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They Twinkled Like Jewels

Author : Philip Jose Farmer
ISBN : 9781627939966
Genre : Fiction
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Hunger and sleepless nights had knobbed his cheekbones and honed his chin to a sharp point. An almost visible air clung to him, a hot aura that seemed to result from veins full of lava and eyeballs spilling out a heat that could not be held within him. He had the face every transie had, the face of a man who was either burning with fever or who had seen a vision.
Category: Fiction

Peripheral Lies

Author : Nora Garney
ISBN : 9780595342488
Genre : Fiction
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A mysterious romantic thriller set in the late 1940s, "Peripheral Lies" tells the story of how several lives become entangled in a government operation that includes a web of deceit, murder, and international crime. Laura Chandler is the number one suspect in the murder investigation of Mark Swenson, a wealthy businessman, and she doesn't know where to turn for help. Paul Lambert, an attorney who is clueless about the mysterious happenings in his own law office, is sure of one thing-his undeniable attraction to his new secretary, Sheila Connery. But Lambert's assistant has a secret-she is working for the FBI as one of the first female agents in history. Sheila has gone undercover to investigate the CIA's involvement in 'Operation Paperclip," a covert government maneuver to smuggle German rocket scientists and interrogation specialists out of Nazi Germany and into the United States. As Sheila defies the chauvinistic attitudes of the Deep South, she desperately hopes to discover who not only killed but mutilated her brother, Jimmy. Did Laura really kill Mark Swenson? In "Peripheral Lies," Sheila may find much more than she expects on the quest to find her brother's murderer.
Category: Fiction

Beneath A Thousand Apple Trees

Author : Janie DeVos
ISBN : 9781601836816
Genre : Fiction
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As the 20th century dawns, the world is transformed in dizzying ways. But nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a place, and a family, out of time—where one young girl will grow to face the challenges of each generation before her—and discover whether she has the strength to overcome them… The eldest surviving daughter of Anna Guinn, Rachel rarely ventures far from her home in the Appalachians, aside from an occasional trip into town to trade a penny for a peppermint stick. Sometimes she yearns for more, but as much as she fears her mother’s unstable mind, she is anchored by the strength of her grandmother, Willa. Freed from an abusive marriage, Willa holds the family together through hardship, all the while fulfilling her role as keeper of her neighbors’ carefully guarded secrets—the most painful of which may be her own. In this isolated, eccentric world where people depend on moonshine to put food on the table, hang talismans to chase away ghosts—and tragedy can strike as suddenly as a coiled copperhead—Rachel wonders what life has in store. Most of all, she worries whether she and her sister have inherited the darkness that lurks inside their mother. Her one respite is the town’s apple orchard, the ally she finds there—and the revelation that she can take her destiny into her own hands, decide what to leave behind—and what is truly worth carrying into the future…
Category: Fiction

No Daddy Don T

Author : Irene Pence
ISBN : 9780786032372
Genre : True Crime
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The true story of John Battaglia—the coldhearted father who executed his two young daughters to spite his ex-wife. Dallas antiques dealer Mary Jean Pearle had a bitter history with her ex-husband, John David Battaglia, a former Marine and successful accountant—but even after the abuse she endured from him, she never thought he would go after their daughters, Faith and Liberty. That is until she listened helplessly over the phone as Faith made a heartrending plea for her life—which was followed by gunshots. In this updated account of Battaglia’s unthinkable crime—an act of filicide that was featured on 20/20 and would ultimately lead Texas to carry out the death sentence—Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and a mother’s worst nightmare.
Category: True Crime

The Ultimate Man

Author : John E. Muller
ISBN : 9781473204331
Genre : Fiction
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Ever since science began seriously investigating the potentials of electronics, man has toyed with the idea of creating robots. The dawn of the robot age has already broken. We have automatic telephone exchanges. We fly planes with robot pilots. We send self-sufficient instruments into the void to record and transmit cosmic information. Frobisher was a brilliant theorist, years ahead of his time. He worked out a scheme that took long patient decades of planning. His great moment came. The robots were a success. Frobisher was a kindly old man. There was nothing evil in his plans. But the world is not entirely inhabited by kindly old men with high visions. Someone else got hold of the plans and the robots embarked on a career of international crime and pillage. Despite his pacifist ideals, the old professor tried to combat the evil which he had unwittingly released . . . the results were staggering.
Category: Fiction

Portable Childhoods

Author : Ellen Klages
ISBN : 9781616960988
Genre : Fiction
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Portable Childhoods offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary. Described by reviewers as timeless, delightful, chilling, and beautiful, this is short fiction at its best, emerging from a distinctive, powerful voice. The collection includes the Nebula Award–winning novelette “Basement Magic.”
Category: Fiction

Someone To Love

Author : Ruchita Misra
ISBN : 9789352641642
Genre : Fiction
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Koyal and Atharv are best friends, and it's obvious that they're destined for each other. But somehow, they don't seem to know it just yet. They grow closer and closer together, turning to each other for everything. But fate intervenes, and Koyal finds herself trapped in a damaging relationship that hacks away at every inch of self-respect she possess, while Atharv moves away and carves a life for himself with someone else. Many, many years later, when their paths cross once again, will their destinies be interlinked at last? Or have they already lost their chance to find someone to love? From the bestselling author Ruchita Misra, here is another moving story of learning to love all over again.
Category: Fiction

Fantastic Universe

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105015332104
Genre : Science fiction
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The Water Underneath

Author : Kate Lyons
ISBN : 9781741151497
Genre : Fiction
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A unique blend of literary road movie and murder mystery. 'They dragged her out of the lake at dawn. No jaw, one eye socket like some strange fish. The water was closing and closing, the centre blank as the tissue of a scar. Then, in a place a thousand miles from the ocean, they found something which might have been a seashell but which they knew was not. The lake gave birth regretfully, washing her up in slow burps.' A young woman and her baby go missing in an isolated Australian mining town. Two decades later human bones wash up in the local lake. The only clue is that a man driving a truck wearing a hat did it, in a town where every man wears something on his head. Twenty years later, Ruth returns to the place where she was born and where her mother was ostracised. Over that time an unexplored territory of guilty secrets centres on one man, Uncle Frank, whose silence has protected him but has also inflicted inconsolable wounds. The Water Underneath, told through the eyes of three women, separated by time, skin colour and allegiance, but united by their love of Frank, is about some of the conflicts which divide Australians, in the past and to this day. The Australian/Vogel Literary Award judges' comments 'it captures mood and place with consummate skill, while the characters are revealed with an unhurried onion-skin peeling' Murray Waldren 'lovely expressive language' Garry Disher 'the prose knocks me out' Margaret Simons
Category: Fiction

Oyster Smack

Author : Clive Webster
ISBN : 9781445746326
Genre : Fiction
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A crime thriller set in the swirling creeks around the Essex mudflats
Category: Fiction