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The Bridesmaid

The Bridesmaid

Author: Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453210997
Pages: 260
Year: 2010-12-28
From the New York Times–bestselling author of A Dark-Adapted Eye: A unique psychological thriller about a gentle young man tempted to kill for love. Philip Wardman is disgusted by murder. He cannot tolerate violent films or the local news, and when his friends discuss such things he often leaves the room. At his sister’s wedding, Philip becomes infatuated with a strange, silver-haired woman named Senta Pelham. They sleep together after the reception, and Philip finds himself falling headfirst into obsessive, all-consuming love. He wants to marry Senta and live an ordinary life—but before they can, she has a murderous idea. To prove the unconventionality of their love, Senta proposes that each of them commit a murder. Shocked by the idea, but unable to resist his beloved, Philip is drawn into a maze of violence and deceit—and is horrified to find that he feels quite at home. “Subdued tones, stultifying atmosphere, and omniscient narration mark this telling depiction of mutual psychological obsession,” writes Library Journal. Ruth Rendell was one of the twentieth century’s finest thriller writers, and The Bridesmaid is one of her most chilling.
The Witch Elm

The Witch Elm

Author: Tana French
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735224633
Pages: 528
Year: 2018-10-09
Named a best book of the fall by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, PopSugar, The Millions, and Parade A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years." (Washington Post) From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out. Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101993227
Pages: 336
Year: 2016-11-15
William Golding’s unforgettable classic of boyhood adventure and the savagery of humanity comes to Penguin Classics in a stunning Graphic Deluxe Edition with a new foreword by Lois Lowry As provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, Lord of the Flies continues to ignite passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary boys marooned on a coral island has been labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, and even a vision of the apocalypse. But above all, it has earned its place as one of the indisputable classics of the twentieth century for readers of any age. This Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Edition features an array of special features to supplement the novel, including a foreword by Lois Lowry, an introduction by Stephen King, an essay by E. M. Forster, an essay on teaching and reading the novel and suggestions for further exploration by scholar Jennifer Buehler, and an extended note by E. L. Epstein, the publisher of the first American paperback edition of Lord of the Flies. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Dracula

Dracula

Author: Stephanie Spinner
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 0808545078
Pages:
Year: 1995
Having deduced the double identity of Count Dracula, a wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.
The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802195539
Pages: 272
Year: 2011-07-12
In a small Pennsylvania town, Robert Forrester is recuperating from a nasty divorce and a bout of psychological trouble. One evening, while driving home, he sees a pretty young woman framed by her bright kitchen window. Soon, he can’t keep himself away. But when Robert is inevitably discovered, obsession is turned on its head, and he finds himself unable to shake the young woman, nor entirely sure whether he should. From Patricia Highsmith, once called "the balladeer of stalking" by The New Yorker, The Cry of the Owl is a modern classic ready to be reborn.
Missing Joseph

Missing Joseph

Author: Elizabeth George
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553905295
Pages: 592
Year: 2008-04-15
Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead—a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill. Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award-winning author Elizabeth George's greatest achievement.
The Doings of Raffles Haw

The Doings of Raffles Haw

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473369495
Pages: 150
Year: 2016-03-30
This early work by Arthur Conan Doyle was originally published in 1891 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. It was between 1876 and 1881, while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, that he began writing short stories, and his first piece was published in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal before he was 20. In 1887, Conan Doyle's first significant work, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual. It featured the first appearance of detective Sherlock Holmes, the protagonist who was to eventually make Conan Doyle's reputation. A prolific writer, Conan Doyle continued to produce a range of fictional works over the following years. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
This Sweet Sickness

This Sweet Sickness

Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393345610
Pages: 288
Year: 2002-10-17
Following the national bestseller Selected Stories, this fall brings the republication of a gripping Highsmith classic. In This Sweet Sickness, David Kelsey has an unyielding conviction that life will turn out all right for him; he just has to fix The Situation: he is in love with a married woman. Obsessed with Annabelle and the life he has imagined for them, David prepares to win her over, whatever it takes.
Found in the Street

Found in the Street

Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 0871133261
Pages: 276
Year: 1987
When Elsie Taylor dies under mysterious circumstances, her friends, both lower and upper class, become murder suspects
11.22.63 : a novel

11.22.63 : a novel

Author: Stephen King
Publisher:
ISBN: 144472729X
Pages: 740
Year: 2011
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he sweeps readers back in time to another moment, a real life moment, when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history. Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program.
Deep Water

Deep Water

Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393324559
Pages: 271
Year: 2003-07-17
Tired of an arrangement that allows his wife, Melinda, to take as many lovers as she wants in exchange for not deserting the family, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself with a tall tale of murder, a lie that eventually comes true, in a chilling novel about the dark reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life. Reprint.
No Orchids for Miss Blandish

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

Author: James Hadley Chase
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 1471903265
Pages: 188
Year: 2012-09-06
When Dave Fenner is hired to solve the Blandish kidnapping, he knows the odds on finding the girl are against him - the cops are still looking for her three months after the ransom was paid. And the kidnappers, Riley and his gang, have disappeared into thin air. But what none of them knows is that Riley himself has been wiped out by a rival gang - and the heiress is now in the hands of Ma Grisson and her son Slim, a vicious killer who can't stay away from women, especially his beautiful new captive. By the time Fenner begins to close in on them, some terrible things have happened to Miss Blandish ...
Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand

Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand

Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101664509
Pages: 400
Year: 2007-07-31
From the #1 bestselling author in France. Fred Vargas's books have been published in forty countries and over 10 million copies sold. Three wounds in a perfectly straight line was the bloody signature that marked victims from every corner of France who had been murdered over the course of thirty years. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's 7th Arrondissement, is deeply and personally familiar with the case, and though others were always framed and convicted for these crimes, including his own brother, the Commissaire knows the true identity of the killer—and knows that the murderer died in 1987. All the more disturbing, then, is Adamsberg's discovery one morning of a fresh murder with exactly the same profile...
On Moral Fiction

On Moral Fiction

Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480409219
Pages: 234
Year: 2013-04-02
John Gardner’s acclaimed search for the lost morality in art and literature Novelist John Gardner’s thesis in On Moral Fiction is simple: “True art is by its nature moral.” It is also an audacious statement, as Gardner asserts an inherent value in life and in art. Since the book’s first publication, the passion behind Gardner’s assertion has both provoked and inspired readers. In examining the work of his peers, Gardner analyzes what has gone wrong, in his view, in modern art and literature, and how shortcomings in artistic criticism have contributed to the problem. He develops his argument by showing how artists and critics can reintroduce morality and substance to their work to improve society and cultivate our morality. On Moral Fiction is an essential read in which Gardner presents his thoughtfully developed criteria for the elements he believes are essential to art and its creation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.
Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday

Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455546305
Pages: 480
Year: 2013-06-25
A police officer is furious that his partner's murderer was acquitted. In a desperate act of revenge, he kidnaps the defense attorney's wife. Who will find redemption in this story of corruption and passion?