War And Peace(战争与和平·上)
War And Peace(战争与和平·下)
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Before The Dawn
Happily married to Maxime and living in the South of France, Katharine's life seems perfect until the birth of her fourth child. Struggling to come out of a deep post-natal depression, the security of her world collapses when Maxime's first wife unexpectedly reappears. Shattered, threatened, and pre-occupied by her baby, Katharine feels she can no longer cope, though Maxime, against all odds, fights to keep their marriage together. Katharine's trauma overwhelms her when she hears that her father has mysteriously disappeared. Will she see him againCan her marriage surviveBefore the Dawn is a fast-moving, dramatic and passionate book set in France, Scotland and North Africa, in which the drama of Katharine and Maxime's marriage unfolds . . .
Ten years have passed since Olga Lubimova married Englishman Henry Trent and left her native Russia. Her marriage is happy and she has two children, so why is she still unable to take her freedom for grantedThe answer comes anonymously by telephone the morning after a dinner party given by the fashionable photographer Hugo Stratton, where Olga and Henry witness his mischievous enjoyment of the encounter between his current girlfriend and another young woman who arrives uninvited with an angry boyfriend in pursuit. The cold voice on the telephone interrupts Olga's uneasy thoughts on the confrontation and plunges her into nightmare. There is no hiding place from those who threaten her children until Hugo's lifestyle catches up with him and Olga can run headlong into the custody awaiting his murde
First published in 1979, Unruly Son received an Edgar Award nomination for ?Best Novelof the year. Sir Oliver Fairleigh-Stubbs, overweight and overbearing, collapses and dies at his birthday party while indulging his taste for rare liquors. He had promised his daughter he would be polite and charitable for th
With an introduction by Peter Carey I suppose it is crazy. I don't know. I don't even care. But that girl needs somebody . . . And you old solitary bastards need somebody too. Somebody or something besides an old red cow to care about and worry over. Set in Kent Haruf's fictional landscape of Holt County, Colorado, Plainsong is a story of simple lives told with extraordinary empathy. Tom Guthrie is struggling to bring up his two young sons alone and, in the same town, school girl Victoria Roubideaux is pregnant and homeless. Whilst Tom's boys find their way forward without their mother, brothers Harold and Raymond McPheron - gentle, solitary, gruff and unpolished - agree to take Victoria in, unaware that their lives will change forever. A novel of haunting beauty from one of America's greatest writers of our time, Plainsong is an undeniable classic that explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind's infinity capacity for love.
A Corpse in a Gilded Cage
Chetton Hall was one of the glories of Jacobean domestic architecture, and the Spenders had lived in Chetton ever since their founder had peculated the money to build it while he was the King's Secretary of Monopolies. Over the years they had accumulated accrustations of dignity, to say nothing of wealth. Which made it doubly shocking when the Earldom descended to Percy Spender, who was 'not quite', not to mention his family, who were not at all. When the family descends on Chetton for his sixtieth birthday, accompanied by various hangers-on, their main obsession is to discover his intentions for the future
Double Act #4
Returning from several months spent filming her lead role in a brand new TV detective series, Phyllida Moon as misgivings about how she will be received at the Peter Piper Detective Agency. But she has no need to worry she's welcomed back with open arms. And Peter has just the job lined up for her . . . Phyllida doesn't have much trouble thinking herself into her new role, that of Sonia Sheridan, amateur actress extraordinaire, though she has slightly more difficulty exposing the drug dealing thought exposing the drug dealing thought to be taking place within the Little Theatre Company. She's on the brink of making an amazing and totally unexpected discovery when suddenly something happens that sheds a whole new light on the case. One of the theatre company is murdered and it looks like the killer could only be a fellow member . . .
Easeful Death #7
Usually it is with grudging reluctance that Seaminster Police Chief Maurice Kendrick accepts the help of the Peter Piper Detective Agency. But now he approaches PI Phyllida Moon as plain, humble Mr Kendrick, wrung out with anxiety about his niece's involvement with a local sect that promises life after death. As Phyllida, disguised as the affable Miss Lubbock, begins her investigation, one, and later another, of the sect's young acolytes leap from a cliff into the sea. Whatever they've found beyond the grave, the question remains: was it suicideOr murder?
A Fatal Attachment #2
Lydia Perceval was apparently a charming and gifted woman. As a successful biographer, she led a privileged and comfortable life in her well-ordered, luxurious country-cottage. She felt terribly sorry for her sister, married to an unemployed drunk, mother of two sons, both of whom had loved their adorable Aunt Lydia much more than their parents. Lydia had a way with young people, particularly boys. She knew how to bring out the best in them. As it happened, her sister's two boys had proved something of a disappointment Maurice had demeaned himself by going to work in television, and Gavin, the best, had died a hero in the Falklands War. Lydia felt a little lost without some young people to groom into greatness. And then she met the Bellingham boys. It was like a reply of the past, two bright young boys, one dark, one fair, just waiting for Lydia to take over their lives. But before she could do so, Lydia was strangled. The motives were subtle, obscure. And there were very few clues. But as Superint
A Stir of Echoes
Darkness lies behind closed doors 'Richard Matheson is the author who influenced me the most as a writer' Stephen King
All This Will Be Lost
A stunning tale of love and survival against all odds, for fans of Cold Mountain. Published in hardback as The Wind Is Not a River . April 1943. In the bloody turmoil of war, John Easley, a journalist mourning his lost brother, is driven to expose a hidden and growing conflict: the Japanese invasion and occupation of Alaska's Aleutian Islands. But when his plane is shot down he must either surrender or struggle to survive in a harsh wilderness. Three thousand miles to the south, Helen Easley cannot accept her husband's disappearance-an absence that exposes her sheltered, untested life. Desperate to find and be reunited with him, she sets out on a remarkable journey from the safety of her Seattle home to the war in the north. An evocative, richly atmospheric tale of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, All This Will Be Lost , perfect for fans of Cold Mountain, is a gripping story of survival that illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love. 'Beautifully written, lyrical and elegiac, [this] is a novel you must read . . . John Easley's struggle to survive and his wife Helen's struggle to find him form the most triumphant and heartbreaking love story I've read in years' David Vann, author of LEGEND OF A SUICIDE
Wish I May
Wish I May is a novel about the secrets of the past, and the search for how to live in the present, by the author of the bestselling memoir, If The Spirit Moves You .
If she can't get justice, will she settle for vengeanceKaz Phelps has escaped her brother and her criminal past to become an anonymous art student in Glasgow. But can life under the witness protection scheme ever give her the freedom she cravesBanged up and brooding, Joey Phelps faces thirty years behind bars. Still, with cash and connections on the outside, can an overstretched prison system really contain himHelen Warner, once Kaz's lawyer and lover, is a rising star in Parliament. But has she made the kind of enemies who have no regard for the democratic process, or even the lawOusted from the police and paralysed by tragic personal loss, Nicci Armstrong is in danger of going under. Can a job she doesn't want with a private security firm help her to put her life back back on trackA murder dressed up as suicide and corruption that goes to the heart of government unite ex-cop and ex-con in a deadly quest to learn the truth. What they discover proves what both have always known - villainy is rife on both sides of the law.
Burial of Ghosts
Burial of Ghosts is a page-turning stand alone novel from Ann Cleeves, creator of the astounding Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Twenty-five-year-old Lizzie Bartholomew has had more than her fair share of struggles. Abandoned as a baby, she spent her childhood moving between foster homes. Now she is running away from her past . . . A holiday in Morocco seems to be the perfect escape. Especially when she meets Philip, a fellow tourist who distracts her from her troubles. After a brief affair, Lizzie returns to England, to a solicitor's letter. Philip Samson has died. In his will, he has left Lizzie a gift of 15,000. But there are conditions attached to this unexpected legacy that will soon force Lizzie to confront terrifying secrets from her past life . . .
Banquet for the Damned
A reissue of award-winning horror author Adam Nevill's first novel. It is perfect for fans of Stephen King and M R James.
Lill Hodsden was a monster. She rode roughshod over her daughter, wiped her feet on her husband, blackmailed her lovers and smothered her sons with a mother love that left them screaming out for freedom. Lill set the hackles rising all over Todmarsh, the little South Coast town she queened it over. She was just asking to be done in. And her sons were very ready to oblige. In fact, they had it all worked out, for Saturday night. But when Lill was found garrotted on Thursday, on the way home from one of her boy-friends', th
Trio in Three Flats
Antique dealer by the name of Peter Shaw,' said the Chief. 'Found dead this morning.' From a heart attack, or from the manual strangulation which had accompanied itA complex problem, especially when Shaw's estranged love Hilary is Detective-Inspector Neil Carter's mysterious and beautiful neighbour. Whom
The Burleigh school was dying. It would be called a mercy killing were it not for the little band of inept, eccentric, or otherwise unemployable teachers who depended on this absolutely awful English boys' academy for their meagre livelihoods. A lack of funds, facilities, and foresight had brought Burleigh to the very edge of extinc
The Disposal of the Living
Hexton-upon-Weir was ruled by its women: they set the tone, they made the decisions, they called the tune. When they decided to band together to block the appointment of a new vicar who was not only unacceptably High Church but of all ugly things celibate to boot, they managed to create merry hell. As the town was riven by faction and counter-faction, Helen Kitterage tried to remain aloof, but before long she was drawn into the maelstrom, as, during the down's fte,