Only three people can connect a present-day murderer to a serial killer who, fourteen years ago, terrorized a small Siberian town. And one of them is already dead.
As a working mother, Lena Polyanskaya has her hands full. She’s busy caring for her two-year-old daughter, editing a successful magazine, and supporting her husband, a high-ranking colonel in counterintelligence. She doesn’t have time to play amateur detective. But when a close friend’s suspicious death is labeled a suicide, she’s determined to prove he wouldn’t have taken his own life.
As Lena digs in to her investigation, all clues point to murder—and its connection to a string of grisly cold-case homicides that stretches back to the Soviet era. When another person in her circle falls victim, Lena fears she and her family may be next. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to protect them. But will learning the truth unmask a killer… or put her and her family in even more danger?
Rhys Hughes is a prolific short story writer with an eclectic mix of influences. Much of his work is of a humorously eccentric bent, often parodies and pastiches with surreal and absurdist overtones, although he is by no means limited to any of these forms and has proven to be extremely versatile.
Madonna Park is a collection of six sublime stories from a true master of words. Rhys Hughes is Wales’ best kept literary secret. Championed by the likes of Michael Moorcock, his unique fantastical fictions have already achieved the level of cult-status. His fiction is both intellectual and hilarious with plenty of puns and satirical side-swipes to keep the reader constantly amused.
Часто спрашивают: какова же истинная Мадонна? Существует расхожий стереотип, представляющий Мадонну алчной женщиной-вамп, в то время как для большинства женщин она является символом феминизма. Ее песни внятны и просты, хотя сама она личность сложная и изменчивая. Она впитала влияния тысячи различных культур, собрав их в единое целое, и стала самой продаваемой певицей за всю историю музыки. Все ее альбомы — это этапы большого путешествия. Переживая драмы и потери, она использовала музыку как способ противостоять боли, искала в ней новые источник радости. Ее стиль противоречив, тщеславие безгранично, и при этом она постоянно превращает свою жизнь в завораживающее произведение искусства. Беспристрастное исследование британского музыкального журналиста Люси О'Брайен — самая полная биография королевы поп-сцены.
Set during the fall-out of the Cultural Revolution, these bizarre and delicate stories capture the collision of the old China of vanished dynasties, with communism and today's tiger economy.
The mad woman on the bridge wears a historical gown which she refuses to take off. In the height of summer she stands madly on the bridge. Until a young female doctor, bewitched by the beauty of the mad woman's dress, plots to take it from her, with tragic consequences.
Wielopokoleniowa saga rodziny Drinkwaterów i ich kuzynów, mieszkających w Edgewood i okolicach. Wszyscy wierzą, że obok naszego, realnego świata, istnieje drugi, w którym magia jest możliwa, ryby mówią ludzkim głosem, a las zamieszkują wróżki, gnomy i inne stworzenia. Drinkwaterowie są z tym światem nierozerwalnie związani i chronieni, jednak z czasem – wskutek upływu czasu i zapomnienia – ta więź słabnie i na rodzinę spadają kolejne nieszczęścia. Również świat ogarnia powoli szaleństwo.
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"Kiedy widzicie kobietę i mężczyznę w urzędzie stanu cywilnego, zastanówcie się, które z nich stanie się mordercą". Ta książka to przewrotna, zabawna i pełna zaskakujących zwrotów akcji opowieść o związku dwojga kochających się niegdyś ludzi. Co zostało między nimi po 15 latach małżeństwa? Schmittowi udała się nie lada sztuka: napisał dramat, który czyta się jak najbardziej wciągającą powieść.
An enormous tidal wave on the West Coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged homeless of the Asian world who have gotten only this far in their attempt to reach America. Is she a monster or a goddess? One thing is for sure: all hell is breaking loose. This dark, fast-paced, hard SF novel returns to the story begun in Starfish: all human life is threatened by a disease (actually a primeval form of life) from the distant prehuman past. It survived only in the deep ocean rift where Clarke and her companions were stationed before the corporation that employed them tried to sterilize the threat with a secret underwater nuclear strike. But Clarke was far enough away that she was able to survive and tough enough to walk home, three hundred miles across the ocean floor. She arrives carrying with her the potential death of the human race, and possessed by a desire for revenge.
Maelstrom is a terrifying explosion of cyberpunk noir by a writer whose narrative, says Robert Sheckley, "drives like a futuristic locomotive."
Inglaterra, año del Señor de 1171: en Cambridge aparece el cadáver de un niño horriblemente asesinado. Otros muchos han desaparecido. Los judíos, directamente acusados de estos crímenes por la todopoderosa jerarquía católica, buscan refugio entre los muros del castillo para evitar las iras de los soliviantados ciudadanos. Al rey Enrique esta situación dista de complacerle: necesita a los judíos para llenar sus arcas y debe encontrarse al verdadero culpable para aplacar al pueblo, que ha elevado a la categoría de santo al niño asesinado.
Para esclarecer la situación aparecen en Cambridge un reputado investigador, Simón de Nápoles, acompañado de una misteriosa mujer, Adelia Aguilar, y de un enigmático hombre de origen árabe, Mansur.
La especialidad de Adelia, doctora en la célebre escuela de medicina de Salerno, es el estudio y la disección de cadáveres. Se trata de una maestra en el arte de la muerte, algo que debe disimular cuidadosamente si no quiere correr el riesgo de ser acusada de brujería.
Las investigaciones conducen a Adelia hasta el último rincón de Cambridge. Encontrará amigos que la ayudarán y hallará el amor… pero también tendrá que luchar denodadamente con un terrible asesino dispuesto a seguir matando y con las supersticiones y prejuicios de los habitantes de la ciudad.
Cuando el novio de Rebeca le propone ir de vacaciones a un hospedaje en la montaña con su club swing, rápidamente se da cuenta de que ella no disfrutaba con el intercambio de parejas. Ahora no tiene donde dormir. Logan, el propietario del hospedaje, la encuentra congelada en el porche. Después de arrastrarla adentro, él la calienta en su propia cama, y allí el experimentado Dom descubre que Rebecca puede no ser una swinger… pero ella es definitivamente una sumisa.
Rebeca cree que nadie puede amar su rellenito cuerpo con cicatrices. Para su sorpresa, Logan, el propietario de la posada, no sólo está en desacuerdo, sino que él la amarra y le demuestra lo mucho que disfruta de sus curvas. Bajo sus manos expertas, Rebecca no sólo pierde sus inhibiciones, sino también su corazón.
Dañado por la guerra, Logan se considera demasiado peligroso para estar alrededor de la tentadora pequeña sub. Él le permite alejarse por su propia seguridad, sin darse cuenta de que ella cree que ha vuelto a ser rechazada debido a su aspecto. Cuando en las montañas de Logan su voz sigue repercutiendo mucho después de que ella se ha ido, se da cuenta que se ha llevado su corazón con ella. Pero cuando llega a la ciudad para reclamarla, el teléfono de Rebeca ha sido desconectado y su apartamento está vacío…
Il “migliore dei mondi possibili” è Astrobia, pianeta costruito sul modello dell’Utopia, dove agi e ricchezze sono a disposizione di chi li vuole. Ma proprio quando il sogno sta per realizzarsi ecco scoppiare una crisi inspiegabile: perché la gente volta le spalle al benessere e sceglie di vivere nel pericolo, negli stenti? I capi di Astrobia non lo sanno, e decidono di chiedere aiuto al passato, cercando nella Storia un leader che possa salvare la loro civiltà perfetta. Inizia così uno dei romanzi più ironici e profondi degli ultimi anni. Un’opera inesauribile, allegorica e umana, che mostra realtà e sogno, mostri e astronavi, assassini meccanici e individui programmati. Un futuro di paria e di dominatori, dove il sublime si alterna al mediocre e dove sovrastano sulla scena figure misteriose: il Rimrock, la creatura oceanica, Evita, la strega bambina, e soprattutto il fondatore e insieme il più grande avversario dell’Utopia: Thomas More, il “Maestro del passato”.
Nominato per il premio Hugo in 1969.
Il cadavere è nudo, inginocchiato sul materasso di uno squallido albergo di Londra. La testa è coperta da un cappuccio, le mani, legate con una cintura, sono protese in avanti come in preghiera. Il killer l'ha violentato ripetutamente. Poi l'ha strangolato. E alla fine, prima di dileguarsi, ha ordinato una corona funebre. Non saranno in molti a piangere la morte di Douglas Remfry, reduce da sette anni di reclusione per aver violentato tre giovani donne. Ma all'ispettore Thorne della squadra crimini speciali della polizia di Londra non interessa il passato della vittima. Il suo compito è trovare l'assassino e consegnarlo alla giustizia.
Destinul lui Bulgakov pare guvernat de acelaşi amestec de satiră, fantastic şi tragism care e amprenta operei sale. Născut la Kiev în 1891, în familia unui profesor de teologie, studiază medicina, pe care o practică vreme de patru ani (1916-l920), pe front şi în spitale de provincie. Devine dependent de morfină, dar, cu ajutorul primei sale soţii, reuşeşte să învingă răul. în 1920 abandonează medicina pentru a se dedica scrisului. Intră în lumea teatrului, iar piesa Zilele Turbinilor, dramatizarea romanului Garda Albă, are mare succes, fiind considerată un Pescăruş al noii generaţii de dramaturgi. Simpatia evidentă pentru ofiţerii Albi face ca piesa să fie interzisă, dar (paradoxal!) e, în acelaşi timp, piesa preferată a lui Stalin. Din 1929 nu i se mai publică nici o carte şi nu i se mai joacă nici o piesă. Trăind la limita supravieţuirii, Bulgakov se vede silit să-i trimită dictatorului o petiţie, apoi, într-o scrisoare adresată guvernului sovietic, să vorbească despre dezechilibrul psihic la care e expus un creator a cărui existenţă este ameninţată. Scrisoarea rămîne celebră atît ca model al disidenţei asumate, cît şi prin efectele ei neaşteptate. Trei săptămîni mai tîrziu primeşte un telefon bizar direct de la Stalin, în urma căruia, deşi Bulgakov crede că a fost victima unei farse, este reangajat la teatru. Scrierile lui rămîn însă nepublicate. în ultimul deceniu al vieţii scrie cu frenezie, temîndu-se că nu va termina romanul Maestrul şi Margareta. Ultimele corecturi le face în 1940, pe patul de moarte, orb, dictînd soţiei sale, Maria Sergheevna, care este, de altminteri, chiar modelul Margaretei.
Książka ukazuje problem w jaki sposób rodziny alkoholików mogą same sobie pomóc w zdrowieniu. W rozważaniach autorka omawia typową rodzinę amerykańską, jednak wiele ogólnych twierdzeń tu przytaczanych będzie prawdziwych także w odniesieniu do innych szczególnych sytuacji rodzinnych.Autorka mówi; 'Mam odwagę powiedzieć ci, że możesz nauczyć się żyć z alkoholikiem. Nie tylko żyć ale być szczęśliwa i produktywna, bez względu na to, co on robi. Naprawdę wiem jak możesz wzbogacić swoje życie. Zdecyduj czy chcesz spróbować. Jeśli nie chcesz, zostań ze swoimi nieszczęściami. Wybór należy do ciebie.'
When ten billion filthy drug dollars' worth of heroin pollutes the Jersey shore and threatens to make the Mafia a second Evil Empire, the president knows there's just one man who can stop a Jersey Kingpin from destroying the country and that's an ex-Jersey cop resurrected and nicknamed the Destroyer. Remo Williams is on a mission to mainline death and destruction into the Cosa Nostra before Main Street gets stuck. But how will Master Chiun's masterpiece of a human killing machine score? Will history's biggest drug score go bust? With Remo on the mission you know he'll sniff out the swine and cover his tracks but when he gets to the top will he find he's gone too high and realize that the Mafia fix is in?
Arly Hanks – the wildest chief of police in the Ozarks – has finally met her match. To her horror, she's been cajoled into chaperoning a group of ten hormonally challenged teens on a youth group camp out, along with the mayor's wife, the high school shop teacher, and preacher Brother Verber. Bunking with the crew is bad enough, but things get even hairier when one of the campers stumbles upon the body of a white-robed woman with a shaved head. And before Arly Hanks can do a head count, she finds herself hindered by a cast of crazies, while she tracks down a spacey cult whose initiation ritual could be a real killer.
Arly (aka Ariel) Hanks, Chief of Police of Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755), has been known to break out in hives just thinking about Manhattan. Her idea of a good time is running a speed trap at the edge of town, stomping around the ridge looking for Raz Buchanan's still, and having the blue plate special at Ruby Bee's Bar and Grill on Saturday night. So the last place on earth Arly wanted to be was back in Manhattan with its bright lights, memories of her nasty divorce… and, doggone it anyway, a most inconvenient murder. The week started out just dandy with the social event of the season, the long-awaited marriage of lovestruck Kevin Buchanan and his sweet, his beloved, his three-hundred-pound darling, Dahlia O'Neill. As if that didn't give the gossips enough to talk about, Ruby Bee won an all-expense-paid trip to New York as a finalist in the Koko-Nut Cooking Contest, and she and Estelle were on their way to show the city folks a thing or two. But before the week ended, the newlyweds went amok on their way to Niagara Falls, and Ruby Bee, while making a big splash in the Big Apple, was in the slammer for attempted murder! Flying to the rescue just about wiped out Arly's bank account, and checking into the Chadwick Hotel almost did the same thing for her reputation. The contest had brought together some of the most unlikely characters ever to turn on a Mixmaster, and in an embarrassingly short time, Arly found herself in the room of good-looking, unmarried Durmond Pilverman, whose talents went way beyond his skill at baking a Koko-Nut Kream Pie. But when a dead body turned up in the hotel dumpster, Arly smelled something suspicious in this national cook-off. And the.38 she found hidden in Durmond's dresser had her wondering if she was in danger of sleeping with the enemy. In this sixth mystery in the highly acclaimed Maggody series, the spunky, off-beat, appealing Arly Hanks once again stars in a thoroughly original, wonderfully funny whodunit.
"Magia seksu…" Jest poradnikiem seksuologicznym przeznaczonym nie tylko dla kobiet, ale również dla mężczyzn. Graham opisuje seks, jako magiczną, uzupełniającą życie duchowe sferę egzystencji. Książka zawiera wiele rad, poznawania nieznanych dla wielu ludzi możliwości ciała i erotycznych fantazji. Poradnik mimo dużej konkurencji w tej dziedzinie jest bestsellerem, w samych Stanach Zjednoczonych została sprzedana w nakładzie kilku milionów egzemplarzy. Masterton opisuje w przystępnym, odważnym, a zarazem humorystycznym językiem różnego rodzaju sfery seksualne, przedstawiając seks, jako narzędzie samorozwoju. Autor już na wstępie, można by nawet rzec po pierwszym zdaniu zaciekawia czytelnika swoimi rozważaniami.
Strange things were happening in Drake House: A perfect rose appearing on a pillow…an antique dress materializing out of nowhere…a mysterious spirit roaming the halls…
Five years after Rachel Lindquist had left California to chase her dreams, she returned home to care for her aging mother, only to find herself chasing a ghost! Addie Lindquist insisted a presence haunted Drake House and had hired noted parapsychologist Bryan Hennessy to investigate, but Rachel knew better than to believe in what she couldn't see-or to surrender to the strong current of desire pulling her towards Bryan.
Bryan had dealt with skeptics before, but convincing Rachel was the biggest challenge of his life. The enchanting beauty had lost faith in everything that wasn't practical, and that included matters of the heart. As Bryan fought her reluctance to succumb to feelings she couldn't control, a second, more sinister force began to stalk them, threatening to drive them from Drake House and from each other-a force that could be banished only by a man who believed in the power of love and…Magic.
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Golgotham has been the city’s supernatural district for centuries. Populated by creatures from myth and legend, the neighborhood’s most prominent citizens are the Kymera, a race of witches who maintain an uneasy truce with the city’s humans...
It has been several months since Tate Eresby developed her new magical ability to bring whatever she creates to life, but she is still learning to control her power. Struggling to make a living as an artist, she and Hexe can barely make ends meet, but they are happy.
That is until Golgotham’s criminal overlord Boss Marz is released from prison, bent on revenge against the couple responsible for putting him there. Hexe’s right hand is destroyed, leaving him unable to conjure his benign magic. Attempts to repair the hand only succeed in plunging Hexe into a darkness that can’t be lifted—even by news that Tate is carrying his child.
Now, with her pregnancy seeming to progress at an astonishing rate, Tate realizes that carrying a possible heir to the Kymeran throne will attract danger from all corners, even beyond the grave...
Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she's faced could have prepared her for this....
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar....
Kate's father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.
The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules....
Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.
Kate Daniels cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to deal with—especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.
And now there's a new player in town—a foe that may be too much for even Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family.
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug of war between two gods hoping for rebirth, and if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.
Every year, the annual war between the Kingdom and the Empire seems to be nearing its end. However, the ruler of the Empire, Jircniv, also known as the "Bloody Emperor", visits the Great Tomb of Nazarick and allies with Ainz Ooal Gown, which drags him between the conflict of the two nations, changing it into a total war.
The eccentric Lesley family could not agree on what to name Lorraine's new baby girl even after four months. Lorraine secretly liked the name Marigold, but who would ever agree to such a fanciful name as that? When the baby falls ill and gentle Dr. M. Woodruff Richards saves her life, the family decides to name the child after the good doctor. But a girl named Woodruff? How fortunate that Dr. Richards's seldom-used first name turns out to be... Marigold! A child with such an unusual name is destined for adventure. It all begins the day Marigold meets a girl in a beautiful green dress who claims to be a real-life princess...
An omnibus of novels by Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost
New York Times bestselling authors Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews bring you two short stories of paranormal.
Jeaniene Frost's story, One For the Money, features vampires Cat and Bones trying to protect a spoiled heiress with a price on her head and an undead hitman on her trail. Previously published in Death's Excellent Vacation. Also includes the first three chapters from Jeaniene's story in The Bite Before Christmas anthology, as well as a sneak peak at ONCE BURNED, the first novel in the new Night Prince series.
Ilona Andrews story, A Questionable Client, is a prequel to her award-winning Kate Daniels series. In a world beset by magic waves, Kate Daniels works as a mercenary. She is tired, hungry, and there is foul-smelling blood on her boots. All she wants to do is to go home, but when Mercenary Guild offers her a job she can't refuse, she find herself protecting a man against Russian wizards. Previously published in Dark and Stormy Knights. Also includes first two chapters of FATE'S EDGE, book 3 in the Edge series, and first two chapters of Magic Grieves, a Kate Daniels novella.
Working as a Hound — tracing illegal spells back to their casters — has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn't about to quit. Then the police's magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic.
История о магии, маглорожденной волшебнице и чудом спасшемся волшебнике.
My name is Raine Benares. I'm a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…
Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they're after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.
Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine—but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul?
"An absolutely enjoyable read." C E Murphy
An omnibus of novels
An innovative ebook featuring two intertwined stories:
Magic: When good witch Brianna James uses her magic and writes a sexy, forbidden love spell on her thirty-first birthday, on the thirty-first day of October during a full moon, and conjures up on roguish, bad boy warlock, she has no idea that she'll experience a passion so deep and so intense it would forever turn her good girl days into bad girl nights. But, when that spell lands in the wrong hands, be prepared for a little mayhem…
Mayhem: When Abigail Garvey steps into Conjure, the local magic shop, all she's looking for are a few props to round out her fortune teller Halloween costume. Abby isn't looking for a love spell that turns her drop-dead gorgeous, but long-oblivious neighbor into an aggressive alpha sex machine… Sure his single-minded pursuit (and follow-through!) is the stuff her wickedest fantasies are made of, but how much of it is the real deal? And how much of it is just a little magical mayhem?
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta - and each crest leaves danger in its wake....
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate - former Beast Lord Curran Lennart - are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.
So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity - too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild's unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don't realize is that the odd jobs they've been working are all connected.
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it - before it takes their city apart piece by piece....
Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.
Sandry finds a dance-mage boy in Summersea, the twelve-year-old Pasco Acalon, the son and grandson of two police families (known as «harriers» in Summersea). When a rich trading family falls prey to a serial killer, she and Pasco must work together to stop the killer mages who have a deadly weapon — unmagic, which is the absence of magic and life.
Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that's saying a lot.
But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet.