By Charles Williams
A small city is doomed through jealousy, greed, and a shared love of hunting.
In the backwoods city of Carthage, there isn’t a lot for the major voters to do yet drink, sleep, and shoot. John Warren is getting ready for an early morning duck hunt while he hears shotgun blasts— basically later does he study they have been the sound of Dan Roberts’s dying. even though it appears to be like the good-looking younger guy killed himself, Warren and the police are clever adequate to achieve that suicide sufferers seldom shoot two times. That evening, a under the influence of alcohol girl calls Warren’s residence, supplying a cause for the crime he didn’t dedicate. Roberts was once snoozing with Warren’s wife—and he wasn’t her in basic terms lover. Warren didn’t kill Roberts, yet because the rumors start to swirl, he may need that he had. In a city the place each guy is a crack shot, capturing a rival isn’t homicide. It’s aim practice.
Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yank crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of faculty in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years earlier than leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of worldwide warfare II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the luck of the “backwoods noir” Hill woman (1951) allowed him to surrender his task and write complete time for the remainder of his life.
Williams’ fresh and a little bit informal narrative kind distinguishes his novels, which diversity from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even if released through pulp homes, his paintings gained nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) turning into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed via mythical big apple instances critic Anthony Boucher. a lot of his novels have been tailored to the display, together with useless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.
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By Liz Moore
“A stunningly unhappy and heroically hopeful story. . . . it is a appealing novel approximately relationships of the main makeshift kind.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
Arthur Opp weighs 550 kilos and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn domestic in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates lifestyles because the negative child in a wealthy college and pins his hopes on what sounds like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his tough relations existence. The hyperlink among this not likely pair is Kel’s mom, Charlene, a former pupil of Arthur’s. After approximately twenty years of silence, it's Charlene’s unforeseen mobilephone name to Arthur—a plea for help—that shatters their isolation. informed with heat and intelligence via Arthur and Kel’s personal quirky and lovely voices, Heft is the tale of 2 inconceivable heroes whose connection transforms either their lives. it's a memorable, heartbreaking, and finally redemptive novel approximately discovering sustenance and friendship within the such a lot fabulous areas.
By Italo Svevo
Lengthy hailed as a seminal paintings of modernism within the culture of Joyce and Kafka, and now to be had in a supple new English translation, Italo Svevo’s fascinating and wonderfully idiosyncratic novel conducts readers deep into one hilariously hyperactive and eternally self-deluding brain. The brain in query belongs to Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman who's writing his confessions on the behest of his psychiatrist. listed below are Zeno’s interminable makes an attempt to stop smoking, his courtship of the gorgeous but unresponsive Ada, his unexpected–and without notice happy–marriage to Ada’s homely sister Augusta, and his affair with a shrill-voiced aspiring singer. bearing on those misadventures with wry wit and a perspicacity immediately unblinking and compassionate, Zeno’s Conscience is a miracle of mental realism.
By Steve Alten
For 32 years, archaeologist Julius Gabriel has investigated the Mayan calendar, a 2500-year-old enigma that predicts the tip of humanity. Julius believes the websites of the ancients, put everywhere in the globe, symbolize historic items of a puzzle associated with the salvation of our species.
Miami, September 2012: Psychology Dominique Vazquez is assigned a unique patient-Mick Gabriel, a paranoid schizophrenic with a excessive IQ who makes an attempt to allure her into believing his father's theories of the Apocalypse so he can escape.
Fall Equinox: because it has performed for one thousand years, a serpent's shadow appears to be like at the northern balustrade of the Kukulcan Pyramid . . . a unprecedented galactic alignment happens, and an area transmission reaches Earth.
It is the start of the tip . . .
By Pauline Réage
Before Fifty colours of gray there used to be Story of O, the infamous novel of darkish obsession that brought the area to erotic fiction.
How a long way will a lady visit show her love? during this beautiful and taboo novel of ardour and hope, the reply emerges via a bold exploration of the private bonds of sensual domination. “O” is a gorgeous Parisian style photographer, decided to appreciate and end up her eating devotion to her lover, René, via whole submission to his each whim, his each desire.
it's a trip of forbidden, risky offerings that sweeps her during the mystery gardens of the sexual underground. From the internal sanctum of a personal membership the place keen ladies are schooled within the artwork of subjugation to the excruciating embraces of René’s buddy Sir Stephen, O exams the outermost limits of enjoyment. For as O discovers, actual freedom lies in her natural and entire willingness to do something for romance.
By April Henry
“Take her out again and end her off.”
She doesn’t be aware of who she is. She doesn’t be aware of the place she is, or why. All she understands while she involves in a ransacked cabin is that there are males arguing over even if to kill her.
And that she needs to run.
In her riveting kind, April Henry crafts a nail-biting mystery related to homicide, identification robbery, and organic battle. keep on with Cady and Ty (her unintended savior grew to become companion), as they race opposed to the clock to stay alive.
By N. Scott Momaday
The amazing Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his local land
a tender local American, Abel has come domestic from a overseas warfare to discover himself stuck among worlds. the 1st is the area of his father's, marriage ceremony him to the rhythm of the seasons, the tough fantastic thing about the land, and the traditional rites and traditions of his humans. however the different global -- smooth, commercial the USA -- pulls at Abel, not easy his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him right into a harmful, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the younger guy, torn in , descends into hell.
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By Monique Wittig, Sande Zeig
With wit and verbal magic, those extraordinary ladies current a desirable fictional international the place ladies are the only real population, weaving phrases and wonders in their own.
Their pleasant dictionary redefines chosen ancient and legendary folks, areas, international locations, vegetation and animals, and celebrates the primitive, cerebral, unique and sexual capacities of women.
Interweaving old myths with new myths in their personal invention, the authors create a unique and completely lady universe encompassing such various entries as Amazon, completely happy, Cadavers, Cat, Chariot, pride, puppy, Ecstasy, Gomorrha, Harpies, heritage, Knee, Love, mom, fact and lots of different definitions: all proposal frightening, often outrageous, sensuous, appealing, tantalizing - and intensely, very funny.
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By Ken Kalfus
Equilateral is an highbrow comedy set prior to the flip of the century in Egypt. A British astronomer, Thayer, excessive on Darwin and different innovative scientists of the age, has come to think that beings extra hugely advanced than us are alive on Mars (he has proof) and that there'll be an ideal second within which we will sign to them that we're right here too. He will get the help and investment for an enormous venture to construct the Equilateral, a triangle with aspects 1000s of miles lengthy, within the desolate tract of Egypt in time for that excellent window. yet as paintings progresses, the Egyptian employees, much less advanced than the British, also are below cooperative, and a bout of malaria that turns out to turn on on the worst moments makes all of it even more complicated and intricate than Thayer ever imagined. We see Thayer additionally during the eyes of 2 women--a triangle of one other sort--a romantic person who consists of a secretary who takes care of Thayer yet doesn't undergo fools, and Binta, a houseservant he covets yet can't speak with--and via them we trap sight of the intensity of self-delusion and the folly of the company.
Equilateral is written with a refined, sly humor, yet it's additionally a version of reserve and old accuracy; it's approximately many stuff, together with Empire and colonization and exploration; it's approximately "the other" and who that different may be. we want to speak to the celebrities, and but we will be able to slightly consult each one other.
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By Stephen Fry
An impossible to resist novel by means of multi-talented Stephen Fry, writer, movie and tv celebrity, playwright and newspaper columnist.
"The spirits of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh glower benignly over this very humorous first novel . . . An inventive plot packed with surprises and glittering with hilarious, frequently indecent inventions."—The big apple instances publication assessment
"Transforms the sophomoric into the sophisticated."—Los Angeles instances