The adage that 'the rich are different from you and me' is crystallized in BAD DAD, a psychological crime novel that explores the dark side of wealth and privilege.<br><br>Lester Fuller, as BAD DAD, is heir to a Wyoming natural gas fortune who hires his ranch foreman to murder his daughter-in-law. Mary Lou has provoked Fuller's scorn by luring son Danny away from an upper class existence, transforming him into a Southern redneck who sweats at a menial job to support her and their son. She is also having an affair, Fuller's private investigator reveals, producing photographic evidence that pushes BAD DAD over the edge. <br><br>Fuller's privileged life is compromised, his mental state contaminated by his orchestration of Mary Lou's murder. Not only does he fear that his wife and son are suspicious, but the dead woman's mother, Rose, unleashes a nightmare scenario: she taunts Fuller by insinuating he's behind Mary Lou's disappearance, then confides her suspicions to a detective who is too intimidated by Fuller's wealth and influence to do anything about it. This reprieve, however, does not spare Fuller his struggle with the aftermath of this crime.
Jacob Barrstein and his friend James Eaton have a $1000 bet going. James claims that a group of 21st Century people cannot last a week without smartphones, computers, tablets, GPS's etc., while Jacob aims to prove him wrong. They organize a camping trip with 12 people up in the Angeles National Forest Mountains, allowing no electronic devices. When they suffer severe hardship and are stranded on the mountain with no way out, Jacob goes for help on foot and never returns.<br><br>Six months after his disappearance, hikers stumble onto his remains, and the case changes from a missing person's file to a full-blown police investigation. Once events are brought to the surface, another member of the group is killed. The unexpected ending of A BET TURNED DEADLY is something the reader will not easily forget.
The poppy.<br><br>Opium. Morphine. Heroin.<br><br>The Sumerians — thousands of years before the birth of Christ — knew of the powers of the wild poppy plant. Today 40% of the world's production is grown in Tasmania.<br><br>The Poppy fields of this island state are the most secure in the world. Or are they?<br><br>David Barron of the Federal Police is sent to check security and uncovers a seemingly simple plan to steal from the protected fields. Soon the simple plan becomes complex — murders, suicides, bribery — and a trail that leads into the ranks of the Federal Police itself.<br><br>James Christie — captured by the police at the scene of a brutal killing — holds the key to ensuring that Barron can bring the case to a speedy conclusion. But Christie is whisked away in a daring gun battle outside Melbourne.<br><br>Barron must work feverishly if he is to stop his work coming unravelled. <br><br>First he has to find Christie, and a mysterious woman is going to make it difficult for him.
3 May. Bistritz.–Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible.<br><br>The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most western of splendid bridges over the Danube, which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.<br><br>We left in pretty good time, and came after nightfall to Klausenburgh. Here I stopped for the night at the Hotel Royale. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty. (Mem. get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called "paprika hendl," and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.<br><br>I found my smattering of German very useful here, indeed, I don't know how I should be able to get on without it.<br><br>Having had some time at my disposal when in London, I had visited the British Museum, and made search among the books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania; it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the country could hardly fail to have some importance in dealing with a nobleman of that country.
Only eight hours tip doom.<br><br>Nick and Sal are faced with a madman who wants nothing more than to burn Bandon to the ground – for the second time since 1936.<br><br>It's a race against the clock. Unravel clues leading to the arsonist's plan. Call on truckers to battle the inferno. Capture the crazed pyromaniac in a mad-dash train chase.<br><br>And save a town from an impending firestorm that could kill hundreds and leave Bandon once again in smoldering rubble.
Dan Weston is a simple, hard working family man. That quickly and violently changes when he is forced to watch the senseless murder of his wife and child at the hands of demons hiding in human form. As the man/demon responsible toys with Weston as if he were a simple pawn, Weston swears a vow of vengeance on all of the demon kind. With nothing left to lose, he immerses himself in the dangerous world of preternatural creatures.<br><br>On his quest to find some inner peace, Weston begrudgingly accepts help from the beautiful demon, Lucy. He finds comfort in conversations with an old war vet and Weston's longtime friend, Father Robert tries to right Weston's sinking ship of morality.<br><br>In a battle that seems to be stacked against Weston, he fights not only for the memory of his wife and child, but also to keep from losing his humanity and becoming a monster himself.
Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by Maurice Leblanc<br><br>Arsene Lupin<br>The Blonde Lady<br>The Confessions of ArsÃ¨ne Lupin<br>The Crystal Stopper<br>The Eight Strokes of the Clock<br>The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar<br>The Frontier<br>The Hollow Needle<br>The Teeth of the Tiger
Compiled in one essential collection, the best books by Algernon Blackwood:<br><br>The Centaur<br><br>The Damned<br><br>The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories<br><br>The Extra Day<br><br>Four Weird Tales<br><br>The Garden of Survival<br><br>The Human Chord<br><br>The Man Whom The Trees Loved<br><br>A Prisoner In Fairyland<br><br>The Wendigo
When war criminal, Rojas Franzani, finally comes out of Cambodia nearly forty years after he was listed MIA, he's determined to take care of unfinished business–a small notebook his commanding officer had confiscated in 1967. He has learned that his C.O., now in his late seventies, is back living on his isolated farm at the foot of Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains–and that his only neighbors are a few ranches, a small dying farm town, and a handful of Camas Indians. What could be easier?
Estelle Watkins and her next-door-neighbor, Vera, are two older women who will not be taken for fools. In this first mystery, when Estelle's husband and then her son are accused of murder, Estelle and Vera must do whatever they can to solve the case and prove these men innocent.