Melissa Fuller, gossip columnist of the fictional New York Journal is late for work - again. This time, however, she has a real excuse. She has just saved her elderly neighbour from a near-fatal attack, taken her to a hospital, and in the process, become sole custodian of Paco, her Great Dane - not the ideal accessory for a New York City girl. Melissa urgently needs to trace her neighbour's only relative, but when she finally meets him, the real trouble starts.
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Twelve-year-old Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban neighbourhood. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace. Fourteen months later, still with no sign of Jamie and having lost all faith in the police, his parents Paul and Carol are on the verge of abandoning hope. Then they meet private investigator Frank Behr, a tough, reclusive ex-cop.
This collection of short stories contains several gothic tales to bear macabre and chilling witness to writers as diverse as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Gaskell, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, and Edith Nesbit. These tales are designed to unsettle you, just a little, while you sit back and take in their words as they lead you on a walk to places you’d perhaps rather not visit on your own. Our stories are "The Wedding Knell" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Old Nurse's Story" by Elizabeth Gaskell, and more.
The majority of Hawthorne's works centre on New England and have a Puritan inspiration and outlook, with their inherent evil and sin of humanity. This volume centres on his short stories which are beautifully crafted pieces layered with characters ill at ease with their path through life.
In 1930s Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph hears of the brutal murder of a young girl, the first of a series of killings that will take 10 lives. Compelled by fear and duty, Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the people of Augusta Falls.
Winter 2003: war is looming and New York is paralysed by the worst blizzard in years. Artie Cohen is called in to investigate a case: a pile of blood soaked children's clothes have been found on the beach in Brooklyn.
A rich man parks his expensive car in downtown New York. As he gets out of the car, he is surprised to see a young man in front of him, holding a gun. No need to panic. He's been in this situation before. It's surely about money, and therefore negotiable - isn't it? There's a sharp crack of a gun and then silence. A week later a small time crook has been arrested for murder. Two eye witnesses have put him at the scene of the crime, but did he pull the trigger?
The victim was a fighter, but strength wasn’t enough to save him from this gruesome end. The missing are two well-paid private investigators who have disappeared on a confidential job. The family is formidable, deadly and crazy, and will stop at nothing to make their mark. The investigator is Frank Behr, haunted by an unspeakable loss, avenging his friend’s death. Can Behr track down the killers before they find him? And will he survive?
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country, because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.
Paul Hardy has lived in a care home for the past seven years with no memory of who he is or where he came from. When a horrific accident necessitates pioneering surgery he begins to remember things. Things that if he's not careful will get him killed. When armed men begin hunting Hardy soon afterwards, it becomes apparent that dark and powerful forces are determined to prevent him from recalling events in the life he is so desperate to remember...