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A Spot of Folly

A Spot of Folly
Author: Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504054814
Pages: 212
Year: 2018-11-27
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A spine-tingling anthology by the New York Times–bestselling author and master of “psychological insight . . . and, not infrequently, teeth-chattering terror” (The New York Times). These never-before-collected stories by Ruth Rendell—the three-time Edgar Award–winning mistress of dark suspense and one of the most celebrated thriller writers of the twentieth century—are “deliciously riveting, all the more so because Rendell’s extraordinary ability to delve coolly and forensically into the dustiest nooks of the human psyche is amplified, not diminished, by the short story form. . . . Often the reader is taken by the throat” (The Guardian). In “The Thief,” a chance encounter with a stranger triggers the most destructive impulses in a vindictive pathological liar. A family shares an unnamable feeling of dread and a necessary denial to make it through the night in “Trebuchet.” In the title story, a caddish boor can’t help but boast of his infidelities. A historic murder weighs heavy on the unholy reputation of a quaint local landmark in “The Haunting of Shawley Rectory.” And in “Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror,” Rendell delivers a masterstroke of gasp-inducing brevity. Here are tales of mystery, madness, terrible crimes, and chilling perdition, all dispatched with a wit so knife-edged and deviousness, so impeccably cool that it’s little wonder Joyce Carol Oates hails Ruth Rendell as “one of the finest practitioners of her craft.”

At Home in Mitford

At Home in Mitford
Author: Jan Karon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735217394
Pages: 528
Year: 2017-08
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In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector who yearns for something more, suddenly finds he has more than he can handle. His life is turned upside down with the appearance of a very large dog, a charming and attractive new neighbor, and a lovable but unloved boy named Dooley. Seemingly overnight, Father Tim?s quiet life isn?t so quiet. Heartfelt and moving, this is the book where it all began.

The Boys Upstairs

The Boys Upstairs
Author: Jane Lebak
Publisher:
ISBN: 1942133022
Pages: 129
Year: 2014-10-30
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Three homeless children. Two estranged brothers. One last chance. Kevin Farrell is a jaded police officer who's trying to save three homeless children, but it's three nights before Christmas, and the only one he can ask for help is his brother, a disabled priest. The catch? He and his brother have been estranged because after all the evil he's seen, Kevin cannot believe in God. Only now, to save these homeless kids, with temperatures below zero and falling, Kevin knows it's going to take both him and his brother working together, if only they can mend the breach between them.

There to Be Shot at

There to Be Shot at
Author: Tony Coton
Publisher:
ISBN: 1909245615
Pages: 250
Year: 2017-09
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Rejected by clubs, Coton became a professional footballer the hard way. A reputation as a fine young goalkeeper followed his big break at Birmingham City, and Coton was to become widely regarded as the best goalkeeper to never play for England. After playing for Watford, Manchester City and Manchester United, Coton became the first ever full-time goalkeeping coach under Sir Alex Ferguson just before United won a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble. From non-league to the top of the Premier League; from the Birmingham Six to a model professional, Coton has done it all.

The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth
Author: Frantz Fanon
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802198856
Pages: 320
Year: 2007-12-01
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Frantz Fanon was one of the twentieth century’s most important theorists of revolution, colonialism, and racial difference, and this, his masterwork, is a classic alongside Orientalism and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage of colonized peoples and the role of violence in historical change, the book also incisively attacks postindependence disenfranchisement of the masses by the elite on one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. A veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black-consciousness movements around the world. This new translation updates its language for a new generation of readers and its lessons are more vital now than ever.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061763403
Pages: 304
Year: 2009-03-17
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Voted by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the "Best Crime Novel of all Time" Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christie’s ten favorite novels, The Murder of Rojer Ackroyd. Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with an apparent drug overdose. However the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death. Luckily one of Roger’s friends and the newest resident to retire to this normally quiet village takes over—none other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.

A Pocket Full of Rye

A Pocket Full of Rye
Author: AGATHA. CHRISTIE
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0008255989
Pages: 224
Year: 2018-03-22
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A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman...Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his 'counting house' when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme...

Rocket Men

Rocket Men
Author: Craig Nelson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101057734
Pages: 416
Year: 2009-06-25
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Read Craig Nelson's posts on the Penguin Blog. "Celebrates a bold era when voyaging beyond the Earth was deemed crucial to national security and pride." -The Wall Street Journal Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph, this is award-winning historian Craig Nelson's definitive and thrilling story of man's first trip to the moon. At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Rocket Men presents a vivid narrative of the moon mission, taking readers on the journey to one of the last frontiers of the human imagination. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Author: Edith Nesbit
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 296
Year: 1899
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Rising Road

Rising Road
Author: Sharon Davies
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199701903
Pages: 352
Year: 2010-02-16
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It was among the most notorious criminal cases of its day. On August 11, 1921, in Birmingham, Alabama, a Methodist minister named Edwin Stephenson shot and killed a Catholic priest, James Coyle, in broad daylight and in front of numerous witnesses. The killer's motive? The priest had married Stephenson's eighteen-year-old daughter Ruth to Pedro Gussman, a Puerto Rican migrant and practicing Catholic. Sharon Davies's Rising Road resurrects the murder of Father Coyle and the trial of his killer. As Davies reveals with novelistic richness, Stephenson's crime laid bare the most potent bigotries of the age: a hatred not only of blacks, but of Catholics and "foreigners" as well. In one of the case's most unexpected turns, the minister hired future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black to lead his defense. Though regarded later in life as a civil rights champion, in 1921 Black was just months away from donning the robes of the Ku Klux Klan, the secret order that financed Stephenson's defense. Entering a plea of temporary insanity, Black defended the minister on claims that the Catholics had robbed Ruth away from her true Protestant faith, and that her Puerto Rican husband was actually black. Placing the story in social and historical context, Davies brings this heinous crime and its aftermath back to life, in a brilliant and engrossing examination of the wages of prejudice and a trial that shook the nation at the height of Jim Crow. "Davies takes us deep into the dark heart of the Jim Crow South, where she uncovers a searing story of love, faith, bigotry and violence. Rising Road is a history so powerful, so compelling it stays with you long after you've finished its final page." --Kevin Boyle, author of the National Book Award-winning Arc of Justice "This gripping history...has all the makings of a Hollywood movie. Drama aside, Rising Road also happens to be a fine work of history." --History News Network

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave
Author: Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616951222
Pages: 352
Year: 2011-07-05
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The seventh Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery When a Lao female security officer is discovered stabbed through the heart with a fencing sword, Dr. Siri, the reluctant national coroner for the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, is brought in to examine the body. Soon two other young women are found killed in the same unusual way. Siri learns that all three victims studied in Europe and that one of them was being pursued by a mysterious stalker. But before he can solve the case, he is whisked away to Cambodia on a diplomatic mission. Though on the surface the Khmer Rouge seem to be committed to the socialist cause, Siri soon learns the horrifying truth of the killing fields and finds himself thrown into prison. Can the seventy-four-year-old doctor escape with his life? From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Borrowers Avenged

The Borrowers Avenged
Author: Mary Norton, Beth Krush, Joe Krush
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 015204731X
Pages: 298
Year: 1982
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Escaping from an attic where they had been held captive over the long, dark winter, a family of tiny people sets up house in an old rectory.

Tippoo Sultaun

Tippoo Sultaun
Author: Meadows Taylor
Publisher: London : K. Paul, Trench
ISBN:
Pages: 459
Year: 1887
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Watford FC on This Day

Watford FC on This Day
Author: Matt Rowson
Publisher: Pitch Pub
ISBN: 1905411472
Pages: 160
Year: 2009-09-01
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Watford FC On This Day chronicles, in diary form, the major events in the club's history. With individual entries for every day, and multiple listings for more historic and busier days, the book includes all the club's big matches, promotions, cup runs, significant events, and sensational signings.

Out to Canaan

Out to Canaan
Author: Jan Karon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140265686
Pages: 342
Year: 1998
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In the small town of Mitford, recotr Father Tim and his lovely wife Cynthia ponder their retirement plans, trying to raise their young charge, Dooley, and find Dooley's missing, abandoned siblings, while a brash mayoral candidate is calling for development and "progress." Reprint.

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