Identical twins. Separated at birth. For one very good reason...Cam sees things happening before they happen. Very bad things. Alex hears things. The things people think but haven¹t said. If they ever met, they could combine their powerful gifts and help people. Or they could fall into the hands of the powerful warlock who wants them for evil...or dead. They're about to meet.
By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, T. C. Boyle’s stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions. The 58 stories in this new volume, written over the last 18 years, reflect his maturing themes. Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character-driven tales of quiet power and passion.
Darek Christiansen still harbors pain and bitterness after the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison, who bids on Darek at a charity auction, turned out to be instrumental in helping to release the man responsible for Felicity’s death. Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek needs to decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy --- a future that is threatened by an approaching wildfire that could wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.
Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter when she learns of her husband's death. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, a suspense writer whose love she once scorned. Ted can't bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time. Or will the season of love and forgiveness bring them both another chance at happiness?
Bloomfield is a place we could all call home. Here, the residents enjoy a splash fountain in the town square, dine at the "Fancy Schmantsy" on tree-lined Main Street, and dream of reaching the 10,000 population mark --- only 22 more folks to go! The Bloomfield Garden Club, an all-ages group of lovable oddballs that will stop at nothing to make everything beautiful, maintains this piece of heaven on earth. But even such idyllic places as this have their share of dramatic characters and
stories to be told.
When powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game. The godfather is his actual godfather, and his grandmother is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike --- and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken by professional border kidnappers.
When Andrew's son runs away following his parents seperation, Andrew calls his old friend Jane Lawless for help. The private investigator's first impression of the case isn’t good --- in fact, she’s not convinced the boy ran away at all. She thinks he may have been abducted…or worse.
Jim Doane's 25-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth --- a truth that takes forensic sculptor Eve Duncan down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history.
A gruesome double-murder in a squalid apartment seems like a simple open-and-shut drug case, but why was a dead millionaire's credit card found at the scene? To solve the case, Detective Constable Fiona Griffith must overcome her own demons, including a crushing psychological breakdown suffered years earlier, from which she is only starting to emerge, and the secret of which could send her back into a dark --- and dangerous --- abyss.
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