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Die Lebenden und Toten von Winsford
Author: Håkan Nesser
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641139813
Pages: 464
Year: 2014-09-15
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Vorgestern beschloss ich, meinen Hund zu überleben. Das bin ich ihm schuldig ... Exmoor, eines Abends im November. Über dem kleinen Dorf Winsford in der südenglischen Moorlandschaft liegt dichter Nebel. Die mysteriöse Frau, die sich unter dem Namen Maria Anderson mit ihrem Hund im abseits gelegenen Haus auf der Heide niederlässt, bietet Stoff für Spekulationen. Was hat sie hier draußen in der Einöde zu suchen? Was hält ihr Mann von ihrem Aufenthalt an diesem Ende der Welt? Wo ist er überhaupt? Tatsächlich auf Reisen? Irgendetwas Sonderbares umgibt die Fremde, die Tag für Tag im diesigen Nieselregen spazierengeht – auch wenn sie schon bald aus dem Dorfleben nicht mehr wegzudenken ist. Nicht alle scheinen ihr jedenfalls wohlgesonnen. Wie anders wäre sonst zu erklären, dass plötzlich tote Vögel vor ihrer Türe liegen und ihr Hund tagelang verschwindet? Und die seltsamen Vorfälle häufen sich. Man könnte auch sagen: Je mehr sie sich auf die kleine Gemeinschaft einlässt, desto gefährlicher wird es für sie ...
The Mordida Man
Author: Ross Thomas
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049986641
Year: 2011-10-04
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A freelance fixer comes out of retirement to rescue the President’s kidnapped brother American agents abduct a high-profile terrorist in broad daylight on the streets of London, subduing him with a tranquilizer. He dies a few hours later on a flight back to Washington, DC, and the body is dropped into the ocean. Hours later, the President’s brother—a political powerhouse in his own right—boards a plane to Las Vegas that doesn’t land in Nevada. Libyan radicals are at the controls, and he is their prisoner. The only man who can save him is Chubb Dunjee. A former United Nations operative with skills in every aspect of political negotiation, Chubb became famous for solving problems with well-placed bribes. Saving the President’s brother should be no trouble for him. But the Libyans don’t want a bribe. They want blood.
The Living and the Dead in Winsford
Author: Hakan Nesser
Publisher: Mantle
ISBN: 1743538553
Pages: 320
Year: 2015-07-01
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"One of the pleasures of The Living and the Dead in Winsford is the drip feed of vital information that hurtles you through its 471 pages..." The Times A woman arrives in the village of Winsford on Exmoor. She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully. Maria's sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog Castor. And to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her. Weeks before, Maria and her husband Martin fled Stockholm for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel; one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers decades before. But the couple never made it to their destination. As Maria settles into her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn't quite the sanctuary she thought it would be. While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her. But what terrible secrets is Maria guarding? And who is trying to find her? PRAISE FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN WINSFORD "No surprise to discover that this book won the Palle Rosencrantz Prize for best thriller of the year" Literary Review "A tense, psychological exploration of betrayal and revenge, deservedly winning the Rosenkrantz Award for Best Thriller of the Year in 2013." Sydney Morning Herald
I Am Death
Author: Chris Carter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476765715
Pages: 352
Year: 2017-05-30
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In Top 10 Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author Chris Carter’s electrifying follow-up to his “chilling” (Daily Mail) thriller An Evil Mind, the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit lead detective, Robert Hunter, races to stop a serial killer whose past secrets rival those of Hunter’s himself. Seven days after being abducted, the body of a twenty-year-old woman is found on a grassy area by the Los Angeles International Airport. She has been left with her limbs stretched out and spread apart, placing her in a five-point human star. The autopsy reveals that she has been tortured and murdered in a bizarre way but the surprises don’t end there. The killer likes to play, and he left something behind for the cops to find. Detective Robert Hunter is assigned to the case but almost immediately a second body turns up. Detective Hunter quickly realizes that he is chasing a monster—a predator whose past hides a terrible secret, whose desire to hurt people and thirst for murder can never be quenched—for he is DEATH. Fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with suspense, I Am Death is perfect for fans of Jeffery Deaver, Thomas Harris, and Chelsea Cain.
Elf Tage in Berlin
Author: Håkan Nesser
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641176484
Pages: 384
Year: 2015-11-09
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Von einem, der auszog, sein Glück in Berlin zu finden. Einen Nobelpreis wird er wohl nicht bekommen. Arne Murberg ist von schlichterem Gemüt. Nach einem Badeunfall in der Kindheit hat er Schwierigkeiten, sich zu konzentrieren und komplexere Zusammenhänge zu erfassen. Aber Arne ist ein warmherziger, liebenswerter Mensch, der sich eine kindlich naive, offene Art bewahrt hat und voll Vertrauen auf das Leben blickt. Als sein Vater ihm auf dem Totenbett offenbart, dass seine Mutter nicht tot ist, wie Arne geglaubt hat, sondern in Berlin lebt, und ihm gleichzeitig den Auftrag gibt, sie dort aufzusuchen und ihr ein verschlossenes Kästchen zu übergeben, beginnt für ihn ein wundersames Abenteuer. Mit äußerst rudimentären Deutschkenntnissen und einem Paar strapazierfähiger gelber Schuhe macht Arne sich auf die Reise – und gerät schon bald in Schwierigkeiten. Doch ihm zur Seite stehen zwei Menschen, die der Himmel höchstpersönlich geschickt zu haben scheint: ein etwas wirrer Professor und eine kluge junge Frau im Rollstuhl. Wird Arne seiner Mutter begegnen? Wird er sein Glück finden in Berlin?
Mind's Eye
Author: Håkan Nesser
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0307387224
Pages: 277
Year: 2009
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Available for the first time in English, this international best seller follows Chief Inspector Van Veeteren on an investigation of a husband accused of murdering his wife, who is then also killed while serving time in a mental institution. Reprint.
The Madman's Tale
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345478479
Pages: 448
Year: 2004-06-15
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It’s been twenty years since Western State Hospital was closed down and the last of its inmates reintegrated into society. Francis Petrel was barely out of his teens when his family committed him to the asylum, after his erratic behavior culminated in a terrifying outburst. Now middle-aged, he leads an aimless, solitary life housed in a cheap apartment, periodically tended to by his sisters, and perpetually medicated to quiet the chorus of voices in his head. But a reunion on the grounds of the shuttered institution stirs something deep in Francis’s troubled mind: dark memories he thought he had laid to rest, about the grisly events that led to Western State Hospital’s demise. It begins in 1979, when twenty-one-year-old Petrel descends into the state-run purgatory of an overcrowded, understaffed Massachusetts mental hospital. Surrounded by inmates roaming the halls like drugged zombies and raving behind locked doors, well-meaning orderlies, jaded nurses, and patronizing doctors, Francis finds friendship with a motley assortment of fellow patients: a would-be Napoleon, a wise ex-firefighter, and a man obsessed with battling imagined devils. But there’s nothing imaginary about the young nurse found sexually assaulted and brutally murdered late one night after lights-out. The police suspect an inmate, while patients whisper about visions of a white-shrouded “angel.” But the striking and mysterious prosecuting attorney who arrives to investigate has her own chilling theory—about the grim, telltale “signature” left on the victim’s body, a string of unsolved sex killings, and a very real devil who, by chance or design, has come to turn a madhouse into a slaughterhouse. Now, with the past creeping back to haunt his thoughts, and nothing but a pencil and the bare walls of his bleak apartment, Francis surrenders to the overwhelming need to tell the story of those nightmarish days. But because the crime was never solved, it’s a story doomed to remain unfinished. Until, like Francis’s long-buried recollections, the killer resurfaces . . . with a vengeance. A tour de force narrative journey through the eerily unpredictable mind of an utterly unusual hero, The Madman’s Tale will keep even the most astute thriller reader uncertain, unnerved, and unable to resist the tantalizing twists and turns of this fiendishly suspenseful shadow show. From the Hardcover edition.
Grave Secrets
Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501105647
Pages: 336
Year: 2015-08-04
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From New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, Grave Secrets is a bone-chilling Tempe Brennan novel of international black marketeering, decades-old mass murder, and contemporary homicide, now repackaged in a new trade paperback edition. They are “the disappeared,” twenty-three massacre victims buried in a well in the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya two decades ago. Leading a team of experts on a meticulous, heartbreaking dig, Tempe Brennan pieces together the violence of the past. But a fresh wave of terror begins when the horrific sounds of a fatal attack on two colleagues come in on a blood-chilling satellite call. Teaming up with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolomé Galiano and Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe quickly becomes enmeshed in the cases of four privileged young women who have vanished from Guatemala City—and finds herself caught in deadly territory where power, money, greed, and science converge.
Linda, As in the Linda Murder
Author: Leif GW Persson
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 030790766X
Pages: 480
Year: 2016-02-23
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The irascible, obdurate, and very thirstyDetective Superintendent Evert Bäck-ström of the National Murder Squad returns in a new novel from the reigning master of Scandinavian fiction. It’s the dead of summer in the sleepy town of Växjö when twenty-year-old police cadet Linda Wallin is found lying facedown in her mother’s apartment, brutally murdered and raped. With no clear motive or suspect in sight, a series of bureaucratic mix-ups causes the National Crime Unit to send Bäckström and his team into the countryside to solve the case. The ever-irritable Bäckström leaves his beloved goldfish behind, checks intoa local hotel, and begins to reconstruct the night of Linda’s murder. But with more than a few bottles in tow, and a constantly growling stomach to look after, things don’t go so well, and Bäckström has to rely on the help of his colleagues to solve the crime—no matter how angry that makes him.
Borkmann's Point
Author: Hakan Nesser
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0385673027
Pages: 336
Year: 2010-06-25
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A riveting detective novel from the internationally acclaimed author Håkan Nesser in which Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is summoned to Kaalbringen, a quiet European town by the sea, to track down the link between a series of murders. An ex-con is brutally murdered with an axe in the unusually quiet town of Kaalbringen. And then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also violently attacked. With what appears to be a serial killer on the loose, Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help out the local investigation. In his storied career he’s never faced an axe murderer and has only ever left one case unsolved. As details surrounding the murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds there is almost nothing to go on; nothing he can find links the two victims. But then there’s another murder and one of his colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missing, perhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth... In this riveting novel, full of fascinating, realistic characters and motives, Håkan Nesser introduces American readers to his unique and entertaining new detective, Van Veeteren, and spins a story that leaves even the most veteran crime novel readers chilled. From the Hardcover edition.
Woman with Birthmark
Author: Hakan Nesser
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 030737811X
Pages: 352
Year: 2009-04-14
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International Bestseller Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is on the case once more in this breathless thriller of deception, blackmail, and cold murder. Van Veeteren and his associates are left bewildered by the curious murder of a man shot twice in the heart and twice below the belt. An utterly dull man, the only suspicious activity his surviving wife can report is a series of peculiar phone calls. Repeatedly the telephone would ring, offering no answer but an obscure pop song from the 1960s. This siren song would be linked to an identical murder, but the true connection remains unknown. With a cool, critical eye, Van Veeteren pursues his subject across the country, wading through outrageous leads and fruitless tips in this chilling mystery from master crime novelist Håkan Nesser. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Inspector and Silence
Author: Hakan Nesser
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307379825
Pages: 336
Year: 2011-06-14
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It’s a sweltering summer in Sweden and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is long overdue for a holiday when a secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation. One of its members, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, is found dead in the forest near their holiday camp, brutally raped and strangled; the discovery of her body has been phoned in by an anonymous caller. The members of the sect, the Pure Life, are led by Oscar Yellinek, a charismatic but unnervingly guarded messiah figure. In an act that mystifies and infuriates Van Veeteren and his associates, the members of the Pure Life choose to remain silent about the incident rather than defend themselves. But an unidentified woman is continuing to assist the authorities, and her knowledge suggests she’s more than just a passing Good Samaritan. Her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case. A riveting new addition to Håkan Nesser’s acclaimed series, The Inspector and Silence is suspense at its haunting best. From the Hardcover edition.
Angelina's Christmas
Author: Katharine Holabird
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101997613
Pages: 32
Year: 2006-09-14
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Illus. in full color. "Angelina prances home and sees the former postman, Mr. Bell, all alone. Holabird and Craig have teamed up again to offer simple lessons that create a real celebration."--School Library Journal.
The Alphabet House
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698186184
Pages: 480
Year: 2015-02-24
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In the tradition of Alan Furst, the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front. In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots’ only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness. Millions of fans around the world—and in this country—know Adler-Olsen for his award-winning Department Q series. His first stand-alone, The Alphabet House, is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting work.
The Unlucky Lottery
Author: Hakan Nesser
Publisher: Pan Publishing
ISBN: 0330512587
Pages: 455
Year: 2012
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A dark family mystery from Hakan Nesser – "in the front rank of Swedish crime writers" (The Times)Four friends celebrate winning the lottery. Just hours later, one of them – Waldemar Leverkuhn – is found stabbed to death in his home. With Chief Inspector Van Veeteren on sabbatical, working in a second hand bookshop, the case is assigned to Inspector Munster. But when another member of the lottery group disappears, as well as Leverkuhn's neighbour, Munster appeals to Van Veeteren for assistance. Soon Munster will find himself interviewing the Leverkuhn family, including the eldest – Irene – a resident of a psychiatric clinic. And as he delves deeper into the family's history, he will discover dark secrets and startling twists, which not only threaten the clarity of the case – but also his life...