ENGLANNINKIELISIÄ DEKKAREITA - MYSTERY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE
ENGLANNINKIELISIÄ DEKKAREITA - MYSTERY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE
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1 - Jeffrey Archer A TWIST IN THE TALE, Coronet Books (UK) 1989 with 269 pages.
"No one can weave a web of suspense, deliver a jolt of surprise, or teach a lesson in living like bestselling author Jeffrey Archer. From Africa to the Middle East, and from London to Beijing, Archer takes us to places we've never seen and introduces us to people we'll never forget.
Meet the philandering husband who thinks he's committed the perfect murder; the self-assured chess champion who plays a beautiful woman for stakes far higher than cash; and the finance minister who needs to crack the secrets of a Swiss bank. Jeffrey Archer's collection of twelve spellbinding stories will sweep you on a journey of thwarted ambition, undying passion, and unswerving honor that you'll never forget."
2 - Jeffrey Archer A QUIVER FULL OF ARROWS (Paperback)
"Two friends fall under the spell of a New York beauty - with an unexpected outcome. A casual remark is taken seriously by a Chinese sculptor, and the British Ambassador becomes the owner of a priceless work of art . . .
An insurance claims adviser has a most surprising encounter on the train home to Sevenoaks.
The openings to three of this marvellous collection of stories that ends with a hauntingly written, atmospheric account of two undergraduates at Oxford in the 1930s, a tale of bitter rivalry that ends in a memorable love story.
Quiver Full of Arrows is a collection of twelve exciting short stories from bestselling author, Jeffrey Archer".
3 - Lisette Ashton BLOODLUST CHRONICLES - HOPE (Paperback)
"On learning that her sister has become a vampire, Hope wows she will do anything to reverse the condition, fully prepared to subject herself to demeaning rituals, willing to endure shamefully exciting punishment, and even submit to the twisted discipline of Todd Chalmers..." VAMPIRE
4 - J.G.Ballard CRASH (Paperback), Vintage 1973 with 224 pages in a good condition.
"In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an internationally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor.
A classic work of cutting-edge fiction, Crash explores both the disturbing implications and horrific possibilities of contemporary society's increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human relations."
5 - Simon Beckett THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH (Hard cover), Bantam Books (UK) 2007 with 334 pages in a good condition.
"Three years ago, David Hunter moved to rural Norfolk to escape his life in London, his gritty work in forensics, and a tragedy that nearly destroyed him. Working as a simple country doctor, seeing his lost wife and daughter only in his dreams, David struggles to remain uninvolved when the corpse of a woman is found in the woods, a macabre sign from her killer decorating her body. In one horrifying instant, the quiet summer countryside that had been David’s refuge has turned malevolent—and suddenly there is no place to hide.
The village of Manham is tight-knit, far from the beaten path. As a newcomer, Dr. Hunter is immediately a suspect. Once an expert in analyzing human remains, he reluctantly joins the police investigation—and when another woman disappears, it soon becomes personal. Because this time she is someone David knows, someone who has managed to penetrate the icy barrier around his heart. With a killer’s bizarre and twisted methods screaming out to him, with a brooding countryside beset with suspicion, David can feel the darkness gathering around him. For as the clock ticks down on a young woman’s life, David must follow a macabre trail of clues—all the way to its final, horrifying conclusion."
6 - Robert Bloch THREE COMPLETE NOVELS (PSYCHO, PSYCHO II, PSYCHO HOUSE (Hardcover), Wing Books (USA) 1993 with 501 pages in a fair condition.
"A collection of three complete novels by the author of Psycho follows the continuing escapades of Norman Bates in Psycho, Psycho II, and Psycho House.
7 - Robert Bloch's Psycho captivated a nation when it appeared in 1959.
The story was all too real-indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.
Norman Bates loves his Mother. She has been dead for the past twenty years, or so people think. Norman knows better though. He has lived with Mother ever since leaving the hospital in the old house up on the hill above the Bates motel. One night Norman spies on a beautiful woman that checks into the hotel as she undresses. Norman can't help but spy on her. Mother is there though. She is there to protect Norman from his filthy thoughts. She is there to protect him with her butcher knife.
The new Bates Motel is a tourist attraction, complete with robotic knife-wielding figures of Norman Bates and his infamous mother, but someone adds a new exhibit a few days before the official opening: a teenage girl is stabbed to death in the front hall. This is the first new Psycho novelin ten years that returns to the Bates motel, that infamous inn that has terrified generations of American moviegoers and readers. Bloch is a recipient of the Hugo Award."
8 - Andrea Camilleri THE SMELL OF THE NIGHT (Paperback)
"The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he finds himself at a serious disadvantage: a hostile superior has shut him out of the case, he’s on the outs with his lover Livia, and his cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless and vulgar that Montalbano wonders if any part of it is worth saving. Drenched with atmosphere, crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive."
9 - John le Carré THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (Paperback), Pan Books (UK) 1983 with 522 pages.
"In this enthralling and thought-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into 'the theatre of the real' by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist. "The Little Drummer Girl" is a thrilling, deeply moving and courageous novel of our times."
10 - Vikram Chandra SACRED GAMES (Hardcover)
"A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, beggars, cultists, spies, and terrorists—the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences amid the chaos of modern-day Mumbai, in this soaring, uncompromising, and unforgettable epic masterwork of literary art."
11 - Robert Charles A CLASH OF HAWKS (Paperback)
"After news leaks out of a major oil strike in the Negev Desert, events escalate into a mad confrontation between the CIA, KGB, Egyptian, Israeli and PLO factions, culminating in a secret order to the submarine SEALYNX. The sub's commander has his finger on the button that can send atomic missiles onto three continents. Israel is at war, and her leaders decide that if she is to be the exterminated pawn of the giant oil-hungry nations, then she will not die alone!"
12 - Agatha Christie THE MIRROR CRACK'D FROM SIDE TO SIDE, HarperCollins 1965 with 224 pages in a fair condition. THE CHRISTIE COLLECTION
"Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, a fatal dose of poison meant for a glamorous movie star fells her ardent admirer instead—and Miss Marple is there to unmask a murderer."
13 - Agatha Christie CURTAIN: POIROT'S LAST CASE, Fontana / Collins 1975 with 188 pages in a fair condition.
"The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. The legendary detective saves his best for last as he races to apprehend a five-time killer before the final curtain descends in Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case."
14 - Patricia Cornwell FROM POTTER'S FIELD (Paperback)
"Patricia Cornwell enters the chilling world of Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta—and a bold, brilliant killer from her past.
Upon examining a dead woman found in snowbound Central Park, Scarpetta immediately recognizes the grisly work of Temple Brooks Gault. She soon realizes that Gault's murders are but a violent chain leading up to one ultimate kill—Scarpetta herself."
15 - Len Deighton SS-GB (Hardcover)
"In February 1941 British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Churchill has been executed, the King is in the Tower and the SS are in Whitehall…
For nine months Britain has been occupied - a blitzed, depressed and dingy country. However, it’s ‘business as usual’ at Scotland Yard run by the SS when Detective Inspector Archer is assigned to a routine murder case. Life must go on.
But when SS Standartenfuhrer Huth arrives from Berlin with orders from the great Himmler himself to supervise the investigation, the resourceful Archer finds himself caught up in a high level, all action, espionage battle.
This is a spy story quite different from any other. Only Deighton, with his flair for historical research and his narrative genius, could have written it."
16 - Colin Dexter THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN - AN INSPECTOR MORSE MYSTERY (Paperback) - myyty 18.11.2017
17 - I.D. CRIMES OF IDENTITY (Paperback) ed. Martin Edwards
"With the threat of identity theft ever on the rise, this anthology from the Crime Writers Association is both timely and fascinating, exploring this disturbing modern day crime phenomenon in more than 20 chilling tales. Featuring such leading crime writers as Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendel, Stuart Pawson, and Kate Ellis, the collection includes tension-wrought psychological thrillers and unnerving cat-and-mouse mysteries that prove no character’s identity, from the criminal to the victim, is ever fully known."
18 - Jules Feiffer THE WHITE HOUSE MURDER CASE (a play in two acts) & DICK AND JANE (one-act play), Grove Press (USA) 1970, 122 pages.
19 - JAMES BOND in Ian Fleming's CASINO ROYALE (Paperback), Triad Panther 1984 with 189 pages in a mint condition.
"In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.
One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.
Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond adventure has all the hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.."
20 - Frederick Forsyth NO COMEBACKS, Corgi Books UK) 1983, 332 pages.
"Here are ten suspenseful, serpentine stories of betrayal, blackmail, murder, and revenge...all culminating in shocking twists of fate. Within these pages live a wealth of characters you will not soon forget...people whose lives become irrevocably trapped in a world of no comebacks, beyond the point of no return--from the manipulators and the manipulated to the ultra-rich capable of buying and selling human lives, to the everyday man maneuvered by circumstances into performing deadly acts of violence."
21 - Frederick Forsyth THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (Paperback), Corgi Books (UK) 1984 with 382 pages
"The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.
One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal."
22 - Romain Gary NOTHING IMPORTANT EVER DIES (Paperback)
"Romain Gary, original name Romain Kacew, pseudonyms Émile Ajar, Shatan Bogat, Lucien Brûlard, René Deville, and Fosco Sinibaldi (born May 8, 1914, Vilnius, Lith., Russian Empire—died Dec. 2, 1980, Paris, France) Lithuanian-born French novelist whose first work, L’Éducation européenne (1945; Forest of Anger), won him immediate acclaim. Humanistic and optimistic despite its graphic depictions of the horrors o World War II, the novel was later revised and reissued in English as Nothing Important Ever Dies (1960).
Gary’s novels mix humour with tragedy and faith with cynicism."
23 - Sue Grafton T IS FOR TRESPASS (Paperback)
"In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.
Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results."
24 - Winston Graham NIGHT JOURNEY (Paperback)
"The reluctant spy...
Spying was repugnant to Mencken – even in wartime – but he had no alternative. He took the assignment. His objective was to attend a conference of Nazi scientists, researchers in germ warfare and poison gas, and report back to London. He was to pick up his orders in Venice.
The nightmare, paranoid world of a spy was suddenly Mencken's world. He became a man split between self-respect and fear, conditioned by terror of the faceless men dedicated to his elimination."
25 - Lucretia Grindle THE NIGHTSPINNERS (Paperback)
“Without so much as a motion or a sound, Marina and I are weaving words. We are sliding them along the bar of light from the hall that filters under the door. We are sending phrases, paragraphs, laughter, faster and faster, like flights of moths across the dark space of the room. Braiding the strands of our secret cocoon, we are nightspinning.”
Growing up in rural Georgia, Susannah and her twin sister, Marina, silently communicated in a secret language they called “nightspinning.” But as they grew older, Susannah tired of having a doppelgänger, particularly one who could read her every thought. After college, when their mother died, Susannah made her escape.
Years later, now an up-and-coming restaurant designer living in a handsome Philadelphia brownstone, Susannah has left the past safely behind her. But in doing so, she’s also left Marina behind, and this betrayal fills her with guilt. Then Marina is brutally murdered, and Susannah is haunted by inexplicable events: a funereal flower arrangement arrives from an anonymous admirer; she recognizes a song, not heard since childhood, emanating from the dark silence of her basement; she awakens one morning to find that a lock of her hair has been snipped off and taped to her bathroom mirror.
Terrified to learn that similar events preceded Marina’s murder, Susannah is forced to ask herself: Is her sister’s killer now coming after her? Is she imagining a conspiracy where only coincidence exists? Or is Marina nightspinning from beyond the grave? Desperate to uncover the truth and escape her sister’s fate, Susannah grimly sets out to investigate on her own, fleeing her carefully orchestrated life and returning to an abandoned Georgia farmhouse to reveal the long-buried secrets that created a killer. A chilling, hypnotic read, The Nightspinners is psychological suspense at its best."
26 - John Grisham THE PARTNER (Hardcover), Doubleday Dell Publishing (USA) 1997, 367 pages.
"Literary slugger John Grisham returns with a story about-- surprise!--a lawyer in trouble. Patrick Lanigan had been a young partner in a prominent Southern law firm. He had a beautiful wife, a new baby girl, and a bright future. Then one winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car; the casket they buried held nothing but ashes.
A short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial then fled. A fortune was stolen from his ex-firms offshore account. And Patrick ran, covering his tracks the whole way.
But, now, they've found him."
27 - Robert van Gulik THE CHINESE BELL MURDERS (Paperback), A Panther Book 1966, 256 pages.
28 - Charlaine Harris LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS (Paperback)
"When a vampire asks Sookie Stackhouse to use her telepathic skills to find another missing vampire, she agrees under one condition: the bloodsuckers must promise to let the humans go unharmed.Easier said than done." VAMPYYRI
29 - Larry Heinemann PACO'S STORY (Paperback)
"Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Viet Cong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues Paco almost two days later, he is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the US with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off the bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed–but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body. Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco’s Story–winner of a National Book Award–plunges you into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War, and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows."
30 - Joan Hemingway & Paul Bonnecarrére ROSEBUD (Paperback)
"Schrantz, the anarchist, wanted distruction. Hacam. the Palestinian, wanted freedom for his people. And five millionaires wanted their daughters back.
Laurent, secret agent, deals with them all.
Even the girls.
Anarchism, violence and intrigue are the ingredients which have made this powerful thriller a best-seller."
31 - H. Montgomery Hyde ROOM 3603 (Hardcover)
"With headquarters in New York City at 630 Fifth Avenue, Room 3603, the organization known as the British Security Coordination, or B.S.C., was the keystone of the successful Anglo-American partnership in the field of secret intelligence, counterespionage and special operations.The man chosen by Winston Churchill to set up and direct this crucial effort was Sir William Stephenson, known to the world of espionage as the Man Called Intrepid. A fighter pilot in the first World War, he had become a millionaire before he was thirty though his invention of the device for transmitting photographs by wireless. The late General Bill Donovan, director of the Office of Strategic Services, said of him: Bill Stephenson taught us all we ever knew about foreign intelligence.Sir William Stephenson put all his papers and much other relevant material at the disposal of H. Montgomery Hyde, a member of his wartime organization who knew him intimately. The result is Room 3603, a unique picture of the British Secret Service in action, and of the remarkable exploits of its brilliant but personally unobtrusive chief in the United States."
32 - Randall Ingermanson TRANSGRESSION - CITY OF GOD Book 1 (Paperback)
"What If …?
What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and decided to take a break from your crummy life by working on an archaeological dig in Israel?
What if you met a great guy in Jerusalem who happened to be a world-famous theoretical physicist working on a crazy idea to build a wormhole that might make time-travel possible … someday?
What if he had a nutball colleague who turned the theory into reality — and then decided to use YOU as a guinea pig to make sure it was safe?
What if the nutball had a gun and went on a crazy, impossible mission to hunt down and kill the apostle Paul?
It’s A.D. 57 when Rivka Meyers walks out of the wormhole into a world she’s only studied in books. Ancient Jerusalem is awesome! Rivka can’t believe her friend Ari Kazan’s theory actually worked. But when she runs into Ari’s whacko colleague, Damien West, in the Temple, Rivka starts to smell a rat.
When Ari discovers that Damien and Rivka have gone through a wormhole that’s on the edge of collapse, he has to make a horrible choice: Follow them and risk never coming back — or lose the woman of his dreams forever
About The Book
Transgression is a time-travel suspense novel that mixes science, history, religion, romance, and suspense. It’s about learning to stand up for yourself, when you just want to be let alone. It’s about making hard decisions. It’s about asking whether life has meaning and whether God exists — and becoming a badass fighter for justice, even if you don’t have the answers.
Transgression won the 2001 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction.
Transgression will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation through the filthy, bandit-ridden streets of first-century Jerusalem.
Transgression is the first novel in the City of God series:
Book 1: Transgression (A.D. 57)
Book 2: Premonition (A.D. 57-62)
Book 3: Retribution (A.D. 62-66)"
33 - LouAnne Johnson DANGEROUS MINDS (Paperback)
"She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about school.
And if that didn't work, the pretty, petite ex-marine told them she'd been trained to kill with her bare hands.
They were called the class from Hell-thirty-four inner city sophomores she inherited from a teacher who'd been "pushed over the edge." She was told "those kids have tasted blood. They're dangerous."
But LouAnne Johnson had a different idea. Where the school system saw thirty-four unreachable kids, she saw young men and women with intelligence and dreams. When others gave up on them, she broke the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give-hope and belief in themselves. When statistics showed the chances were they'd never graduate, she fought to beat the odds.
This is her remarkable story-and theirs.
If you loved Stand and Deliver, you'll stand up and cheer for LouAnne Johnson and Dangerous Minds"
34 - H.R.F. Keating INSPECTOR GHOTE DRAWS A LINE (Paperback)
"Sent to a remote part of India to find out who could benefit from Judge Asif's death, Ghote can get no cooperation from the judge until it becomes evident that the anonymous threats are coming from someone in the judge's household."
35 - Nicholas Kilmer A MAN WITH A SQUIRREL - A FRED TAYLOR MYSTERY (Hardcover), published by Henry Holt and Company (New York) 1996 with 258 pages.
"Cambridge art expert Fred Taylor, consultant to a rich and omnivorous Beacon Hill collector, is disturbed by discovering that the harmless old gent who'd been haunting Fred's strongminded lover, librarian Molly Riley, lies dead on the banks of the Charles. Soon Fred's distracted by a second find, a fragment of a painting. It lies in antique dealer Oona Imry's shop. Fred feels in his gut that the piece of canvas, handsomely portraying a squirrel at a man's feet, might be by John Singleton Copley.
His boss, Clayton Reed, charms Oona into selling him the squirrel, then sends legman Fred out to look for the rest of the painting. A new fragment shortly arrives from the hands of Oona 's nephew, gratis, after Oona dies under a train. Are the canvases tied to her murder and that of Molly's stalker? Is Fred on some kind of killer treasure hunt?
Art dealer and painter Kilmer delights in mirroring comtemporary crimes with well-researched and compelling use of history. Erudite and witty, he keeps the reader's unflagging interest through a combination of clever puzzle construction and deft narrative understatement."
36 - Stephen King THE TOMMYKNOCKERS (kirja)
"Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic, terrifying #1 New York Times bestseller about a terrifying otherworldly discovery and the effects it has a on a small town.
“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…”
On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…"
37 - Stephen King CELL (Paperback) - myyty
38 - Stephen King NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES (Paperback) - myyty
39 - Stephen King 1408 - EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL - 14 DARK TALES (Paperback) - myyty
40 - Stephen King THE TWO DEAD GIRLS - THE GREEN MILE PART 1 (Paperback)
"The first part of Stephen King's multi-part serial novel that begins on Death Row and goes on to realms of revelation that make death seem sweet."
41 - Dean Koontz SOLE SURVIVOR (Paperback)
"The plane crashed without warning. Three hundred and thirty people died. No explanation. No survivors. Now one man who lost everything that night is about to discover the answers he needs to go on with his life—or the conviction to finally end it.
Crime reporter Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two daughters in the crash of Flight 353. Aching from his loss, Joe is unable to work, think, or do anything but grieve, and wait for his own death. Then Joe meets Rose, a woman who claims to be the crash’s sole survivor. But before Joe can probe further, the elusive Rose slips away and Joe is left with haunting, terrifying questions: If Rose lived through the crash, is it possible his family could have survived it, too? Did the authorities conspire to hide what really happened that night? Joe’s search for the truth will shatter him like nothing has before—and force him to question everything he thinks he knows about life and death."
42 - Derek Lambert THE YERMAKOV TRANSFER (Paperback)
"The Yermakov Transfer is unusu, al among Cold War thrillers in being entirely set in the Soviet Union, almost all of it happening on a journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is a particularly significant journey, because one of the passengers is the Russian premier, Vasily Yermakov. A group of Jewish dissidents has come up with the idea of kidnapping him, demanding that several prominent Jewish scientists be granted exit visas so that they can emigrate to Israel.
With many Russian characters, The Yermakov Transfer is a novel infused with the fear of the gulag, and it clearly shows the influence of Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. It is decidedly at the literary end of the thriller market, and, though its ending might be considered predictable, has plenty of excitement."
43 - James Leasor DR JASON LOVE – LOVE-ALL (Paperback)
"Dr Jason Love’s sixth case history of suspense. Attempted political assassination in the cauldron of Beirut, sees the doctor cum secret agent in a cliff-hanging missionto the Middle Eastern drug belt."
Toby Litt DEADKIDSONGS (Paperback), Penguin Books 2001 with 400 pages in a mint condition.
"In the tradition of THE CEMENT GARDEN and THE WASP FACTORY, this is a compelling and shocking journey into the dark heart of boyhood, as four boys play war games deep in the English countryside. With the death of one of the Gang (as they call themselves), the war games escalate, directed now against the adults they hold responsible for the loss of one of their soldiers. Like Toby Litt's previous novel CORPSING, DEADKIDSONGS is unputdownable, highly original and deeply thought-provoking."
44 - Emanuel Litvinoff A DEATH OUT OF SEASON (Paperback), Sphere Books (UK) 1974 with 268 pages.
"What with the republication this year of Litvinoffs `Journey Through a Small Planet as a Penguin Modern Classic, and with the imminently forthcoming biography by Phil Ruff of the elusive anarchist Peter the Painter, it is perhaps time to republish Litvinoffs `A Death out of Season, the first volume of a trilogy which has been long out of print. It is a novel about a group of Latvian anarchists in the London of 1910 and 1911, who killed some policemen in a bungled raid into a jewellers shop in Hounsditch and who were subsequently cornered in the famous Siege of Sidney Street. Most of the principal characters in the book really existed - possibly more than I have been able to check up on. The plot is interesting enough. For much of the book we are left in doubt whether Peter the Painter was a genuine anarchist or a Tsarist double or even a triple agent. There are references to the ideological disputes between anarchists and socialists, between those who believed in terrorism to bring the goal of revolution nearer and those socialists who thought that random acts of violence were pointless and counter-productive. There are some longueurs, and I found Litvinoffs prolific use of clichés rather irritating (and also surprising, since the excellent Journey Through a Small Planet, first published a year earlier, was quite free of them - see my review on amazon.co.uk.) But the setting in Londons East End is evocative; the book is well constructed and it held my attention right to the powerful ending. Litvinoff has certainly entered, with sympathy, into the minds of his doomed characters."
45 - Philip Loraine THE DEAD MEN OF SESTOS (Paperback), Fontana (UK) 1971 with 192 pages.
"A guilt racked American, his beautiful French mistress, and danger under the Mediterranean sun."
46 - John Lutz SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (Paperback), Pocket Books 1992, 275 pages.
"Desperate to find a new roomate after she throws her no-good boyfriend out, Allie Jones lets shy, unimposing Hedra move in, but she soon discovers that there is something horribly wrong with her new flatmate."
47 - Ross Macdonald SLEEPING BEAUTY (Paperback), a Bantam Book 1984 with 246 pages in a good condition..
"Lew Archer finds himself the confidant of a wealthy, violent family with a load of trouble on their hands--including an oil spill, a missing girl, a lethal dose of Nembutal, a six-figure ransom, and a stranger afloat, face down, off a private beach. Here is Ross Macdonald's masterful tale of buried memories, the consequences of arrogance, and the anguished relations between parents and their children. Riveting, gritty, tautly written, Sleeping Beauty is crime fiction at its best.
If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his pre-decessors had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin."
48 - John D. MacDonald CAPE FEAR - ORIGINALLY THE EXECUTIONERS (Paperback)
"A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz.
An insane criminal threatens to destroy a family, and the police are powerless to protect them.
For 14 years convicted rapist Max Cady nursed his hatred for Sam Bowden into an insane passion for revenge. He lived only for the day he would be free?free to track down and destroy the man who had put him behind bars. Murder was merciful compared to what Cady had in mind?and what Cady had in mind was Bowden's innocent and lovely teenaged daughter."
49 - Ed McBain MONEY, MONEY, MONEY (Hardcover) - A Novel of the 87th Precinct
"Steve Carella, Meyer Meyer, and Fat Ollie Weeks having been working the 87th Precinct for more than 40 years, but they're still the top dicks in town for devotees of Ed McBain's absorbing police procedurals.
When a pretty, red-haired, ex-military pilot is killed, the boys in blue blunder around for a few chapters before they unmask her secret life as a drug courier. By then the burglar who broke into Cass Ridley's apartment and stole the "tip" she got for her last run has already tried to spend one of the $100 bills from her stash, attracting the attention of the Secret Service. The "superbill" is phony, and by the time Carella and his crew uncover the international counterfeit ring behind it, McBain has notched up the action with a terrorist plot to bomb Clarendon (read Carnegie) Hall, where an eminent Israeli violinist is performing. There's also a conspiracy involving a publishing company whose sales reps are so venal and violent you might think they were the creation of a writer who blamed them when his last book failed to sell. Not so McBain, who can't have too many complaints in that department. His publisher's reps have been living well for decades on the commissions earned on McBain's books (including those of Evan Hunter, his alter ego).
That he has kept this series going for so long without tricking up the plots, turning his characters into stereotypes, or sacrificing their humanity is a tribute to his authorial gifts: expert pacing, sharp-edged dialogue, authenticity, wit, and confidence. There's only thing getting old in this, his 51st book in an evergreen series: the fictional convention that locates the 87th in a place called Isola instead of midtown Manhattan, where it so clearly is set."
50 - Ian McEvan THE CEMENT GARDEN (Paperback), Picador Vintage Books (UK) 1978 with 127 pages.
"In the arid summer heat, four children – Jack, Julie, Sue and Tom – find themselves abruptly orphaned. All the routines of childhood are cast aside as the children adapt to a now parentless world. Alone in the house together, the children’s lives twist into something unrecognisable as the outside begins to bear down on them.
In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "
51 - Pat McIntosh THE MERCHANTS MARK (Paperback), Robinson (London) 2008 with 334 pages in a good condition.
"In McIntosh's gripping third 15th-century historical featuring Scotsman Gil Cunningham (after 2005's The Nicholas Feast), the young lawyer-to-be finds himself in the middle of a murder inquiry when a Glasgow merchant friend, Augie Morison, discovers a severed head in a barrel that should have contained books. When Morison is accused of the murder, the amateur sleuth, aided by his future father-in-law, Master Pierre, seeks to identify the victim, as well as the source of the valuable jewels that were also concealed in the barrel. The pair cross paths with a variety of Scottish nobles, even as a bloodthirsty hit man known simply as the Axeman piles up an impressive body count that silences a number of potential witnesses. While the prime mover behind the crimes will be obvious to many, McIntosh's characterizations and period detail are first-rate and bode well for future entries in this series.
Resourceful burgess-detective Gil Cunningham returns in a new mystery set in medieval Scotland. When Gil teams up with merchant Augie Morison to import a shipment of books from the Low Countries, the two receive much more than they anticipated. Instead of literary masterpieces, Gil and Augie are horrified to find the severed head of a man, pickled in brine, swimming in the bottom of the newly arrived barrel. In addition, a leather pouch containing a sizable treasure is also fished out of the cask. After Augie is accused of murder, Gil must investigate the puzzling crime in order to free his friend from prison. With a historian's eye for detail and a novelist's flair for plot and characterization, McIntosh provides an intelligent, authentic, and suspenseful historical whodunit that will please the most demanding of Ellis Peters' fans."
52 - Ewen Montagu & Duff Cooper THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS - OPERATION HEARTBREAK (Hardcover)
"The extraordinary story of the elaborate and successful plan to deceive the Germans into the double bluff of believing the Allied invasion of Sicily would, in reality, take place in Greece is well known. The audacious and innovative plot successfully outwitted the Germans who moved some of their forces away from Sicily and continued to expect an attack on Greece, even after the real invasion had begun. Operation Mincemeat called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and presumably killed in an airplane crash to wash ashore on the coast of Spain. The body concealed false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece which it was hoped would be fed to a known Nazi agent in the area.
Lt Cmdr Ewen Montagu RNVR, the counterintelligence agent and mastermind behind the scheme, was pressured to write the factual account of this operation when the authorities learned that Duff Cooper was to publish the fictional story of Major William Martin's life and his unsatisfactory love affair, culminating in his death and his body being used in Operation Mincemeat.
Both these books are now gathered in one volume, providing an intriguing and fascinating contrast, giving color and insight to the full story of the most successful, thorough and enthralling deception of World War II.
Duff Cooper's son, Lord Norwich, has contributed a fascinating preface which explains the genesis of the combined volume and includes recent revelations about the identity of the mysterious Major Martin."
53 - Ronnie Noble SHOOT FIRST! - Assignments of a newsreel camera man (Paperback)
"The author was one of the foremost news camermen of the Second World War.He had a very eventful war which included being taken prisoner of war by the italians and subsequently staying with the Resistance,After the war he eventually transferred from Universal Newsreel to BBC TV News where he was to have a substantial career in Outside Broadcasts.He covered Korea,the Malaysian Uprising and the Mau Mau in Kenya.The first half of this book is the most interesting telling of his time with the Universal.He tells a lot about how newsreels worked.He unfortunately doesnt go into a great deal of technical detail.The second half of the book sounds more like travellers tales.It has to be borne in mind that when the book was written in 1955 most people could only dream of journeying to the far off places he visited.Also one has to be aware that his language is at times not to politically correct when it comes to racial matters.However it is an interesting memoire of a time when newsgathering was accomplished on a very low tech basis.
54 - Joe Penhall LANDSCAPE WITH WEAPON (Paperback)
"'Qualms?' Oh yeah, sure, I have 'qualms'. Everybody has qualms. But I'll overcome them."
To his family's horror, Ned reveals he's the brains behind a new military technology so sophisticated, so extraordinary, it will revolutionise the nature of warfare. It's only when the Ministry of Defence demands intellectual ownership that Ned begins to question himself, resisting the might of the weapons industry with frightening consequences.
Landscape with Weapon is a wry account of private anguish, public responsibility and a problem with no solution. The play premiered at the National Theatre on 20 March 2007.
Joe Penhall's previous work for the National Theatre, Blue/Orange, was the winner of the Olivier Awards Best Play (2001), the Evening Standard Award Best Play (2000), and the Critics Circle Award Best Play (2000)."
55 - Hugh Pentecost THE SHAPE OF FEAR - A Pierre Chambrun mystery novel (Paperback), Pyramid Books (USA), 1972.
"The most dazzling mystery writer since Rex Stout."
56 - Jim Phelan LIFER (Paperback)
"The savage testament of a man condemned to a life behind bars."
57 - Ian Rankin A QUESTION OF BLOOD (Paperback) - myyty 18.11.2017
58 - Ian Rankin MORTAL CAUSES (Paperback)
"The sixth Inspector Rebus novel 1994. It was the fourth in REBUS television series starring John Hannah.
Set during the Edinburgh Festival, this novel starts with a brutally executed corpse being discovered in Mary King's Close, an ancient subterranean street. The body has a tattoo identified with "Sword and Shield", a long-thought-defunct Scottih Nationalist group with links to secratianism in Northern Ireland. The victim turns out to be the son of notorious gangster "Big Gear" Gafferty, and the plot moves towards the unthinkable prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a tourist-filled Edinburgh."
59 - Kathy Reichs DEVIL BONES (Paperback), Arrow Books (UK) 2009 with 370 pages.
"Now in mass market from the bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—the riveting #1 New York Times bestselling Temperance Brennan novel.
In a house under renovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, a plumber discovers a forgotten cellar, and some rather grisly remains—the severed head of a teenage girl, several decapitated chickens, and a couple of cauldrons containing beads, feathers, bones, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In a river not far away, an adolescent boy’s torso carved with a pentagram, is found. Are these crimes the work of Satanists and devil worshippers?
Nothing is clear, neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? As Temperance Brennan is called in to investigate, citizen vigilantes intent on a witch hunt are led by a preacher turned politician, looking for revenge. "
60 - Jon Ronson THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS (Paperback)
"Bizarre military history: In 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice, they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and—perhaps most chillingly—kill goats just by staring at them. They were the First Earth Battalion, entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries. And they really weren’t joking. What’s more, they’re back—and they’re fighting the War on Terror.
An uproarious exploration of American military paranoia: With investigations ranging from the mysterious “Goat Lab,” to Uri Geller’s covert psychic work with the CIA, to the increasingly bizarre role played by a succession of U.S. presidents, this might just be the funniest, most unsettling book you will ever read—if only because it is all true and is still happening today."
61 - Dorothy L. Sayers THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB (Paperback)
"On November 11, ninety-year-old General Fentiman is found dead in an armchair at the Bellona Club. No one knows exactly when his death occurred—information essential in determining the recipient of a substantial inheritance. But that is only one of the mysteries vexing Lord Peter Wimsey. The aristocratic sleuth needs every bit of his amazing skills to discover why the proud officer's lapel was missing the requisite red poppy on Armistice Day, how the Bellona Club's telephone was fixed without a repairman, and, most puzzling of all, why the great man's knee swung freely when the rest of him was stiff with rigor mortis."
62 - David Seltzer THE OMEN (Paperback)
"Now updated, this classic tale of the antichrist who comes to Earth in the form of a young boy.
Jeremy Thorn, United States Ambassador to England, and his wife Katherine become the parents of a beautiful boy whose destiny is to fulfill the most horrible prophecy ever made.."
63 - Shelley Sessions with Peter Meyer DARK OBSESSION - A true story of a father's crime and a daughter's terror (Paperback)
"The author, a victim of incest, recounts how she successfully took her father to court, despite the opposition of family and community members"
64 - Josef Skvorecky THE RETURN OF LIEUTENANT BORUVKA (Paperback)
"Things looked very black for Lieutenant Boruvka in The End of Lieutenant Boruvka. But in this, the fourth and (perhaps) final volume in the series, the sad-eyed detective turns up again, this time in Canada.
Boruvka is working as a parking-lot attendant in downtown Toronto, after a spectacular escape from a Czech prison which provoked an international scandal, when a young woman is murdered, perhaps in a spy coverup. Boruvka lends his years of experience and hard-won pessimism to the neophyte Canadians on the case (including his daughter, who works for a feminist detective agency).
By having this story--his most riveting and funniest yet--narrated by the murdered woman's brother, an amiable WASP, Josef Skvorecky sets the Old World against the New, and pokes fun at the absurdities on both sides of our cultural divide. In the end, as an old war crime is avenged, the narrator discovers the source of Lieutenant Boruvka's mournful demeanour."
65 - Michael A. Smith JEREMIAH TERRORIST PROPHET (Paperback)
" In this first book of a trilogy, Jeremiah, who claims to be a modern-day religious prophet, attempts to create a following by killing the "evil ones"--pedophiles, bullies and rapists, prison inmates, stock market manipulators and crooked politicians. At the same time, he progressively publishes on the Internet a new book of the Christian Bible allegedly revealed to him by God. Jeremiah threatens to detonate a nuclear weapon on the eastern seaboard unless the government allows him to form an independent state in the Midwest, where his followers will implement God's revised plan for mankind. "
66 - Valerie Stivers BLOOD IS THE NEW BLACK (Paperback)
"MY BOSS IS A BLOODSUCKING BITCH. NO REALLY ...
” When nice-girl Kate McGraw finds herself working at Tasty, a magazine with its finger on the pulse of modern style, she’s finally able to put her flair for fashion to good use. But can she keep up with the Tasty staffers? Ethereally beautiful and extremely emaciated, they stay out all night, never look the worse for wear, and are always dressed to kill.
Like everyone else around the office, Kate finds herself begrudgingly reading dispatches from a snarky industry blog that dubs her colleagues “bloodthirsty vamps.” She knows they don’t mean it literally, but . . . she’s heard whispers of “fashion murders” and she has noticed strange things around the office: Like, why doesn’t her boss get laminates to fix her sharp teeth? Why are the blinds always drawn, and why is there a no-garlic policy in the cafeteria?
As well-dressed bodies begin to pile up near all the hot places, Kate has to wonder if there’s a serial killer loose with a grudge against the stylish. Or if the truth is even more sinister: Are Kate’s coworkers actually undead? And, if so, can she design an exit strategy before she finds herself at Tasty forever?” VAMPIRE
67 - Rex Stout NERO WOLFE - DEATH OF A DUDE (Paperback)
"Sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, leave West Thirty-fifth Street for a Montana dude ranch to clear an innocent man of a murder charge."
68 - Rex Stout NERO WOLFE - A RIGHT TO DIE (Paperback), Fontana (UK) 1974, 192 pages
"When a bright young heiress with a flair for romance and one too many enemies is found brutally murdered, Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, find themselves embroiled in a case that is not as black and white as it first appears.
Susan Brooke has everything going for her. Men would have killed themselves to marry her, and, in fact, one did.
Susan came to New York to find love and fulfillment, and ended up dead on a tenement floor. The police say her black fiance did it, but Wolfe has other ideas. Before he's done, he'll prove that good intentions and bad deeds often go hand in hand and that the highest ideals can sometimes have the deadliest consequences."
69 - THE TENTH PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES by Herbert van Thal (Paperback)
"This is one of my favorite editions not least due to the high standard of writing in the 22 stories contained therein- "The Acid Test" "Supper With Martha"- "Something In The Cellar" "A Sharp Loss Of Weight" and of course my personal "favorites" such as "The Fat Thing"(hint- you'll love the twist in the tale for this one!) "The Evil One" and "Marmalade Wine"(the last became an episode of "Night Gallery" incidentally
70 - Eduard Topol RED GAS (Paperback)
"North Siberia: The huge gas line to Western Europe is in the last stages of construction. Soviet Prestige and a mammoth financial investment are at stake. Ten Days before the official inauguration there's a break-out from a labour camp. Two top officials are found gruesomely murdered. For Anna Kovina of the Criminal Investigation Department, the pressure is on to close the case before all hell breaks loose. But nothing is as it seems, and Anna's investigations uncover a dangerous world where high technology and higher finance clash with the ancient forces of primitive belief. And Anna is not the only one for whom time is running out... Red Gas, the gripping thriller of espionage and exploitation amidst the frozen wastes of Siberia."
71 - Jonathan Valin FINAL NOTICE (Paperback)
"She was perfect. She smelled of toothpaste, talc, and something sweeter than lilacs. And in that crazy season of autumn, when Cincinnati was ablaze in the blood-red color of fall, Kate Davis made Harry Stoner feel old, and a little in love too. But for Harry Stoner those were only two more reasons that Kate shouldn't have anything more to do with this case. Because what had started with a twisted act of vandalism in the local library had led Kate and Harry, paired together, on a twisting path to a brutal, unsolved murder and to a pumped-up, speeded-up psycho. Now the May-December thing has to stop. The man Harry and Kate are after was using the cut-up pictures of women to tell the whole world what he intended to do. The last thing he needs is the perfect girl to do it to..."
72 - Irving Wallace THE SEVENTH SECRET (Paperback)
"Every week a tall, attractive, older woman named Evelyn Hoffmann make her regular visit to the bustling downtown district of West Berlin...
Emily Ashcroft and her father, Sir Harrison Ashcroft, have set out to write a definitive biography of Adolph Hitler. Before they can finalize their manuscript, however, a cryptic letter from a German dentist sends Sir Harrison off to attempt the excavation of the site of the Führerbunker, where Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, lived out the final weeks of their life before committing suicide and being cremated in a shallow pit. The thing is – maybe they didn't.
Unfortunately, before the excavation can begin, Ashcroft is run down in a hit-and-run that would seem accidental – except the driver backed up and ran him over a second time.
Armed only with the dentist's letter, her notes, and the determination to finish her father's book, Emily Ashcroft makes her own journey to Berlin. She is joined by a Russian museum curator, an American architect writing a book on Nazi and Third Reich architecture, and a Mossad agent, posing as a reporter. Together they uncover what may be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated – the faked death of the Father of the Third Reich, and the plan to bring the Nazi Party back to power.
Through harrowing adventures, steamy romance, impersonators, SS guards, and survivors they piece together the missing puzzle pieces of what really happened so long ago. The only question is – are they up to the challenge, and, as they begin to close in, can they survive it?"
73 - Minette Walters THE SCOLD BRIDLE (Paperback)
"Few tears fall when rich, spiteful old Mathilda Gillespie's bloody corpse is found her bathtub, her wrists slit and the ancient scold's bridle clamped on her head. It seems Mathilda's favorite heirloom was also an instrument of torture form the Middle Ages, an iron cage used to gag yapping women. Among the Dorset villagers, only Sarah Blakeney, Mathilda's doctor for her final year, seems even mildly disturbed that the miserable nag has been muzzled forever.
But suicide starts to look like homicide, and Sarah's sorrow seems a bit contrived when the bombshell drops that Mathilda has disinherited her daughter and granddaughter, leaving her entire fortune to Sarah. Now the object of vicious gossip and the police's prime suspect in a brutal murder, Sarah must prove her innocence by delving into Mathilda's past to unmask the real killer."
74 - Lauren Weisberger THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Paperback)
"Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul."
75 - John Welcome STOP AT NOTHING (Paperback), Penquin Books (UK) 1963 with 172 pages in a fair condition.
"Breakneck thriller in which the best people chase each other in'Bentleys and Ferraris and the like from green days in County Kildare to blue nights on the Cote d'Azur, quoting Cory and Chesterton; eating—between pistollings—in the best places; and displaying a great deal of expert knowledge about horseflesh and racing gear- changes. Sorry to see that one of the best villains in the business didn't survive the last chapter—a handsome half-colonel of cavalry with a couple of DSOs won in the desert, keen on killing. He ought to have gone on and on, like Clubfoot or Dr. Fu Manchu."
76 - H. G. Wells THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (Paperback), Orion Media 1996 with 129 pages in a goog condition.
"Edward Prendick is shipwrecked in the Pacific. Rescued by Dr. Moreau's assistant he is taken to the doctor's island home where he discovers the he has been experimenting on the animal inhabitants of the island.."
77 - Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 (Hardcover)
"Following the death of Peter Hansome, his wife Bridget is contacted by Frances Slater, her late-husband's mistress. Though the two are from opposite sides of London and meet under the least desirable circumstances, the women become close friends. In a subtly wrought turn of events, Bridget and Frances discover that they have in common what is important to them most: their parallel memories of Peter, killed in a car accident, and the shared reality of his spirit form, haunting them still. A gracefully tuned feat of the imagination, Salley Vickers's novel is a rare celebration of life's most intriguing geometries, the love triangle.
The classic threesome husband, wife, mistress proves mathematically unstable in Vickers's profound comic novel (following her debut, Miss Garnet's Angel). When 62-year-old Londoner Peter Hansome dies in a car crash, his widow, Bridget, and his mistress, Frances, develop an awkward intimacy cemented by their shared loss. But before Bridget can come to terms with Peter's absence, a "breathtaking" young Iranian man named Zahin arrives to see Peter and winds up moving in as houseguest/housekeeper. Zahin is charming deferential and superhumanly industrious, he fills the air with the "satisfying scent of lavender Pledge" but there's also something unsettling about his presence, which drives Bridget to her Shropshire cottage, where she meets Stanley Godwit, a Shakespeare-loving chimney sweep. Frances, too, finds unexpected joy as she learns to make sense of life without Peter. But Peter is never actually gone, as his ghost watches over his former "consorts." This ghost is no jealous meddler; he's more ambiguous, prompting Bridget to meditate on the ambiguity of the ghost in Hamlet and on her own uneasy Catholicism. Though Vickers begins unpromisingly by adopting a pedantic tone, she abandons this posture soon enough, allowing her appealing characters to bloom as the world opens up to them in surprising but logical ways. Philosophical concerns are woven seamlessly with earthly incident, so that bad cocktail parties resonate and good bubble baths matter. In the tradition of the late Iris Murdoch, this extraordinary book will inspire and delight."
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