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The Visiting Professor
Robert Littell - 1993
Because he knows state secrets, he has not been allowed to cross the state's frontiers. Now, suddenly, his request for an exit visa is approved -- a sure sign that the situation is even more chaotic than he had imagined.Falk accepts a chair as a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Chaos-Related Studies in upstate New York. Arriving in the Promised Land under the impression that the streets are paved with Sony Walkmans, he plunges into the heart of another kind of chaos. No sooner has he arrived than he sets off on an academic cat fight, falls in love with a hairdresser half his age, and becomes a self-styled gumshoe tracking a serial killer.In one of his most original novels, Littell explores the relationships between randomness and God, chaos and sex, a butterfly tattoo and occasional rain, the going and the getting there. The Visiting Professor is a delicious post-Cold War romp through a chaotic contemporary America.
First to Fall
Carys Jones - 2010
Hired to defend a local ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realise that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…
Bolitar's Game: Back Spin / The Final Detail / Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar, #4, #6, #7)
Harlan Coben - 2002
Golf, baseball, basketball...murder-it's all Myron Bolitar's game! This exclusive Mystery Guild omnibus edition includes three complete novels, all featuring wise-cracking, Yoo-hoor guzzling sports agent Myron Bolitar, his fetching assistant Esperanza Diaz-known as Little Pocohontas in her pro wrestling day--and his preppy sidekick Windsor Horne Lockwood III, who has his own agenda for justice.
The Next Right Thing
Dan Barden - 2012
A former police officer, Randy narrowly escaped being an evening news highlight during years ravaged by anger and alcohol. Thanks to Terry’s coaching and an endless stream of caffeine-fueled AA meetings, Randy’s been off the booze for eight years, has a successful new career, and is thriving in a healthy relationship with his vegan yoga-instructor girlfriend. All is well . . . until Terry, himself supposedly sober for fifteen years, is found dead of a heroin overdose. How could Terry, who had dragged so many others from the edge, jump off himself? Convinced that something (or someone) must have pushed him, Randy is soon off on a dry-drunk quest for answers—and possibly revenge. He discovers a trail of dirty secrets that lead to missing persons, shady real estate deals, hydroponic pot farms, and Internet pornography. When his suspicions ultimately connect Terry’s death to the activities of a recently appointed Superior Court judge—who just happens to be dating Randy’s ex-wife—Randy has to ask himself: Is he really onto something or just suffering from grief and paranoia? Will his increasingly frenzied behavior ruin his current relationship and his chances of regaining custody of his daughter? Will he destroy the life that he has worked so hard to achieve? Will he reach for a drink?The Next Right Thing is a hilarious and harrowing combination of thriller and recovery tale, equal parts hard-earned wisdom and old-fashioned suspense.
Violence in the Blood (The Crime Syndicate #1)
Mark Newman - 2016
He's got everything he ever wanted, except his health. The knives are out. His rivals sense blood. Their time is now. But Thompson's not going down without a fight. Violence in the Blood documents Thompson's rise to power from the backstreets of Glasgow to the industrial heartland of the Midlands. Join the rampage as Malkie and his crew blaze a trail of mayhem and destruction north and south of the border.
Catherine Deveney - 2013
It was the moment I watched Daddy die. Everything began to unravel then.’ When their father dies of a sudden heart attack, sisters Rebecca and Sarah Connaghan set aside their differences and return to the family home in Glasgow. Then Rebecca finds letters between her father and the mother she barely remembers that cast doubt on everything she’s been told about her family. Reeling from confusion and grief, she sets off alone for the remote Highlands village that may hold the key to the past. Above all, she is determined to prove the innocence of her father – the beloved, silent man she once thought she knew, now accused of a terrible crime.
The Family Business 5: A Family Business Novel
Carl Weber - 2020
LC has done his share of dirt over the years, but kiddie porn and child prostitution are not his style--or so he says. The evidence is overwhelming, and even his beloved wife Chippy is starting to have her doubts.Determined to clear their father's name Vegas, Junior, and Rio set out to find out the truth. They will soon find out that sometimes, the truth can be worse than the lie you've been told.Meanwhile, the beautiful Paris Duncan is haunted by recurring nightmares of her true love, Niles Monroe. She blew up his private plane when he became a threat to her family; however, there have been signs that suggest he may still be alive. Could LC's arrest have something to do with Niles' reappearance in her life? Or is it her son, Jordan, that Niles is really interested in?Get ready for another roller coaster ride with the Duncan family.
Collusion/Ghosts Of Belfast Bundle
Stuart Neville - 2010
Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by twelve ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he’s going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he’s working his way down the list he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too. Now he has given Fate—and his quarry—a hostage. Is this Fegan’s ultimate mistake?CollusionWhen Detective Inspector Jack Lennon tries to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter, his superiors tell him to back off. But now an assassin stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends for a vengeance-driven old man. As Lennon unravels a conspiracy that links his daughter to a killer named Fegan, the line between friend and enemy blurs.
The Art of Staying Dead
Joel Hames - 2015
A lawyer who doesn’t care. A secret buried for thirty years. An Amazon US/UK Top 10 Bestseller in - Crime Fiction - International Mystery & Crime - Conspiracy Thrillers - Legal Thrillers - Kidnapping - Financial Thriller - Political Thrillers & Suspense Meet Sam Williams. Lawyer, loser, man on the way down. Sam's about to walk into a prison riot. Meet a woman who isn't what she seems. And wind up on the wrong side of some people who'll stop at nothing to keep him quiet. Sam thought things were going badly yesterday. Now he'll be lucky to see tomorrow. Read what Amazon customers are saying about The Art of Staying Dead... "A brilliant read for thriller action readers" "The suspense is perfectly timed and believable, the atmosphere and characterisation spot on" "The well-thought-out plot moves along at a relentless pace" "A pacy thriller with a rich seam of laconic humour" "Engaging, fast-paced and genuinely thrilling" And watch the explosive trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNQZl...
The Opposite of Dark
Debra Purdy Kong - 2011
Why would she, given that she buried her dad three years earlier? Desperate to understand what’s going on and if the man she buried really was Marcus Holland, Casey attempts to unravel the truth about her past. Filled with twists and turns and the unwelcome help of a persistent stranger, Casey’s quest takes her to Europe where startling revelations place her in danger. An associate of her father believes that Marcus stole three million dollars from him and he wants it back. Convinced that Casey can find the money, the man won’t stop until he either has the cash or she and those she loves die.
Gone by Dawn
Tom Wood - 2018
Bloodied and broken, he knows retribution at the hands of his enemies is right behind him. Yet when a young woman shows him kindness he's not used to in a small town on the border, he delays his escape so he can return the favour. But this town is not all it seems, the night promising to dissolve into violence... and come what may, he must be gone by dawn. Taking place between the events of The Enemy and The Game, Gone By Dawn is a gripping short story ideal for readers new to the Victor series and an absolute must-read for fans.
Carol Smith - 2007
He is everything she could ever want: gifted musician, wit and high achiever. In her mind, at least, they are ideally matched and a burning desire for him takes hold. Fate, however, has other plans and Joe has no intention of settling down. All Rose will ever be to him is part of his student past. Instead he embarks on a dazzling career which takes him abroad for a number of years, leaving Rose alone with shattered dreams. She knows what true happiness can be like. Her parents have always been very well married, and the late arrival of her kid sister, Lily, helped make the family complete. But when Joe returns and falls for Lily, unaware that Rose still has feelings for him, a dangerous rivalry ensues ...one that can only lead to murder.
Scott Phillips - 2013
Into this cushy world bursts “Dr. Crandall Taylor” —or rather the actor who plays him — the star of a dated American soap opera that is now one of the hottest primetime shows in France. And this newfound fame, as enriching as it is unexpected, is not wasted on Crandall, eager to put his dark and often violent American past behind him and enjoy all the fruits —and the women —that Paris and fame have to offer him.But TV fame isn’t enough. Randall wants a feature film. Every actor wants a feature film, and so Crandall uses his charm and intellect to draw into his narcissistic web four different women: an executive at the network that runs his show; an American porn star reaching new heights on the internet; a bookish university student with a slightly nasty bent; and the beautiful would-be actress wife of an arms dealer. Against his better judgment, Crandall accepts both the arms dealer’s cash and his beautiful wife’s advances. Soon, Crandall is on the run through the alleys and streets of Paris, trying not only to fund a film but simply to stay alive. But this is no ordinary chase —and Crandall is no ordinary mouse — and soon his penchant for violence, sex, and megalomania erupts into full blown war.Rake is the latest noir classic from the author of The Ice Harvest. It features a charming, despicable anti-hero and a funny, satiric take on modern entertainment culture. Phillips turns his gimlet eye on the lush life of an actor who, on his destructive tour through Paris, crosses the line from garden variety narcissism into full-fledged psycopathy.