Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy.
"Thoughtful and interesting, if not always gripping"
Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California; a father he loathes in Brooklyn; and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway. He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with 20 years ago, and this discovery will send him off course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?
"Not as good as others but still enjoyable."
It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad?
Here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today. All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners - some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story, plus a special look at three of Willis' unique public speeches - this is unquestionably the collection of the season, an audiobook that every Connie Willis fan will treasure.
"An index for locating stories"
A former true crime reporter whose articles have appeared in the Rick Mofina draws upon his wealth of knowledge to pen gripping crime dramas. In Desperation finds gritty journalist Jack Gannon reunited with his estranged sister Cora. But the circumstances are less than ideal. Cora’s daughter has been kidnapped and is now being held for five million dollars ransom. Time is running out, and as Gannon digs deeper into the case, it becomes clear that his sister is holding something back - a secret from her sordid past that could be the key to saving her daughter’s life.
"Narrator hurts story"
Wayne Arthurson’s debut, Fall from Grace, marks him as a promising new voice in Canadian fiction. When Edmonton newspaper reporter Leo Desroches is assigned to cover the murder of an Aboriginal woman, his half-Cree heritage immediately identifies with the victim. Before long Leo discovers a pattern of murdered natives that goes back 20 years, and a police force that could not care less. Still fighting his own demons, Leo vows to uncover a brutal serial killer.
Award-winning Canadian journalist Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man claimed the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This compelling tale follows Father Duncan MacAskill, who serves as an “Exorcist” for his bishop by disciplining other men of the cloth who have forsaken their vows.
"Couldn't put it down"
Could griffins have been real? When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen. What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold hunters in the Gobi desert.
Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer who has been terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she's cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for US Naval Intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer...he's the killer's son.
Rick Mofina’s best-selling novels find an all-new urgency when coupled with pulse-pounding narrations from Recorded Books. In The Panic Zone, seemingly unrelated events bring the world closer to calamity. A distraught mother witnesses a stranger nab her infant. A bomb explodes in Rio. A cruise ship passenger suffers a horrific death. Caught in the middle, Jack Gannon is headed right into the panic zone—but the further on the edge, the hotter the intensity.
Screenwriter, playwright, and novelist Stephen Miller crafts this harrowing tale about two people on opposite ends of the war on terror. Daria, an Iraqi refugee, has lost everything she holds dear - and now seeks revenge on those responsible. Recruited for a dangerous mission, she boards a plane to New York with instructions to make contact with - and infect - as many people as possible. Meanwhile, American scientist Dr. Sam Watterman is asked by the government to help locate a new threat.
Author Kevin Brockmeier counts the O. Henry Prize among the many accolades his speculative fiction has earned. In The Illumination he offers “an inspiring take on suffering and the often fleeting nature of connection” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). When physical pain suddenly manifests itself as shining light, the wounded nature of humanity is revealed.
Celebrated for both his novels and memoirs, Don J. Snyder is also the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship. A story of love and dedication, Walking with Jack chronicles Snyder’s dream to caddie for his son Jack's pro golf tour debut. At nearly 60, Snyder left Maine for Scotland - the birthplace of golf - where he learned the game and earned his spot as a full-time caddie. His journey would finally coincide with Jack’s own struggles in one of the PGA’s toughest qualifying events.
Joe, a 35-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York company, feels disillusioned with his life. Soon he starts dreaming of a mysterious man and, not long after, begins seeing him on the street and hearing his voice. The voice overwhelms Joe and he starts to listen to it, camping out on the front steps of his stoop, waiting for instructions. The media take note. And soon he has become a story, a media sensation, the center of a storm.
Police officer Karl Styebeck has been called a hero, but his badge takes on an ugly tarnish when he’s linked to the deaths of two women. Driven by personal demons, reporter Jack Gannon lays it all on the line to get to the truth - even if it means rolling the dice with his own life.
"Rick rips off another excellent story"
On February 22, 1853, 15-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill. The master carpenter comes to measure Niels for his coffin. The master baker bakes bread for the spectators. The messenger posts the notice of execution in the town square. The poet prepares his best pen to record the events as they unfold. A fly, Niels' only companion in the cell, buzzes. A dog hovers by his young master's window. A young girl hovers, too, pitying the boy. The executioner sharpens his blade.
Charlie Bellerose leads a seminomadic existence, traveling widely to manage the language academies he has established in different countries. After separating, somewhat amicably, from his wife, he moves from Madrid back to his native Canada to set up a new school, and for the first time he forges a meaningful relationship with his brother, who's going through a vicious divorce.
Wayne Arthurson drew critical acclaim from the likes of Booklist and Library Journal for Fall from Grace, his genre-bending debut featuring half-Cree, half-French Canadian reporter Leo Desroches. In this sequel, Leo poses as a homeless man for a story but ends up chasing something more sinister when a Native street kid he befriends is murdered. Investigating the brutal culture of a local gang known as Redd Alert, Leo uncovers secrets that jeopardize both his safety and the life he’s built since beating his gambling addiction.
It's 1983. Vancouver is on the precipice of transforming itself from a dirty little town to a blandly sophisticated big city. Convertibles cruise beneath runty palm trees, and the air is filled with the delicious tang of ocean breezes, cheeseburgers, and pot smoke. In this fast and furious crime novel set in the midst of a long West Coast summer, an Eastern European immigrant named Irina absconds with a shipment of drugs and $300,000 in dirty money, setting into motion a wild chain reaction.
Joe, a 36-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York company, feels disillusioned with his life. He starts dreaming of a mysterious man, seeing him on the street and hearing his voice. Joe decides to listen to 'the Man', and so he waits on his stoop, day and night, for instructions. Waiting for the Man is a compelling and visceral story about the struggle to find something more in life.