A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.
"Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
On a bitterly cold afternoon in December 1986, a Michigan State trooper found the frozen body of Jerry Tobias in the bed of his pickup truck. The 31-year-old oil field worker and small-time drug dealer was clad only in jeans, a checkered shirt, and cowboy boots. Inside the cab of the truck was a fresh package of expensive steaks from a local butcher shop, the first lead in a case that would be quickly lost in a thicket of bungled forensics, shady prosecution, and a psychopathic star witness out for revenge.
"I was pleasantly surprised with this book"
The Venona Files are several intercepted communiques between the Soviet Union and American Communists following WWII. Some historians and journalists are starting to regard the Cold-War-era American Communist Party as nothing more than a quaint club of polite if misguided ideologues. In The Venona Secrets, Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel intend to create a new impression of treacherous Americans "who willfully gave their primary allegiance to a foreign power, the USSR."
"Americans as Soviet Spies? Surprising & Chilling"
The Alliance has sent twelve ambassadors to the Chatcaavan Empire, all twelve returned early, defeated. None of their number have been successful at taking that brutal empire to task for their violations of the treaty. None have survived the vicious court of a race of winged shapechangers, one maintained by cruelty, savagery and torture. Lisinthir Nase Galare is the Alliance's thirteenth emissary. A duelist, an esper and a prince of his people, he has been sent to bring an empire to heel.
As the mysterious writer who exposes gentlemen's secrets, it is not the first time The Scarlet Plumiere has been hunted. But this time it's different. This time, she interferes with one of the Four Kings, and the brotherhood will not rest until they marry her off and place her securely under a man's thumb. Only they have to catch her first. The Earl of Northwick is falling for this writer, sight unseen. Will she be pretty? Will she have all her teeth? In his rush to claim her for himself, regardless of who she might ultimately be, he places her in grave danger - her desperate enemies are watching closely for the moment her mask is removed.
The kingdoms of Avantolia are in trouble but they don't know it yet: war is brewing amongst them, while their ancient enemies, the Magrog demon-masters, are poised to invade. The legendary Tasburai warriors once guarded the kingdoms, but now their elite order triggers more fear than respect. Grandmaster and elite swordfighter Suri-Yi must come to terms with the ghosts of her past and find the courage to revive the Tasburai as a force for good, not a tool of persecution.
In his science fiction novel Rork!, Ran Loman wants only to be left alone, to get away from it all. That's why he volunteers for duty on Pia 2, the most remote, isolated world in the Galaxy. The problem on Pia 2 is redwing, a plant used throughout the galaxy as a medical fixative. Redwing grows ony on Pia 2. And lately, less and less is being harvested. Lomar's assignment: find out why, and do something about it.
"Excellent Story Telling"
When Tanel's lover takes him to see the teller of naughty stories, he does not expect it to be a neuter, nor for it to challenge him to examine his own preconceptions, his fears...his ability to love. This story won a Strange Horizons Reader's Choice Award and was included in the Best of Strange Horizons, Volume 2. It was also a finalist for the 2003 Spectrum Awards in the short fiction category. It is included in the print book collection Clays Beneath the Skies.
"Needs some work"
A young U.S. Army officer who's served in Afghanistan finds himself suffering from intermittent bouts of "hysterical" temporary blindness due to impossible and deadly orders he was forced to obey by high command in the field. When he's reunited with his fiancée in a military hospital in Germany after being separated for more than year, the couple are encouraged by doctors to travel to Venice, Italy together.
"Evaluate the new head of House Laisira, and if he seems unsuitable, deal with it." Such was Pathen Ures-emodo's unpalatable assignment. When he begins his investigation, he suspects nothing more than incompetence. But could House Laisira be hiding a far greater sin? And what will Pathen, the unwilling claw of the emperor, do about it? A Jokka story set in the time of Roika's empire, after the novel The Worth of a Shell.
In this sequel to Reader's Choice Award Unspeakable Tanel, Nashada and Ekkuli return in a new city, having made themselves a comfortable home... a comfortable home, until an invader arrives and threatens once again to rearrange all Tanel's notions of love.
Keshul makes his money cloaking his common sense as fortune-telling for the Jokka of het Narel, and he would be the first to tell you it's all a sham. Or so he thinks, until a patron shows up asking for the wisdom of the Void...
"True Stories" is one of Vincent Zandri's most anthologized short stories. Based on the true story of Zandri having tackled and apprehended a car thief who was rampaging through his upstate New York neighborhood, this literary thriller begins with a 'seed of truth' around which grow invented circumstances - the result being a clever mesh of truth and creation.
"A Dark Tale Told Well"
In the thickest part of the night, a surging thunderstorm beats down on a Florida cracker home. The rain falls relentlessly, and the sky flashes with blinding brilliance, illuminating swirling leaves, twigs and dirt. Unseen funnel clouds rotate menacingly, further reducing the almost non-existent visibility and blanketing an evil feeling over the region. Back in a corner of this rural area, the full-grown trees that surround a three-bedroom house strain at their trunks, some bending, some cracking.
In 1997 four people suffering from debilitating and incurable ailments are suddenly and inexplicably cured after exposure to some tropical homeopathic remedy. Their lives and the lives of their families are obviously impacted by this remarkable occurrence knowing that they are no longer facing imminent death, or suffer through life with a permanent disability. Father Pavlos, a Greek Orthodox priest, becomes the steward of the leaves and is determined to return the magical herbs back to their original owner, Wyan Setiawan, an Indonesian doctor.