The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger Novels)

By Stephen Hunter

In The forty seventh Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's such a lot severe and unique mystery to this point.

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are certain jointly through a unmarried second at Iwo Jima, 1945, whilst their fathers, courageous opponents on contrary facets, met within the bloody and chaotic conflict for the island. basically Earl Swagger survived.

greater than sixty years later, Yano involves the United States to honor the legacy of his heroic father by way of improving the sword he utilized in the conflict. His seek has led him to silly Horse, Idaho, the place Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled right into a stressed retirement and instantly pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee unearths the sword and supplies it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they realize that it's not a regular WWII blade, yet a mythical shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the country. it's worthwhile yet worthy killing for. unexpectedly Bob is on the heart of a sequence of negative crimes he slightly is familiar with yet vows to avenge. And to take action, he throws himself into the area of the samurai, Tokyo's darkish, legal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten principles of jap tradition.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the courageous, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, aid him go through this unusual, glittering, and ominous international from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officers within the maximum echelons of the japanese executive, yet finally, he's on his personal and should be successful provided that he can research that to outlive samurai, you need to develop into samurai.

because the plot races and the violence escalates, it turns into transparent ruthless conspiracy is in position, and the one factor that may be taken without any consideration is that money, strength, and intercourse can force males of all nationalities to grotesque extremes. If Swagger hopes to forestall them, he needs to be keen not just to die but in addition to kill.

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The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)

By Michael Connelly

Longtime security lawyer Mickey Haller is recruited to alter stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal baby homicide. After twenty-four years in felony, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by means of new DNA facts. Haller is confident Jessup is responsible, and he is taking the case at the that he will get to decide on his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller trigger on a case fraught with political and private chance. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a safeguard legal professional who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after such a lot of years.

With the chances and the proof opposed to them, Bosch and Haller needs to nail a sadistic killer as soon as and for all. If Bosch is certain of whatever, it's that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.

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Dune

By Frank Herbert

Here's the unconventional that would be endlessly thought of a triumph of the mind's eye. Set at the wasteland planet Arrakis, Dune is the tale of the boy Paul Atreides, who might develop into the mysterious guy referred to as Muad'Dib. He could avenge the traitorous plot opposed to his noble family--and could convey to fruition humankind's such a lot historical and not possible dream.

A wonderful mixture of event and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune gained the 1st Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and shaped the foundation of what it absolutely the grandest epic in technology fiction.

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Venom and the River: A Novel of Pepin

By Marsha Qualey

Numerous hundred girls are approximately to converge on tiny Pepin, Minnesota, to have a good time the birthday of Ida may possibly Turnbull, the long-dead writer of a cherished sequence of children’s books. whilst the “Little women” assemble in Pepin, one girl reveals existence has replaced forever.

Leigh Burton is a disgraced journalist who used to be stripped of a Pulitzer for fabricating information in a number of newspaper tales. within the years because, Leigh has been scratching out a residing as a freelancer, and has arrived in Pepin to aid an elderly former vp of the USA together with his memoirs. simply because no writer will purchase any nonfiction along with her fingerprints on it, Leigh has to maintain her prior lower than wraps, which turns into a problem while she’s lightly blackmailed by means of a Pepin neighborhood, and Leigh’s sixteen-year-old daughter arrives all at once and threatens to inform all people Mom’s mystery. Making issues much more tough is that Leigh resides in Ida may perhaps Turnbull’s long-shuttered formative years domestic, which places her within the bulls-eye of the Little women’ obsession. It’s a place that jeopardizes her mystery, her paintings, a budding romance, and her fragile dating along with her daughter.

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The Gypsy's Curse

By Harry Crews

The novels of Harry Crews have constantly been praised for his or her mysterious and convincing snatch of the recognizably human emotions that resort amidst the demonic and the unusual, in what the recent York occasions ebook evaluate has known as a "Hieronymus Bosch landscape." the following, his extraordinary abilities convey us even extra into the area of unforeseen emotional possibilities—leaving us moved, even virtually charmed instead of horrifed, by means of the dreadful and implacable achievement of "The Gypsy's Curse."

From Kirkus Reviews

It's now not anyone who may possibly write a bawdy, frequently hilarious, absolutely unsentimental novel a couple of legless deaf-mute who earns his preserve by way of doing one-finger stands on hands the dimensions of your standard giant's thighs. Marvin Molar lives in a gymnasium with Al -- a former stunt guy who did tips like having a motor vehicle run over his physique -- an outdated punchdrunk Negro fighter named Peter and an both punchy younger one named Leroy -- and at last, Hester, a "normal" whose revolving thighs force Marvin completely insane. She is the "gypsy's curse" ("Find a cunt that matches you and you'll by no means be the same") -- in particular whilst she abandons Marvin for an occasional fling along with her former lover Aristotle -- the type of dumb Greek spic Marvin relatively dislikes. yet he stands it, a minimum of for awhile, either simply because Hester offers him nightly bliss and since she charms every thing however the pants off his different gymnasium buddies -- all of the whereas subtly yet purposefully sowing seeds of catastrophe that would lead to the splitting aside not just in their semi-family yet of her lovely little head. the unconventional is narrated by way of Marvin, who can reel off tough-sounding detective patter with the simplest of them -- after which a few.

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Arabesk (Arabesk Trilogy)

By Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Half secret, half speculative fiction, and completely unforgettable, Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s celebrated Arabesk sequence portrays the darkish, hard-boiled tale of a guy out to end up his innocence in an alternative international the place the evidence aren’t constantly just like the reality . . . and homicide isn’t the worst which may happen.

It’s a twenty-first century hauntingly familiar—and but startlingly diversified from our personal. the following the U.S. brokered a deal that ended global struggle I, and the Ottoman Empire by no means collapsed. And lording it over all sits the complicated, seductive, and bloodthirsty North African city of El Iskandryia. nearly not anything is what it kind of feels to be in El Isk, and Ashraf Bey is not any exception.

Neither the wealthy Ottoman aristocrat each person thinks he's, nor the minor road felony as soon as shipped off to criminal whilst he fell foul of his chinese language Triad employers–the truth is that Raf has as little inspiration who he's as a person else.

With few clues and no cash, all Raf has is a surname hinting at noble background and an prepared marriage to a lady who hates him. yet not anything Ashraf al Mansur learns approximately himself is as unexpected—or as terrifying—as the brutal homicide he’s accused of committing. Now, as a hunted guy with the welfare of a precocious younger woman in his irresponsible fingers, Raf needs to race after a killer via an unforgiving urban as international to him because the fact he'll discover approximately himself.

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Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories

By Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a global that strikes seamlessly among the true and the imagined, the mundane and the wonderful. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated via an worker of a Supplemental Provider—a corporation that offers "stand-ins" for households with deceased, in poor health, or simply undeniable suggest grandparents. And in "Blowing Up at the Spot," a tender girl works sorting tiles at a Scrabble manufacturing facility after her mom and dad have spontaneously combusted.

Southern gothic at its most sensible, laced with humor and pathos, those splendidly artistic tales discover the connection among loss and dying and the numerous methods we strive to deal with both.

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Sharpe's Tiger (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #1)

By Bernard Cornwell

“The maximum author of old adventures today.”
Washington Post

Critically acclaimed, perennial New York Times bestselling writer Bernard Cornwell (Agincourt, The Fort, the Saxon stories) makes actual historical past come alive in his breathtaking old fiction. Praised as “the direct inheritor to Patrick O’Brian” (The Economist), Cornwell has brilliantly captured the fury, chaos, and pleasure of conflict as few writers have ever done—perhaps such a lot vividly in his phenomenally renowned novels following the illustrious army profession of British military officer Richard Sharpe throughout the past due 18th and early nineteenth centuries. Sharpe’s Tiger introduces readers to Sharpe, a personal in His Majesty’s military on the siege of Seringapatam in India in September 1803, because the fearless yet green younger soldier undertakes a necessary undercover venture that areas him at the incorrect part of the clash whilst the British attack at the urban starts off. maybe the San Francisco Chronicle acknowledged it top: “If merely all historical past classes might be as vibrant.”

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