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September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever? The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot-a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet's words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase. All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It's just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict-a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America's Founding Fathers. From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim spectre of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln-while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.
Everyone thinks Emma Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emma has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her nightly recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emma's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison 'Books' Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emma finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day - and they're all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?
'ADDICTIVELY GOOD' The Times 'Over-whelming' Independent 'Supercharged' Evening Standard 'Deliciously, startlingly, exuberantly fresh' Guardian With GLOW, Ned Beauman has reinvented the international conspiracy thriller for a new generation. A hostage exchange outside a police station in Pakistan. A botched defection in an airport hotel in New Jersey. A test of loyalty at an abandoned resort in the Burmese jungle. A boy and a girl locking eyes at a rave in a South London laundrette ...For the first time, Britain's most exciting young novelist turns his attention to the present day, as a conspiracy with global repercussions converges on one small flat above a dentist's office in Camberwell.
They don't call her Karla anymore. She's Charlotte Alton: she doesn't trade in secrets, she doesn't erase dark pasts, and she doesn't break hit-men into prison. Except that is exactly what she's been asked to do. The job is impossible: get the assassin into an experimental new prison so that he can take out a target who isn't officially there. It's a suicide mission, and quite probably a set-up. So why can't she say no?
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept in the jacket of a handsome friend she's in thrall of and forced to become an informer by narcotics cop Wildey. Unwilling to give up the object of her crush, she instead plans to snitch on the drug dealers further up the line and protect her would be paramour. Think Nancy Drew meets Breaking Bad! Both gritty and affectionate, the fast unfolding story soon sees her juggling the dangers of corrupt cops and hardened criminals, as evidenced through the perspective of the young girl's private diaries and a third person narrative that roars down those mean streets in fifth gear thriller mode. An acute sense of place, striking characters and family ties, all said an almost perfect read that will keep your breath on hold and a smile on your face. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
She is undercover. She is pretending to be in love. She is ready to attack. She is undercover. She is pretending to be in love. She is ready to protect. In the aftermath of a failed plot against America, Jad Bell and his team are sent after those behind it. But they can only find the middle man, not the mastermind. Something far worse is coming. And at the heart of it all are two women: an American spy and a terrorist operative, both living lies so deep they cannot even trust themselves. The stakes are higher, the clock is ticking, and the enemies are hiding in plain sight...
Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover head to Crimea and a resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle between political principles and personal loyalties has followed them to this faded Russian backwater, and a shocking encounter awaits them. In its depiction of a man whose principles are tested to the utmost extremes, The Betrayers cuts to the very heart of our troubled times.
A galloping good yarn, stuffed full to the brim with double crossing intrigue, yet intelligently braced against historical fact and figures. The mostly cool, calm and collected spy John Shakespeare is surrounded by a writhing vibrant cast of often unscrupulous or just plain villainous miscreants. The most vivid character of them all is the turbulence that is London in 1586, artfully written so that the reek, the uproar, the menace feels completely authentic. The threads of two investigations weave together, one based on historical fact, the other fictional and characters slip from one story to the next with ease. Clements has developed a wonderfully entertaining series, and ‘Holy Spy’ keeps with tradition as a compelling and immensely satisfying read. ~ Liz Robinson
WELCOME TO LONDON BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent's Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can't produce your identity card, you don't exist. Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen. Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla's unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want? WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Major US novelist and screen writer Richard Price (Clockers, The Wanders, Sea of Love) lies behind the Brandt pseudonym, but this New York cop novel proves worthy of his reputation on all fronts. Humane, memorable characters, a scalpel-like dissection of the everyday life of those on the right side of the law, flaws and all, this is also a terrific novel in its own right, away from the strictures of genre. Sergeant Billy Graves has been relegated to the night watch since an unfortunate racial-connected shooting a decade ago. His life, colleagues, friendship and foes form a tapestry of pages that scream of real life until one of his friends disappears and then another and Billy realises he is being stalked. By whom? Why? Diverse plot strands gradually come together to form a magnificent whole until a devastating reckoning. All life is here. An important and unmissable book.
WHATEVER THE COST, SHE WOULD PAY IT ...Coronation year: 1953. Fifteen-year-old Clara Dolan's world is turned upside down following the shock death of her mother. Battling to keep what remains of her family together, Clara vows to keep her younger siblings, Bernadette and Harry, safe whatever the cost. With the arrival of the swinging sixties, Clara finds herself swept up in London's dark underworld where the glamour of Soho's dazzling nightclubs sit in stark contrast to the terrifying gangland violence that threatens the new life she has worked so hard to build. Sinking further into an existence defined by murder and betrayal, Clara soon realises that success often comes at a very high price ...
This story is amazing as indeed is its lyrical writing. From the Southern American dialect to Mr Willie Willie’s made up words to wonderful descriptions of the country, forest and close-knit community full of secrets, this terrific tale is based on terrible facts. Just post-World War II the black American soldiers returned home to a land that still considered them less than human. This is the story of the ‘murder’ of one such, beaten to death. A year later a New York law firm, the first to investigate civil and human rights, gets a letter asking for help in acquiring justice and it sends a young female lawyer to Mississippi. With many layers, a story within a story, and a particularly powerful plot, this is a beautiful, thought-provoking gem with great depth. A must read.
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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