Read on for the answer, which takes its time, most enjoyably, to unfold. Griffin, W. Putnam pp. Authorities know too that elements of the Russian mob, busy worming its way into Philadelphia politics via payoffs from Cayman Island bank accounts, are allying with the cartel. There are down-to-the-bullets-in-the-magazine descriptions of weapons—the trusty Colt. Griffin serves up enough exposition about geographical locales and amenities, exotic and prosaic, to provide useful travel guides.
Much of the narrative could be a CliffNotes synopsis of the corruption of legitimate processes—EB-5 visas for moneyed immigrants, international banking, capital investment funds—by drug and prostitution profits.
All but the last few chapters are a setup for the quick but open-ended conclusion, where Payne lets bullets fly and bad guys die. Formulaic but great good fun for genre fans. Charlie Crosby a descendant of the clan introduced in Tinkers as he mourns the death of his year-old daughter in an accident. After smashing his hand against a wall in a rage, he loses his wife and develops a slow-growing addiction to painkillers and alcohol that leads him to break-ins and other foolhardy decisions. His narration shifts from past to present, from memories of his daughter to his nature walks in New England to his helping his father repair a clock in a home that has an orrery—a model of the solar system that symbolizes the symphonic breadth of nature and the universality of his struggle.
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She is busy creating a genizah so her Egyptian captor can recreate the life of his dead son. The philosophical questions raised are intriguing, if faddish: Is God omniscient? What is memory, and can it be trusted? What is the relationship between past and present? What is time dilation? The psychological plot concerning the characters is less captivating, although Judith is a standout. A work marked by brilliant conceits and clever plotting. Hornby, Gill Little, Brown pp. Bea Stuart is the self-appointed queen of the swarm that assembles twice a day outside St.
Ambrose Church Primary. Glamorous, popular and unopposed, Bea is also self-centered and manipulative, yet many other mothers copy her style and crave her friendship.
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Then there are Georgie, previously a lawyer, now a chaotic but happy earth mother; Bubba, a wealthy, out-of-touch newcomer; and Heather, who will do anything to be accepted. The year turns, the community shifts, and like the bees, one queen supplants another. A tissue-thin saga of small-town relationships redeemed by its humor and rapid-fire exchanges. Hume, M. Atria pp. The child, now known as Artorex, lives with the gentleman farmer Ector and his noble Roman wife, Livinia, at their estate.
Artorex must remain hidden from King Uther, who will kill the child to prevent his succession to the throne. Artorex then journeys to see his father and undertakes a suicide mission to.
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As in her previous trilogy, the author, an Arthurian academic, adds perceived authenticity to her tales by incorporating true-to-life details surrounding the difficult, hardscrabble lives of those who survived in the late fifth and early sixth centuries. The day-to-day living, from food to attitudes about war, politics and social station, is fascinating, and the author goes into enormous detail to describe life in Arthurian England; but in this first volume, the prose tends to wax a little too flowery on occasion. Even though the writing is less compelling and the story briefly goes off the rails early in the book with a nasty subplot concerning child abuse, the evolving narrative is worth reading.
A diverting read for fans of the Arthurian legends. In a desperate bid, a dying mother takes out an ad in the paper and finds protection and love for her daughter from an unexpected source. Former jazz star Betty Jewel Hughes expected her life to be different—and longer. But after her husband, Saint, squandered their careers and landed in jail, she came home to Shakerag, Miss. Now, 10 years later, Betty Jewel is dying of cancer and her mother, Queen, is too old to take care of Billie on her own. Racial tension is heating up in the South of the mids, so Betty Jewel would be suspicious of any white woman responding to her classified ad looking for someone to take care of Billie, but Cassie Malone is especially problematic.
At first, the part-time reporter and columnist for the local paper just wants to do an article on Betty Jewel and the ad. But the more time Cassie spends with Betty Jewel, Queen and Billie, the more she realizes the story is complex and layered, and she becomes invested in the dying woman and her family. As secrets and unexpected connections are revealed, the women must fight for a special girl in an uncertain world. Hussey has written a lovely, poetic book about race, love, mothers, daughters and friends that navigates a spectrum of emotional minefields. With well-drawn, authentic characters and a lyrical writing style that occasionally gets in its own way, the story is sweet and hopeful, with impressive dialogue.
A certain fairy-tale realism—similar to that of The Help, which this book will inevitably be compared to—makes the concept both believable and entertaining, if perhaps a little glossy given the true history of the racial tension of the time. An endearing and emotionally satisfying exploration of race, family and friendship in trying times. Kadrey, Richard Harper Voyager pp. Then Zoe wanders into a store selling rare old vinyl records. Zoe stumbles upon a room that holds some odd-looking records and a weird machine that the creepy and strange looking proprietor says can help her connect with her dead father.
When Zoe opts in, she finds that the proprietor demands an odd sort of payment each time she visits: He instructs her to bring parts of herself ranging from a lock of hair to a tooth to blood. And while that gives her pause, she also finds that the peculiar dreams she has always had are not what they seem, and the long road to finding her dead father leads to a nightmarish place where bad things happen. Zoe and her family present themselves as sympathetic and interesting, but the storyline is unsettling, and the ending seems both rushed and tacked on, like the author ran out of steam in the final third of the book and just decided to get it over with.
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The writing is top-notch, but for many, the book will prove an acquired taste. After her husband and 8-year-old daughter are killed in a car accident, Emma collapses. Nothing matters anymore—not her friends, not her home, not her carefully constructed life as a professor of creative writing.
But then Aunt Zinnia drops another bombshell: Emma was adopted. Spontaneously, Emma catches the. Doubting that Mosjoukine could really be her father after all, he allegedly died 10 years before her birth , Emma cannot so easily dismiss the evidence in the mirror: She has his burning blue eyes. She sets off for Paris, but instead of finding her mother, she finds her twin brother, Ilya, living in a nearly forgotten, nearly impossible-tofind house. Across the street, his neighbor sits outside every day, scowling and selling drugs to overworked physicians.
Emma intensifies her search for their father, discovering a chameleon of a man. Kercheval Brazil, , etc. He discovers it may be related to the murder of his wife, Mieko.
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Hired by a shady Tokyo communications tycoon whose married daughter was among the victims, and also working with San Francisco police, Brodie brings to the case his deep knowledge of Japanese culture—and Japanese selfdefense techniques. Tracing the killings back to Japan, he joins former associates of his father who now run the Tokyo office of Brodie Security to penetrate the ultrasecret, superpowerful Soga, a clan of assassins dating back centuries.
Ultimately, no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. Lancet, who has lived in Japan for more than 25 years, many of them as editor at a Japanese publishing house, draws upon his familiarity with the terrain, local history and Japanese culture to create an East-West adventure that informs as it thrills.
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