Cops And Expectantly Yours 3. Remember the Night Family Secrets Safe Haven Operation: Midnight Tango Lights Out 2. Dark River Rising is crime fiction at its finest, a fascinating blend of atmosphere, a compelling mystery and a protagonist you won't soon forget. Lyle's A-List, a fun and suspenseful mystery that takes readers on a white-knuckle trip to The Big Easy. Set among the Amish, the story puts on full display the power of love for family, the unique love shared by sisters, and the relationships that define our world.
I read Portrait of a Sister in one sitting and I loved every single page. Bartley takes readers on a dark passage into the depths of a little known society that is as fascinating as it is secretive. The high concept premise grabbed me from the first page and refused to let me go until I finished.
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Author Walter Kirn takes readers inside his relationship with the man he knew as Clark Rockefeller, a murderer and swindler who presented himself as a scion of one of America's wealthiest families. Kirn questions why he was so taken in personally by this impostor's story, even as he lays out all of the clues and evidence that his friend was a con man. Part memoir, part investigation into the murder of a six year old boy in the early nineties, The Fact of a Body explores how our personal experiences shape how we see crimes and the people who perpetrated them.
In the early days of the twentieth century, murdering people with arsenic or cyanide was easy-ish because poisons such as those were untraceable. Until No one covered the lifestyles of the rich and infamous better than Dominick Dunne. His novels covered ripped from the headlines gossipy tales of upper class evil, but his Vanity Fair columns still had keen observations with the extra bonus of being fact-checked.
Ranging from subjects like O. With an ear for dialogue like no other, Simon captures the grit of the city, and both the humanity and the fallibility of law enforcement officers as well as the criminals they pursue. A shooting and its fallout are the subject of this epic about life and death in the city of Savannah. A wonderfully researched, beautifully written history of injustice taken to horrifying lengths.
When a string of murders plagued the oil rich Osage Indian nation in the s, the Feds were brought in to investigate. David Grann traces their probe, revealing corruption at every layer of law enforcement and government, and the inhumanity that rampant greed so often breeds. They wore black and painted their nails black and listened to Metallica. And in Arkansas in that was enough along with a coerced confession from the mentally disabled one of the trio to convict three semi-rebellious teenagers for the murders of three eight year-olds.
Mara Leveritt traces the flaws in the justice system that kept these young men in prison for 18 years, and their ultimate release as adults who were deeply wronged by society. Journalist and activist Masha Gessen provides context for the actions of the brothers Tsarnaev, tracing their lineage through a stream of war-torn countries so that by the time they immigrated to America, their often righteous anger elevated to unforgivable, murderous levels. The brutal murder that spawned the Civil Rights movement, the lynching of teenager Emmett Till in Mississippi revealed the depths of racism in America in the s.
But Till was more than just a symbol of injustice, and Timothy B. Tyson adds context to his short life. And the other main character is a serial killer. It is motionless against the stars. I am aching with envy. It hangs, as if motionless, but holds its station, high above and far ahead. It is falling. I stare at it, my cameras resisting commands to turn to the ice. I am fascinated. Why has it climbed so high?
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What is this within me that yearns? As with the other tales, Holt uses a first-person narrative to create the sense of bafflement and intrepid curiosity:. I looked: only the corridor receding into deeper shadow, the light flickering, and in the walls everywhere vague shapes were shifting, like frescoes long since painted over struggling to return.
I shuddered, and as I did the shapes within the walls all shuddered too. The cold was coming back, the systems continuing their fall toward equilibrium. A wave flowed down the corridor, beckoning. The figures writhed. In it, Holt touches upon several of the themes alluded to in the comments above and he expands them into an exploration of the concepts of immortality.
Using the Eyptian pharoanic tombs as a setting, Holt crafts a first-person narrative that is superb. The feel of the narrator's desire to uncover the mystery behind an unnamed pharoah and his tomb, the quest to discover if that pharoah had uncovered a mystical Word perhaps a reference to the first story in passing? In many ways, these motives in our lives come close to the narrator's, as he describes them:. At first, I ignored it.
At night, as I tried to sleep, it would pulse faintly, tinged with red at its borders. At times it disappeared entirely. Now it is always before me, always there at the center of my vision, a pool of ink, a hole opened in the world, a tunnel toward which I constantly move. I know already where it leads. It is in many ways a reflection upon "Charybdis," in that instead of being sucked into a maelstrom, the character passes perilously close to the insatiable claws of what is referred to as "the Law. And so this was what the Law must be, I told myself, and felt already the strength of its claim on me.
I felt it in the easy acquiescence to the loss of my ship, a ship I had not even had the chance to go down with. At low tide, I prowled the breakwater, but not a mast stuck out above the glassy harbor. A flock of pigeons broke from the steeple, wheeled once above the seaward channel, and I knew then that my ship had gone that way, and I remembered suddenly that none of us, in our eagerness for shore, had bothered to secure her.
She had simply drifted out to sea. And this, I knew, must be the Law as well - not the tide, but our forgetting of our duty. The final story, "Apocalypse," presents readers with a look at what follows when the party is over, when the anguish, grief, love, despair, confusion, hope, and desire have played their courses. It is in some respects about coping, about reconciliation, and of course, about the ancient meaning of the word "apocalypse":.
Part of me feels certain this cannot be, that all of us are in a dream, a mass psychosis: the second week of January will come after all, and we will waken, grinning at ourselves. The other part of me feels the emptiness in those words. But the end of dreams and self-delusions is not necessarily bad. In many respects, the final paragraph to "Apocalyse" could serve as the epigraph for In the Valley of the Kings :.
But before the end we will speak once more, of everything that matters: of the brightness of the moon; of the birds still flying dark against the sky; of the man who brought me here; of the hours that she waited; of what wwe would name the child; of the grace of everything that dies; of the love that moves the sun and other stars.
Through it all, In the Valley of the Kings is a true tour de force of exploring the human condition s. Holt's prose tantalizes. It hints, it promises, but at the end there are no true revelations within the text itself. It is up to the reader to fill in the spots purposely left blank. It is up to the reader to provide meaning, to establish hope, to ward off despair. Holt's collection simply is great, provocative storytelling at its best and it deserves serious consideration for any and all awards for which it may be eligible.
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