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L'attrapeur de libellules
Author: Boris AKOUNINE
Publisher: Presses de la Cité
ISBN: 2258106974
Pages: 667
Year: 2013-10-31
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Boris Akounine, maître incontesté de la littérature russe contemporaine et traducteur du japonais, signe une œuvre foisonnante et complexe entre la Russie impériale et le Japon de l'ère Meiji. Mai 1905. Tandis que la flotte russe vient d'essuyer une cinglante défaite à Tsushima face au Japon, le Transsibérien est la cible d'un attentat. On soupçonne les services secrets japonais d'être à l'origine de cette opération de sabotage qui menace le ravitaillement en armes des troupes du tsar en Extrême-Orient. L'enquête, dont dépend la survie de l'empire en guerre, est confiée à Eraste Pétrovitch Fandorine, ex-gloire de la police secrète devenu ingénieur spécialisé dans les chemins de fer. Une trentaine d'années auparavant, en plein cœur de l'ère Meiji, Fandorine a en effet occupé le poste de vice-consul à Yokohama et sa connaissance intime du Japon pourrait se révéler un atout des plus précieux... Roman d'espionnage mais aussi historique, d'aventures et d'amour, ce livre est assurément l'un des meilleurs de Boris Akounine.
Livres hebdo
Year: 2009-07
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L'express international
Year: 2010-01
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Author: Hédi Kaddour
Publisher: Random House Uk Limited
Pages: 660
Year: 2008
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A riveting spy novel and major work of literature, Waltenberg is the compelling tale of Michael Lilstein, an East German spymaster and Auschwitz survivor who recruits a mysterious young Frenchman to act as a mole, much to the interest of the CIA. Intertwined with this history is the relationship between a German novelist and an American singer, and the friendship between the novelist and a French journalist- but at its heart Waltenberg is an espionage novel and betrayal lies at its core.
Night Dogs
Author: Kent Anderson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316489514
Pages: 352
Year: 2018-11-13
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Acclaimed crime writer Kent Anderson's "fiercely authentic and deeply disturbing" police novel, following a Vietnam veteran turned cop on the meanest streets of 1970s Portland, Oregon (Los Angeles Times). Two kinds of cops find their way to Portland's North Precinct: those who are sent there for punishment, and those who come for the action. Officer Hanson is the second kind, a veteran who survived the war in Vietnam only to decide he wanted to keep fighting at home. Hanson is good at war, and he follows his own code of justice. But Hanson can't outrun his memories of another, warmer battleground. His past threatens his future now: an enemy in the department is determined to unearth the darkest agonies of his war record. When another piece of his past surfaces, Hanson decides to risk his career, his sanity--even his life--for honor.
Kill the Shogun
Author: Dale Furutani
ISBN: 0786231904
Pages: 327
Year: 2001-03-01
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Seventeenth century Japanese warrior Matusuyama Kaze can finally fulfill his quest to rescue his lord's kidnapped daughter, but the danger facing him is greater than any he has known.
The Concubine's Tattoo
Author: Laura Joh Rowland
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1429908432
Pages: 336
Year: 2007-04-01
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A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo unfolds with all the excitement of a superb murder mystery and a sweeping, sensuous portrait of an exotic land. Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's most honorable investigator, is summoned to the imperial palace to find the murderer of Harume, a young concubine poisoned while applying a lover's tattoo. Sano's new bride, Reiko, insists on helping him with the case. Reiko's samurai blood and warrior's skill alarm her new husband, who expected a docile wife. But Reiko is only the first of many surprises... As subtle as the finest lacquered screen, as powerful as the slash of a sword, The Concubine's Tattoo vividly brings to life a story of murder, jealousy, sexual intrigue, and political storms that keeps us under its spell until the final, shattering scene.
Buried Secrets
Author: Joseph Finder
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429987332
Pages: 400
Year: 2011-06-21
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Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a "private spy" who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times bestselling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that's both high-profile and intensely personal. Nick has returned to his old home town of Boston to set up his own shop. There he's urgently summoned by an old family friend. Hedge fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick's help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Her abduction was clearly a sophisticated professional job, done with extraordinary precision. Alexa, whom Nick has known since she was young, is now buried alive, held prisoner in an underground crypt, a camera trained on her, her suffering streaming live over the internet. She's been left with a limited supply of food and water and, if her father doesn't meet the demands of her shadowy kidnappers, she'll die. And as Nick begins to probe, he discovers that all is not quite right with Marshall Marcus's business. He's being investigated by the FBI, he has a lot of shady investors, his fund is in danger and now he has a lot of powerful enemies who may have the motivation to go after Marcus's daughter. But to find out who's holding Alexa Marcus hostage, Nick has to find out why. Once he does, he uncovers an astonishing conspiracy that reaches far beyond anything he could have imagined. And if he's going to find Alexa in time, he will have to flush out and confront some of his deadliest opponents ever.
Surprise Party
Author: William Katz
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 150077703X
Pages: 254
Year: 2014-12-03
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Samantha is planning a spectacular party for her husband's birthday. It would be great, she thinks, if she could go back over Marty's life, find the people who've meant the most to him, and bring them to the party. But when she starts her search, she finds those people don't exist. It's a lie. Everything Marty told her is a lie. Marty is a lie. Frightened, Samantha goes to the police. As the truth unfolds, she realizes it's not only her marriage that can end, it's her life. And she knows the exact date it will happen.
Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel
Author: Boris Akunin
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812975154
Pages: 411
Year: 2009
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In the wake of a messianic Jewish sect leader's murder aboard a steamer bound for Jerusalem, Sister Pelagia discovers that the victim was set up as a decoy while the real target tries to evade enemies, a situation that prompts her investigation throughout the Russian forests and Jerusalem's most holy sites. By the author of Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog. Original.
Pelagia And The Black Monk
Author: Boris Akunin
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297864130
Pages: 400
Year: 2010-08-12
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Sister Pelagia, bespectacled, freckled, woefully clumsy and possessed of a not very nunnish aptitude for solving crimes, returns in a tale of monastic intrigue, murder and adventure. Just as the dust from the case of the White Bulldog begins to settle in the small Russian town of Zavolzhsk, its sleepy rural existence is shaken up once again by the arrival of a desperately frightened monk who seeks the help of the bishop, Mitrofanii. The monks have been troubled by visions of a dark, hooded figure that appears to walk on the waters of the vast Blue Lake surrounding their monastery. Sceptical of ghost stories, Mitrofanii sends first his clever young ward, then two of his most trusted advisors, to investigate the mystery. All meet with unexpected fates. Finally Sister Pelagia takes matters into her own hands and, adopting a number of ingenious disguises, she ventures across the Blue Lake in search of answers. As she delves deeper into the layers of secrecy that cloak the islanders, and as the body count continues to rise, Pelagia begins to realise that an encounter with a ghost may be the least of her problems...
Mamzelle Dragonfly
Author: Rapha?l Confiant
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803264186
Pages: 169
Year: 2001
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Trapped in the cane fields of Martinique, Adelise, delicate and flighty as a dragonfly, has found a way to keep her hard life separate from her secret soul. But when she is forced to move from her village to Fort-de-France, the island's unruly capital, and her aunt introduces her to the unsavory business of nightlife among the mulatto elite, Adelise must draw on ever more tenuous resources to remain free. Set against the politically charged backdrop of mid-twentieth-century Martinique, the story of this unlikely heroine's struggle unfolds in a language at once precise and enchanting, bringing to life both the inevitable harshness of life on Martinique and its inescapably lush beauty.
The Chosen Ones
Author: Steve Sem-Sandberg
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374711267
Pages: 576
Year: 2016-08-02
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The Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in glittering Vienna, masqueraded as a well-intentioned reform school for wayward boys and girls and a home for chronically ill children. The reality, however, was very different: in the wake of Germany's annexation of Austria on the eve of World War II, its doctors, nurses, and teachers created a monstrous parody of the institution's benign-sounding brief. The Nazi regime's euthanasia program would come to determine the fate of many of the clinic's inhabitants. Through the eyes of a child inmate, Adrian Ziegler, and a nurse, Anna Katschenka, Steve Sem-Sandberg, the author of the award-winning The Emperor of Lies, explores the very meaning of survival. An absorbing, emotionally overwhelming novel, rich in incident and character, The Chosen Ones is obliquely illuminated by the author's sharp sense of the absurd. Passionately serious, meticulously researched, and deeply profound, this extraordinary and dramatic novel bears witness to oppression and injustice, and offers invaluable and necessary insight into an intolerable chapter in Austria’s past.
Women and Ghosts
Author: Alison Lurie
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
ISBN: 0307828565
Pages: 192
Year: 2012-10-17
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The author of The War Between the Tates and the Pulitzer prize-winning Foreign Affairs now brings her irresistible wit to the ghost story. In nine spooky tales, Alison Lurie writes of women haunted by ghosts both literal and metaphorical: A woman about to marry Mr. Right is visited by the spirit of his first wife; a dead fiancé haunts a foreign service officer every time she has an intimate moment with another man; the ghost of a girl in a Halloween costume disconcerts the perfect housewife. A secretary on a diet begins to see obese people everywhere she looks; a self-conscious poet is shadowed by her intrusive doppelganger; and a capricious, malevolent spirit seems to have inhabited an acquisitive matron’s prized piece of furniture. Delightfully strange and beautifully told, these nine tales show Alison Lurie at her luminous best.
The Train to Warsaw
Author: Gwen Edelman
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802192645
Pages: 208
Year: 2014-04-01
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Jascha and Lilka separately fled from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Reunited years later, they live in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, feted for his dark tales about his war adventures. One day, forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. He tells Lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew and that wild horses couldn’t drag him back. Nostalgic for the city of her childhood, Lilka prevails; together, traveling by train through a frozen December landscape, they return to the city of their past. When they unwittingly find themselves back in what was once the ghetto, they will discover that they still have secrets between them. A riveting story of the nature of desire and the cost of survival, The Train to Warsaw is a haunting and unforgettable portrait of a man and a woman who cannot escape their past.

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