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Part #1 of "Catch-22" series by Joseph Heller
The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy. The novel looks into the experiences of Yossarian and the other airmen in the camp, who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.
"An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller." -Kirkus (Starred Review)A BookPage 2019 Most Anticipated BookA LitHub 2019 Most Anticipated Book From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip—a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violenceWynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading...
Did you know the medical term for a butt crack is intergluteal cleft? My name is Reagan, and spouting random facts like this one at inopportune moments is my affliction. I’m chronically awkward, socially inept and completely lack a filter. Believe it or not, men do not find these attractive traits. When my sexy-as-sin neighbour barges into my apartment at the arse crack of dawn, everything changes. For some strange reason, my brand of crazy doesn’t send him running for the hills. Instead, he settles in for a nap on my couch… Oh, and did I mention he was completely naked? Love RomCom's? Then Pink Bits is for you! Check out what advance readers are saying- "Pink Bits is a refreshingly * unique, snort-laugh worthy read * that I could not put down! Featuring quite possibly the funniest meet cute ever, it's a definite must read."- Author Amali Rose "This book is everything that is amazing, it is sweet, touching and absolutely hilarious." "This book had me laughing out loud and I found I couldn’t put it down. " "I honestly love this little lighthearted masterpiece and I think you will too!" "JB has a real hit on her hands with this wonderful story."
When Frank Peter's wife Maureen dies, he feels that his once-idyllic life on the Yorkshire Moors is over. And with a daughter emigrating to Australia and a son who has his own marital problems, Frank feels resigned to a life of loneliness. Then one night he finds a frightened young woman hiding at the back of his farmhouse. She explains that her name is Irena and was brought to this country by a man who promised her the world and then forced her into prostitution. Frank offers her a bed for the night but it's the middle of winter, and when heavy snowfall prevents her from leaving the next day, he's forced to extend the invitation. But the longer Irena stays, the easier it gets for the men she's trying to escape from to find her.People-trafficking could just be the tip of the iceberg, and Frank has no idea what these people are really capable of.Brutal is a gritty thriller by the bestselling author Mandasue Heller.
Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house...and all the mistresses he desired. He had it all -- all, that is, but happiness. Slocum was discontent. Inevitably, inexorably, his discontent deteriorated into desolation until...something happened. * Something Happened* is Joseph Heller's wonderfully inventive and controversial second novel satirizing business life and American culture. The story is told as if the reader was overhearing the patter of Bob Slocum's brain -- recording what is going on at the office, as well as his fantasies and memories that complete the story of his life. The result is a novel as original and memorable as his *Catch-22.*
Joseph Heller's powerful, wonderfully funny, deeply moving novel is the story of David -- yes, King David -- but as you've never seen him before. You already know David as the legendary warrior king of Israel, husband of Bathsheba, and father of Solomon; now meet David as he really was: the cocky Jewish kid, the plagiarized poet, and the Jewish father. Listen as David tells his own story, a story both relentlessly ancient and surprisingly modern, about growing up and growing old, about men and women, and about man and God. It is quintessential Heller.
Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less-than-picture-perfect life: His children think little of him, his intimidating father endlessly bullies him, and his wife is so oblivious that she doesn't even notice he's left her. As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grown old, and friends and lovers grown apart -- a story that is inimitably Heller.
Where it all began... Get to know Stella and Sloan Morgan, fall in love with the men who claimed their damaged hearts, and made them whole again. Saving Stella * Stella Morgan has lived the last six years of her life as a shadow of her former self. Only finding comfort in the numbness of numbers and routine. Until the day her sister sends her best friend to meet with Stella. Brayden Brooks thought his life was as good as it was going to get. And he was content with that. Until he meets Stella and realises his life could be so much more with her by his side. The only thing standing in his way are Stella's demons, and the hold her past keeps over her heart. Sloan's Surrender* Sloan Morgan had a harsh dose of reality and an inside view of the monsters that man can become when she was just sixteen years old. Instead of cowering in defeat she hardened herself to everything around her. She became her own saviour, her sisters protector and a badarse tattooist who wore her scars with pride. After helping her sister finally find peace and happiness, Sloan thought their lives would return to a semblance of normal. Dexter Jordan came from a life of privilege, wealth and fake, pretentious people. And he hated it. Finally building up the courage to turn his back on the life that had been handed to him on a silver platter, Dexter goes about reconnecting with the only real friend he ever had. When Sloan and Dexter's lives cross paths an undeniable connection is revealed- Forcing them both to reevaluate everything they thought they knew. The Morgan Sisters Duo is a standalone introduction to the Attraction Series. Contains adult situations, harsh language and traumatic events. Before JB Heller wrote her Attraction Series, she wrote The Morgan Sisters stories. From here, Undeniable Attraction was born and a new series created. It is NOT necessary to read any other books prior to this. Each book in the series can be enjoyed as a standalone. **From the Author Saving Stella was the first book I ever published under my previous pen name- Eliza Brown. For personal reasons I had to change my pen name, and when that happened I didn't feel that Stella and Sloan's stories were up to my 'new' standard. So I pulled them all together. I hoped I would have time to completely rewrite their stories, but with a constant flow of new inspiration for other exciting story lines I just couldn't find the time. In the end, I did a quick reread, adjusted it along the way and hoped for the best when I put it back out there for people who were curious about where Undeniable Attraction started off. Stella and Sloan play a role in each of the Attraction books, although it is minor, these two girls are where that whole series began. I hope you enjoy their stories, and fall in love with the men who stole their hearts as they did mine. x
Part #2 of "Catch-22" series by Joseph Heller
**A darkly comic and ambitious sequel to the American classic *Catch-22*.** In *Closing Time,* Joseph Heller returns to the characters of *Catch-22,* now coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire generation that fought in World War II: Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and such newcomers as little Sammy Singer and giant Lew, all linked, in an uneasy peace and old age, fighting not the Germans this time, but The End. *Closing Time* deftly satirizes the realities and the myths of America in the half century since WWII: the absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture -- with the same ferocious humor as *Catch-22.* *Closing Time* is outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as *Catch-22* itself, a fun-house mirror that captures, at once grotesquely and accurately, the truth about ourselves.
Long before there was a Catch-22, before there was even a Catch-18 (the novel's original title), Joseph Heller had begun sharpening his skills as a writer, searching for the voice that would best express the peculiarly wry view that he held of the world. Starting in 1945, with the publication in Story magazine of the short story "I Don't Love You Anymore," Heller began to reach out to an audience of readers damaged and disillusioned by their experiences during World War II. That story dealt with the return home of an American soldier who was having more than a little trouble adjusting. The stories published following this debut continued to reflect people at odds with the world around them, usually featuring the "little guy," the "underdog," the "average Joe" who beats the odds by surviving in a generally hostile and unwelcoming world. Written in what is termed the "New York Style," his were stories of urban naturalism, realistic and straightforward,...
"HELLER has taken the elusive novella & turned it into something fun, quirky & satisfying." -Goodreads reviewer. Book 1- Piper & Kade Meet the ever fearless leader and owner of The Den, Piper. You will fall in love with her badassery and her wicked sense of style. And while you're swooning over the sexiest nerd in town, Kade, Piper will still be fighting her growing feelings for him. Book 2- Pixie & Jake Pixie will break your heart and Jake will sew it back together. Pixie's start in life was far from perfect, so she ran away, leaving it all behind her and started over. Twelve years have passed by the time her long lost first love, Jake, reappears and demands answers. Pixie is forced to face her past, and her biggest regret, all while falling back in love with the boy who always owned her heart. Book 3- Tay & Nate As far from your classic romance as it comes. Tay is desperate for a family of her own, but finding the man to do that with has its challenges. Her biological clock is ticking and it's time to take the leap, and do it on her own... When her co-worker and secret/not so secret crush, Nate, finds out and offers to be her sperm donor, things get HOT, and really weird. *This is a collection of contemporary romantic comedy novella's. **
With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors recounts his remarkable journey of discovery--of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean's beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.Having resolved to master a big-hollow wave-- that is, to go from kook (surfese for beginner) to shredder--in a single year, Heller travels from Southern California down the coast of Mexico in the company of his girlfriend and the eccentric surfers they meet. Exuberant and fearless, Heller explores the technique and science of surfing the secrets of its culture, and the environmental ravages to the stunning coastline he visits.As Heller plumbs the working of his own heart and finds joy in both love and surfing, he affords readers vivid insight into this fascinating world, with all of its perils and pleasures, its absurdity and wonder. Exhilarating,...
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense—the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela's father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed—that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Inspired by the life of Heller's own...
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have ShiftedA riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.Amazon.com ReviewAmazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: Adventure writer Peter Heller's The Dog Stars is a first novel set in Colorado after a superflu has culled most of humanity. A man named Hig lives in a former airport community--McMansions built along the edge of a runway--which he shares with his 1956 Cessna, his dog, and a slightly untrustworthy survivalist. Hig spends his days flying the perimeter, looking out for intruders and thinking about the things he's lost: his deceased wife, the nearly extinct trout he loved to fish. When a distant beacon sparks in him the realization that something better might be out there, it's only a matter of time before he goes searching. Poetic, thoughtful, and transformative, this novel is a rare combination of literary and highly readable. --Chris SchluepAmazon Exclusive: Author Peter Heller on the Star of The Dog StarsThe inspiration for Jasper, a Blue Heeler mix, who is an integral part of this novel.Our Hero, Hig, lives at a little country airstrip which he shares with his beloved blue heeler Jasper, and a mean gun nut named Bangley. It's nine years after a super-flu has killed 99.7% of the people on the planet. Hig sleeps out under the open sky at night with Jasper. He does it because he loves to see the stars, and because it's safer: if marauders come he won't be trapped in one of the nearby houses.He used to have a book of the stars, but now he doesn't, so when he's lying out at night he makes up constellations. Mostly they are animals, and he makes one for his best friend Jasper. The Dog Stars. It's Hig's way of reinventing the lost world, and keeping in touch with the things he loves.Jasper, to me, is the star of the book. He is fiercely loyal, and he gives Hig something to live for when there is not much else to hold on to.Review“Take the sensibility of Hemingway. Or James Dickey. Place it in a world where a flu mutation has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the population. Add in a heartbroken man with a fishing rod, some guns, a small plane. Don't forget the dog. Now imagine this man retains more hope than might be wise in such a battered and brutal time. More trust. More hunger for love—more capacity for it, too. That's what Peter Heller has given us in his beautifully written first novel. The Dog Stars is a gripping tale of one man's fight for survival against impossibly long odds. A man who has lost nearly everything but his soul. And what's so moving about Heller's book is that he shows us how sometimes a big soul is the only thing a man needs: the keystone, the center pillar, the hunk of masonry upon which all else will rise or fall.” —Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins“Heller is a masterful storyteller and The Dog Stars is a beautiful tribute to the resilience of nature and the relentless human drive to find meaning and deep connections with life and the living. In this chillingly realistic post-apocalyptic setting, readers will root for Heller's characters and be moved by their toughness as well as their tenderness.” —Julianna Baggott, author of Pure“The Dog Stars is a giant of a novel that goes about its profound business with what looks alarmingly like ease. For all those who thought Cormac McCarthy's The Road the last word on the post-apocalyptic world—think again. Peter Heller has dark and glittering news from the future, and delivers it in prose that stops you like a wolf in the snow. Make time and space for this savage, tender, brilliant book.” —Glen Duncan, author of The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising
RetailPeter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past. Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience. A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life. From the Hardcover edition.ReviewPraise for The Painter: "Jim Stegner, celebrated painter, ardent fisherman and homespun philosopher, narrates this masterful novel, in which love (parental and romantic), artistic vision, guilt, grief, and spine-chilling danger propel a suspenseful plot. . . Heller is equally skillful at describing the creation of a painting as he is at describing the thrilling details of a gunfight. Here, he explores the mysteries of the human heart and creates an indelible portrait of a man searching for peace, while seeking to maintain his humanity in the face of violence and injustice." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Heller's writing is sure-footed and rip-roaring, star-bright and laced with ‘dark yearning,' coalescing in an ever-escalating, ravishing, grandly engrossing and satisfying tale of righteousness and revenge, artistic fervor and moral ambiguity." --Booklist (starred) Praise for *The Dog Stars: "Extraordinary. . . . One of those books that makes you happy for literature." --Junot Díaz, The Wall Street Journal "This end-of-the-world novel [is] more like a rapturous beginning. . . . Remarkable." --San Francisco Chronicle "For all those who thought Cormac McCarthy's The Road the last word on the post-apocalyptic world--think again. . . . Make time and space for this savage, tender, brilliant book." --Glen Duncan, author of The Last Werewolf "Heart-wrenching and richly written. . . . The Dog Stars is a love story, but not just in the typical sense. It's an ode to friendship between two men, a story of the strong bond between a human and a dog, and a reminder of what is worth living for." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune "A dreamy, postapocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small." –Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl "Heartbreaking" --The Seattle Times "A brilliant success." --The New Yorker *About the AuthorPeter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
There’s not much ordinary about Tilly Chalmers’ life as a security officer. Her latest assignments – two jobs involving children; protection of a valuable jewellery collection; and security at an unusual conference – provide plenty of adventures for her. But it’s her private life, including her complex relationship with her beautiful boss, Heller, causing her greatest personal challenges yet.
What's a golf widow to do when her commodities trader husband only has eyes for his putter? If she's Judy Price, she teams up with a sexy cop to solve the murder of her one-and-only friend at the country club.Judy Price has a handsome husband, a career as a cookbook editor, and a landmark house on two sylvan acres. But when Judy is downsized by her company and can't find another job, her husband suggests she network by hanging around at The Oaks, the country club he reveres and she abhors. She chafes at the antiquated rules at the Club, where she's banned from the Men's Grill and the "visually eventful" 18-hole golf course, and consigned to B-list tennis, overcooked dinners in the main dining room, and the gossip of other golf widows.Judy finds an unexpected ally in Claire Cox, America's foremost feminist, who has broken the Club's ironclad rule against admitting single women. And there are other things about The Oaks Claire wants to change – until she's...
She's hit rock bottom - but she's going to fight back . . . Amy's marriage to Mark isn't the best - he can't resist the girls, he can't hold down a job. But she doesn't want to know just how bad things are until his gambling habit brings the debt collector to her door. He makes it brutally clear how she can pay off Mark's debts . . . And Amy's troubles are only beginning. Someone else wants Mark for herself, and she is ready to steal Amy's man, her self-respect and even her children. As the stakes rise, Amy will either lose everything, or she'll have to learn how to be as hard and ruthless as her enemies . . .ReviewLost Angel is a shining example of the rule that the best crime fiction isn't just about crime; it's also about family, relationships, love ... and hate. From The Godfather to The Sopranos, these are the stories that grip us most intensely. And Heller is at the top of her game with this one--it's captivating from first page to last. -- Jeffery Deaver on LOST ANGEL A hectic pace ... will please fans of Martina Cole. -- Bella on LOST ANGEL Mandasue has played a real blinder with this fantastic novel. -- Martina Cole on FORGET ME NOT Cracking page-turner ... a gritty compassionate account of life on the margins. -- Manchester Evening News on FORGET ME NOT 'A cracking read that will chill you to the bone.' -- Sun on TWO-FACED 'One of the bad girls of gritty crime, Heller has written a blinder.' -- Daily Mirror on TWO-FACED 'A glamorous nightclub hides a seedy underworld that Heller knows only too well.' -- Daily Express on THE CLUB Gripping ... powerful writing. -- Scotland on Sunday on FORGET ME NOT About the AuthorMandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent 10 years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents, which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, 70s soul cover bands, and blues jam bands.
Part #15 of "Nathan Heller" series by Max Allan Collins
Review“The Nate Heller historical crime novels consistently mesmerize with their carefully researched period detail —Noir Meets the History Channel.” —Booklist, starred review on Chicago_ Confidential _“With its fascinating period narrative and affecting inter-generational story, Road to Purgatory is a delight for fans of the original story and newcomers as well.” —Chicago Sun-Times “The characters, historical and fictional, come delightfully to life... Collins paints a web of interconnections in a tightly woven plot and posits a radical solution to a crime that still resonates in literature and movies.” —Publishers Weekly on Angel in BlackProduct DescriptionIt’s 1962, and Twentieth Century Fox is threatening to fire Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess hires Nate Heller, private eye to the stars, to tap her phone so she will have a record of their calls in case they take her to court. When Heller starts listening, he uncovers far more than nasty conversations. The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia—even the Russians—are involved in actions focused on Marilyn. She’s the quintessential American cultural icon, idolized by women, desired by men, but her private life is... complicated...and her connection to the Kennedys makes her an object of interest to some parties with sinister intentions. Not long after Heller signs on, Marilyn winds up dead of a convenient overdose. The detective feels he owes her, and the Kennedys, with whom he busted up corrupt unions in the 1950s. But now, as Heller investigates all possible people—famous, infamous, or deeply cloaked—who might be responsible for Marilyn’s death, he realizes that what has become his most challenging assignment may also be the end of him. PI Nathan Heller returns in his first new novel in a decade, as Max Allan Collins brings to life a vivid star-studded cast, from JFK and RFK to Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, from Jimmy Hoffa and Joe DiMaggio to Hugh Hefner and Sam Giancana. Bye Bye, Baby is a Hollywood tale you never thought could happen…but probably did.
Moxie Summers is a curvy, twenty-six year-old teacher who has not had the best track record with relationships. In a drunken stupor at a bar, she meets Miles who turns out to be her sparing equal, until she vomits all over his shoes. Just when she thinks things couldn't get worse, her dream man turns out to be the single father of the newest student in her class.While fighting an attraction for Miles, Moxie's conniving stepmother tries to advise Moxie she needs to get in shape if she's ever going to catch the man of her dreams. To make matters worse a Girl Scout plans Moxie's demise, a surprise party makes everyone blush, and then there was the skunk...Can Moxie overcome all the Girl Scout cookies, food poisoning and a showdown at Costco to get to Miles?
Tidal Effects is the sequel to the alternate history Gray Tide in the East which described how Germany and its allies defeated France and Russia in the Great European War of 1914-1915, and emerged as the dominant power in Europe. As a result of this war, Germany acquired the former French colony of Martinique, and this gives rise to the events recounted in the first story in this sequel, High Tide. The year is 1923, and the U.S. has discovered that Germany is secretly building a new naval base on Martinique which threatens American interests in the Western Hemisphere and comes perilously close to violating the Monroe Doctrine. From Washington, Berlin and London, and from the bridges of warships, follows the ensuing Martinique Crisis which threatens to bring about war between Imperial Germany and the United States is played out. In the second story, Rip-Tide, Emperor Charles of Austria-Hungary sees his empire gradually falling under the influence of Germany, and is looking for a way to escape from the Triple Alliance. He and his Prime Minister hatch a scheme to form a new alliance system with France, Great Britain and the U.S. to counter Germany. But the proposed alliance must be kept secret for as long as possible, and he cannot use his spy-riddled diplomatic service to transmit his proposed new treaty. But there still may be a way, if they can enlist a certain American journalist to be the courier of the treaty. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Emperor Charles, Kaiser Wilhelm is secretly fomenting unrest in the Hungarian half of the Empire for his own reasons, threatening the very existence of the already unstable Dual Monarchy. The story unfolds in the halls of power in Paris, Washington, Vienna and Berlin, and on the streets of Budapest, moving from secret diplomacy to mass marches and bloody revolution.All of these events are seen through through the eyes of real people drawn from history, and based on thorough historical research
Two months into the 2007 baseball season, novelist and die-hard Yankee fan Jane Heller, heartsick over her team's poor play, announced her intention to divorce the Bronx Bombers, on grounds of mental cruelty, in the pages of the New York Times. Her words inflamed the passions of sports lovers everywhere, and her piece quickly became the newspaper's most e-mailed and talked-about article in the week it ran.Intense reactions from readers forced Heller to look inward and reexamine her feelings about winning and losing. Was she really a "bandwagon fan," as some had branded her? Was she "entitled" and "spoiled"? In search of answers, Heller recruited her husband to join her on a cross-country journey, following her beloved Yankees to every game for the rest of the season. She hoped to score interviews with players along the way, but she was also eager to rejuvenate her marriage and prove she was not a bandwagon wife.In this witty, observant memoir, Heller ventures into...
Part #1 of "Jack Reacher & Nick Heller SS" series by Lee Child
Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos: · Harry Bosch vs. Patrick Kenzie in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly· John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James· Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius...
THE FRONT is a gritty story of small-time crime leading to big-time punishment, set in the Manchester badlands.When four old school friends decide to make some easy money, they pick the wrong target. Very wrong. Robbing a small supermarket on a Manchester estate looks easy – but with one of them wounded and a dead body on their hands, could things get worse? They could. The supermarket is merely the front for something bigger. The friends are small fish who have unwittingly plunged into a very big pond and now they are swimming with the great white sharks of the criminal underworld.
Sarah Mullen is a beautiful child who at seven years old is put into care by her drug-addicted mother. Trying to live with the rejection is bad enough, but no one could have prepared her for the pain that was yet to come. Harry Shaw is the boy that everyone bullies, the kid whose own mother locked him in a cupboard so she wouldn’t have to look at his face, and then left him there. When he meets Sarah for the first time, a friendship is instantly forged. And out of a desire to be loved an alliance is born. Then into their lives comes Vinnie Walker, a good-looking and calculating thirteen-year-old who will change both their lives forever.
A masterful short story from the acclaimed author of Catch-22, about one long night of anticipation.In a small town in the American South, it is night in the middle of the twentieth century. Carter, a high-school teacher and football coach in the newly desegregated schools, is awaiting news of two of his students who have been in a serious altercation. Outside the building where Carter has kept his vigil, a crowd of townspeople have also gathered to keep watch. Carter must choose how much he wants to participate in the spectacle, and how much he can afford to keep his distance. "Almost Like Christmas" by Joseph Heller is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!
Security officer Tilly Chalmers has three new assignments to cope with - chaperoning a devious addict to rehabilitation; live-in security for an isolated religious cult; and protecting a TV host in a damaging court case. All this, as well as managing her growing attraction to her boss Heller and decide what to do about her love-rat ex-boyfriendâ€™s demands to rekindle their relationship.
Jenna Lorde knows she’s taking on a challenge when she inherits her dad’s nightclub. But Zenith comes with a top class reputation and a location other clubs would kill for, so she reckons she’s more than up for it. Until she starts to realise that the dangers aren’t just from other clubs. Beneath the glamour of the VIP lounge and the pumping music, sleaze and corruption are starting to creep in, and it’ll take all Jenna’s cunning to stop the rot. The club’s survival – and her own – depend on it . . .
Manchester’s criminal underworld is brought shockingly to life by the bestselling author of THE CLUB. Maria Price is a survivor of the care system who thought she would never have a family or security again. She’s just inherited a house and a bank account. Joel Parry – good-looking, charming and a wonderful lover – seems to know everyone who is anyone in Manchester. Joel just happens to need a place to stay. Before long he’s moved into Maria’s house and is helping her to spend her money. But Joel isn’t what he seems to be. He’s deep in the drug scene, and his terrifying past is about to catch up with him – and the naïve girl who trusts him . . .
Thirty-year-old Celebrity journalist Ann Roth has one last chance to prove herself. She is different from the other reporters at Famous, the L.A. magazine, where she has her dream job interviewing stars like Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie. She values her ethics—she doesn't pick through people's garbage, doesn't print rumor and gossip, doesn't try to pervert the truth. But when her editor tells her she's too nice, that what he needs is a killer journalist who'll do whatever it takes to get a story, she realizes that she must do something drastic. Of course, her plan backfires. Not only does she fail to score an interview with the notoriously media-averse actor Malcolm Goddard (he'll only do the interview while piloting his Cessna and she has a terrible fear of flying), she gets fired. Her disappointment turns to rage when she learns that Malcolm knew about her phobia all along. He insisted on doing the interview on his plane just to get her off his back....
THREE SOULS. TWO THOUSAND YEARS. ONE TRUTH.A worldwide conspiracy thriller for the millions of fans of The Da Vinci Code who’ve been left thirsting for more…Just one man can crack the code to the greatest mystery the world has ever known – if he survives…36AD:Micah – Jesus' friend, trusted confidant, and the 13th Apostle – inscribes a message, upon which mankind's fate would one day be determined.Present day:Internet forensic specialist, Gil Pearson, is recruited to decipher an ancient diary and reveal Micah's hidden message, which may lead to the most mysterious of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Working with the enigmatic Sabbie Karaim, Gil becomes embroiled in an international mystery spanning two thousand years, and for which others would gladly give their lives – or, more willingly, take his.From Publishers WeeklyThe Hellers, a husband-and-wife team known for their health titles (The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, etc.) make a thrilling fiction debut in this fast-paced, well-researched adventure, a foray into Da Vinci Code–style papal mystery. American cybersleuth Gil Pearson, a semifamous antihacker, gets tapped to help translate an ancient copper scroll that's meant to lead to a fabulous treasure. Accompanied by striking, strong Sabbie Karaim, a translator and former Israeli military operative, Gil travels to Israel, where he's introduced to the dangerous conspiracy that surrounds the scroll, and soon realizes the perilous position he's gotten himself into; apparently, the scroll contains not just a treasure map but the truth about the life and death of Jesus. As rival factions try to claim the scroll for their own agendas (to protect Christianity, to destroy Christianity, etc.), Gil and Sabbie head on a breakneck quest around the globe trying stay one step ahead of their pursuers while teasing out the secrets of the age-old document. A satisfying, well-structured entry into the still-hot subgenre, the Hellers have a definite crowd-pleaser on their hands—assuming it doesn't get buried in a saturated market. (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review“A satisfying, well-structured entry into the still-hot subgenre, the Heller’s have a definite crowd-pleaser on their hands.” (Publishers Weekly )“...a thrilling fiction debut in this fast-paced, well-researched adventure...” (Publishers Weekly )
When you play with fire, everyone gets burned.... Joe Weeks is new to the Grange Estate. Tolerant, doesn’t mind a bit of weed, doesn’t try to pull other men’s women. Live and let live is his motto.... Eddie Quinn is the hardest man on the estate. Everyone knows that it’s a bad idea to cross him, or his pit bull. But everyone also knows he's honest, as drug dealers go. Joe’s pleased when Eddie offers him a job. But then he meets Katya. A prostitute. A slave. And desperate to escape from Eddie.
HE'S BACK.AND HE'S THE BIGGEST THING IN POLITICS.He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his peaceful, progressive practicality. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.There’s just one problem. He is William Howard Taft . . . and he was already president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012? A most extraordinary satire, Jason Heller’s debut novel follows the strange new life of a presidential Rip Van Winkle: a man who never even wanted the White House in the first place, yet finds himself hurtling toward it once more—this time, through the media-fueled madness of 21st-century America.
The original "Three Blonde Mice" novel featuring three best friends, all divorced, who take a cruise together. The trip could be their last—unless they sort out which of the adoring passengers is Mr. Right and which is the hit man hired by one of their not-so-adoring ex-husbands.What do you get when you put three divorced women and one desperate hit man on a ship bound for the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean? You get Jane Heller's sparkling novel of love, sex, and murder. Feisty, fast-talking P.R. executive Elaine Zimmerman and her best friends Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky have taken their annual vacations together ever since they first met in the courthouse getting their respective divorces.This year, Jackie and Pat have talked the land-locked Elaine into a seven-day cruise aboard a spectacular megaship, the Princess Charming. It isn't her idea of a good time—especially when her luggage is mislaid and she's forced to resort to the ship boutique's...
Tilly Chalmers loves her new dream job in a security firm owned by the dangerously attractive Heller. But what is she to make of his great secrecy or the strange group of people who live with him? After her first two assignments go disastrously wrong, and with a ruthless competitor on the scene, Tilly must decide if she has what it takes to survive the rough world of security work.
Part #3 of "Nathan Heller" series by Collins, Max Allan
Chicago P.I. Nate Heller returns home from duty in Guadalcanal a decorated, damaged, and dangerous hero—and drops directly from one war into another: the gangland coup to topple Frank Nitti as he tries to strong-arm the Hollywood unions.
WHAT A GOOD GIRL WANTS.Aspiring actress Stacey Reiser went to Hollywood for two reasons: the Big Break, and the even Bigger Break from her meddlesome, widowed mother, Helen. Who would've guessed that all five-foot-two inches of pure aggravation would follow her there--and get a nicer apartment and a rich boyfriend named Victor to boot?WHAT A GOOD GIRL GETS.Now, as the result of a complaint letter, Helen ascends from cranky consumer advocate to darling of the talk show circuit. With her career in high gear, it's Stacey's that sinks into oblivion after a bad review from insufferable film critic Jack Rawlins (who has the gall to be as handsome as he is arrogant!).WHAT A GOOD GIRL DESERVES.Then Stacey discovers Victor's shady past. Now, between getting her own life back on track, thanks to a red-hot romance with Jack Rawlins himself, and convincing her mother that Victor is bad--possibly dangerous--news, Stacey discovers that fame and fortune are elusive at best, but at least love could still be in the stars.
"Hilarious." – USA TODAY"Dead-on and hilarious."—BOOKLISTLynn Wyman, creator and master of The Wyman Method, lives a dream life. After years of success running her own private practice that teaches men how to communicate with women, and now penning a bestseller, she's on the cusp of scoring her own TV show. It's a busy time, but thanks to her patented method, her home life is doing just fine. Kip, husband and poster child for The Wyman Method, is always sure to have dinner ready just as Lynn walks through the door.He's sensitive, thoughtful, responsible—and he's been seeing someone else.Lynn is heartbroken when she discovers him cheating, but to make matters worse, the tabloids have just found out. She's ruined.Mourning her career with her girlfriends one day, Lynn picks up the "America's Toughest Bosses" issue of Fortune magazine, featuring macho bad boy CEO Brandon Brock.Struck with a brilliant scheme, she sets off to seduce this...
Part #1 of "Attraction" series by J B Heller
Ivy is straightlaced, orderly and responsible. She’s also in love with her boss, Gabe.When Ivy started working for him at his private investigation firm three years ago she was instantly drawn to him.He’s everything she’s not and everything she wants— rough, gritty, sexy and impulsive.Ivy decides to make some changes in order to gain Gabe's attention, but in doing so, she inadvertently draws the eye of an unwanted admirer.Gabe is forced to take her and her rambunctious cousin, Tessa, into his home for their protection. But with Ivy in such close quarters Gabe’s resolve to stay away from the once shy beauty begins to dissolve at a rapid pace.
Mia and Michelle couldn't look more alike - or act more differently. Mia's always been the glamorous one, the one everyone wants to get close to. And now she's a model, on the edge of fame.But Mia can't resist the illegal thrills that come with fame. When disaster strikes, her mousy look-alike sister has to pretend to be Mia. Michelle saves her career, and turns out to have star quality too. She's even got someone to fall in love with her - a man Mia wants almost as much as she wants to be a supermodel.That's something Mia will never, ever forgive...
Experience the Life of the City Travel writer and Vancouver transplant Carolyn B. Heller shares her expert perspective on Vancouver, guiding you on a memorable and unique experience. Whether you're looking to enjoy the lush beauty of British Columbia, explore First Nations art and culture, or sample specialty beer and the freshest seafood, Moon Vancouver has activities for every traveler. With itineraries like "The Sunshine Coast" and "Taste Your Way through Vancouver's New Craft Breweries," expertly-crafted maps, gorgeous photos, and Heller's trustworthy advice, Moon Vancouver provides the tools for planning your perfect trip!Moon Vancouver covers can't-miss sights and the best destinations including: Vancouver and vicinity Stanley Park Richmond Vancouver Island Victoria Whistler
"A rollicking and delectable read." – PEOPLE"A charmingly improbable love story." – USA TODAYPreschool teacher Nancy Stern soldiers through her days cleaning spills, moderating bathroom breaks, and preventing that one kid in the back of the room from eating glue. America's precious future in her hands, Nancy rises to the occasion, but sometimes she yearns for something a little more glamorous. Already worried she's living a cookie cutter life, she can't even take comfort in being the only Nancy Stern in her apartment building.The penthouse-floor wonder with the same name has a life that may put even the celebrities she interviews for her magazine to shame. To make matters worse for the "lesser" Nancy Stern: No one can seem to get her address right. That pile of party invitations spilling out of her mail box? Not for her. The stunning coat that's arrived straight from the cleaners? Not a chance it's hers. That smooth voice on the other end of the line...
Chantelle has everything going against her. She's a good student who only wants to pass her exams and find a way out of the sink estate in Manchester where she grew up. But now her feckless mother has taken off for Spain with her latest boyfriend and she's single-handedly raising her tearaway nine-year-old brother Leon.She thinks her worst problem is the debt collectors at the door. But Leon has made some new friends: teenage gang members who have given him a mobile phone a knife - and some drugs to hide in her flat. A part-time job seems to be the answer to Chantelle's prayers. But the violence is about to come home to her -with a vengeance. And the only person who's offering any help seems to be just as bad as the people she's trying to escape from.
Tilly Chalmers’ new job as a researcher for a TV star turns out to be more eventful than she ever expected. Always on the lookout for a top rating story for her boss, she tangles with adult movie stars and a man who inspired a couple of young murderers. An unwelcome encounter with an old enemy stirs up trouble, and what decision does Heller make that threatens to jeopardise their relationship?
Bestselling writer Jane Heller thought she'd found her dream man—until he turned out to be a "frequent flier," the term doctors and nurses use to refer to patients who land in the E.R. more often than the average person goes to Starbucks. Here, Jane shares her experiences of looking after her chronically ill husband with Nora Ephron–like wit, and offers practical guidance for handling it all without drowning. With advice on staying healthy while caring for a loved one and learning to communicate with medical staff, plus wisdom from other caregivers and experts, this is a personal and invaluable tool kit that also manages to prompt laughter and inspire. For the more than 65 million caregivers in the US alone, this book couldn't be more timely or important.
One decision can change the course of history, but would the results be so dramatically different if, simply, Kaiser Wilhelm II had persisted against the advice of his military commanders and ordered his troops already massed at the Belgian border in 1914 to re-deploy to the east against Russia instead?It nearly happened. Really. The Kaiser did order the invasion of Belgium halted, and yet it went ahead, bringing Great Britain and the rest of the British Empire into the war.This book explores what would have happened if the Kaiser’s decision had not been reversed and his troops had not crossed the Belgian border. It is fiction, of course, but the characters are real and, most of them, precisely where they were and where they would have been fulfilling their historical roles at that time.The story is vivid, realistic and exciting, following the action, the intrigue, the political upheavals as well as political apathy and inertia, meticulously researched and accurate in military and historical detail.
Run by Mandasue Heller is a gritty story of Manchester's criminal underworld.After being cheated on by her ex, Leanne Riley is trying her hardest to get her life back on track, which isn't easy without a job and living in a bedsit surrounded by a junkie and a mad woman.On a night out with her best friend she meets Jake, a face from her past who has changed beyond all recognition. Jake is charming, handsome and loaded, a far cry from the gawky teenager he used to be. Weary of men, Leanne isn't easy to please, but Jake tries his best to break through the wall she's built around herself.But good looks and money can hide a multitude of sins. Is that good-looking face just a mask? And what's more, what will it take to make it slip, and who will die in the process . . . ?
Book DescriptionIt was a hard land that bred hard men to hard ways. King Mabry survived by his guns. He wasn't proud of his deadly skill, nor was he ashamed. He just lived with it every hard day on the frontier. When a traveling theatrical troupe hired a ruthless killer to guide them through the Wyoming wilderness, King Mabry-his guns at the ready-set out to follow their trail, and not blizzards, nor Indians, nor the wily guide would stop him.
"A flat-out funny read." —COSMOPOLITAN"Smart-alecky...outrageous." —HOUSTON CHRONICLEAmy Sherman has it all—a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment, a great job as a publicity director at a major publishing house, and a romantic life that's...less than robust, but two out of three isn't bad. She's come a long way from playing second fiddle to spotlight hog and former best friend, Tara Messer. In fact, she's even recovered from walking in on her blond bombshell frenemy in the bedroom, with her fiancée, just before her wedding.Or so she thought.Tara, now married to the man who broke Amy's heart, has made a career put of being positively perfect. Of course she's waltzing back into Amy's life on mile-long legs, with a life so Simply Beautiful it got its own book deal—and Amy's gets tapped to be its publicist.Unable to swallow it all, Amy spits out a tiny little lie. She's married. To a handsome, famous mystery writer. Who hates her. If Amy...
"If you ever wanted to kill your sister, this is the novel for you...Delightful." —PEOPLE"With the snappy style her readers have come to expect, Heller (Princess Charming; Crystal Clear) presents another breezy tale of modern women." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLYSoap opera writer Deborah Peltz can handle any kind of drama, so long as its not attached to her sister Sharon. A wedding planner in Boca Raton, Sharon thinks she has the answers to everything, but with three divorces under her belt, she should be the last person on the planet to dole out the eye roll-worthy advice she heaps.Normally, Deborah survives her sister by keeping her distance safe in the bustle of New York, but when their mother has a heart attack in Florida, she drops everything to be near her. Burying the hatchet with her sister is a challenge in and of itself, but when they both fall for their mother's handsome cardiologist, winning him over and earning themselves an invite to his place...
Part #19.10 of "Jack Reacher" series by Lee Child
In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Lee Child and Joseph Finder—along with their popular series characters Jack Reacher and Nick Heller—team up for the first time ever.**** When Jack Reacher sits down to watch a baseball game at a Boston bar, he has no way of knowing what kind of trouble is about to walk in the door—and not just because he’s a Yankees fan in a Red Sox town. In this action-packed short story, Reacher and a new acquaintance—Sox fan Nick Heller—find themselves drawn into a much less friendly rivalry when the guy sitting between them at the bar turns out to be a marked man. For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven short stories in FaceOff!
When a stroke fells radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff, a secret is revealed that forces Audrey, his wife, to reexamine everything she believed about their forty-year marriage. In the meantime Joel's children are struggling with their own dilemmas and doubts. Disillusioned revolutionary Rosa has been drawn into the world of Orthodox Judaism. Karla, a devoted--and married--social worker hoping to adopt a child, is falling in love with the owner of a newspaper stand. Lenny, the ne'er-do-well, faces yet another relapse into heroin addiction. In the course of battling their own demons--and one another--the Litvinoffs must reexamine long-held articles of faith and decide what--if anything--they still believe in.
Tilly Chalmers' sexy boss, Heller, has a talent for making enemies, and he has a few scores to settle - including one with Tilly's brother. Tilly must juggle that constant worry with managing three new jobs as a rookie security officer - crowd control at a lingerie show, babysitting a randy IT billionaire and an emotional job with an environmental activist. But as usual, nothing goes to plan.
This two-part novel shows how good eventually triumphs over evil, even if the evil gets the punishment hundreds of years later. Part One of the novel dramatizes the tragic life of tobacco plantation slave, Loder Alleyn, which contrasts ironically with that of wealthy, lascivious but likeable slaver, Granville-Throgmorton, as their lives interweave. Part Two is set in modern times and weaves together the initially parallel lives of Granville-Throgmorton's descendant, Clifford Granville, and Frank Allen from the original Loder Alleyn family. Their paths cross at the point of the tragic climax of the novel. The novel is a unique social commentary on human exploitation through the slave trade of the 1800s and illicit organ trafficking of the 21st century.
Suspense meets romance meets zany comedy as a spoiled princess is forced to become a maid in a tough economy. The laughs keep coming in Jane Heller's debut novel about love and survival.What's a woman to do when her husband loses everything in the stock market...then ditches her to go back to his first wife? If she's Alison Waxman Koff and she's been living the good life in her Connecticut McMansion, Maplebark Manor, she sells her furs and starts doing her own nails. But that isn't enough to stave off foreclosure, so she falls back on her one marketable skill: housecleaning. She secretly becomes a maid, piling her Windex, her Fantastik, and her vacuum into her Porsche and going to work for a sleazy celebrity biographer. When that ends in mayhem and the murder of her only customer, Alison finds herself with yet another role to play: prime suspect. Enter Cullie Harrington, the hot photographer who comes to photograph Maplebark Manor for the realtor. He offers her his...
Part #2 of "Nick Heller" series by Joseph Finder
Amazon.com ReviewProduct Description Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times bestselling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal. Nick has returned to his old home town of Boston to set up his own shop. There he’s urgently summoned by an old family friend. Hedge fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick’s help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Her abduction was clearly a sophisticated professional job, done with extraordinary precision. Alexa, whom Nick has known since she was young, is now buried alive, held prisoner in an underground crypt, a camera trained on her, her suffering streaming live over the internet. She’s been left with a limited supply of food and water and, if her father doesn’t meet the demands of her shadowy kidnappers, she’ll die. And as Nick begins to probe, he discovers that all is not quite right with Marshall Marcus’s business. He’s being investigated by the FBI, he has a lot of shady investors, his fund is in danger and now he has a lot of powerful enemies who may have the motivation to go after Marcus’s daughter. But to find out who’s holding Alexa Marcus hostage, Nick has to find out why. Once he does, he uncovers an astonishing conspiracy that reaches far beyond anything he could have imagined. And if he’s going to find Alexa in time, he will have to flush out and confront some of his deadliest opponents ever. Amazon Exclusive: Reacher and Heller by Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher seriesSome say it was Virginia and some say it was North Carolina but all agree it was a bar. Everyone was drinking domestic beer, except Reacher, who was drinking coffee, and inevitably after an hour the talk turned to guys people knew. Reacher sat quiet, not really part of the group, content to ignore the war stories and the tall tales, until the name Nick Heller came up. Someone said Heller had been one of General Hood's boys, and was therefore suspect, because everyone knew Hood was as bent as a nine dollar bill. Reacher shook his head and spoke for the first time in an hour."No," he said. "Heller worked for Hood, but he was never one of the boys. In fact the smart money said Heller was the guy who would take Hood down one day.""You know Heller?" someone asked."No," Reacher said again. "But I met a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy. And I heard things.""And?""I made a mental note, that's all. Heller's OK.""As good as us?""Better.""Than you too?"Reacher smiled. "He's in the rear view mirror. A little closer than some." "What's he like?""He drives a Land Rover. A thing called a Defender. British. Like a Willys jeep without the frills. That's about all you need to know, right there.""So he's a caveman, like you.""No, that's where it gets complicated. He's very smart with technology. I heard he did a couple of years in D.C. with one of those hi-tech Beltway firms. Like the CIA, but private. Better paid. And more efficient, obviously.""I heard he's in Boston," someone said.Reacher nodded. "There was an issue.""What kind?""Ethical, probably. Heller's got a backbone. Guys like that have problems in D.C.""His dad was a crook.""Financial," Reacher said. "They're all crooks. But Heller's OK.""Would you trust him? You?""Probably," Reacher said. "He's a stand-up guy. Apparently he went to bat for his brother a year or so ago. No reason to, but he did. It was a bad situation, too. But he came out ahead. Some very nice moves. There's a nephew, they say. Weird kid, but Heller does his best. And his mother is still on the scene. Someone once told me a guy who gets along with his mother can't be all bad.""Who told you that?""My mother.""What's he doing in Boston? Private eye?""Not exactly," Reacher said. "More like a private spy. He put together a crew up there. They do the CIA stuff in the office, and then he goes and does the black ops stuff himself. One stop shopping.""Is he a Red Sox fan?""I hope not.""Still, Boston. Quiet up there.""Not very," Reacher said. "Guy I met was talking about a kidnapping. Some rich girl taken out of a night club. Billionaire father, and so on and so forth. Some serious Russians involved. I mean, serious as lung cancer. But it turned out OK.""That was Heller?""Lips are sealed, but I don't see who else it could have been. It was done about ninety percent the same way I would have done it. Which means it had to be Heller. There's no one else that good up there.""You've got competition," someone said.Reacher smiled again. "Human nature," he said. "There are always new guys. Law of averages says some of them will be good.""Would you call him? If you were in trouble in Boston?""I don't have a phone," Reacher said. "But I'd be happy enough if he happened to show up. We could do some damage together, that's for damn sure."Review"A total wow of a read...this is the kind of book you have to look up from, every once in a while, just to collect yourself....Great tension....About as perfectly plotted and suspenseful as possible, this is a tremendous high-wire act." - Booklist (starred review) on Buried Secrets"Crisp, clipped chapters and numerous cliff-hangers propel the action at a breakneck pace. Finder's outstanding writing and engrossing plot twists embellish a captivating summer read." - Library Journal (starred review) on Buried Secrets__"Compulsively readable...opens fast and never slows down....Self-effacing, wry, and ridiculously competent, Heller makes a reasonably engaging protagonist, but this thriller's real star is the suspenseful, expertly paced plot. - Publishers Weekly on Buried Secrets
SIGMUND "ZIGGY" BLISSMAN isn't the best-looking, sanest boy in the world. Far, far from it. But this misfit child of a failed husband-and-wife vaudeville team has one (and only one) thing going for him: He can crack people up merely by batting his eyelashes.And Vittorio "Vic" Fontana, the son of a fisherman, is a fraud. Barely able to carry a tune or even stay awake while attempting to, the indolent baritone (if that's what he is) has one thing going for him: Women love to look at him.On their own, they're failures. But on one summer night in the Catskills, they step onstage and together become the funniest men -- and the hottest act -- in America.Funnymen is the wildly inventive story of Fountain and Bliss, the comedy duo that delighted America in the 1940s and '50s. Conceived as a fictional oral biography and filled with more than seventy memorable characters, Funnymen details the extraordinary careers of two men whose professional success is never matche...
“So I met this guy. Miles Dane is the trifecta of awesomeness: he’s hot, built, and amazing in bed. The best part of it all is that he loves me. Did I mention I puked all over him when we first met? No? Well, that’s a different story. Things have finally settled down for us. We are disgustingly in love and, let’s face it, the cutest couple on earth. Dillion, Miles’ son, is smarter than ever, and my two best friends, Renee and Ryan, will get drunk with me at a moment’s notice. Oh, my stepmonster is still flipping nuts, but what else is new? Miles is there for me through it all. But what if our love isn’t enough to face the bumpy, pothole-infested, curvy, roadkill-riddled road ahead? Sometimes life isn’t all daises and unicorn farts. Miles and I are facing great challenges as a couple. As the saying goes, first comes love, then comes... You get the point. Can therapy and a dose of sanity help me with what’s coming next? That’s a joke, right?” This book is intended for +18 due to hot sex, snarky female lead and a dirty talking stud muffin.