From the nationally bestselling author of The Paris Architect
"The world of old New York comes alive in this beguiling tale of mystery and intrigue... Charles Belfoure definitely has the touch." --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Patriot Threat and The Lincoln Myth
The Debt Must Be Repaid -- or Else
In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn't have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross's son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent's Gent's, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won't solve. The take better include some cash too -- the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over. With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross's entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down -- and for his family to go down too.
What a Stunning book! It might win you over as a touching love story. It could knock you over as a memoir of marital grief. Either way reading a novel written with the eloquence and sparsity of a poet truly mesmerized me.
Amazing psychological thriller that will keep you up all night! Hard to figure out who the villain is - great choice for fans of Gone Girl and Mo Hayder!
A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother is desperate to get away from someone she's convinced will follow them wherever they go--her husband. The girls can't imagine what is outside their father's polygamous compound. If you loved ROOM you will love this novel!
In this cult classic, Tevis does for chess what he did for pool in his bestselling novel "The Hustler"--he turns it into the most exciting game in the world. Engaging and fast-paced, "The Queen's Gambit" speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.
When it was first published in 1959, The Hustler was the firstand the bestnovel written about billiards in the 400-year history of the game. The book quickly won a respected readership and later an audience for the movie with the same name starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.
After 20 years of hibernation, former pool champion "Fast" Eddie Felson is now ready to regain the skills needed to compete in a world of pool that has changed dramatically since he left it behind. "The Color of Money" is the source of the 1986 film starring Paul Newman in the role he had originated in "The Hustler.
As Minneapolis homicide detectives struggle to link three crimes together, they learn that there have been similar murders in other cities around the United States. Piece by piece, evidence accumulates, pointing to a suspect that shocks them to the core. Another Great mystery from the mother daughter team of PJ Tracy
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.
Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
"Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" is a memoir about a life's work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she'd written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" is a tough-minded search for belonging--for love, identity, home, and a mother.
Cockney cat burglar and jewel thief Jethro is as smart as he is streetwise, but even he has to be a bit nimble to prosper in the austerity-ridden, black-market-riddled world of postwar England. Having barely survived the war, Jethro tells everyone he's gone straight and takes up as a stagehand around London's many theatres. But the truth is that hiding in plain sight around London's West End is the perfect cover for his diamond capers in wealthy Mayfair and Belgravia. Jethro steals into the embassy of an Iron Curtain power to pinch some fabled Czarist jewelry, but his daring caper brings him to the attention of His Majesty's Secret Service and they blackmail him into going back to retrieve a secret code-book and help a beautiful cipher clerk defect. It's all a setup for a thief to catch a thief that pits Jethro against London's top villains, as well as one of the Soviet's topmost secret agents and assassins.
A murdered woman. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped adult with a history of violent outbursts. A very simple case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA once blamed for setting free a notorious child-killer, is eager to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs below the surface he discovers more than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed wife, a husband who'd do anything to escape his disastrous marriage, and an accused young man with no apparent means of defense. But with each shocking new revelation, Leo is only led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable trap of blood bonds and twisted family secrets.
A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat, and the police have no obvious leads. Delving into the dead man's past, two investigators discover that the city of Reykjavik has one or two secrets of its own, secrets it would rather keep, for those who love Henning Mankell and Stieg Larrson.
n Swedish novelist Olsson's somber debut, Veronika Bergman returns to Sweden after a childhood following her diplomat father around the world (her mother abandoned the family), and after publishing her first novel titled "Single, One Way, No Luggage". She rents a small house in a rural town to work on her second, but in solitude finds herself seized by feverish dreams and paralyzed by the "stillness" of the landscape and the memories of her recently dead fiancé. Reclusive septuagenarian Astrid Mattson, thought by the village to be a witch, takes an interest in Veronika, and the two strike up a friendship based on loss. Against the backdrop of the changing seasons and their small, plangent houses, the two women slowly tell each other their most closely guarded secrets (which concern their mothers and lovers), and venture, tentatively, out of the safety of their routines. Olsson has a clear feel for the emotional wellsprings of both characters, but can't convert her terse lyricism into a fully realized story.
"A Game of Thrones is a contemporary masterpiece of fantasy. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. A time of conflict has arisen in the Stark family, as they are pulled from the safety of their home into a whirlpool of tragedy, betrayal, assassination, plots and counterplots. Each decision and action carries with it the potential for conflict as several prominent families, comprised of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins and bastards, are pulled together in the most deadly game of all--the game of thrones.
This incredible new novel from a young and talented writer - is some of the best new prose for 2011 - set in the war torn Balkans and telling the story of a young doctor seeking to find herself and find out about her grandfather's past - a magical new novel - cross between Life of Pi and the Kite Runner!
From an author who wrote one of the bestselling Bobby Fischer books ever and who was himself a friend of Fischer's comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time captures the complete, remarkable arc of the life of the chess master.
In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe, in the powerful and haunting final installment of Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. 1-2 night read max - one of the quickest adventure stories you'll ever read! A Great Trilogy!
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, "Room" is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another. A Spectacular and lightning fast novel!
Moving from the medieval world of the best-selling "The Pillars of the Earth"and "World Without End" Follett's new historical novel is the first volume of a projected trilogy that follows five families—Welsh, English, German, Russian, and American—through the turbulent 20th century. Covering the period 1911–23, the narrative moves from family to family, country to country, as the Great War impends, happens, and closes. In the first pages, a Welsh boy enters the coal mines; he has just turned 13 that day. He can expect a short and dirty life, but it doesn't turn out that way. The book closes in confrontation: the ninth-richest man in Britain, Earl Fitzherbert, is forced by his own sense of manners to shake the hand of a bastard son he has never acknowledged. Fitz seduced the boy's mother when she was his housemaid. Now she's a Labour MP in the postwar coalition government. Fitz is the past. She's the future. The Great War has changed everything, even for the winners
In 1989, Follett astonished the literary world with "The Pillars of the Earth," a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centers on the building of a cathedral, and the hundreds of lives it affects. This sequel takes place in the same town ... Show More
"Transcending Fear" addresses one of the most significant challenges: the process of recognizing and moving beyond fear. In an age in which fear has brought the world to the brink of destruction, understanding why we contract in fear and how we can go beyond this instinctive reaction is essential for our survival as a species. As a World Champion skydiver, test pilot and psychologist, Brian Germain offers a unique personalized perspective on the phenomenon of fear. Reflecting on his many intense experiences with fear, Germain sorts through the most current psychology research on fear, and presents the ways to de-escalate the emotional response in provocative situations.
"BASE 66" is the true, nerve-wracking account of three young skydivers and their quest for membership in the most select extreme sports club on earth: The BASE club. In order to become a full-fledged member, Jevto Dedijer, Bernard Poirier, and Scott Elder had to parachute from the top of a building, an antenna tower, a bridge and a cliff, and survive to tell the story--a feat only some 800 adrenaline addicted people have succeeded in doing.
Thirty years in the making, Marlantes's epic debut is a dense, vivid narrative spanning many months in the lives of American troops in Vietnam as they trudge across enemy lines, encountering danger from opposing forces as well as on their home turf.
With _The Passage_, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Lackberg's haunting first novel. A more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian fiction . . . Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in her native Sweden. --Peter Robinson, author of _All the Colors of Darkness_.
_Dream On_ is the hilarious and inspiring story of how recreational golfer Richardson was determined to break par within a year at his local golf course -- and how he achieved this seemingly impossible feat.
The author of "The Devil of Nanking" delivers a taut, chilling tale of clandestine occult practices, New Age medicine, and the drug underground, set in a hypermodern urban landscape challenged by colliding immigrant cultures.
The eagerly anticipated debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist _You Are Not a Stranger Here:_ a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age, the first decade of the twenty-first century.
Private detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning-paced, intricately woven mystery. When Kelly is hired by an old girlfriend to tail her abusive husband, he expects trouble of a domestic rather than a historical nature. Life, however, is not so simple.
This compact, adamantine debut dips in and out of the consciousness of a New England patriarch named George Washington Crosby as he lies dying on a hospital bed in his living room, 'right where they put the dining room table, fitted with its two extra leaves for holiday dinners.' . . . In Harding's skillful evocation, Crosby's life, seen from its final moments, becomes a mosaic of memories, 'showing him a different self every time he tried to make an assessment.' —_The New Yorker_
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
A propulsive, relentless page-turner. A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted. A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilience. _CHILD 44_ is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.
Parachuting, The Skydiver's handbook is directed to those looking into the sport for the first time as well as the advance jumper. Every phase of skydiving, canopy flying, safety and equipment is covered. An appendix of skydiving terminology is included.
When Minneapolis homicide cops Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see the bride, facedown, dead in the water. And when the Monkeewrench crew -- computer geeks who made a fortune on games, now assisting the cops with special anticrime software -- are invited by the FBI to investigate a series of murder videos posted to the Web, it's not long before the group discovers the frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet. Using their skills to scour the Net to prevent more killings, the team must race against the clock . . . before it's too late.
_The Art of the Personal Letter_ reclaims the lost art of letter writing, giving you the gift of leisurely expression and allowing you to write beautiful, enduring letters to the people you care about—be it by hand or on a computer. For any occasion—whether you’re reaching out to connect with a long-lost friend or you want to express condolences with grace—author Margaret Shepherd gives you both the inspiration and the tools to write a memorable and meaningful letter that will be cherished by its recipient for years.
A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work. An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through the Loop. Two hours after that, a church becomes the target of a chemical weapons attack. The city of Chicago is under siege, and Michael Kelly, cynical cop turned private investigator, just happens to be on the scene when all hell breaks loose. _The Third Rail_ is stylish, sophisticated, edge-of-your-seat suspense from a new modern master.
Mo Hayder , a rising star of hardcore horror fiction, returns with a riveting and macabre novel that explores the evils committed in the name of faith. Journalist Joe Oakes is a born skeptic who makes his living exposing supernatural hoaxes. But his stay with a cult-like religious group on Scotland's remote Pig Island might be enough to turn him into a believer. When the island erupts into bloodshed, Oakes must abandon everything he thought he knew to discover the secret behind exiled cult leader Malachi Dove, who lives alone behind a wall of electricity and toxic waste on the island's far end. As the cataclysm of violence crashes down around him, Oakes is ultimately forced to confront the very nature of evil itself.
_The Bricklayer_ is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an ex–FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable—and more deadly—by the hour.
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor. The truth doesn’t always set you free. _Still Missing_ is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.
“This wonderfully subtle thriller . . . captures both the tragic consequences of one of Europe’s biggest conflicts and the universal horrors that war inflicts on women. With a tone somewhere between Ian McEwan’s _Atonement_ and the best of the current crop of European crime novelists, this bitter gem promises great things from the talented Oksanen.” --Kirkus Reviews
When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.
With the forensic acumen of Patricia Cornwell and the atmosphere of Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect series, _Birdman_ — already an international sensation prior to publication -- introduces a troubled homicide detective battling the demons of his past while facing the psychopath of the century.
_Case one:_ A little girl goes missing in the night. _Case two:_ A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. _Case three:_ A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape. Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .
Private detective Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner to solve an eight-year old rape and battery case long gone cold. But when the partner turns up dead, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived: a television reporter whose relationship with Kelly is not strictly professional; his best friend from childhood, a forensic DNA expert; and an old ally from the DA's office. To close the case, Kelly will have to face the mob, a serial killer, his own double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of the city he loves.
_The Road_ is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.
The suspense is relentless in _The Treatment_, an emotional powerhouse of a thriller that brings back Jack Caffery, the detective from Mo Hayder’s acclaimed novel _Birdman_. A masterful blend of psychological insight and forensic detail, Hayder’s latest thriller is as chilling as it is heartbreaking, a gritty, gripping tour de force of suspense.
"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (_Booklist_, starredreview) and "ingenious" (_Boston Globe_) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. A chance discovery convinces Glyverthat greatness awaits him. His path to win back what is rightfully his leads him to Evenwood, one of England's most enchanting country houses, and a woman who will become his obsession.
The author of the internationally bestselling novels "The Devil of Nanking" and "Ritual" picks up the trail of the latter novel's two unforgettable protagonists as they race to staunch a rising tide of blood in a sweltering port town.
Filled with breathtaking scenes -- the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain -- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.
Fate takes many forms. . . . When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together. With all the spirit and originality that made _Life of Pi_ so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.
Light and fun — wouldn’t we all like to have the cash and the time to renovate a 16th century monastery and create world class wines. Even if we’ll never get there — Máté takes us on his own personal journey to wine lover’s heaven. Bonus recipes in the back are also excellent!
The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes that there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own. Once again, Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy
Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
The Red Lobster perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall hasn't been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift with a near-mutinous staff. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, what to do about his pregnant girlfriend, and where to find the present that will make everything better. Stewart O'Nan has been called "the bard of the working class," and _Last Night at the Lobster_ is one of his most acclaimed works to date.
This "engrossing account . . . at once grand and quirky, entertaining and informative" (_Publishers Weekly_) delivers the fascinating 300-year history of American whaling, integrating literary, social, and economic history into an epic account of this once-vital industry.
Born in a bookstore in a blighted 1960's Boston neighborhood, Firmin miraculously learns how to read by digesting his nest of books. Alienated from his family and unable to communicate with the humans he loves, Firmin quickly realizes that a literate rat is a lonely rat. Following a harrowing misunderstanding with his hero, the bookseller, Firmin begins to risk the dangers of Scollay Square, finding solace in the Lovelies of the burlesque cinema. Finally adopted by a down-on-his-luck science fiction writer, the tide begins to turn, but soon they both face homelessness when the wrecking ball of urban renewal arrives. In a series of misadventures, Firmin is ultimately led deep into his own imaginative soul--a place where Ginger Rogers can hold him tight and tattered books, storied neighborhoods, and down-and-out rats can find people who adore them.
In the genre of Sacred Boy and Shantaram, Chandra take us through the epic odyssey of a young boy coming up in the Mafia underbelly of Bombay where everything comes at a cost. Told with wonderful and deep descriptions and from different characters’ lives — this is a modern masterpiece — just set some time aside to pick up the pace and get to know who’s who.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, _The Help_ is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
This a quirky New England read about a bumbling idiot who accidentally kills two people when he burns down the Emily Dickinson House. After serving 10 years in prison and rebuilding his life after incarceration — other famous writer’s homes begin to burn. The police are after Sam and in the spirit of Confederacy of Dunces — he just can’t seem to do the right thing. Very different — very enjoyable.
Tightly written, sparse story of three troubled men who meet in the Rocky Mountains and embark on an odd job in Southern Idaho. Profound yet utterly simple writing give this story its voice and power. Great book for those who loved _Peace Like River_ and _To the Wedding_.
This is almost the too short to be called a novel — it’s more of a great “novella.” A young couple just married in the early 1960s — honeymooning on Chesil Beach in a small hotel, both are virgins on the brink of their first night together. One filled with nervous excitement — the other pure dread. McEwan masters the moment in this sad but moving vignette.
What a book, very unique! Historical fiction meets prep school memoir, meets time travel, meets great literature characters. I loved this book so much I wrote a long personal fan letter to the author.
As many of you know, Perez-Reverte is my current favorite novelist. I have read all of his translated works and this latest is wonderful. A retiring war photojournalist haunted by bad memories has enclosed himself in a tower to paint his artistic visual interpretation of battle. But, a man shows up he has only seen once before — when he took his picture for a Pulitzer-winning battle photograph many years before in Croatia. Asking the soldier of his purpose, the man replies “because I’m going to kill you…” Thus begins an amazing novel.
For those who loved my pick, Shadow of the Wind, this translated novel is sure to please — a mysterious novel about a boring classics teacher who has a chance encounter with an interesting and beautiful woman on a rainy bridge — failing to get so much as her name, he is mesmerized by her presence. In a moment of madness he leaves a few nights later for Portugal with nothing so much as a letter to his school and a small bag. He takes off to examine his life and chase down the history of the enigmatic woman. A treat!
No sophomore slump for Hosseini — after the stunning success of Kite Runner I was worried his second book might fail to please. No worries — this is also a moving, well written, sad, and wonderful novel examining life in Afghastan from the female point of view. Not to be missed!
I started this book at 6pm and did not stop till I turned the last page in the wee hours of the morning. A high school girl commits suicide and leaves 7 audiotapes with 13 sides explaining the reasons why she killed herself. As the tapes are passed to each of those involved the suspense and impact of personal actions is immense and potent. This book give me shivers just thinking about it. AMAZING!
This is a charming, light summer read written in letters about a little known island located between England and France called Guernsey. Takes place just after the German Occupation of WWII ends and Europe is trying to put itself back together. Interesting characters, good history, and a love story to round it all out -- nice!