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  • AMOLV
    Thomas Paul Burgess
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    What links a traumatic childhood secret with the murder of a high-ranking police officer and two young men facing terrorist death threats? In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the fragile Peace Process is still haunted by the crimes of the past. Truth and justice have become the currency through which victim and terrorist alike must purchase their closure regarding the conflict...When Detective Inspector Dan Watson of the Historical Enquiries Team enters an interview room for a routine consultation, he is astonished by the recognition of an eerily familiar face - Eban Barnard, the younger brother of his late partner and mentor Detective Superintendent Alex, who was brutally assassinated by the Provisional IRA twenty years earlier. What Dan learns in that room defies credulity and threatens to open up a Pandora's Box of secrets that will unhinge the lives of all those involved - and endanger the very peace process itself. Based on actual events, and set against the backdrop of a society's hunger for redemptive catharsis, White Church, Black Mountain is a tightly-constructed, fast-paced novel that follows the dysfunctional life of the misanthropic Eban as he traverses a generation of secrets and lies. Unlike many of the novels about 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland, White Church, Black Mountain is at the forefront of an emerging 'post-conflict' canon, considering the legacy of the conflict as it impacts upon those who seek to build a future in its aftermath. Exploring a panoply of themes - including prejudice, corruption, retribution and abiding grace - it will by enjoyed by fans of political thrillers. It can be read in conjunction with Burgess' latest academic work, The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants (Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127679 - Michael Pearce
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    Michael Pearce
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    With impeccable historical detail, the crime thrillers in Mamur Zapt author Michael Pearce's Dead Man series will have you hooked and guessing from the very first page.

    Set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s, A Dead Man in Istanbul follows Seymour of the Special Branch as he looks into the strange death of the Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul. Apparently he'd been attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits (a passage between Europe and Asia heavily used by warships, tankers and cargo vessels) in an attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander. At least that's what the Embassy is claiming. However, there's a bullet in his head and it's up to Seymour to discover exactly what happened.

    These enticing spy thrillers also find Seymour investigating killings and conspiracies in Athens and Barcelona.

    This collection contains books 2, 3 and 5 from Michael Pearce's Dead Man series.
  • The House of Unexpected Sisters - Hardback - 9781408708149 - Alexander McCall Smith
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    Alexander McCall Smith
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    The latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series follows Precious Ramotswe as she discovers her father is not quite the idol she always believed...

    Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is also making some shocking discoveries about her own past while their peaceful surroundings are interrupted by the arrival of somebody no one particularly wants to see. Of course, the remarkable ladies serve some tea and make their way through the difficulties...

    This is a feel-good read with hugely popular characters and plenty of good-natured surprises.
  • ARMYY
    Pam Hartshorne
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    When Kate Vavasour wakes in hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around her bed, or of her life before the accident. The doctors diagnose post-traumatic amnesia and say the memories should start returning. Which they do ...but these memories are not her own. They belong to Isabel Vavasour, who lived and died at Askerby Hall over four hundred years earlier ...Returning to Askerby Hall to recuperate, Kate finds herself in a house full of shadows and suspicions. Unable to recognise her family, her friends or even her small son, she struggles to piece together the events that led to her terrible fall. Life at Askerby, it seems, is not as illustrious as the Vavasours would have the public believe. But before she can uncover the mysteries of the present, she must first discover the truth about the past ...Was Isabel's madness real, or was her mistake trusting the one person she thought would never betray her?
  • AAYIQ
    James Patterson
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    A powerful and political thriller from the master of the genre.

    The scene is set for a huge funeral in St Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The rich and the famous from all over America -- and beyond -- have arrived to honour a former First Lady after her sudden, unexpected death. Then follows an attack that was three years in the planning. Hostages are taken -- the ex-President among them -- ransoms demanded, a couple of hostages shot to show the kidnappers mean business. It's all brilliantly and chillingly co-ordinated, and Michael Bennett, the detective in charge of the case, knows it will be his biggest ever challenge.
  • ATAFK
    Anthony Horowitz
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    Literary legend James Bond returns to his 1950s heyday in this exhilarating thriller by Sunday Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. It's 1957 and James Bond (agent 007) has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end. Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological superiority. And SMERSH is back. The Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race at the most dangerous track in Europe. But it's Bond who finds himself in the driving seat and events take an unexpected turn when he observes a suspicious meeting between SMERSH's driver and a sinister Korean millionaire, Jai Seong Sin. Soon Bond is pitched into an entirely different race uncovering a plan that could bring the West to its knees. Welcoming back familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny, international bestselling author Anthony Horowitz ticks all the boxes: speed, danger, strong women and fiendish villains, to reinvent the golden age of Bond in this brilliantly gripping adventure. Trigger Mortis is also the first James Bond novel to feature previously unseen Ian Fleming material. This is James Bond as Fleming imagined him.
  • AKOGQ
    Diane Chamberlain
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    YOU CAN NEVER OUTRUN THE PAST. Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquillity of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened - Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection. On arrival she discovers that the town has not forgotten the past and amongst the hostility and gossip, Rachel is forced to seek out old allies and new passions. Soon she finds an unlikely advocate in her grandmother, who surprises her with her wise counsel and rare strength. Rachel comes to realize that they are both trying to overcome the past, and in doing so brings private guilt and concealed secrets into the light.
  • AKIEG
    John Grisham
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    Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate. The will is dynamite. Seth has left ninety per cent of his vast, secret fortune to his housemaid. The vultures are circling even before the body is cold: the only subject more incendiary than money in Ford County is race, and this case has both. AS the relatives contest the will, and unscrupulous lawyers hasten to benefit, Jake searches for answers to the many questions left by Seth Hubbard's death: What made him write that last-minute will leaving everything to a poor black woman named Lettie Lang? Why did he choose to kill himself on the desolate piece of land known as Sycamore Row? And what was it that Seth and his brother witnessed as children that, in his words, 'no human should ever see'? In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with page-turning twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own.
  • AETGW
    John Grisham
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    David Zinc has it all: Big firm, big salary, life in the lawyer's fast lane. Until the day he snaps and throws it all away. Leaving the world of corporate law far behind, he talks himself into a new job with Finley & Figg. A self-styled 'boutique' firm with only two partners, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are ambulance-chasing street lawyers who hustle nickel-and-dime cases, dreaming of landing the big win. For all his Harvard Law Degree and five years with Chicago's top firm, Zinc has never entered a courtroom, never helped a client who really needed a lawyer, never handled a gun. All that is about to change.
  • AFBDK
    Ian Fleming
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    'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' In "Casino Royale", the first of Fleming's 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money.
  • AHRUK 16 years +
    C. J. Sansom
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    1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House. Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill's Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government's side. And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country. Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog; as David's wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined. And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men ...At once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping, humane spy thriller and a poignant love story, with DOMINION C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel.
  • ALQUW
    SJ Kincaid
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    Tom Raines and his friends return to the Pentagonal Spire for a new year, eager to continue their training for the elite Intrasolar Forces. But they soon discover troubling changes. Strict new regulations, suspicious agents in positions of power and the revelation that the Spire is under military control. The trainees are now cadets. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those in control have a ruthless agenda. And when the military academy begins welcoming suspicious new cadets, they reveal a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications. Tom is desperate to stop it, and it seems he is not alone. But when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can he endure in the battle to save himself? In this exhilarating, explosive and heart-rending conclusion to the INSIGNIA trilogy, CATALYST puts Tom and his intelligent, passionate and brave young friends through stunning tests, dangerous confrontations and into an impossible future they could never have predicted.
  • APDMX
    Mark Greaney
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    When a rogue state tries to go nuclear, only two men can stop it...Jack Ryan Jr is in Ho Chi Minh City tailing an ex-CIA operative with valuable documents when a hit leaves Jack with a corpse, no documents and only a bloodily scribbled note as a clue to what just happened. It sends him on the trail of a shadowy security firm with links to North Korea, newly resurgent under its young, power-hungry dictator. For the rogue state has found a way to finally make its nuclear ambitions a reality - no matter the cost to the world. This is something President Jack Ryan will not permit - but North Korea and its backers have plans for US leader which will silence him for good. On the ground and on the global stage, Jack Ryans Jr and Sr race against time to halt a madman from acquiring the world's deadliest weapon...The newest Jack Ryan thriller from Tom Clancy, following on from Command Authority, sees the return of the best loved series character from the world's favourite international thriller writer.
  • AGYRC
    John Grisham
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    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It's a long story.
  • ASMGO
    Peter Hanington
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    'TREMENDOUS' William Boyd 'AMAZINGLY GRIPPING' Melvyn Bragg 'A BELTING GOOD READ' A.L. Kennedy 'BRILLIANT' Evan Davis 'I LOVED EVERY MINUTE IN THIS BOOK'S COMPANY' Fi Glover 'A NATURAL STORYTELLER' John Humphrys 'URGENT, COMPELLING' Gillian Reynolds 'DEEPLY INTELLIGENT' Will Gompertz Kabul, Afghanistan. William Carver, a veteran but unpredictable BBC hack, is thrown into the unknown when a bomb goes off killing a local official. Warned off the story from every direction, Carver won't give in until he finds the truth. Patrick, a young producer, is sent out on his first foreign assignment to control the wayward Carver, but as the story unravels it looks like the real story lies between the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall. Set in a shadowy le-Carre-esque world, A Dying Breed is a gripping novel about journalism in a time of war, about the struggle to tell the stories that need to be told - even if it is much easier not to.
  • AAOBM
    David Baldacci
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    Evan Waller is a monster. He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything ...and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has just begun a new business venture: one that could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe. On Waller's trail is Shaw, the mysterious operative from The Whole Truth, who must prevent Waller from closing his latest deal. Shaw's one chance to bring him down will come in the most unlikely of places: a serene, bucolic village in Provence. But Waller's depravity and ruthlessness go deeper than Shaw knows. And now, there is someone else pursuing Waller in Provence - Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group headquartered in a musty old English estate - and she has an agenda of her own. Hunting the same man and unaware of each other's mission, Shaw and Reggie will be caught in a deadly duel of nerve and wits. Hitchcockian in its intimate buildup of suspense and filled with the remarkable characters, breathtaking plot turns, and blockbuster finale that are David Baldacci's hallmarks, "Deliver Us From Evil" will be one of the most gripping thrillers of the year.
  • ASQOB
    Jason Matthews
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    With the brilliant Palace of Treason, CIA veteran Jason Matthews confirms his position as the most exciting spy writer alive. This is as good as it gets. 'Portrays the heart-pounding rhythms of on-the-street espionage better than any novelist in recent memory' Daily Mail *** PARIS A young woman is cornered on a deserted boulevard. Moments later she walks away, leaving her assailant for dead. ATHENS An elderly man walks into the American embassy with a story to tell. MOSCOW The most unlikely of traitors is uncovered by the most dangerous of men. WASHINGTON A brilliant, unorthodox CIA agent must single-handedly connect the dots to stop an intricate house of cards from toppling in a cold war that's taken a terrifying new twist. *** 'The greatest ever female character in spy fiction' Sunday Times 'Superb. Enthralling. Shimmers with authenticity' New York Times 'A dazzling thrill-filled journey across the globe' Sunday Mirror 'The best espionage novel you've ever read' Huffington Post 'Taut, fast paced and authentic. A great American spy novel' Charles Cumming 'Sublime and sophisticated ...a fast-paced thriller as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world' Washington Post 'The narrative bristles with reality' Daily Mail 'Matthews is the insider's insider. He knows the secrets. And he is also a master storyteller' Vince Flynn 'Terrifically good' New York Times Book Review 'Thrilling, absorbing and brilliantly descriptive ...you won't fail to be won over' Sunday Mirror
  • ACZKY
    Camilla Lackberg
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    Worldwide bestseller Camilla Lackberg weaves together another brilliant contemporary psychological thriller with the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe's past! Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedstrom, Erica's husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother's wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica's past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be!
  • AFSXF
    Vince Flynn
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    A series of explosions has rocked Washington D.C., killing 185 people - an act of extreme violence that calls for an extreme response from elite counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash. But key Washington officials are uncertain whether to back the agents who, regardless of the legal consequences, stand between the enemy's bullets and countless American lives. Not for the first time, Rapp finds himself in the frustrating position of having to expose the country's politicians to the harsh realities of national security. Three of the al-Qaeda terrorists are still at large, and Rapp has been unofficially ordered to find them by any means necessary. No one knows the personal, physical and emotional sacrifices required by the job better than Rapp. And when he sees that Nash is cracking under the pressure of the mission, he makes a decision he hopes will save his friend, assuage the naysayers on Capitol Hill, and bring him one step closer to the enemy before it's too late...
  • AEJLA
    Lars Kepler
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    The No 1 Scandinavian crime bestseller. Tumba, Sweden Tumba, Sweden A triple murder, all the same family. The killer is at large, and it looks as if the elder sister escaped the carnage. But she is missing and it seems only a matter of time until she too is murdered. Detective Inspector Joona Linna demands to investigate the grisly aftermath -- against the wishes of the national police. Where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy, Josef, whose mother, father and little sister were killed before his eyes, and he's in shutdown, comatose with shock. Obsessed and desperate, Linna turns to disgraced specialist Erik Maria Bark! The Hypnotist.
  • AJVUJ
    William Boyd
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    This is the Sunday Times Bestseller. It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors. Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.
  • ABOIE
    Vince Flynn
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    What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Six months ago, Mitch Rapp was just an ordinary college student. Then the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack stole the lives of two hundred and seventy passengers, leaving thousands grieving. And Mitch Rapp hungry for revenge. Just the material CIA Director Irene Kennedy needs for her new group of clandestine operatives. Now, after months of intense training, Mitch finds himself in Istanbul, where he tracks down the arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the attack. Rapp then moves onto Europe, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. But his final destination is Beirut where, unwittingly, he will walk into a trap - and straight into his enemy's clutches. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive ...
  • ALSKU
    David Baldacci
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    The man known as Oliver Stone has no official past. He spends most days camped opposite the White House, hoping to expose corruption wherever he finds it. But the stakes are raised when he and his friends, a group of conspiracy theorist misfits known as The Camel Club, accidentally witness the murder of an intelligence analyst. Especially when the authorities are seemingly happy to write it off as a suicide. For Secret Service agent Alex Ford, monitoring the 'investigation', the suicide verdict doesn't ring true. As punishment for sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, he is reassigned to bodyguard duties. His abilities are tested to the limit when he is sent to protect the President during a visit to his hometown, where a terrorist cell has spent months plotting an event that will shake the world. Meanwhile, America's powerful intelligence chief Carter Gray is unnerved when he glimpses the face of an old acquaintance in Arlington Cemetery - but it is the face of a man supposedly long dead ...And as The Camel Club is poised to expose a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of Washington's highly secretive corridors of power, Alex Ford finds out that his worst nightmare is about to happen . ..
  • AABDF
    Agatha Christie
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    Agatha Christie's world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again! and again!