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By Amos Oz. 2005
&“Thoughtful, self-assured and highly sophisticated, full of the most skillful modulations of tone and texture. A modern Israeli Madame Bovary.&”…—The New York Times Book Review Set in 1950s Jerusalem, My Michael is the story of a remote and intense woman named Hannah Gonen and her marriage to a decent, pragmatic, but unremarkable geology professor named Michael. Wedded too young, emotionally unprepared for motherhood, and forced to abandon her university studies, Hannah grows bored, frustrated, and increasingly removed from the banal certainty of her immediate world. As years pass, and Michael goes off to war, Hannah&’s heady fantasy life encroaches upon reality. Hannah grows ever more estranged from her husband, as the marriage begins to disintegrate. &“A flickering, multi-toned Israeli novel which grapples with time&’s incursions, love&’s deceptions, and the diminishment of desire&” (Kirkus Reviews), My Michael is at once a haunting love story and a rich, reflective portrait of a place and time that &“takes the reader into the fevered mind of a young woman&” (The Guardian).
By Young-Ha Kim. 2019
This collection from the acclaimed South Korean author is “filled with the kind of sublime, galvanizing stories that strike like…a lightning bolt” (Nylon). Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter’s boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family’s disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else. From “one of South Korea’s best and most worldly writers” (NPR), Diary of a Murderer is a chillingly entertaining ride. “Kim is expert at finding the humanity inside the other, the comedy inside the tragedy, and the twisted within the seemingly normal.” —CrimeReads
By Thomas Cook. 2007
A &“gripping&” mystery revolving around a family tragedy, and a woman who may or may not be descending into madness…(Entertainment Weekly). David Sears grew up terrorized by the ravings of his schizophrenic father, a frustrated literary genius who openly preferred David&’s sister Diana for her superior intelligence. When the Old Man died, David thought the madness had finally died with him. But the Sears family was not through with its troubles. The drowning of Diana&’s mentally ill son has been ruled a tragic &“misadventure,&” a conclusion she refuses to accept. After hastily divorcing her husband, she sets out to prove his culpability. Her increasingly manic behavior is becoming hard for David to ignore. He finds himself afraid for his own family&’s safety—and choosing his words carefully when answering the detective. Edgar Award–winning author Thomas H. Cook explores the power of blood to define us, bind us, and sometimes destroy us, in a novel of &“consuming suspense almost too concentrated to bear&” (New York Daily News). &“So spare and precise, it feels as if it has been chiseled in stone with something like a surgical instrument.&” —Joyce Carol Oates &“What&’s at stake isn&’t so much the resolution of a mystery as the integrity of a family.&” —Time Out New York
By Young-Ha Kim. 2007
A &“mesmerizing&” novel of a love triangle and a mysterious disappearance in South Korea (Booklist). In the fast-paced, high-urban landscape…of Seoul, C and K are brothers who have fallen in love with the same beguiling drifter, Se-yeon, who gives herself freely to both of them. Then, just as they are trying desperately to forge a connection in an alienated world, Se-yeon suddenly disappears. All the while, a spectral, calculating narrator haunts the edges of their lives, working to help the lost and hurting find escape through suicide. When Se-yeon reemerges, it is as the narrator&’s new client. Recalling the emotional tension of Milan Kundera and the existential anguish of Bret Easton Ellis, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a dreamlike &“literary exploration of truth, death, desire and identity&” (Publishers Weekly). Cinematic in its urgency, the novel offers &“an atmosphere of menacing ennui [set] to a soundtrack of Leonard Cohen tunes&” (Newark Star-Ledger). &“Kim&’s novel is art built upon art. His style is reminiscent of Kafka&’s and also relies on images of paintings (Jacques-Louis David&’s &‘The Death of Marat,&’ Gustav Klimt&’s &‘Judith&’) and film (Jim Jarmusch&’s &‘Stranger Than Paradise&’). The philosophy—life is worthless and small—reminds us of Camus and Sartre, risky territory for a young writer. . . . But Kim has the advantage of the urban South Korean landscape. Fast cars, sex with lollipops and weather fronts from Siberia lend a unique flavor to good old-fashioned nihilism. Think of it as Korean noir.&” —Los Angeles Times &“Like Georges Simenon, [Kim&’s] keen engagement with human perversity yields an abundance of thrills as well as chills (and, for good measure, a couple of memorable laughs). This is a real find.&” —Han Ong, author of Fixer Chao
By Young-Ha Kim. 2010
This psychological thriller of a North Korean spy living in Seoul is &“perhaps the most intriguing and accomplished Korean fiction…yet to appear in English&” (Kirkus). Foreign film importer Kim Ki-Yong is a family man with a wife and daughter. Living a prosperous life in Seoul, South Korea, he&’s an aficionado of Heineken, soccer, and sushi. But he is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for twenty-one years. Then, after more than a decade of silence from the home office, he receives a mysterious email stating that he has one day to return to headquarters. But is the message really from Pyongyang—or has he been discovered? And if the message is real, is he being called home to receive new orders or to be executed for a lack of diligence? Spanning the course of a single day, Your Republic Is Calling You delves deep into a gripping family secret to ask whether we ever truly know the people we love. Mining the political and cultural transformations of South Korea since the 1980s, author Young-ha Kim confronts moral questions on small and large scales. &“This intense novel&’s bristling plot—confined to the events of a single day—ironically echoes that of Joyce&’s masterpiece Ulysses.&”—Kirkus
By Jessica Soffer. 2013
A troubled teen turns to cooking lessons to win her emotionally distant mother&’s love in this &“moving [and] extraordinary&” novel…(The Atlantic). Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks to earn the love of her distracted, angry mother, a prominent Manhattan chef who left Lorca&’s father and is now packing her off to boarding school. Desperate to prove herself, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother&’s ideal meal. She signs up for cooking lessons from Victoria, an Iraqi-Jewish immigrant profoundly shaken by her husband&’s death. Soon these two develop a deeper bond while their concoctions—cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, and masgouf—bake in Victoria&’s kitchen. But their individual endeavors force a reckoning with the past, the future, and the truth—whatever it might be. &“Sassy, brash, acrobatic and colorful…I want to read it again and again.&” —Time &“Impressive…Soffer&’s style is natural and assured.&”—Meg Wolitzer, All Things Considered, NPR &“Breathtaking…a profoundly redemptive story about loss, self-discovery, and acceptance.&”—O: The Oprah Magazine &“Soffer&’s prose is as controlled as it is fresh, as incisive as it is musical.&” —Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
By Don Bentley. 2023
"A fascinating, action-packed thriller from one of the genre's most talented authors. Don Bentley delivers a blistering adventure loaded with…excitement and fabulous characters. You will not want it to end!"—Brad Thor, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Dead FallA brotherhood born in battle is endangered by a deadly secret in the latest astonishing thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Zero Hour and Hostile Intent.As a team, Matt Drake and his partner, Frodo, have watched each other's backs through some very dark days. But one thing they've never doubted was their commitment to each other...until now. Frodo has been accused of a war crime ten years after leaving Afghanistan. Matt is determined to prove his friend innocent, but what will he do when he finds that his closest friend has secrets he won't share?
Could a piece of paper in a law firm basement be the key to a serial killer&’s identity? A tale…of trauma and terror by the author of the Adam Black thrillers. Five years ago, Jonathan Stark was working as a lawyer when a massacre took place, leaving most of his coworkers dead and Jonathan in a coma for eight weeks. Now, he&’s found a job as a legal trainee at a different firm, and a relationship with an attorney named Jenny. He spends much of his time in the basement cataloguing old files—where he comes across the death certificate of a woman. The document triggers a nightmare and eventually, a sudden memory. Soon, Stark begins working closely with DCI McGuigan, who&’s been hunting an elusive serial killer known as &“the Surgeon.&” But with another clue turning up in the files, a witness with a secret agenda, and a pursuit that leads to a dead body, this case&’s head-spinning twists reveal the dark truth about a horrifying long-ago trauma . . .
By Terri Blackstock. 2000
Pastor and fireman Nick Foster found the body in the inferno engulfing his church. From the bullet wound in the…head, it&’s clear this is no ordinary fire victim. The quiet community of Newpointe, reeling from the shock of the dead man&’s identity, struggles with the agonizing question: who did it—and why? Paramedic Issie Mattreaux is no icon of virtue, but she cares enough about her teenage nephew, Jake, to track him down when he turns up missing. Only, what she finds is far more than a harmless bonfire on the outskirts of town. After a chilling attempt on Issie&’s life, Nick takes on the role of protector even as he struggles with the tragedy that has struck his church. Whoever is behind the fire is far from finished. Unknown to Nick, that person&’s twisted agenda now threatens to consume everything he loves most. Trial by Fire is book four in the Newpointe 911 series by award-winning novelist Terri Blackstock. Newpointe 911 offers taut, superbly crafted novels of faith, fear, and close-knit small-town relationships, seasoned with romance and tempered by insights into the nature of relationships, redemption, and the human heart. Look also for Private Justice, Line of Duty, Shadow of Doubt, and Word of Honor.
By Wendy Alec. 2018
Brothers at war. Mankind deceived. Hell on Earth.A man face down in the dirt amid melting Arctic snow, a deep…sense of unease but no memory of how he got there – Jason De Vere, once the head of a global media empire.Found and briefly taken to a safe house, Jason&’s soon on the run again – there&’s a 50-million-dollar bounty if he can be taken alive.Thrown together with his ex-wife and a crusading young journalist, Jason begins a desperate search for answers. It&’s a race against time, a fight for survival – and the stakes are higher than he could possibly have imagined.4 billion microchips – promising miraculous benefits – are being shipped to population centres around the world. And soon every human being on Earth will have to make a choice…CHRONICLES OF BROTHERS is the story of three brothers fighting for the future of humanity. From desert tombs, to the towers of Wall Street, to the ancient past, this super-epic tale reveals the hidden history of mankind and the origins of evil itself.
By Carla Neggers. 2012
“Complex mystery with a bit of romance. Negger’s skillfully created a compelling puzzle, refusing to reveal all the pieces until…the very end.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)After escaping certain death, deep-cover agent Colin Donovan is back home on the Maine coast with his new love, FBI art crimes expert Emma Sharpe. Then Tatiana Pavlova, a London-based jewelry designer, arrives in Heron’s Cove, asking for Emma’s help—a prized collection from a lost era of Russian opulence, decadence and rare beauty has resurfaced, and Tatiana warns Emma it’s about to be stolen again. And Colin realizes his nightmare isn’t over. It’s just begun.Emma guards her past closely, and Colin is determined to unlock her secrets. As they investigate the mysterious collection and the equally mysterious Tatiana, they confront their greatest challenge. Now they must count on their expertise—and each other—to outwit an enemy who wants to destroy them and everyone they love most.“Carla Neggers has emerged as the queen of the romantic suspense novel . . . Heron’s Cove is a novel that is written with a gripping and suspenseful style that will surely have the most astute armchair sleuths and amateur detectives scratching their heads and guessing right up until the very end. Neggers does a first-rate job of creating scenes with images that are so vivid, one can almost breathe in the briny salt air along Maine’s craggy coast.” —The Nashua Sunday Telegraph
By April Henry, Lis Wiehl. 2015
It should have been an open and shut murder case, but Mia Quinn finds out nothing about it is simple.After…a young Chinese prostitute is stabbed to death by her rich American client, the tabloids dub Dandan Yee &“Lethal Beauty&”—despite the fact that she was the one who ended up dead. Yet even with double standards and naked prejudice working against her, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn is determined to get justice for Dandan Yee.But when a key witness goes missing and an unsavory juror shuts down deliberations without explanation, Mia fears the trial—and the law—are being tampered with. A constellation of fresh killings has Mia and homicide detective Charlie Carlson searching for a common source and puts Mia&’s family in the crosshairs of a Chinese crime cabal. Meanwhile, Dandan Yee&’s mother has opted to take matters into her own hands . . . and the stakes get more lethal overnight.In the midst of all this, Mia has to contend with a fifteen-year-old son who is growing up too fast for his own good and the idea that Charlie might want to be more than just friends. Can Mia and Charlie stop the murders and still keep her family safe? Or is the very act of seeking justice enough to cost her everything—and everyone—she loves?
By Terri Blackstock. 2001
Ten years ago, devastated by an ugly scandal, Brooke Martin fled the small town of Hayden to pursue a career…as a stained glass artist. Now Brooke has returned on business to discover that some things never change. Her spotted reputation remains. Tongues still wag. And that makes what should be her dream assignment tough.Brooke has been hired to design new stained glass windows at Hayden Bible Church. The job is a career windfall. But Nick Marcello is overseeing the project, and some in the church think Nick and Brooke’s relationship is not entirely professional--and as before, there is no convincing those people otherwise. In the face of mounting rumors, the two set out to produce the masterpiece Nick has conceived: a brilliant set of windows displaying God’s covenants in the Bible. For Brooke, it is more than a project--it is a journey toward faith. But opposition is heating up. A vicious battle of words and will is about to tax Brooke’s commitment to the limit. Only this time, she is determined not to run.
By Michael Gruber. 2007
“In this ingenious literary thriller . . . [the] murder of a Shakespearean scholar...and an unlikely romance . . . make for a gripping, satisfying read.”…—Publishers Weekly (starred review)A fire destroys a New York City rare bookstore—and reveals clues to a treasure worth killing for. . . . A disgraced scholar is found tortured to death. . . . And those pursuing the most valuable literary find in history are about to cross from the harmless mundane into inescapable nightmare.From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Tropic of Night comes a breathtaking thriller that twists, shocks, and surprises at every turn as it crisscrosses centuries, from the glaring violence of today into the dark shadows of truth and lies surrounding the greatest writer the world has ever known.“If you love books—their physical presence, the craft of making them, the art of collecting them . . . make room on the shelf for a new guilty pleasure from Michael Gruber . . . smart . . . [and] packed with enough excitement to keep your inner bibliophile as happy as a folio in vellum.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post“While the novel will appeal to those who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code or The Rule of Four, critics agree that its lively dialogue, compellingly flawed characters, sense of humor, and intelligent exploration of religion and cryptology elevate it far above the genre's standard fare. Readers expecting car chases, kidnappings, globe trotting, sex, and murder won't be disappointed, either.” —Bookmarks magazine
By Terri Blackstock. 2003
At the request of her many fans—Terri Blackstock revisits the heroic cast of characters in this fifth book in her…best-selling Newpointe 911 series In Line of Duty, a bomb explodes at the Icon International building in New Orleans while lawyer Jill Clark Nichols is in the top floor boardroom. The thirty-story building goes up in flames and fire departments from all around the area are called in. The firefighters from Newpointe are especially concerned since they know Jill is inside the building. Dan, her husband, rushes in to save her. But as firefighters work to evacuate the upper floors of the building, a second and third bomb explode, causing the lower floors to cave in. Firefighters and civilians are buried beneath the rubble. When the smoke finally clears, a count is taken. Jill narrowly escapes the chaos of the explosions and fire only to find Dan missing. Were the bombs the act of a terrorist, or a scheme coming from a heart of greed? Can Jill&’s faith carry her through these long days of pain and uncertainty? And will Dan survive this tragedy . . . or sacrifice his life in the line of duty?
By Craig Parshall, Tim LaHaye. 2014
In the final installment of The End series, economies have collapsed, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant…memory.The world is falling apart. Joshua Jordan&’s protégé Ethan March, along with Jimmy Louder and Rivka Reuban, have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the complete influence of the Antichrist.Technology is growing by leaps and bounds with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead . . . all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist&’s reign of evil. As Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance—in short, to survive.But when the forces of evil attempt to pervert the world&’s most powerful information system to their own sinister ends, eliminating everyone who gets in their way, it&’s up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their dark ambitions.From New York Times bestselling author Tim LaHaye, creator and co-author of the world-renowned Left Behind books, Mark of Evil is the final thrilling chapter to The End series.Futuristic Christian political thrillerThe final installment of The End seriesBook 1: Edge of Apocalypse Book 2: Thunder of HeavenBook 3: Brink of ChaosBook 4: Mark of EvilIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
By Craig Parshall, Tim LaHaye. 2011
In the second installment of The End series, not even Joshua Jordan's anti-nuclear technology can stop global events moving to…catastrophic as terrorist missiles take down an American plane and a bomb explodes in the Mall of America.Joshua Jordan&’s reputation is on the line when his controversial anti-nuclear system fails to protect a commercial flight as it takes off from Chicago and is shot down by a terrorist missile. The government is taking no chances and starts an investigation of Joshua&’s entire defense program. The Israelis, longtime allies of the United States, are desperate for the technology. When Joshua flies to the Middle East to assure them of the Return to Sender reliability, he is captured by Iranians who want the secret for the defense tool for their own use.With Joshua out of the country, Abigail Jordan is left in charge of the Roundtable and sets out to defend her husband to the media and to the commission set up to investigate RTS. But America is under attack—a bombing in the Mall of America and rumors of even more potential atrocities have this covert team desperate to find additional bombs before they are set off.As world events begin setting the stage for the &“end of days&” foretold in Revelation, Joshua Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves.From New York Times bestselling author Tim LaHaye, creator and co-author of the world-renowned Left Behind books, and Craig Parshall, this epic series chronicles the earth-shattering events leading up to the Apocalypse foretold in Revelation.Futuristic Christian suspenseThe second installment of The End seriesBook 1: Edge of ApocalypseBook 2: Thunder of HeavenBook 3: Brink of ChaosBook 4: Mark of EvilIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
By Sharon Sala. 2015
From a New York Times bestseller, a cop reunites with his lost love while investigating her father’s death in book…one of this romantic suspense series.Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he’d told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark.For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief—and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey’s mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas’s father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his “suicide”? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force—a killer who’s more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried.“Sala is a master at telling a story that is both romantic and suspenseful. . . . With this amazing story, Sala proves why she is one of the best writers in the genre.” —RT Book Reviews
By Sharon Sala. 2015
From a New York Times–bestselling author, a murder investigation reunites high school sweethearts in book two of a romantic suspense…series.If only it had been something else that brought Lissa Sherman and Mack Jackson back in touch after so many years. Something—anything—other than the murder of Mack’s father. Even worse, Lissa’s car had been used as the murder weapon.Thirty-five years ago, four friends went out joyriding and ended up in a terrible accident that left one dead and the others with no memory of that awful night. Now two more people, including Mack’s father, have been murdered, and if the lone survivor knows why they’re being targeted, she’s not talking.Even as Lissa and Mack find themselves drawn together in the midst of tragedy, the mystery deepens when someone comes after Lissa, too. Is the danger to her tied to the other deaths, or are two killers at work in town? Now Mack has to fight an unknown attacker as well as his feelings for Lissa, but it may be that he can’t win either battle.
When a former cop returns to Maine to solve her father’s murder, she teams up with a rogue FBI agent…in this romantic suspense novel.Shattered by her father’s murder, Zoe West resigned from the police force and left Goose Harbor, Maine. But as the investigation continues to go unsolved, Zoe realizes only one thing will help her repair the damage—returning home to confront the past.FBI special agent J. B. McGrath is burned-out after a year of working undercover. Forced to take a break, he chooses Goose Harbor as a retreat. But he isn’t lying low. He believes a killer is still loose in the town—a killer who isn’t happy to see Zoe West return.Zoe isn’t sure she can trust the unpredictable FBI agent—or their growing attraction to each other. But as the danger mounts, one wrong move could destroy everything she and J.B. care about. Someone who got away with murder is determined to keep it that way.