Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom, but is shocked to learn that his parents are facing ruin. Ted Norris worships his brother and yearns for his approval. His urgent quest to prove himself threatens to put those he loves in peril. When Ted’s plan for redemption goes terribly wrong, he tries to disappear. Desperate to find his brother and salvage what remains of his family, Patrick must make an agonizing choice.
Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests of a grand masquerade ball, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead? Emily and Colin’s investigation takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth.
Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss and ushered out of the building. Then an explosive argument drives his wife away, and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea --- and his whole future --- out from under him. Before the week is over, Marc will be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double- and triple-crossed --- until he can’t tell enemies from allies.
The North Dakota oil business is spawning shantytowns full of men hired to work on the rigs. When two young men in their first year on the job disappear, only their mothers believe there’s hope of finding them. Colleen, used to her decorous life in a wealthy suburb, is determined to find her son. And hard-bitten Shay, from the wrong side of the tracks, is on the same mission. These two unlikely partners must work together against the town of strangers if they want any chance of finding their lost boys.
Bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to relocate to Vancouver. His body is discovered by his wife and his best friend, both of whom seem to have rock solid alibis. But the question before Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga isn't necessarily who or how, but why. In MALICE, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded.
We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits, articulating not only what it is to be working poor in America, but what poverty is truly like --- on all levels. She discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why “poor people don’t always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should.”
One mastectomy, two C-sections, three pants sizes and lots of red lipstick later, Geralyn Lucas --- the author of WHY I WORE LIPSTICK TO MY MASTECTOMY --- is dealing with the same issues as other women her age. When she looks in the mirror at her hard-won wrinkles, all she wants is Botox. Celebrating her sweet 16 cancerversary, she’s thankful for her second chance and ready to be daring. But can she survive life’s new ups and downs with the same courage she’s always had?
The setting is quiet Newton, Massachusetts, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look…different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon. Once Henry catches on to the real Mr. Hanley, he starts seeing demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed.
It’s been 15 years since Mandy Reasoner was murdered --- a crime for which her boyfriend, Duke, was convicted. But when best friends Betty and June discover that Mandy was June’s long-forgotten aunt, they decide to pursue the mystery. Galvanized by the growing community who doubts the evidence against Duke, the two girls start on a path into a world of drugs and violence that will bring them not only to Duke himself but smack into Nickel, a tough-as-nails teenage P.I. attempting to keep his own life together.
Someone has been violently killing members of London society. The killer is strong enough and smart enough to kill with a single knife stroke, and bold enough to kill in public. When Detective Max Wolfe realizes that the victims may have all crossed paths decades ago at their exclusive private school, the case changes. Suddenly, the murders look less random and more personal, and Max finds the killer's reach getting closer to everything --- and everyone --- he loves.