Tras el éxito de la trilogía «Versos, canciones y trocitos de carne» vuelve César Pérez Gellida con su novela más negra, protagonizada por el concienzudo inspector de policía Ramiro Sancho. Primer libro de la trilogía «Refranes, canciones y restos de sangre». Lastrado por los efectos nocivos que le ha dejado la obsesiva persecución de Augusto Ledesma, el pelirrojo inspector de homicidios de Valladolid, Ramiro Sancho, vuelve al Cuerpo con la esperanza de retomar las riendas de su vida anterior. Nada más lejos de la realidad. Una adolescente ha desaparecido en el marco de las ferias patronales de la ciudad. Se trata de la hija de un importante empresario y las primeras pesquisas apuntan a que podría tratarse de un secuestro. César Pérez Gellida aborda su novela más negra desde una óptica global con el objeto de ofrecer al lector una visión 360o sobre un delito sumamente cruel como es la privación de libertad. Y lo ejecuta de una forma tan real que compartirá la angustiosa incertidumbre de la familia, tan estremecedora que saboreará el miedo desde la oscuridad de un lugar desconocido, tan veraz que se ajustará el pasamontañas para meterse en la piel del secuestrador y, como no, tan cercana que participará en el proceso de negociación e investigación en primera persona. Sarna con gusto es la evidencia irrefutable de que existe un género singular en nuestro país que se define como narrativa audiovisual. Vuelve el género Gellida. «La existencia en sí misma es angustiosa y consecuentemente resulta inevitable provocar dolor a los que nos rodean. El problema radica en que nunca se da la reciprocidad perfecta y, por tanto, las condenas son siempre injustas. Es indefectible y ni siquiera nos preocupa. No pagamos nuestras deudas en cien vidas, Sancho, porque en cada vida que malvivimos contraemos más y más obligaciones. Así, todos somos culpables, a pesar de que evitemos a toda costa reconocerlo para no aparentar nuestra vulnerabilidad. Tan fácil como reconocerlo, Sancho, tan fácil como admitirlo.» La crítica ha dicho... «Con Sarna con gusto Pérez Gellida alcanza la madurez en una obra original y de sofisticada crueldad. Los fieles al género Gellida estamos de suerte.» Dolores Redondo Y los lectores... «Sarna con gusto es una novela inquietante, cruda, que aborda un tema original, cargada de tensión... Es un libro adictivo y totalmente recomendable que rebosa una sofisticada crueldad en todas sus páginas.»
A high-speed, high-stakes thriller from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now. A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize—for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away. Behind the elegance and glamour of the art world, anything goes—theft, forgery, betrayal, and maybe even murder. . . .
The Lost Angel
Author: Javier Sierra
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A story told in the three days before a terrorist organization is set to destroy the world follows the kidnapping of an American scientist who possesses a pair of mysterious stones believed to grant their owner the power to communicate with God.
In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm. With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out. In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.
A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her. On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown. Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust. But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive. This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.
Author: Sue Grafton
The Shape of the Ruins
Author: Juan Gabriel Vasquez
A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions -- the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vásquez. The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets; and it haunts those who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings. This novel explores the darkest moments of a country's past and brings to life the ways in which past violence shapes our present lives. A compulsive read, beautiful and profound, eerily relevant to our times and deeply personal, The Shape of the Ruins is a tour-de-force story by a master at uncovering the incisive wounds of our memories.
El presente pack de la segunda trilogía de César Pérez Gellida construye la historia posterior de tres de los grandes protagonistas de la primera: Ramiro Sancho, Erika Lopategui y Ólafur Olafsson. Tras concluir la persecución del psicópata Augusto Ledesma, el inspector Ramiro Sancho vuelve al trabajo y se enfrenta al terrible y cruel secuestro de una adolescente. Una batalla de la que saldrá damnificado y que lo llevará a apartarse del cuerpo y a llevar una aparente vida de devaneos y vicios para olvidar. Mientras, Erika y Ólafur, con su nuevo compañero redimido, Uriel, emprenden una persecución sin tregua a los miembros de la organización criminal llamada Congregación de los Hombres Puros. Pero no será fácil, necesitarán la ayuda de todos sus aliados, atravesarán el Atlántico e incluso algunos perderán la vida en el intento. El pack incluye: Sarna con gusto, Cuchillo de palo y A grandes males. La crítica ha dicho... «Con Sarna con gusto Pérez Gellida alcanza la madurez en una obra original y de sofisticada crueldad. Los fieles al género Gellida estamos de suerte.» Dolores Redondo «Una de las mejores novelas que he leído.» Juan Gómez Jurado «Un altísimo nivel literario secundado con un lenguaje exquisito y brillantísimos diálogos. Una novela plagada de dilemas morales esencialmente kafkianos y de decisiones que nadie desearíamos nunca tener que tomar.» Zenda «Una vez más, me quito el sombrero ante el maestro. Aunque parecía imposible, César se ha superado a sí mismo con una novela muy trabajada, de trama compleja pero al mismo tiempo muy entretenida e instructiva.» Blog Libros que hay que leer
Author: Chad Pytel, Tammer Saleh
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
The Complete Guide to Avoiding and Fixing Common Rails 3 Code and Design Problems As developers worldwide have adopted the powerful Ruby on Rails web framework, many have fallen victim to common mistakes that reduce code quality, performance, reliability, stability, scalability, and maintainability. Rails™ AntiPatterns identifies these widespread Rails code and design problems, explains why they’re bad and why they happen—and shows exactly what to do instead. The book is organized into concise, modular chapters—each outlines a single common AntiPattern and offers detailed, cookbook-style code solutions that were previously difficult or impossible to find. Leading Rails developers Chad Pytel and Tammer Saleh also offer specific guidance for refactoring existing bad code or design to reflect sound object-oriented principles and established Rails best practices. With their help, developers, architects, and testers can dramatically improve new and existing applications, avoid future problems, and establish superior Rails coding standards throughout their organizations. This book will help you understand, avoid, and solve problems with Model layer code, from general object-oriented programming violations to complex SQL and excessive redundancy Domain modeling, including schema and database issues such as normalization and serialization View layer tools and conventions Controller-layer code, including RESTful code Service-related APIs, including timeouts, exceptions, backgrounding, and response codes Third-party code, including plug-ins and gems Testing, from test suites to test-driven development processes Scaling and deployment Database issues, including migrations and validations System design for “graceful degradation” in the real world
Return to Your Skin
Author: Luz Gabás
Past and present are interwoven in this story of everlasting love, where the shadow of witchcraft and man’s greed are defeated by one woman’s passion that transcends space and time. Brianda, a young engineer, leaves her comfortable life in Madrid to learn more about her ancestors. When she travels to a cold, isolated village high in the Pyrenees to explore her roots, Brianda discovers a family secret—and a new love interest. The mysterious Corso, who is challenging destiny by restoring the neglected manor he has inherited, offers to help Brianda in her research. Together they uncover another woman named Brianda in the family archives, a woman who lived four centuries ago. Heiress to the distinguished lord of Orrun, Brianda of Lubich defied convention by refusing to marry and carry on the family lineage. In a land convulsed by wars, twenty-four women were accused in one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Spanish witchcraft. Due to her unconventional ways, Brianda became a target. She makes a promise to her true love, a promise she may not live to keep.
The Night Manager
Author: John le Carré
Publisher: Ballantine Books
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Now an AMC Miniseries John le Carré, the legendary author of sophisticated spy thrillers, is at the top of his game in this classic novel of a world in chaos. With the Cold War over, a new era of espionage has begun. In the power vacuum left by the Soviet Union, arms dealers and drug smugglers have risen to immense influence and wealth. The sinister master of them all is Richard Onslow Roper, the charming, ruthless Englishman whose operation seems untouchable. Slipping into this maze of peril is Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier who’s currently the night manager of a posh hotel in Zurich. Having learned to hate and fear Roper more than any man on earth, Pine is willing to do whatever it takes to help the agents at Whitehall bring him down—and personal vengeance is only part of the reason why. Praise for The Night Manager “A splendidly exciting, finely told story . . . masterly in its conception.”—The New York Times Book Review “Intrigue of the highest order.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Richly detailed and rigorously researched . . . Le Carré’s gift for building tension through character has never been better realized.”—People “Grimly fascinating, often nerve-wracking, and impossible to put down.”—Boston Herald
Author: Donna Leon
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Donna Leon’s bestselling mystery novels set in Venice have won a multitude of fans for their insider’s portrayal of La Serenissima. From family meals to coffee bars, and from vaporetti rides to the homes and apartments of Venetians, the details and rhythms of everyday life are an integral part of this beloved series. But so are the suffocating corruption, the never-ending influx of tourists, and crimes big and small. Through it all, Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti has been an enduring figure. A good man who loves his family and his city, Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice. In Earthly Remains, the twenty-sixth novel in this series, Brunetti’s endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work. When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, suggests he stay at the villa of a relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny’s Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house on Sant’Erasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend. Earthly Remains is quintessential Donna Leon, a powerful addition to this celebrated series.
The Barcelona Brothers
Author: Carlos Zanon
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
A gritty noir set in Barcelona's savage underbelly. Epi Dalmau is a desperate man. Early one morning, he carries a duffle bag into a dingy bar in a rough neighborhood of Barcelona. Four other people are in the bar: his brother Alex, his good friend Tanveer, the bartender, and a Pakistani man who wandered in to use the restroom. Epi grabs a hammer out of his duffle bag and attacks Tanveer. After a brief struggle and a couple of blows, Tanveer lies dead on the floor and Epi flees the bar. Alex and the bartender plan to find and protect Epi, while blaming the murder on the unfortunate Pakistani man, who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Epi is hunting for Tiffany, the woman of his dreams and the reason behind the murder. What he'll do when he finds her, and what drove him to brutal violence are the subjects of Carlos Zanón's gritty, unflinching novel, set in a city tourists never see. The Barcelona Brothers is a hard look at what people are capable of when they have no other options, and a portrait of a modern, multicultural Barcelona.
Author: Henry James
Short work by the prolific American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his life in Europe and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based on themes of consciousness and morality.
I Don't Want Curly Hair!
Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
NO! I do not want this BIG CURLY HAIR! It's messy and silly and just plain unfair. All Curly Haired Girl has ever wanted is straight and luscious locks, but when she meets a little girl with the smoothest, silkiest hair, who says all she's ever wanted is spirally, squiggly hair, they are BOTH confused! A hilarious tale about loving what we have. And hair, lots and lots of hair. I Don't Want Curly Hair! is glorious new picture book for little people who always want what they can't have! From the brilliant Laura Ellen Anderson – illustrator of the bestselling Witch Wars series.