Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

So here's the question: You're about to kill yourself. How vital is it that you get your teeth cleaned? That's the question that keeps bugging Judith Hayes, though admittedly, she keeps returning to it: It's so much easier to deal with than the real question of why her friend George Harris would have killed himself at all. But the cops don't care about the questions. Harris's company was drowning in debt, they point out. And several people saw him jump, right in front of the moving train. It was suicide, they insist, awfully sad, onto the next. There's a devious plot here, and a delicious swirl of romance, but the real joy is Judith—feisty, funny, tough as a bulldog, and everything you want in a mystery-novel heroine.
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Kasztner's Train

Kasztner's Train

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

In summer 1944, Rezso Kasztner met with Adolf Eichmann, architect of the Holocaust, in Budapest. With the Final Solution at its terrible apex and tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews being sent to Auschwitz every month, the two men agreed to allow 1,684 Jews to leave for Switzerland by train. In other manoeuvrings Kasztner may have saved another 40,000 Jews already in the camps. Kasztner was later judged for having "sold his soul to the devil." Prior to being exonerated, he was murdered in Israel in 1957.Part political thriller, part love story and part legal drama, Anna Porter's account explores the nature of Kasztner--the hero, the cool politician, the proud Zionist, the romantic lover, the man who believed that promises, even to diehard Nazis, had to be kept. The deals he made raise questions about moral choices that continue to haunt the world today.
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The Appraisal

The Appraisal

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

In the vein of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels comes this year's smart new thriller with literary chopsWhen wealthy octogenarian Geza Marton hires art expert Helena Marsh to buy back his family's Titian painting, Helena flies to Budapest to close what she expects will be a reasonably simple sale. But nothing is ever simple in this beautiful, flawed city where corruption abounds. Helena discovers that there are multiple bidders for the painting, including some dangerous Slavs. Soon there are also dead bodies, and a complicated history that leads her to men Marton knew in Vorkuta, one of Stalin's notorious gulags.As she works to unravel the truth of the painting's ownership and dodges her tail, the dogged ex-detective Attila Feher, Helena is forced to call on all her considerable skills to stay alive and out of jail. Smart, fast-paced, and wildly entertaining, The Appraisal is a terrific thriller set against Budapest's corruption and lost promise.
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Mortal Sins

Mortal Sins

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

Toronto's a big city, and corpses are always turning up, but rarely are they so very well-dressed. Judith Hayes is a well respected journalist, and interviews are always turning up, but rarely with super-reclusive billionaires. Finally, the world of mystery fiction is rooted in unlikely connections, the hidden strands that tie un-guessed-at motivations to unexpected acts, but rarely do those strands create such a tangled web as in Mortal Sins, leading Judith and her cop-boyfriend from New York to Bermuda to Paris and at last to Hungary, where the billionaire's wartime childhood proves to have been the breeding ground for secrets that have stretched terrible tendrils to the edge of the 21st century. A deviously plotted thriller with a spy-story kicker and a froth of romance to help the espionage slide down.
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In Other Words

In Other Words

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

In Other Words is a lively, charming, gossipy memoir of life in the publishing trenches and how one restlessly curious young woman sparked a creative awakening in a new country she chose to call home."We need our own dreams." —Anna Porter When Anna Porter arrived in Canada in early 1968 with one battered suitcase, little money and a head full of dreams, she had no idea that this country would become her home for the rest of her life, or that she would play a major role in defining what it means to be Canadian. And where better to become a Canadian than at the dynamic publishing house, McClelland & Stewart, an epicentre of cultural and artistic creation in post-Expo Canada? Anna Porter's story takes you behind the scenes into the non-stop world of Jack McClelland, the swashbuckling head of M&S whose celebrated authors—Leonard Cohen, Margaret Laurence, Pierre Berton, Peter C. Newman, Irving Layton, Margaret Atwood—dominated...
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