Werewolf Braxton Devereaux would do anything to protect his mother from his abusive father, even commit murder. Or so everyone assumes. Pack Law justice is swift and unforgiving when it comes to murder, and soon werewolf Assassins are out to balance the scales - Braxton’s life for his father’s. On the run, Braxton flees on his Harley to the anti-extradition state of Missouri, but before he crosses the border, he is felled by an Assassin's bullet, and an unsuspecting blonde. Kate Wolph is in a legal battle to avoid losing her Bed and Breakfast to foreclosure. The last thing she needs is an injured wolf to care for, let alone a gorgeous man with blank eyes and a deadly smile. But the supernatural world of danger that surrounds him threatens to swallow more than just her life. Can Braxton track down the real killer before the Assassins find him, or will Pack Justice cost him not only his life but the life of the only woman he’s ever loved?
A dark past… Grace Witherspoon’s old life in New York was slowly killing her. Daily abuse at the hands of her fiancé forced her to do the unthinkable: Fake her own death and leave the ballet world behind. Now with a fresh start in small town Tennessee, she finally feels safe— as long as no one finds out who she really is. The last thing she needs is the local cop hanging around trying to make-nice. Even if he is the hottest thing in the South, Grace is done with men. A bleak future… Policeman Sloan Jackson is done with women. After catching his fiancée with another man, Sloan decides it’s best to focus on crime rather than love. Too bad his match-making sister doesn’t agree, determined Grace is perfect for Sloan. Despite his fear of being hurt again, Sloan can’t deny the instant desire he feels for Grace and asks her out. But as they grow closer, the past comes back to haunt them. And as secrets bubble to the surface, their new relationship is threatened, along with Grace’s safety. When Grace’s true identity is revealed, can Sloan ever forgive another woman who’s deceived him?
With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of Archie and Gretchen was left unfinished, and now Chelsea Cain picks up the tale again. When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case. Trouble is, Archie can't focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison. Archie hadn't seen her in two months; he'd moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, he's relieved. He knows he's the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all. Chelsea Cain has topped her own bestselling debut thriller with this unputdownable, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat read.
He thinks he sees a flash of emotion in her eyes. Sympathy? Then it's gone. 'Whatever you think this is going to be like, ' she whispers, 'it's going to be worse.' When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim - the man in charge of hunting her down - she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after ten days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan from the brink of death and hand herself in? Two years on, Archie now returns to lead the search for a new killer, whose recent attacks on teenage girls have left the city of Portland reeling. Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. But can Archie finally manage to confront the demons of his past without being consumed by them? 'Dark, distressing and disturbing . . . Just pray you never meet Gretchen' Val McDermid 'What may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read!' Tess Gerritsen 'Move over Thomas Harris, there's a new kid on the block . . . Compelling, highly believable and very sexy' Daily Mirror
This is the blistering new serial-killer thriller in Cain's "Gretchen Lowell" series. A college student is found dead, floating in a rowing boat on a lake, a gaping wound in his abdomen. The autopsy reveals that his spleen was removed while he was still alive. A media frenzy ensues, the press reaching the same conclusion as the local law enforcement: Gretchen Lowell, the 'Beauty Killer', still at large following her prison escape, is back and she's killing again. But Detective Archie Sheridan, on medical leave following his last run-in with Gretchen, isn't so sure. The more he discovers about the murders the more convinced he is that they could be the work of a copy-cat. Plus Archie has other things to worry about - his health is declining sharply and he is being stalked by a strange young man. At first Archie dismisses him as one of a disturbed group who are obsessed with Gretchen and romanticise Archie's ten-day ordeal with her. But as the young man's attentions begin to intensify, it becomes clear that this group will go to great lengths to feel close to the Beauty Killer...Archie, along with journalist Susan Ward, is desperate to find the truth behind this new spate of killings. But it is Gretchen who holds the answers and copy-cat or not, she still has one more victim in mind.
"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." --The New York Times Book Review A New York Times Bestseller Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. “ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.” --Michael Dirda, *The Washington Post* "Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind* is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." --Entertainment Weekly *(Editor's Choice) "One gorgeous read." --Stephen King From Publishers Weekly Ruiz Zafón's novel, a bestseller in his native Spain, takes the satanic touches from Angel Heart and stirs them into a bookish intrigue à la Foucault's Pendulum. The time is the 1950s; the place, Barcelona. Daniel Sempere, the son of a widowed bookstore owner, is 10 when he discovers a novel, The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. The novel is rare, the author obscure, and rumors tell of a horribly disfigured man who has been burning every copy he can find of Carax's novels. The man calls himself Laín Coubert-the name of the devil in one of Carax's novels. As he grows up, Daniel's fascination with the mysterious Carax links him to a blind femme fatale with a "porcelain gaze," Clara Barceló; another fan, a leftist jack-of-all-trades, Fermín Romero de Torres; his best friend's sister, the delectable Beatriz Aguilar; and, as he begins investigating the life and death of Carax, a cast of characters with secrets to hide. Officially, Carax's dead body was dumped in an alley in 1936. But discrepancies in this story surface. Meanwhile, Daniel and Fermín are being harried by a sadistic policeman, Carax's childhood friend. As Daniel's quest continues, frightening parallels between his own life and Carax's begin to emerge. Ruiz Zafón strives for a literary tone, and no scene goes by without its complement of florid, cute and inexact similes and metaphors (snow is "God's dandruff"; servants obey orders with "the efficiency and submissiveness of a body of well-trained insects"). Yet the colorful cast of characters, the gothic turns and the straining for effect only give the book the feel of para-literature or the Hollywood version of a great 19th-century novel. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist Call it the "book book" genre: this international sensation (it has sold in more than 20 countries and been number one on the Spanish best-seller list), newly translated into English, has books and storytelling--and a single, physical book--at its heart. In post-World War II Barcelona, young Daniel is taken by his bookseller father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a massive sanctuary where books are guarded from oblivion. Told to choose one book to protect, he selects The Shadow of the Wind, by Julian Carax. He reads it, loves it, and soon learns it is both very valuable and very much in danger because someone is determinedly burning every copy of every book written by the obscure Carax. To call this book--Zafon's Shadow of the Wind-- old-fashioned is to mean it in the best way. It's big, chock-full of unusual characters, and strong in its sense of place. Daniel's initiation into the mysteries of adulthood is given the same weight as the mystery of the book-burner. And the setting--Spain under Franco--injects an air of sobriety into some plot elements that might otherwise seem soap operatic. Part detective story, part boy's adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by extravagant foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling, very much in the tradition of Ross King's Ex Libris (2001). Keir Graff Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Nutrition in crisis. Almost every day a new study shows that you are at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease or all cause mortality brought on by a newly appreciated toxin which turns out to be something that you just had for lunch (excerpt from Chapter 16). Most of us no longer know what to eat or who to believe. The World Turned Upside Down offers the perspective of a distinguished biochemist with a gift for making accessible the intricacies of biochemical pathways. At the same-time, the book is unsparing in criticism of the nutritional establishment, an establishment which it seems must inevitably be overthrown. Scientifically accurate and entertaining, this book paints a broad picture of the nutrition world: the beauty of the underlying biochemistry and the embarrassing failure of the medical establishment, the practical value in low-carbohydrate diets and what s wrong with the constant reports that normal foods represent a threat rather than a source of pleasure. Richard David Feinman, Professor of Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is one of the leaders in research in nutrition and metabolism and their role in the education of medical students. The book tells the story of the first low-carbohydrate revolution, twelve years ago, how it started, what killed it and why another one is happening. It explains how type 2 diabetes can be virtually cured for many people by a reduction in dietary carbohydrate and why you need to know about it even if you don t have diabetes. The World Turned Upside Down takes on the fear-mongers: Chapter 8 Sugar, fructose and fructophobia explains that that sugar is not a poison but it is a carbohydrate and Chapter 9 gives you a perspective on Saturated fat. On your plate or in your blood? Finally, The World Turned Upside Down gives you information and the tools to decipher the nutritional medical literature on your own. Irreverent and witty, this book boils down all the facts from different angles to a simple message on what to eat and why.
Terrorism and fear ruled the nation, and soon a virus would kill 40% of those infected. While most tried to rebuild their lives, a small number began to develop special abilities. The age of the super hero was upon them. The dream died quickly, as the heroes that protected them took the next step to warlords, forcing the government to hunt down and remove the threats. Gabriel was breaking curfew the night of his break. Now he finds himself teamed up with an Aesir resistance group, fighting to keep themselves out of the clutches of the NGC. But Agent Williams, with the help of his SI9 team and the combat armor they call the Maiden, is determined to find Gabriel and remove him before he becomes the threat they have been warned about.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Armstrong is definitely not telekinetic. ??But he will be. And all it takes is a little red pill.?? Welcome to Pal Tech, the top-secret school for kids with latent telekinetic powers. Like the other freshmen, Alex is here to begin his training. If he can graduate at the top of his class, he’ll become a world-traveling, peacekeeping agent in the government’s Palkin Program.??Alex excels. Whether he’s navigating a mock Star Wars Trench Run in lab class, schooling his friends in a game of no-hands basketball, or dodging a paintball-shooting helicopter drone during his Simtest, Alex makes telekinesis look easy.??Pal Tech’s president takes notice, moving Alex out of the simulation rooms and into field work with the upperclassmen. His first assignment: join the seniors as they oversee the latest weapons shipment for the Palkin Program.??But somebody talks, and what should have been a routine delivery gets intercepted by a rogue telekin. As the other students are left scrambling to survive, it falls to Alex to stop the telekin before he causes any more destruction. There’s just one problem: The bad guy can fly.
I’ve sworn off meaningless flings with dangerous bad boys—but how often does the daughter of a billionaire business magnate get the chance to have sex with a Marine in an airplane bathroom? It’s clear that there’s something about Carter that’s dark and deeply damaged…he’s also one of the hottest guys I’ve ever seen. But when the plane lands and I offer him a ride home, my heart jumps into my throat when I realize who he is. We’re headed to the same destination. My dad’s house. Hard Fought is the second book in the Stepbrother Warriors series. Standalone, don’t need to be read in order. No cliff hanger. Contains offensive language and graphic sexual content.