After Alex Wales crash lands on a planet that doesn't even show up on her navigational map and her ship is damaged, all she wants to do is get help and leave the planet as soon as she can. She's got something to deliver and time is running out. Instead, she stumbles onto a very alluring man who takes her to his village-a seemingly utopian society led by a Priestess.
Stuck on this planet with no way of getting off, Alex finds herself drawn to the alluring Damon. But when locals start turning up dead after being mauled and eaten by some sort of monster, she's thrust into the middle of the investigation.
As the layers of the mystery slowly unravel, Alex and Damon find themselves facing their pasts, and the many lies woven around the planet of Eden.
The first novel to be translated into English from one of Japan's rising literary stars; a tale of murder and desperation set in a desolate seaside town, in online chat rooms and love hotels – with a cast of characters all pushed to the razor's edge.
January 6, 2002. The body of a female insurance saleswoman is found in the southernmost region of Japan, at a spot rumored to be a home to ghosts. Shortly thereafter Yuichi, a young construction worker, is arrested by the Nagasaki police on suspicion of murder. What then unfolds – from multiple points of view – are the events that led up to and follow the murder, as Yuichi and his lover try to elude the police. Moving back and forth in time, the riveting narrative tells the stories of the victim, the murderer, and their families – people of all classes, occupations, economic levels, and emotional situations – stories that come together to give us a unique, visceral, and indelible sense of contemporary Japanese society.
Here is the first appearance in English of a writer who is poised to electrify the American reading public.
La violenta erupción de un volcán en Islandia obliga a desalojar una pequeña isla. Las cenizas y la lava sepultan una población. Sus habitantes se ven en la necesidad de iniciar una nueva vida en duras condiciones, y muchos abandonan la isla.
Treinta años después aquel trauma parece superado, pero el proyecto Pompeya del Norte decide desenterrar algunas de las viviendas. En las excavaciones de una de las casas, junto a objetos y utensilios cotidianos, se realiza un hallazgo sorprendente: cuatro cadáveres habían quedado ocultos por las cenizas todo ese tiempo sin que nadie sospechara de su existencia. Una abogada se ve forzada a investigar qué había ocurrido realmente con aquellos cuerpos y cómo habían llegado allí. La evidencia de un antiguo crimen hará aflorar una sórdida historia de violencia que parece no haber finalizado todavía, estremeciendo la aparentemente tranquila vida de un pueblo de pescadores.
«No hallarás nunca paz ni consuelo. Arde para siempre…»
Así reza la carta que, escrita con la propia sangre de su hijo Harald, recibe en Alemania Amelia Gotlieb, días después de que la policía islandesa encontrara el cadáver del muchacho en la Facultad de Historia de Reykjavik: un cadáver al que, además, le han sacado los ojos y lleva marcados en su cuerpo extraños signos que dejan a los forenses entre el estupor y el espanto. Descontentos con el trabajo de la policía, y deseosos de que la verdad se descubra de la forma más discreta posible, los padres del difunto contratan entonces los servicios de Þóra, una letrada islandesa a la que ayudará Matthew, el abogado alemán que envía la familia.
Þóra y Matthew inician una investigación que les llevará desde la moderna Reykjavik al extremo noroeste de la isla, una zona inhóspita y salvaje donde, como en tantos otros lugares de Europa, se llevaron a cabo ejecuciones de decenas de personas acusadas de brujería. A los dos abogados no les quedará otro remedio que sumergirse en los restos y documentos de aquel nefasto episodio de la historia de Islandia para encontrar la clave de un asesinato que parece haber sido inspirado en ancestrales rituales.
Jónas, el propietario de un moderno complejo hotelero especializado en terapias alternativas, acude a Þóra, una ahogada de Reykiavik, para que investigue una serie de sucesos relacionados con lo sobrenatural, pero el mismo día de su llegada a Snæfellsnes encuentran el cadáver de Birna, la arquitecto a la que Jónas había encargado la construcción de un ala del hotel.
Þóra, con la inestimable ayuda de su compañero Matthew, se propone demostrar la inocencia de su cliente, pero nada es lo que parece en aquel paraje idílico, repleto de leyendas y misterios y donde se concentra una fuerte carga telúrica y espiritual. No dejan de circular historias de desapariciones, se producen nuevos crímenes y las pistas, por extraño que pueda parecer, conducen a los antiguos propietarios de las tierras donde esta ubicado el hotel, en cuyo pasado se oculta un terrible secreto que alguien parece interesado en ocultar.
It's late at night when Florida sheriff's deputy Sara Cross arrives at the scene of a roadside shooting along a deserted highway. Another deputy, Billy Flynn, her former partner, who also happens to be her former lover, has fatally shot a twenty-two-year-old man during what started out as a routine traffic stop, and she's the first to arrive on the scene. He claims that the man pulled a gun, and that when he didn't respond to Billy's commands to drop it, Billy shot him. Billy is clearly upset, shaken up; Sarah sees the gun in the dead man's hand and the bag of illegal weapons in the trunk of his car and believes Billy's actions were justified.
Up north in New Jersey, Mikey-Mike runs a major drug operation and is tightening his hold on the competition, making a deal with a new supplier. Morgan, a middle-aged enforcer for Mikey who's been in the life too long, would like to make one last score, walk away, and retire for good. Mike asks Morgan to head to Florida to find out what's holding up his new deal, and Morgan sees the job as a possibility for his last big payday.
As more details of the roadside shooting emerge with Sara's investigation, and as Morgan follows the trail Mikey lays out for him, the two storylines begin to merge into a much darker, more menacing scenario than either Morgan or Sara imagined. Sara, in order to protect herself and her son, must follow the truth no matter where it leads.
Acclaimed crime writer Wallace Stroby delivers a gripping novel that is part modern noir, part intense character study--and totally compelling from start to finish.
Grade 7-10-The intense, personal slave narrative of 14-year-old Forty-seven becomes allegorical when a mysterious runaway slave shows up at the Corinthian Plantation. Tall John, who believes there are no masters and no slaves, and who carries a yellow carpet bag of magical healing potions and futuristic devices, is both an inspiration and an enigma. He claims he has crossed galaxies and centuries and arrived by Sun Ship on Earth in 1832 to find the one chosen to continue the fight against the evil Calash. The brutal white overseer and the cruel slave owner are disguised Calash who must be defeated. Tall John inserts himself into Forty-seven's daily life and gradually cedes to him immortality and the power, confidence, and courage to confront the Calash to break the chains of slavery. With confidence, determination, and craft, Tall John becomes Forty-seven's alter ego, challenging him and inspiring him to see beyond slavery and fight for freedom. Time travel, shape-shifting, and intergalactic conflict add unusual, provocative elements to this story. And yet, well-drawn characters; lively dialogue filled with gritty, regional dialect; vivid descriptions; and poignant reflections ground it in harsh reality. Older readers will find the blend of realism, escapism, and science fiction intriguing.
John, un viejo amigo de Easy Rawlins, solicita la ayuda de éste. Brawly Brown, hijastro de John, ha desaparecido y todo hace pensar que el chico se ha visto atrapado en una situación más peligrosa de lo que supone. A Easy no le costará demasiado encontrar a Brawly y enterarse de que John tiene razón… Pero conseguir que Brawly vea las cosas de esa forma resultará mucho más complicado.
The Walter Mosley and his new hero, Leonid McGill, are back in the new New York Times-bestselling mystery series that's already being hailed as a classic of contemporary noir.
Leonid McGill-the protagonist introduced in The Long Fall, the book that returned Walter Mosley to bestseller lists nationwide -is still fighting to stick to his reformed ways while the world around him pulls him in every other direction. He has split up with his girlfriend, Aura, because his new self won't let him leave his wife-but then Aura's new boyfriend starts angling to get Leonid kicked out of his prime, top-of-theskyscraper office space. Meanwhile, one of his sons seems to have found true love-but the girl has a shady past that's all of sudden threatening the whole McGill family-and his other son, the charming rogue Twilliam, is doing nothing but enabling the crisis.
Most ominously of all, Alfonse Rinaldo, the mysterious power-behind- the-throne at City Hall, the fixer who seems to control every little thing that happens in New York City, has a problem that even he can't fix- and he's come to Leonid for help. It seems a young woman has disappeared, leaving murder in her wake, and it means everything to Rinaldo to track her down. But he won't tell McGill his motives, which doesn't quite square with the new company policy- but turning down Rinaldo is almost impossible to even contemplate.
Known to Evil delivers on all the promise of the characters and story lines introduced in The Long Fall, and then some. It careens fast and deep into gritty, glittery contemporary Manhattan, making the city pulse in a whole new way, and it firmly establishes Leonid McGill as one of the mystery world's most iconic, charismatic leading men.
La serie que protagoniza Easy Rawlins llega a su décima y tal vez última entrega con esta novela, en la que Walter Mosley nos traslada al turbulento Los Angeles de finales de los 60.
Situada en 1967, en la décima entrega de la serie de novelas criminales protagonizada por Easy Rawlins nos encontramos a un Rawlins de mediana edad que empieza a acusar el paso del tiempo y los fantasmas que nunca lo abandonaron. Easy está lidiando con en el hecho de haber abandonado a Bonnie ─a pesar de amarla como a ninguna otra mujer─, con que sus hijos ya se han hecho mayores y con que Los Angeles está sufriendo cambios tan radicales después de los enfrentamientos raciales, que hasta a un superviviente como él le cuesta adaptarse a la ciudad donde siempre ha vivido. Sin embargo, Rawlins siempre parece encontrar nuevos problemas a los que hacer frente.
Dos peligrosos amigos de Easy, Ratón Alexander y Navidad Black, han desaparecido. Al primero lo buscan por el asesinato de Pericles Tarr; Navidad, por su parte, dejó a su hija Pascua en casa de Easy y se esfumó. La aparición de la policía militar en busca de Black, hace que Easy se ponga a trabajar para descubrir qué ha pasado y la relación que existe entre las desapariciones de sus amigos, el asesinato de Tarr y la aparición de una mujer rubia que no es como parece ser.
«Sus compactos diálogos continúan centelleando y el modo en que Mosley compone sus escenas sigue siendo tan sagaz como siempre» The New York Times
Un equipo de científicos llega a una desconocida isla.
La isla de Henders se separó del resto del mundo hace cientos de millones de años, y desarrolló su propio ecosistema, de una agresividad nunca vista. Si una de estas criaturas consiguiera salir de la isla…seguramente destruiría todo el planeta. Henders es un intenso bio-thriller de ciencia ficción en el que hay cabida para la aventura, el peligro, la ciencia, la tecnología, el debate, la política, los intereses económicos, la amistad y el amor. Una novela para poner a prueba nuestra idea del mundo. ¿Qué haríamos si descubriéramos una especie, o varias, que puede ser utilizada como arma de destrucción masiva? ¿O si existiera la posibilidad de que nos barriera del planeta por superioridad de adaptación?
In 1913 Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides rich and powerful men from America and Europe on big game safaris in the territories of the Masai tribe. Leon has developed a special relationship with the Masai.
One of Leon's clients is Count Otto Von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne (from The Triumph of the Sun) who is commander of the British forces in East Africa to gather information from Von Meerbach. Instead Leon falls desperately in love with Von Meerbach's beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva Von Wellberg.
Just prior to the outbreak of World War I Leon stumbles on a plot by Count Von Meerbach to raise a rebellion against Britain on the side of Germany amongst the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War in South Africa. He finds himself left alone to frustrate Von Meerbach's design. Then Eva Von Wellberg returns to Africa with her master and Leon finds out who and what she really is behind the mask...
Cast adrift after the blood symphony of Penny Dreadful, Phineas Poe tracks Jude to San Francisco, where he finds her involved with John Ransom Miller, a wealthy sociopath aiding Jude s revenge fantasies in exchange for her complicity in an unspeakable crime. Alone and outgunned, Poe hopes he can save Jude from herself, make sense of his own past, and navigate the tortuous internal landscape he calls Hell s Half Acre.
"A taut and timely thriller that explores the dark side of academia." – Karin Slaughter
A complex conspiracy involving the writing of a book drives Lavender's compelling debut, a thriller that will strike some as a mix of John Fowles's The Magus and Stephen King's The Shining. At Indiana's Winchester University, three students-Brian House, Dennis Flaherty and Mary Butler-are taking Logic and Reasoning 204, taught by enigmatic Professor Williams. They quickly learn this is a course like no other. Their single assignment is to find a missing 18-year-old girl, Polly, in six weeks time-or else, Williams asserts, she will be murdered. Is this merely an academic exercise? As Williams produces clues, including photographs of Polly and her associates, the students begin to wonder where homework ends and actual homicide begins. Together with Brian and Dennis, Mary ventures off campus in search of Polly into a world of crumbling towns, decrepit trailers and hints at crimes old and new. A rapid-fire plot offsets thin characterization, though the conspiracy becomes so all-encompassing, so elaborate, that readers may feel a bit like Mary when baffled by her quest: This is what she felt like: led, played, not in control of anything she did.
After a slow start, Staeger's solid second novel to feature semiretired CIA agent W. Cooper (after 2005's Painkiller) turns into a riveting and timely story revolving around a biological weapons threat. While Cooper explores a botched smuggling job involving stolen Mayan gold artifacts in the Virgin Islands that results in many deaths, Benjamin Achar, a package delivery-company driver, deliberately blows himself up in his garage near Fort Myers, Fla. The explosion releases a deadly virus that kills more than 100 people within two weeks. Enter CIA agent Julie Laramie to investigate the explosion and develop a team to track down other possible sleeper cells. Laramie recruits a reluctant Cooper, her former lover and partner, to assist, even as he continues to look into the killings related to the stolen Mayan artifacts. Superior characterization, in particular the relationship between Laramie and Cooper, which never stops the action, and clear, crisp writing make for a well-above-average thriller.
A sequel to the very popular Stones, Fanatics is a thrilling story in which the past and present collide in terrifying, riveting ways.
Garnet Havelock has just finished his apprenticeship in furniture-making, and has found a workshop for his new business in an old coach house on the isolated estate of recently deceased Professor Eduardo Corbizzi. Garnet signs a contract with the late professor's long-time companion, the eccentric and inscrutable Mrs. Valentina Stoppini, who presides over the mansion and is its only occupant. The terms of the deal are excellent, but there's a catch: Garnet has to repair the library's fire damage and keep all details about the estate confidential. Only after he agrees does Mrs. Stoppini inform him that the professor died of a seizure in the library under mysterious circumstances involving "an accident" and "a small fire." It isn't long before a distressing collision of past and present drags Garnet towards a horrifying truth he could never have imagined.
William Bernhardt's bestselling novels explore politics, power, ambition, crime, and the law. Now he scales new heights of suspense as, in one harrowing day, lawyer and former senator Ben Kincaid enters the eye of an international storm, a crisis with consequences beyond calculation.
Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC – Presidential Emergency Operations Center – built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.
Inside the bunker, defense specialists realize that a malevolent foreign dictator has hacked into the U.S. nuclear defense system and now has a finger on the trigger of America's most dangerous weapons. The dictator's message is clear: Heed his demands or suffer unfathomable destruction.
Forced to make critical, split-second decisions, the president seems to be falling apart under the pressure. The vice president wants to strip him of his powers – a move that could have a disastrous impact on national defense. But even during this time of upheaval, in order for the president to be removed, there must be a trial. With the clock winding down, Kincaid has precious little time to defend the president.
While Kincaid faces the trial of his life, legendary CIA agent Seamus McKay races through the clogged streets of Washington, searching for a hidden command center – guarded by murderous fanatics – that now controls U.S. ballistic missiles.
Two sides of one unforgettable story, McKay and Kincaid home in on their targets. One uses a gun – and any weapon he can get his hands on; the other employs his intuition and the law. And in William Bernhardt's spectacular thriller, as both move closer and closer to uncovering a world-shattering plot, the ultimate act of betrayal is launched from the heart of America's capitol itself.
In his thrilling novels of suspense, William Bernhardt takes us into the fault lines of the criminal justice system, where one mistake, a twist of fate, or an explosive secret can mean the difference between justice and its cataclysmic undoing. In Capital Offense, attorney Ben Kincaid stands amid the chaos of a violent collision between vengeance and death-and it’s up to him to discover where the truth lies.
Professor Dennis Thomas arrives at the law office of Ben Kincaid with a bizarre request: Thomas wants to know if Kincaid can help him beat a murder charge-of a killing yet to happen. The professor’s intended victim: a Tulsa cop who had refused to authorize a search for Thomas’s missing wife. For seven days, Joslyn Thomas had lain in the twisted wreckage of her car, dying a horrifically slow death in an isolated ravine. Now, insane with grief, Thomas wants to kill Detective Christopher Sentz. Kincaid warns him not to, but that very same day someone fires seven bullets into the police officer.
Suddenly Kincaid’s conversation with Thomas is privileged and Thomas is begging Kincaid to defend him. Thomas claims he didn’t shoot Sentz-even though he’d wanted to. Something about the bookish, addled Dennis Thomas tugs on Kincaid’s conscience, and against all advice, he decides to represent this troubled man in the center of a media and political firestorm.
But the trial doesn’t go Kincaid’s way, and a verdict of capital murder is bearing down on Dennis Thomas. That’s when Kincaid’s personal private detective, Loving, starts prying loose pieces of a shocking secret. Working in the shadows of the law, using every trick that works, Loving risks his life to construct an entirely new narrative about Detective Sentz, Joslyn Thomas, and madness in another guise: the kind that every citizen should fear, and no one will recognize-until it is too late.