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The Fourth Monkey
A long-sought serial killer is killed by a bus with his journal conveniently in his pocket. Detective Sam Porter rushes to find a final victim the journal alludes to; a teen girl who may still be alive. The killer, who follows a “See No Evil” pattern as his modus operandi, has written extensively about his upbringing in the journal, providing plenty of reasons for the direction his… Continue
The Fruit of the Drunken Tree
This novel takes place in 1990s Columbia during the reign of drug lord, Pablo Escobar. An affluent mother with two girls living in a gated neighborhood hires a girl from the guerilla occupied invasions to work as a live-in maid. The youngest daughter tries to understand the new maid, but her strange ways indicate something more than shyness. All the women in this story are forced to make… Continue
Ain't She Sweet?
Sugar Beth Carey, the beautiful, conceited daughter of rich and powerful parents, has returned home to Parrish, Mississippi where she made so many people miserable during her teen years. Many in town are hoping to see her humiliated—not the least being her former teacher, Colin Byrne, whose career she ruined by telling lies about him. Colin is now the owner of her former home, and plans to… Continue
Rainbirds
Tokyo native, Ren, visits the small town where his sister has been teaching only to learn of her murder. Akakawa is a vaguely sinister town where everyone has a secret and odd coincidences occur. Ren is asked to fill Keiko’s position in the cram school. He is also offered a room in the home where she had been living (rent-free) with a politician and his unstable wife. Ren befriends another… Continue
Hunter's Green
Three years ago, Eve returned to America when caught in a compromising position with her new husband’s brother. Eve loved Justin, but being young and insecure, fell into manipulative Marc’s trap. She has returned to England at the request of their cousin, who hopes that Eve will stop Justin’s divorce proceedings and planned remarriage. When an old gardener mutters cryptic words… Continue
Mistress of Nothing
Since her teens, Sally has served consumptive Lady Duff-Gordon. Her lady’s health is failing, so the doctor sends them to live in the dry Egyptian desert, leaving their families in England. They hire Omar, a local man, to ease their way into Egyptian culture and help Sally run the small household. Sally and Omar fall in love and she becomes pregnant. Though already married, Omar is allowed… Continue
Not Quite Kosher
A series of coincidences following a jewelry store heist gone bad complicates matters for Abe Lieberman, a Chicago cop working the case with longtime partner, Bill Hanrahan. Adding to the confusion are plans for Abe’s grandson’s bar mitzvah, and recovering alcoholic Bill’s upcoming wedding to Iris, the Chinese waitress he loves. The story unfolds primarily on the north side of… Continue
Renia's Diary
After being locked in a safe for decades, this recently discovered diary of a young polish woman provides a unique perspective on World War II and the Holocaust. Living in territory occupied by Russia until 1942, Renia is somewhat sheltered as Hitler invades and Warsaw crumbles to ghetto. Her journal provides a surreal contrast of normal life events, like school, friends, her changing body and… Continue
The Renaissance
Will and Ariel Durant's massive undertaking "The Story of Civilization" is a series of 11 completed books, roughly totaling 10,000 pages of historical narrative published between 1935 and 1975. The Durants' illustrious prose is breathtakingly sublime in style and prescient in their comments on the philosophy of understanding history. This volume supplies a healthy sense of awe at the art and… Continue