'Bringing two kilos of fine China White heroin from the Golden Triangle to safe hiding in Melbourne had become a worldwide dance of false trails and triple identities ... but the cash rewards at the time might make a saint doubt his calling.' David McMillan should have known better.
A Times Crime Novel of the Year In the second instalment of Lynne Truss's joyfully quirky crime series, our trio of detectives must investigate the murder of a hapless romantic; an aristocratic con man on the prowl; and a dodgy Brighton nightspot... It is summer in Brighton and the Brighton Belles are on hand to answer any holidaymaker's queries, no matter how big or small. The quickest way to the station, how many pebbles are on the beach and what exactly has happened to that young man lying in the deckchair with blood dripping from him? Constable Twitten has a hunch that the fiendish murder may be connected to a notorious Brighton nightspot and the family that run it, but Inspector Steine is – as ever – distracted by other issues, not least having his own waxwork model made and an unexpected arrival, while Sergeant Brunswick is just delighted to have spied an opportunity to finally be allowed to go undercover... Our incomparable team of detectives are back for another outing in the new instalment of Lynne Truss's joyfully quirky crime series. Murder by Milk Bottle, the third in the Constable Twitten series, publishes in July 2020 and is available for pre-order now.
Chronicles the life of George "Bugs" Moran, the last of Chicago's North Side gang leaders, discussing his childhood in Minnesota, his early years as a horse thief, his rise and fall in Chicago's Prohibition-era underworld, his life as an outlaw in the 1930s and 1940s, and other related topics.
SHE COULDN'T REMEMBER Her name, her past or how she'd been shot—it was all a blank to Dana Smith. For five years, she built a new life, became a new person—and dreamed of a man whose hands caressed her, whose kisses set her on fire…. HE COULDN'T FORGET The mystery lady had kissed him and disappeared into the night—but after the shots were fired, her body was nowhere to be found. P.I. Gabriel O'Shaunessy could tell the police nothing about her disappearance, only that he'd been hired to follow her. Five years later, the lady walked back into his life—with no identification, no answers and a plea for help he couldn't ignore….
Nicholas Clauzen worked hard, worshiped often, laughed, cried, loved, and lost. He and his wife built the most beautiful home in the kingdom, where they began raising their five children on their farm. Life was good … until fate had other ideas. Lord Asster, offended by the beauty of Nicholas’s humble home, sets in motion a plan to seize the Clauzens’ farm for himself. As Nicholas is away to plead his case, Asster has the farmer’s family brutally murdered. Soon after, the nobleman himself is killed. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Nicholas becomes a hunted man. Raw with grief and anger, he flees into the mountains, where he uses his woodsman’s skills to survive in the wilderness. To pass the years, he makes wooden toys with an imaginary companion named Sprite. Desperate, lonely, and yearning for human contact, he decides to go back into the village in disguise to sell his wares, even if the price may be death. Once there, he learns that no one can afford to buy his toys because the royal family has taxed everyone into poverty as retribution for Asster’s murder. Determined to help somehow and to remind the villagers that there is still some good in the world, he gives the toys to the children before slipping back into the night, an anonymous, bearded benefactor from the cold North. In doing so, a lonely man on the fringes of sanity creates the legend of Santa Claus—proving that even in horror, there can always be hope.
In the depths of the Depression, millions worldwide followed every twist and turn of the Lindbergh baby kidnap/murder. Yet what was reported was largely fake news. Nearly a century after undocumented immigrant Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the dastardly crime, questions still linger. If the wrong man was convicted, who did it? When? Why? Where? How? The shocking answers this book suggests have eluded all prior authors. Extensive research into dusty archives yielded crucial forensic evidence never before analyzed. Readers are invited to reexamine "the crime of the century" with fresh eyes focused on a key suspect - a tall man wearing a fedora that obscured his face. He was spotted with a ladder in his car near the Lindberghs' driveway early that fateful night. The police let an insider who fit that description oversee the entire investigation - the boy's father, international hero Charles Lindbergh. Abuse of power, amorality and xenophobia all feature in this saga set in an era dominated by white supremacists and social Darwinists. If Lindbergh was Suspect No. 1, the man who got away, what was his motive? Who else was involved? Who helped cover up the crime? Read this book and judge for yourself.
Elyce Wakerman talked with scores of women for this important book and found that the loss of a father -- through death, divorce, or abandonment -- is an experience that fundamentally shapes a girl's life and all her future relationships. "In my fantasy," one woman commented, "he remains the perfect, all-giving man" -- a difficult role for any other man to fill. Based partly on the author's experience, partly on her indepth interviews, and partly on a questionnaire she developed with psychologist Holly Barrett, to which some six hundred women responded, Father Loss provides the clearest portrait yet of a very special collection of women. As a group, they express their insecurities. Yet individually, many have become outstanding achievers, including Eleanor Roosevelt ("He dominated my life as long as he lived and was the love of my life for many years after he died"), Helen Gurley Brown ("People in business, my bosses, I look to them all as fathers"), Barbra Streisand, Geraldine Ferraro, and many others. Compelling and poignant, this important study gives information and insight to fatherless daughters, to widows and divorcees with daughters, and to every father who needs to understand the vital role he plays in his daughter's life -- as the first man she ever loves. Book jacket.
In a trance-like state, Albert walks-from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia-all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he's left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images. Loosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. André in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century, The Man Who Walked Away imagines Albert's wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain. In a time when mental health diagnosis is still as much art as science, Maud Casey takes us back to its tentative beginnings and offers us an intimate relationship between one doctor and his patient as, together, they attempt to reassemble a lost life. Through Albert she gives us a portrait of a man untethered from place and time who, in spite of himself, kept setting out, again and again, in search of wonder and astonishment.
In World War II James Leasor was commissioned into the Royal Berkshire Regiment and posted to the 1st Lincolns in Burma and India, where he served for three and a half years. His experiences inspired him to write such books as Boarding Party (filmed as The Sea Wolves). He later became a feature writer and foreign correspondent at the Daily Express. Here he wrote The One that Got Away. As well as non-fiction, Leasor has written novels, including Passport to Oblivion, filmed as Where the Spies Are with David Niven
A mission gone wrong. A man alone in enemy territory. A legendary escape. A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE IN THE FACE OF IMPOSSIBLE ODDS SAS Patrol Bravo Two Zero was dropped behind enemy lines in Iraq. There were eight men. Seven were captured. This is the true story of the one who got away. Chris Ryan's epic escape took him across 300 kilometres of hostile terrain at the height of the Gulf War, the longest ever escape and evasion by an SAS trooper. Battling enemy soldiers, hypothermia, and a near-fatal lack of supplies on his way to the distant Syrian border, his experience has a special place in military lore. With an introduction by Chris Ryan detailing the aftermath of his extraordinary experience and how the former members of the patrol have fallen out, this is the definitive account of that fateful mission – with new documentary evidence that settles once and for all what really happened, and photographs censored at the time of the original publication. One of the most amazing and exciting true accounts of military action ever written, this is the book that launched Chris Ryan's career as a thriller novelist – but no fiction could ever be as exciting as the real thing...
Fast-rising record exec Tony Gooden has his priorities in line: making money and loving the single life. But his game is thrown off balance when he sees Serena Kincaid, the only woman he ever put himself on the line for.
"Lost fish," writes Howell Raines, "chasten us to the knowledge that we are all, in each and every moment, dwindling. Imagine my surprise when I discovered well into my sixth decade that losing fish can prepare us for a blessing as well as for pain." Confronting loss -- of an elusive fish or something larger -- is at the heart of The One That Got Away, the graceful sequel to Raines's much-loved, bestselling memoir Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, published to great acclaim in 1993. With the same winning combination of reminiscences, anecdotes, philosophy and fishing lore, his bold new memoir covers the eventful years in this latest passage of his life, and the realization that in relinquishing his former identity as a newspaperman he has actually gotten what he wanted, just in the most unlikely way. In wry and witty prose, Raines shifts between fishing vignettes and personal reflections on his childhood, his second marriage, his relationships with his two sons, the trajectory of his career at The New York Times and his move toward old age. At the center of his narrative is his most thrilling fishing adventure -- an epic battle with a marlin he hooked and fought for more than seven hours in the South Pacific -- which comes to symbolize his growing understanding and acceptance of the unpredictability of luck, love, lies and life, and how the unexpected can, in fact, be an opportunity to make life more interesting. Raines's wonderful descriptions of streams, people and fish; his passion for angling and writing; and his wise and perceptive commentary on the vagaries of his own life combine to create a profound book -- one of undeniable appeal and uncommon heart.
UNCOMPROMISING COWBOY Max Slade has no time for regrets. Until the biggest regret of his life shows up in Wyoming. Four years ago, Max left Calley Hastings without a word of explanation. He'd tried to write, but how do you tell a thoroughly urban woman that you're moving to a ranch to take care of three orphaned little boys? No, Calley didn't belong on the ranch or in his life—then or now. Calley thought she was coming to Wyoming to visit a pen pal, but it turns out she's been writing to Max's matchmaking brothers! Well, there was no way she and Max would ever reconcile. She doesn't know how to ride a horse, and more important, how could she love someone who'd found it so easy to walk away from her? And yet, how can she crush the hope of the boys who just want to see Max happy again? BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! The Texas Rancher's Marriage by Cathy Gillen Thacker Few people in Laramie, Texas, know that Merri Duncan is actually the biological mother of her late sister's twins. Even fewer know that Chase Armstrong is their biological father. It's even news to Chase…
The One That Got Away By Kellianne Sweeney Everyone wonders about life after death. Most people tend to choose to believe in God, reincarnation, or the ghostly spirit world. Some choose something completely different. Others dont choose to believe that there is anything at all. It is, however, a powerful question and one that ordinary people and scholars alike have struggled to define and explain now and throughout history. The wondering and hoping are timeless. I believe that ultimately, we just wont know until we get there. This is a story. A story about how these beliefs could perhaps be connected. A story about a regular person given the opportunity to play with the big puzzle.
Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, this bright, funny debut from a fresh voice in fiction offers a delicious take on love, family, and what it means to build a home of one’s own. Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer—and former flame—Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn. Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices—and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life—and in love. Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind. Praise for The One That Got Away “A warm, witty, and wise novel, The One That Got Away announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.”—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only “Love can be complicated, and in The One That Got Away, Bethany Chase captures every nuanced beat of a conflicted heart. An authentic and warm voice infuses this story of humor, heartbreak, and home. While Sarina finds her way, we as readers might also find a way back to our own unique lives.”—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of And Then I Found You “This perfectly paced story is full of fresh, engaging characters, but Chase’s greatest accomplishment is Sarina Mahler. Sarina is so human, her inner world such a compelling mix of guarded and open-hearted, confident and faltering, that—through every loss, every funny moment, every blazing triumph—I felt completely with her and grateful to be there.”—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together “[A] sparkling debut [that] packs serious emotional punches . . . This utterly enjoyable romance will have readers swooning, sobbing, and eagerly anticipating Chase’s next book.”—Kirkus Reviews
The One That Got Away charts the personal journey of David Wray who turned to a year on the road 'because it was there'. While other travel writers have been there and done it, Wray goes there, does it and then throws himself off it. Full of wit and humorous observations, "The One That Got Away" charts Wray's journeys around the world from Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada.
Smoke. Shadows. Moody strains of jazz. Welcome to the world of "noir musical" films, where tormented antiheroes and hard-boiled musicians battle obsession and struggle with their music and ill-fated love triangles. Sultry divas dance and sing the blues in shrouded nightclubs. Romantic intrigue clashes with backstage careers. In her pioneering study, Music in the Shadows, film noir expert Sheri Chinen Biesen explores musical films that use film noir style and bluesy strains of jazz to inhabit a disturbing underworld and reveal the dark side of fame and the American Dream. While noir musical films like A Star Is Born include musical performances, their bleak tone and expressionistic aesthetic more closely resemble the visual style of film noir. Their narratives unfold behind a stark noir lens: distorted, erratic angles and imbalanced hand-held shots allow the audience to experience a tortured, disillusioned perspective. While many musicals glamorize the quest for the spotlight in Hollywood's star factory, brooding noir musical films such as Blues in the Night, Gilda, The Red Shoes, West Side Story, and Round Midnight stretch the boundaries of film noir and the musical as film genres collide. Deep shadows, dim lighting, and visual composition evoke moodiness, cynicism, pessimism, and subjective psychological points of view. As in her earlier study of film noir, Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir, Biesen draws on extensive primary research in studio archives to situate her examination within a historical, industrial, and cultural context.
Volume 1 Early one January morning in 1928, a young mother is busy with her children when a stranger appears at her gate with a special gift. With instructions to nurture a lotus for forty days, the holy man informs the mother that she will bear one more childa daughter who will be the spirit of her life and whose arms will enfold her in death. Nine months later, Anese Majid Khan enters the world into an aristocratic family in a subcontinent of India. This is her story. In The One That Got Away: The Truth Revealed, Khan shares the details of her incredible journey as she shuns a life of royal luxury and leisure and tirelessly dedicates herself to a life of global service. As she provides a revealing glimpse into the trials and tribulations that led her on an eventual path to world prominence as a scholar, writer, and founder of a school, Khan offers an inspirational message to others to persevere and, most importantly, to believe in themselves while seeking their own destinies. The One That Got Away: The Truth Revealed shares the fascinating story of how one woman built an amazing legacy during her relentless search for the truth.