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  • James MacManus Collection - 3 Books

    James MacManus

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    Can love overcome the threat of war?

    It's Berlin in 1938 and newly appointed military attache Noel Macrae and his extrovert wife Primrose have arrived at the British Embassy. Prime Minister Chamberlain is intent on placating Nazi Germany, but Macrae is less so...

    Convinced that Hitler can be stopped by means other than appeasement, he soon finds that he is not the only dissenting voice in the Embassy, and discovers senior officers in the German military are prepared to turn against the Fuhrer...

    From the beginnings of the Second World War to a dangerous affair set against the fiery nights of the Blitz and a vivid reimagining of General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby's love affair, James MacManus' gripping and atmospheric thrillers are inspired by real-life people and events that changed the course of history.

    For fans of authors like David Downing, Alan Furst, John Le Carre
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  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

    Dominic Smith

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    Written by Dominic Smith, this captivating read tells of a 17th century painting that links three lives across three continents over three centuries. In 1600s Amsterdam, Sara de Vos loses her daughter suddenly and turns to painting in her grief. She creates the artwork of a dark landscape of a girl watching an ice skater from the edge of a wood.

    In 1957 in New York, Martijn de Groot has this painting - At the Edge of a Wood - hanging above his bed. When it's stolen, he is bereft. Meanwhile, struggling art student Ellie Shipley agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer. Finally, we arrive at Sydney in 2000 and Ellie is now a celebrated art historian and curator. She's curating an exhibition about the female painters of the Dutch Golden Age but then it becomes apparent the original version of this painting and her forgery are en route to the museum.

    Exhilarating from start to finish, this book is one you won't want to put down. Full of period detail and with its intriguing premise that threatens to see Ellie's life and reputation spiral out of control, it's a rewarding and elegantly written read.
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  • Things We Have in Common

    Tasha Kavanagh

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    Praised by the likes of Sophie Hannah, Nathan Filer and the Independent, Tasha Kavanagh's Costa First Novel Award 2015-shortlisted debut novel Things We Have in Common is one that you will not want to put down.

    A black comedy thriller that comes across as a combination of Sue Townsend and Zoe Heller, it tells the story of Yasmin - a 15-year-old girl who would do anything not only to have a friend, but also to keep one... and what happens when she casts her eyes on her school's most popular girl, Alice Taylor.

    When a man begins to hang around Alice, Yasmin is adamant that he's going to 'steal' her away from him... but does he have secrets of his own?
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  • A Quiet Death in Italy

    Tom Benjamin

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    Bologna: city of secrets, suspicion . . . and murder A dark and atmospheric crime thriller set in the beautiful Italian city of Bologna, perfect for fans of Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Philip Gwynne Jones. When the body of a radical protestor is found floating in one of Bologna's underground canals, it seems that most of the city is ready to blame the usual suspects: the police. But when private investigator Daniel Leicester, son-in-law to the former chief of police, receives a call from the dead man's lover, he follows a trail that begins in the 1970s and leads all the way to the rotten heart of the present-day political establishment. Beneath the beauty of the city, Bologna has a dark underside, and English detective Daniel must unravel a web of secrets, deceit and corruption - before he is caught in it himself. Tom Benjamin's gripping debut transports you to the ancient and mysterious Italian city less travelled: Bologna.
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  • Paths of Glory

    Jeffrey Archer

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    This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition? "Paths of Glory" is the story of such a man. But not until you've turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed. 'Archer at the peak of his imaginative powers' - "The Times". '"Paths of Glory" will lead Archer to fans he has never before conquered' - "The Independent". 'The plain storytelling is unimprovable. Few literary writers could do his job better' - "Sunday Times".
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  • The Stalker

    Alex Gray

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    The sixteenth book in the William Lorimer series from bestselling author Alex Gray. 'DS William Lorimer's a cop to rival Rankin's Rebus' Peterborough Telegraph A murder on their doorstep A case that's too close to home . . . The body of a young woman has been discovered in Bellahouston park, the second in a matter of months. It's clear to Detective Superintendent William Lorimer of Police Scotland that they have a repeat killer on their hands, who is sure to strike again. Lucky for DSI Lorimer that his wife, Maggie, is miles away from potential danger, touring Scotland to promote her first book. Faced with strangers at every event, Maggie doesn't notice the quiet, non-descript man sitting in the back row. But he has noticed Maggie Lorimer. And soon his will be a face she never forgets. If you like Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Ann Cleeves, you will be utterly gripped by this twisty, heart-stopping crime novel. ********* PRAISE FOR ALEX GRAY: 'A tense and twisty read with superb characterisation' WOMEN'S WAY 'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing' THE TIMES 'An excellent crime writer' DAILY MAIL 'One of the best is Alex Gray' LITERARY REVIEW 'With several surprises this is a gripping read and highly recommended' MYSTERY PEOPLE
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  • Died and Gone to Devon

    TP Fielden

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    `One of the best in the genre' THE SUN `A fabulously satisfying addition to the canon of vintage crime' DAILY EXPRESS `A delicious adventure' DAILY MAIL on The Riviera Express *** X marks the spot for murder... South-West England, the 1950s. In the seaside town of Temple Regis, seagulls are wheeling overhead and the holidays are getting close. And then the body of political candidate Odile Clifford is discovered on the balcony of the lighthouse. Fearless Riviera Express reporter Judy Dimont goes in search of the killer - but who is it? And where will they strike next? What's more, Judy's position as chief reporter is under threat when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true. Life is busier than ever for Devon's most famous detective. Can Judy solve the mystery - and protect her position as Temple Regis's best reporter - before the murderer strikes again?
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  • Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

    Mary Higgins Clark

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    The extraordinary new novel from the grande dame of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark. When talented journalist Penelope "Casey" Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes an incident in her own life that she has been trying to put out of her mind for years, she does not realise that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist on the eve of a merger which will make him a billionaire-and who will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks. The novels of Mary Higgins Clark are perfect for fans of Sabine Durant, Shari Lapena and everyone who loves a good mystery... *** Praise for Mary Higgins Clark *** 'I adore Mary Higgins Clark' Karin Slaughter 'Trust Mary Higgins Clark to know what frightens us to death' New York Times 'Clark plays out her story like the pro that she is . . . flawless' Daily Mirror 'Should come with a warning: start in the evening and you'll be reading late into the night' USA Today
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  • Hangman's Holiday

    Dorothy L. Sayers

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    The ninth book in Dorothy L Sayers' classic Lord Peter Wimsey series, introduced by crime writer David Mark - a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Margery Allingham's Campion Mysteries. Poisoned port ...Pet cats in peril ...Purloined pearls ...Lord Peter Wimsey solves the mysteries of the man who was blown into the fourth dimension and the murder in fancy dress. He pursues miscreants across several countries and into unexpected hiding places. Dorothy L. Sayers' other detective, Montague Egg, encounters a fugitive murderer and uncovers a killer in an Oxford cloister. The travelling salesman extraordinaire solves puzzles with a unique combination of matter-of-fact practicality and brilliant deduction. 'She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.' P. D. James
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  • The Eyes of Darkness

    Dean Koontz

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    If you delight in the suspense of Stephen King and The Stranger by Harlan Coben chilled you to the bone (in the best possible way), you'll love The Eyes of Darkness - the classic thriller by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. 'Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler' - The Times. Tina Evans can think of no better time for a fresh start. It's been a year of unbelievable heartache since her son Danny's death. Now the Vegas show that she directed is about to premiere, so she vows to out her grief behind her. Only there is a message for Tina, scrawled on the chalkboard in Danny's room. Two words that will send Tina on a terrifying journey...NOT DEAD. This book was originally published under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols.
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  • If the Dead Rise Not

    Philip Kerr

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    Berlin 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just eighteen months but already Germany has seen some frightening changes. As the city prepares to host the 1936 Olympics, Jews are being expelled from all German sporting organisations - a blatant example of discrimination. Forced to resign as a homicide detective with Berlin's Criminal Police, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. Two bodies are found - one a businessman and the other a Jewish boxer. As Bernie digs to unearth the truth, he discovers a vast labour and construction racket designed to take advantage of the huge sums the Nazis are spending to showcase the new Germany to the world. It is a plot that finds its dramatic and violent conclusion twenty years later in pre-revolutionary Cuba.
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  • Come a Little Closer

    Karen Perry

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    THE MUST-READ PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL UNKNOWN & YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND FRIEND. NEIGHBOUR. KILLER? Leah's new to Wyndham Park. Lonely and suffering from insomnia, she befriends her upstairs neighbour Anton. Anton has only recently returned to the street and is lonely too. He's been gone for nineteen years - but he hasn't told Leah the reason why. That nineteen years ago he was imprisoned for killing his wife. A wife who looked a bit like Leah . . . Was he wrongly convicted? Or is Leah befriending a killer intent on luring her closer and closer? Praise for Karen Perry 'Like Gone Girl . . . it's the most gripping thing I've read for ages' Evening Standard 'A brilliant binge-read thriller with a real roller coaster of an ending' Heat 'If you're a fan of menacing psychological thrillers that chill to the bone, this book is for you' Sunday Independent 'Genuinely surprising' Guardian
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  • The Roommates

    Rachel Sargeant

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    Do you really know the people you live with? 'Gripping, original and unpredictable, The Roommates is a must-read' Alex Lake From the top ten Kindle bestseller. Perfect for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. THEY LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo's first week is quickly going from bad to worse. YOU SHARE EVERYTHING A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets... BUT DO YOU TRUST THEM? When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo's recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with... 'Gripping, original and unpredictable' Alex Lake "Twisty and unnerving, Rachel is back with a thriller that will keep you up all night. Her best novel yet!' Phoebe Morgan 'From the very first page, the intrigue of this page-turning mystery builds until the gripping climax' Caroline England
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  • Magpie

    Sophie Draper

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    The dark, twisty new domestic suspense from the author of Cuckoo She's married to him. But does she know him at all? Claire lives with her family in a beautiful house overlooking the water. But she feels as if she's married to a stranger - one who is leading a double life. As soon as she can get their son Joe away from him, she's determined to leave Duncan. But finding out the truth about Duncan's secret life leads to consequences Claire never planned for. Now Joe is missing, and she's struggling to piece together the events of the night that tore them all apart. Alone in an isolated cottage, hiding from Duncan, Claire tries to unravel the lies they've told each other, and themselves. Something happened to her family ... But can she face the truth? Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and C. J. Tudor 'Chilling and heart-rending, a creepy, atmospheric story with a beautifully-drawn, bleak setting and memorably flawed characters' Roz Watkins 'Beautifully written, with a chilling mystery at its core, Magpie is a suspenseful and twisty pleasure of a read' Howard Linskey 'This eerie tale lingered with me for days after I'd read the final page. I didn't see the final twist coming!' Nicola Rayner 'I could not stop reading this - creepy and compelling. I loved it' Sarah Ward
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  • Departing Shadows

    Paul Charles

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    DI Christy Kennedy returns in Departing Shadows, a deceit-laden tale of intrigue, which takes him from London to Brighton and back, and into the arms of the West End's most celebrated up-and-coming actress, Nealey Dean. But all's not well in vibrant Camden Town, as Kennedy investigates a death just outside a diplomatic compound, and finds his investigation immediately stymied by the invocation of diplomatic privilege. The deceased, an actress of a different sort, hostess and social media influencer Gabriella Byrne, left behind a world of mystery, where even those who knew her best did not know her well. As Kennedy interviews witnesses and checks alibis, his investigation brings him from London's hallowed palaces of power to seamy gentlemen's clubs, each with smoke and mirrors of their own. Along the way, he discovers just how far some people will go to protect their darkest secrets, in this, the 11th DI Christy Kennedy mystery. About the series: The Christy Kennedy Mysteries are mostly set round and about Camden Town and Primrose Hill. Just as in real police work there is usually more than one crime being investigated in each book. Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy is an Ulsterman living in leafy Primrose Hill and working in vibrant Camden Town. Kennedy loves the art of detection, he's addicted to the puzzle of the crime; it's his only drug. He's a bit of a loner and doesn't socialise a lot. He's clean-cut, dresses well, very well, but he doesn't have a drink problem. Not really a career policeman, he's content to work away while others trip over each other as they leapfrog over him for promotion. He's not bothered about the career ladder at all, as long as the powers that be allow him to get on with solving the crime. Kennedy's around about thirty-eight years old, loves tea and the music of the Beatles, Ray Davies and Jackson Browne and not necessarily in that order. He has recently met Ann Rea whom he considers to be his soul mate. He is desperate for this relationship to work. He has spent his entire life waiting for the someone special to come along and now she has, he feels ill equipped to deal with the politics of love.
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  • The Bad Fire (Bob Skinner series, Book 31)

    Quintin Jardine

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    The gritty new mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling Bob Skinner series, set in Edinburgh and the Scottish countryside; not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May. Nine years ago, divorcee Marcia Brown took her own life. A pillar of the community, she had been accused of theft, and it's assumed that she was unable to live with the shame. Now her former husband wants the case reopened. Marcia was framed, he says, to prevent her exposing a scandal. He wants justice for Marcia. And Alex Skinner, Solicitor Advocate, and daughter of retired Chief Constable Sir Robert Skinner, has taken on the brief, aided by her investigator Carrie McDaniels. When tragedy strikes and his daughter comes under threat, Skinner steps in. His quarry is about to discover that the road to hell is marked by bad intentions . . . What readers are saying about Quintin Jardine's gripping mysteries: 'I would recommend anyone new to the series to give yourself a treat and read them all!!' 'I have given this book five stars because of the ingenious plot, the excellence of the narrative and, after quite a number of years, Quintin Jardine is still producing superb crime fiction' 'A fantastic gripping read and I didn't want to put it down' 'As always Mr Jardine had me hooked from the first chapter to the very end'
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  • The Almanack

    Martine Bailey

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    'Bailey's prose sparkles' The Times 'Puzzle solvers and historians will love this mystery' Booklist 'Murderously dark and delightful' MELISSA BAILEY SUPERSTITION. MURDER. VENGEANCE. Tabitha Hart earns a scandalous living in London, with whichever gentleman has enough coin for her company. But in the summer of 1752, her mother urgently summons her home to the village of Netherlea and, with reluctance, she returns. However, she is greeted by the news that her mother has died in disturbing circumstances. Finding cryptic notes in her mother's almanack, Tabitha is determined to discover the truth, but the superstitious villagers are wary of her. Only the enigmatic Nat Starling is prepared to join her, as she sets out to uncover her mother's killer. But soon the summer draws to a close and snow sets in, cutting off Netherlea from the outside world. As an unknown killer prophesies their deaths, Tabitha and Nat now face the darkest hours of their lives.
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  • Motherless Brooklyn

    Jonathan Lethem

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    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN IS RELEASED IN CINEMAS NOVEMBER 2019 'A detective novel of winning humour and exhilarating originality.' Sunday Times Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourette's Disease drives him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for mobster Frank Minna. But when Frank is fatally stabbed and his widow skips town, Lionel attempts to untangle the threads of the case.
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  • Tales of the Tattooed

    John Miller

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    Uncovering the history of the tattoo in classic fiction for the first time, this original selection depicts the tattoo as a catalyst for scandal in society, as a symbol for an unknowable supernatural force, and as transcendent living art merging the spirits of a tattooer and his or her living canvas. Featuring previously hidden works from the pages of rare literary magazines such as "The Starfish Tattoo" alongside such classics of the genre as Tanizaki's "The Tattooer" and Saki's "The Background," this exploration of the tattoo in fiction is guaranteed to leave an indelible impression.
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  • One Fatal Mistake

    Tom Hunt

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    Her son accidentally kills a man. They cover it up. Then everything goes wrong. When eighteen-year-old Joshua Mayo takes a man's life in a terrible accident, he leaves the scene without reporting the crime to the police. He hopes to put the awful night behind him and move on with his life. But, of course, he ends up telling his mother, Karen, what happened. Karen has raised Joshua on her own in Cedar Rapids, Iowa--and she'd thought they'd finally made it. He was doing well in school and was only months away from starting college at his dream school. After hearing his dark confession, she's forced to make a choice no parent should have to make. A choice that draws them both into a web of deceit that will change their lives forever--if they can make it out alive.
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  • Twisted Twenty-Six

    Janet Evanovich

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    The twisty and gripping new adventure in the unputdownable Stephanie Plum series from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of LOOK ALIVE TWENTY-FIVE and ONE FOR THE MONEY. Stephanie Plum's career has taken more wrong turns than a student driver on the Jersey Turnpike. In order to save someone dear to her, she'll have to straighten things out in Twisted 26, the new novel from No 1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich. This isn't just another case. This is family. Grandma Mazur, Stephanie Plum's favourite family member and occasional partner in crime, has decided to get married again - this time to local gangster Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn't have to worry for long. Forty-five minutes after saying "I do," the groom drops dead. A sad day turns into something dangerous when Jimmy's "business partners" become convinced that his widow is keeping to herself the keys to a financial windfall. The one thing these wise guys aren't counting on is the widow's bounty hunter granddaughter, who'll do anything to save her. Stephanie Plum has made a career of tracking down bad guys, but this time some of the worst people are coming after the most important person in her life - and she's the only thing standing in their way. Raves for Evanovich's novels: 'Romantic and gripping' Good Housekeeping 'Pithy, witty and fast-paced' The Sunday Times 'A laugh-out-loud page-turner' Heat
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  • November Volume I

    Matt Fraction

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    In this new sequence of three graphic novellas by MATT FRACTION and ELSA CHARRETIER with colors by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH and exquisitely-crafted lettering by cartoonist KURT ANKENY, NOVEMBER follows the lives of three women intersecting in a dark criminal underground. As fire and violence tears through their city on a single day and night, they discover their lives are bound together by a mysterious man that seems to be the cause of it all. One night. One city. Three women. NOVEMBER.
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  • A Killer Choice

    Tom Hunt

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    Gary Foster's life is finally heading in the right direction. After years of trying, his wife, Beth, is pregnant, and he recently opened a business with his brother. But one phone call changes everything. After collapsing suddenly, Beth is rushed to the hospital. Tests reveal a devastating diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumour. Their only hope is an expensive experimental treatment available abroad, with a cost that's out of their reach. And Beth's time is running out. Then a strange man approaches Gary and offers the money he needs, on one condition: that he kill someone, no questions asked. End one life to save another. Faced with this impossible choice, Gary will find out how far he's willing to go to save his wife. But as the dire consequences of his actions begin to hit home, can he save his own?
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  • King Zeno

    Nathaniel Rich

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    New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge. In Nathaniel Rich's King Zeno, the Crescent City gets the rich, dark, sweeping novel it so deserves. New Orleans, a century ago: a city determined to reshape its destiny and, with it, the nation's. Downtown, a new American music is born. In Storyville, prostitution is outlawed and the police retake the streets with maximum violence. In the Ninth Ward, laborers break ground on a gigantic canal that will split the city, a work of staggering human ingenuity intended to restore New Orleans's faded mercantile glory. The war is ending and a prosperous new age dawns. But everything is thrown into chaos by a series of murders committed by an ax-wielding maniac with a peculiar taste in music. The ax murders scramble the fates of three people from different corners of town. Detective William Bastrop is an army veteran haunted by an act of wartime cowardice, recklessly bent on redemption. Isadore Zeno is a jazz cornetist with a dangerous side hustle. Beatrice Vizzini is the widow of a crime boss who yearns to take the family business straight. Each nurtures private dreams of worldly glory and eternal life, their ambitions carrying them into dark territories of obsession, paranoia, and madness. In New Orleans, a city built on swamp, nothing stays buried long.
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Every one of our wide range of crime, thriller and mystery books will get your heart racing and mind whirring. From dangerous detective novels to shocking crime books to the very best thriller books, get lost in the many titles we have to offer.

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Join in on the journeys and discoveries of some of fiction’s best-loved detectives or dive headfirst into the minds of some of the darkest characters in our shocking psychological thrillers. With a huge selection of authors and crime thriller books, including novels by Agatha Christie and James Patterson, you’re sure to find the perfect book for you.

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