The November Criminals
By Sam Munson
'What are your best and worst qualities?'This is the title of the essay Addison Schacht has to write to gain a place at his chosen university. Straightaway, Addison sees an opportunity to tell his story-so-far: to unburden himself, so to speak.And boy is there a lot to unburden. His 'business' - dealing pot to his peers - is booming, and requires a certain extra effort. His relationship with Digger, his best friend (NOT girlfriend), is getting 'complicated', as they say. His classmate Kevin was murdered point blank, and now Addison can't stop thinking about who killed him, and why? And then there's the small question of the rest of his life . . . Over the course of his unorthodox application, Addison confess his triumphs, tragedies, strengths, weaknesses, blessings and curses to his academic jury.The November Criminals is the darkest, most raucous and unconventional love story/murder mystery/ coming-of-age crossover you will read this year.
The Night Searchers
By Marcia Muller
When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.
By Nicholas Sparks
Every so often a love story captures our hearts and becomes more than just a story - it becomes an experience to treasure and to share. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of a passion both ageless and timeless, a tale of laughter and tears, and makes us believe in true love all over again.At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun is rebuilding his life on the coast after the horrors of World War II, but he is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. Allie Nelson is about to marry into wealth and security, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who stole her heart years ago. And so begins an extraordinary tale of a love so strong it turns tragedy into strength and endures everything . . .2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the film adaptation of The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. This new edition includes gorgeous colour photographs from the film, author Q & A, discussion questions and an exclusive chapter from The Longest Ride, the new Nicholas Sparks novel.
No Man And Other Stories To Help Haiti
By Dorothy Koomson
With all proceeds going directly to UNICEF's Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal, No Man Can Compare And Other Stories to Help Haiti is a charity ebook featuring short stories from some of Little, Brown's biggest authors. The anthology has a foreword from Dorothy Koomson, and features:Nina BellPeter William BlattyNick BrownleeLouise CandlishStella DuffyKate FurnivallAlex GrayClare JayDorothy KoomsonShari LowAlexander McCall SmithMartina ReillyBernadette StrachanThese are joyful, uplifting stories, written to raise funds to help Haitian children affected by the earthquake. Just as importantly, these are stories written to raise the spirits - they are stories of hope.Everyone involved has donated 100% of their profits and given their time for free to support this worthwhile cause.
The Night Villa
By Carol Goodman
The eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster resonate with profound consequences in the life of classics professor Sophie Chase.Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte - the Night Villa - once home to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And concealed in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too alluring for Sophie to resist. But whatever shocking events transpired in the face of Vesuvius's fury has led to deeper intrigues - and Sophie is swiftly sucked into their dark and terrifying vortex . . .
By Shannon K. Butcher
After years as Navy SEAL and watching his closest buddies leave for greener pastures, Grant wants out. He's tired of not having a real home and he's ready for a new life. On his way to his new job, he makes a pit stop in the town where he grew up to meet an old friend. They lived together in the same foster home as kids and ever since, Isabelle has been the only person apart from his Navy pals to offer him support and encouragement. But from the moment he sees her everything changes. The awkward teenager gone, Isabelle is now a beautiful woman. But Grant sees fear in her eyes and vows to take it away at any cost. Isabelle's foster family was everything to her but a handful of the children she grew up with have died recently - apparent suicides, but Isabelle knows it's murder. She needs someone to help her prove it and Grant is the only person she trusts. As soon as they start digging and asking questions, the killer knows it's only a matter of time before his identity is discovered and he knows exactly who to blame. And he won't sit idly by...
Natural Born Charmer
By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
When millionaire Dean Robillard meets Blue Bailey, she couldn't be more down on her luck; her ex has stolen all her money and she's got no place to go. A football hero, Dean is taking a holiday while recovering from a career-threatening injury. He'd planned a solo road trip to get his head together. The last thing he needs is a damsel in distress tagging along for the ride. However, despite Dean's misgivings the two find themselves thrown together and soon Blue has moved into his home and is merrily turning his world upside down. Their attraction is mutual but can their relationship really survive when the only other thing they have in common is their distrust of love?
By Shannon K. Butcher
Caleb Stone has no business being this close to the woman he nearly killed 18 months ago. As a Delta Force operative, Caleb was there when Lana Hancock was captured, beaten and tortured within an inch of her life by a terrorist group called the Swarm. Under orders to infiltrate the Swarm from the inside, Caleb had no choice but to mask himself as a criminal and briefly witness the brutality practised on Lana before exterminating the entire group, bringing them to their knees. He'll never forget the cold hatred in her eyes when she recognised him but now, with hatred still shining in Lana's eyes, Caleb knows she hasn't forgotten him either. As much as Caleb wants out of Lana's life, he's stuck. Caleb keeps Lana under surveillance because the Swarm has reorganised, more powerful than ever and determined to kill the one woman who can identify them and the man who betrayed their trust. As the danger mounts and the passion between them ignites, Caleb and Lana must elude the Swarm's new leader: a woman hell bent on vengeance who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
By Shannon K. Butcher
A brilliant mathematician, Noelle Blanche is determined to win the respect of the academic community but not at any price! Desperate as she is for a grant, she refuses to accept the military's offer of help in return for hers. Their methods go against everything she stands for...until one night of violence and death. She owes her life to a stranger named David, whose brute strength and cunning both protect and reassure her. David Wolfe always knew his own safety was at risk but he never expected the Swarm, the men he swore to find and exterminate, would brutally torture and murder his wife. When vengeance produced no solace, he disappeared...until the Swarm reappeared with a new set of targets. Now, 4 men are dead, killed trying to decode the whereabouts of nuclear weapons hidden during the Cold War and his old team has asked for his help. But saving Noelle's life has only added to his grief for he's irresistibly drawn to her intelligence and beauty, not to mention the stubborn way she refuses to help them. Can he convince her to help them locate the arsenal before the Swarm? And can he save her life when the Swarm turns their deadly attentions towards her? Or will history repeat itself?
Nights In Rodanthe
By Nicholas Sparks
Two fragile people. One desperate second chance.Reeling and desolate, Adrienne Willis needs space to rethink her life after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Fleeing everything, she jumps at the chance to look after her friend's guesthouse in the coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina. But there is a storm heading for Adrienne, in more ways than she can imagine.Stranded and isolated as the weather closes in, Adrienne has only one guest: Paul Flanner, a man running from his own shattered past. Taking refuge, Paul and Adrienne have only each other to turn to. Against all the odds, their one weekend sets in motion feelings that will resonate through the rest of their lives.
By Jonathan Smith
Someone has stolen Patrick Balfour's identity. A successful headmaster of a London school, a regular broadcaster and a writer of historical novels, as well as having a fairly spicy private life, Balfour is the object of some unsurprising envy. Yet who would be so malicious as to commit identity fraud and frame Patrick as a thief and a paedophile, using his national insurance number and impersonating his handwriting? As Patrick is teased by a series of letters, it becomes apparent that his adversary is certainly better-read than him and he is sent off on a tense literary chase, picking up clues from Kafka's The Trial to R L Stevenson and to Joseph Clark, a 17th Century contortionist. Patrick's morale begins to collapse - the police don't believe him and his daughter rejects him. Desperate, he decides he must pursue his pursuer.
Night and Fear
Cornell Woolrich published his first novel in 1926, and throughout the next four decades his fiction riveted the reading public with unparalleled mystery, suspense, and horror. America's most popular pulp magazines published hundreds of his stories. Classic films like Hitchcock's Rear Window, Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black, and Tournier's Black Alibi came chillingly to the screen from his work. And novels like Deadline at Dawn, Rendezvous in Black, and Night Has a Thousand Eyes gained him the epithet "father of noir." Now with this new centenary volume of previously uncollected suspense fiction edited by Francis M. Nevins,recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for criticism in the mystery field,a whole new generation of mystery readers, as well as his countless fans who have long loved his work, can thrill to the achievement of Cornell Woolrich, the writer deemed to be the Edgar Allan Poe of the twentieth century.
By Penelope Gilliatt
An elderly writer of popular comedies and her liberal husband, a judge, are accosted in mid-swim by three crass young archivists. In distracting their inquisitors, the couple show the greatest mannerliness while treading water.A famous cellist develops an unruly attachment to his bed. His accompanist suggests an analyst, but takes the sessions himself, lending a fond angle to transference.A quiet, wise man watches his blustering City stepson take over his house and his being and has not the heart to see his usurping heir's action as the pattern of push and shove.With assusrance, acuity and her lucid wit, Penelope Gilliatt lays bare the non-utterances that are the crucial ellipses of the human temperament. Candid, resonant and always compassionate, these are unforgettable tales form a genius of the short story.