-too-human and memorable investigator who had me rooting for him to the end. The setting is magnificent and fascinating-nothing less than the Grand Canyon with its centuries-old secrets. The plot is fast-paced and filled with suspense. Canyon Sacrifice delivers it all and then some."-MARGARET COEL, New York Times bestselling author of Killing Custer"Bring an extra-large bowl of popcorn while you read Sacrifice in one sitting."-C.M. WENDELBOE, author of Death on the Greasy Grass"In this gripping, imaginative mystery set in Grand Canyon National Park, ancient Anasazi culture collides with the modern world in the most unexpected of ways. Like Tony Hillerman, Scott Graham uses his deep knowledge of the region to fashion a thrilling, compulsively readable story."-FRANK HUYLER, author of The Blood of Strangers"As unpredictable and twisty as a switchback trail plummeting into its depths, Graham's thriller sucks you into the mysteries of the canyon and the story of an unsuspecting family whose lives will never be the same."-TED BOTHA, author of The Girl With the Crooked Nose"Graham deftly weaves a first-rate mystery through the caves and canyons and winding roads of the Grand Canyon. If you've been, you'll immediately be drawn into the story. If you've never been, this may be your motivation to buy the ticket! I can't wait to read which national park he tackles next!"-TRICIA FIELDS, Hillerman Prize-winning author of Scratchgravel Road"Stunning setting, intriguing plot and likeable characters make this debut novel a bookseller's dream."-ANDREA AVANTAGGIO, owner of Maria's Bookshoptivation to buy the ticket! I can't wait to read which national park he tackles next!"-TRICIA FIELDS, Hillerman Prize-winning author of Scratchgravel Road"Rooted in the southwest in both geography and culture, Canyon Sacrifice will hook you early and keep you intrigued to the last page. You'll meet archaeologist and investigator Chuck Bender. You'll laugh with him and at him while you get drawn into the mystery he seeks to solve. Stunning setting, intriguing plot and likeable characters make this debut novel a bookseller's dream."-ANDREA AVANTAGGIO, owner of Maria's Bookshop
By Ruth Whitehouse, Esmahan Aykol. 2006
Praise for the first Kati Hirschel Istanbul mystery:"The heroine is an offbeat amateur sleuth with a distinctive narrative voice. Fans… of such female detectives as Amanda Cross's Kate Fansler and Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher will find a lot to like."-Publishers WeeklyKati Hirschel, the owner of Istanbul's only mystery book store, is fed up. It all started when her lover Selim insisted that she behave like the Turkish wife of a respectable lawyer. Looking demure and making witty small talk were the only requirements. Then her landlord announced an outrageous rent increase on her Istanbul apartment.She has no desire to move in with Selim. She'd rather learn the art of bribing government officials in order to find a new place. Kati is offered a large apartment with a view over the Bosphorus at a bargain price. Too good to be true until a man is found murdered there and she becomes the police's prime suspect. In her second novel Esmahan Aykol takes us to the alleys and boulevards of cosmopolitan Istanbul, to posh villas and seedy basement flats, to the property agents and lawyers, to Islamist leaders and city officials-in fact everywhere that baksheesh helps move things along.Esmahan Aykol was born in 1970 in Edirne, Turkey. She lives in Istanbul and Berlin. She has written three Kati Hirschel novels. Baksheesh is the second and has been published in Turkish, German, French, and Italian. The first, Hotel Bosphorus, was published by Bitter Lemon Press in 2011.
Katie Hirschel is the proud owner of Istanbul's only mystery bookshop. When the director of a film starring an old… school friend is found murdered in his hotel Katie starts her own maverick investigation. After all her friend Petra is the police's principal suspect and reading all those detective novels must have taught Katie something.
By Tom Callaghan. 2016
'Even better than Child 44. Akyl Borubaev is a terrific creation' Anthony HorowitzWE UNCOVERED THE LAST OF THE BODIES IN… THE RED HOUR BEFORE DUSK, AS THE SUN STAINED THE SNOWCAPS OF THE TIAN SHAN MOUNTAINS THE COLOUR OF DRIED BLOOD. . .Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death still haunts him at every turn. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together - all tagged with name bands. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful undercover agent Saltanat Umarova.When Borubaev himself is framed, accused of involvement in the production of blood-soaked child pornography, it looks as though things couldn't get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his own integrity, and to deliver his own savage justice on behalf of the many dead who can't speak for themselves . . .'Just keeps getting better . . . buy the whole series right away' Peter Robinson, No.1 bestselling author of Sleeping in the Ground'Storytelling of the highest quality . . . Introduces a detective it is impossible not to believe in. Callaghan is a new voice to be welcomed' Daily Mail