Author of the bestselling Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer, gives us fifteen gripping and rewarding short stories for readers to return to time and again. Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to solve a murder and the pretentious schoolboy whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life forever. Follow the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and has an encounter of a lifetime. From the master of the short story, the refreshingly original stories in Tell Tale prove why Archer has been described by the Mail on Sunday as ‘probably the greatest storyteller of our age’.
John, aged sixty, suffered a stroke and recovered fully, except in one respect: although he can see perfectly, he can no longer recognise faces, even his own reflection in a mirror. Whenever Francesca touches a particular texture, she experiences a vivid emotion: denim = extreme sadness; wax = embarrassment; orange peel = shock. Jimmie, whose left arm was recently amputated, can still feel it - and it's itchy. Our brains are the most enchanting and complex things in the known universe - but what happens when they go wrong? Dr V. S. Ramachandran, 'the Sherlock Holmes of brain science' and one of the world's leading neuroscientists, has spent a lifetime working with patients who suffer from rare and baffling brain conditions. In The Tell-Tale Brain, he tells their stories, and explores what they reveal about the greatest mystery of them all: how our minds work, and what makes each of us so uniquely human.
Greed and guilt, near-indecipherable codes, murder plots born of madness—these motifs drive the best modern mysteries, but they are rooted in the early nineteenth century and the carefully constructed fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s methods of storytelling and suspense remain relevant, reappearing in detective novels and on screens large and small. This work examines a wide selection of today’s mystery and thriller novels, films, television programs, and video games to explore Poe’s ongoing influence on popular entertainment. Authors such as Michael Connelly, Stieg Larsson and Dennis Lehane, television shows like The Closer and Dexter, and movies from Laura and Vertigo to Shutter Island and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo all receive attention. The popularity of Poe’s narratives in these contemporary guises is testimony to his visionary genius. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
A Study Guide for Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.
1968: Am Hafen von Leningrad müssen der junge Alexander Karpenko und seine Mutter auf der Flucht vor dem KGB entscheiden, auf welches Schiff sie sich als blinde Passagiere schleichen. Eines fährt nach Großbritannien, eines in die USA. Der Wurf einer Münze soll das Schicksal von Alexander und Elena besiegeln ... Über eine Zeitspanne von dreißig Jahren und auf zwei Kontinenten entfaltet sich in Jeffrey Archers neuem Roman eine Geschichte von einmaliger Spannung und Dramatik - eine Geschichte, die man nicht wieder vergisst.
It’s a cold January in the Chesapeake Bay area, but Cool Down Café manager Val Deniston has plenty to sweat over—like catering a book club event, testing recipes for her Granddad’s cookbook, and catching the author of a deadly tale of murder. . . The last thing Val needs in her life is an unsolved murder, especially when the victim, an actor famed for impersonating Edgar Allan Poe, happens to be dressed exactly like her Granddad. To keep an eye on Granddad, whose latest job takes him to the home of Rick Usher, a local author inspired by Poe, Val gets herself hired as a cook in Rick’s House of Usher. When she discovers the actor wasn’t the only one doing an impersonation, separating the innocent from the murderous becomes a real-life horror story. But Val must decipher a killer’s M.O. sooner rather than later . . . or she can forget about finding poetic justice. Includes 6 delicious five-ingredient recipes! PRAISE FOR FINAL FONDUE “Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven.” —Kirkus Reviews
There are stories in these simple and tell all poems. Naomie Dieudonne uses language to continue our oldest customs of gifting the anecdote, sharing the fabric of verse through poetry. These poems beg to be said aloud, and more than once. She is a great thinker.
A woman stands on a bridge, the water rushing below. In a few seconds she will jump, plunging more than two hundred feet to her death. Who is she? And why is she desperate to take her own life? Nina Kennedy, a wife and mother, is afraid. A man is following her, threatening her family, toying with her sanity. What does he want? And how long will it be before he strikes? Eight-year-old Ava sits waiting for her daddy. But, like the others in the children's home, she knows her father will never come. The home is a place of whispers and shadows. But no one dare tell the truth. Until now...
Master of the Gothic and creator of the detective genre, Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous writers in all of American literature. Here is a carefully selected collection of his finest works, including such classics as 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Cask of Amontillado' and many more.
This is a story about a family wherein the father was a football coach and shift supervisor who spent long hours away from home. This meant his wife had to discipline her three children, and she would tell him about them when he got home from work. The children thought of her as a telltale, and she was not as popular as her husband with them. One day, the father found his wife crying as she heard her children saying that she was a telltale, so the father decided to do something about it, as he thought it was very unfair to his wife. One day, he saw a little bird sitting on a tree, which gave him an idea. He told his wife about it, and they decided to try it, even though it was a white lie. So now when the children were naughty, instead of saying, Your mother said you were naughty, he would say, My little bird said you were naughty. That was when the telltale bird came into being. From then on, when the father was informed that his children had been naughty by their mother, he would say, My little bird told me that . . .
A woman stands on a bridge, the water rushing below, the wind catching her skirt. In a few seconds she will jump, plunging more than 200 feet to the bottom. Who is she? And why is she desperate to take her own life? Nina Kennedy is afraid. A man is following her, threatening her family, toying with her sanity. What does he want? And how long will it be before he strikes? Eight-year-old Ava sits waiting for her daddy. But, like the others in the children¡s home, she knows her father will never come. The home is a place of whispers and shadows. But no one dare tell the truth. Until now...
Edgar Allan Poe (19 January 18097 October 1849) was an American writer best known for stories of mystery and horror.Poe also wrote poetry, including the well known poem The Raven.Not much is known about Poes untimely death, but it cannot be debated that he has had a great influence on American literature.