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A master storyteller at his best the O Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories several of them brand-new featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when why and how he came to write or rewrite each story Since his first collection Nightshift published thirty-five years ago Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction In this new collection he assembles for the first time recent stories that have never been published in a book He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it There are thrilling connections between stories themes of morality the afterlife guilt what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past Afterlife is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life repeating his mistakes over and over again Several stories feature characters at the end of life revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in Obits the old judge in The Dune who as a boy canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the... sand the names of people who then died in freak accidents In Morality King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems at first a devil s pact they can win Magnificent eerie utterly compelling these stories comprise one of King s finest gifts to his constant reader I made them especially for you says King Feel free to examine them but please be careful The best of them have teeth more
On the right side of the law Sort of Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer He works out of a customized bulletproof van complete with Wi-Fi a bar a small fridge fine leather chairs a hidden gun compartment and a heavily armed driver He has no firm no partners no associates and only one employee his driver who s also his bodyguard law clerk confidant and golf caddy He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun Sebastian defends people other lawyers won t go near a drug-addled tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls a vicious crime lord on death row a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house Why these clients Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial even if he Sebastian has to cheat to secure one He hates injustice doesn t like insurance companies banks or big corporations he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system s notions of ethical behavior Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham s most colorful outrageous and vividly drawn characters yet Gritty... witty and impossible to put down Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best more
Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars Now he s sure he ll be the first person to die there After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he s alive and even if he could get word out his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive Chances are though he won t have time to starve to death The damaged machinery unforgiving environment or plain-old human error are much more likely to kill him first But Mark isn t ready to give up yet Drawing on his ingenuity his engineering skills and a relentless dogged refusal to quit he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him
Something big is brewing in Trenton N J and it could blow at any minute Stephanie Plum might not be the world s greatest bounty hunter but she knows when she s being played Ken Globovic aka Gobbles hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding People have seen him on campus but no one will talk Things just aren t adding up and Stephanie can t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college and it s not just Zeta fraternity pranks As much as people love Gobbles they hate Doug Linken When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it s good riddance and the list of possible murder suspects is long The only people who care about finding Linken s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli who has been assigned the case security expert Ranger who was hired to protect Linken and Stephanie who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve
A thrilling new holiday novel from 1 New York Times bestselling author Glenn Beck BEFORE HE WAS FATHER CHRISTMAS HE WAS SIMPLY A FATHER Thirteen-time 1 national bestselling author Glenn Beck realized years ago that somewhere along the way his four children had become more focused on Santa than the meaning of Christmas No matter how he tried he could not redirect their attention away from presents and elves to the manger instead Glenn didn t want to be the Grinch who spoiled the magic of Kris Kringle so he had to find a unique way to turn his kids back toward the true meaning of Christmas He decided the best place to start was by first turning Santa himself back toward Christ That was when one of America s best storytellers began to craft a tale that would change everything his kids thought they knew about Santa the incredible story he went on to tell them that Christmas Eve spans over a thousand years and explains the meaning behind the immortality and generosity of the man named Claus The Immortal Nicholas has now been expanded and reimagined into this novel for adults a novel full of drama history legend and heart From the snowy mountains of Western Asia to the deserts of Egypt to Yemen s elusive frankincense-bearing boswellia... trees this is an epic tale that gives the legend of Santa a long overdue Christ-centered mission In this novel Glenn Beck fundamentally transforms the figure that the world now mainly associates with shopping all while staying true to the real story of the baby who brought redemption and salvation to the entire world more
Instant 1 New York Times Bestseller Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train Vanity Fair The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl It is liable to draw a large bedazzled readership The New York Times Like its train the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages The Boston Globe Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller People A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people s lives Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning Every day she rattles down the track flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck She s even started to feel like she knows them Jess and Jason she calls them Their life as she sees it is perfect Not unlike the life she recently lost And then she sees something shocking It s only a minute until the train moves on but it s enough Now everything s changed Unable to keep it to herself Rachel offers what she knows to the police and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next as well as in the lives of everyone involved... Has she done more harm than good Compulsively readable The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut more
Will Robie is the government s most professional disciplined and lethal assassin He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world defeats our enemies advanced security measures and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores But now his skills have left him Sent overseas on a critical assignment he fails unable to pull the trigger Absent his talents Robie is a man without a mission and without a purpose To recover what he has lost Robie must confront what he has tried to forget for over twenty years his own past THE GUILTYWill Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell Mississippi after high school severing all personal ties and never looked back Not once Not until the unimaginable occurs His father Dan Robie has been arrested and charged with murder Father and son haven t spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town In that time Dan Robie-a local attorney and pillar of the community-has been elected town judge Despite this most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan His guilt is assumed To make matters worse Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself When Robie tries to help his father responds only with anger and defiance Could Dan really be guilty With the equally formidable Jessica... Reel at his side Robie ignores his father s wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown an outsider a man who has forsaken his past and his family His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism and violence Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country where his target was clearly defined digging into his father s case only reveals more questions Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son And this time there may be no escape for either of them more
The toughest cases hit closest to home Alex Cross left his hometown and some awful family tragedies for a better life with Nana Mama in Washington DC He hasn t looked back Now his cousin Stefan has been accused of a horrible unthinkable murder and Cross drives south with Bree Nana Mama Jannie and Ali to Starksville North Carolina for the first time in thirty-five years Back home he discovers a once proud community down on its luck and local residents who don t welcome him with open arms As Cross steps into his family home the horrors of his childhood flood back--and he learns that they re not really over He brings all his skill to finding out the truth about his cousin s case But truth is hard to come by in a town where no one feels safe to speak Chasing his ghosts takes Cross all the way down to the sugarcane fields of Florida where he gets pulled into a case that has local cops needing his kind of expertise a string of socialite murders with ever more grisly settings He s chasing too many loose ends--a brutal killer the truth about his own past and justice for his cousin--and any one of the answers might be fatal In Cross Justice Alex Cross confronts the deadliest--and most personal--case of his career It s a propulsive... edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that proves you can go home again--but it just might kill you more
Harry Bosch crosses the line to team up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD but his half-brother defense attorney Mickey Haller needs his help A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller s client a former gang member turned family man Though the murder rap seems ironclad Mickey is sure it s a setup Bosch doesn t want anything to do with crossing the aisle to work for the defense He feels it will undo all the good he s done in his thirty years as a homicide cop But Mickey promises to let the chips fall where they may If Harry proves that his client did it under the rules of discovery they are obliged to turn over the evidence to the prosecution Though it goes against all his instincts Bosch reluctantly takes the case The prosecution s file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself if Haller s client didn t do it then who did With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto Harry starts digging Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department where he realizes that the killer he s been tracking has also been tracking him Thrilling... fast-paced and impossible to put down The Crossing shows without a shadow of doubt that Connelly is a master of building suspense Wall Street Journal more
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return She is the girl with the dragon tattoo a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution Late one night Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well The implications are staggering Blomkvist in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium turns to Salander for help She as usual has her own agenda The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies cybercriminals and governments around the world and someone is prepared to kill to protect it The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged uniquely of-the-moment thriller