Is a pretty lie better than the ugly truth?
Harlan Coben published his first Myron Bolitar thriller, Deal Breaker, in 1995, introducing a hero that would captivate millions. Over the years we have watched Myron walk a tight rope between sports agent, friend, problem solver and private eye, his big heart quick to defend his client’s interests so fiercely that he can’t help but jump in to save them, no matter the cost.
When former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, encounter an anonymous Facebook post questioning the paternity of their unborn child, Lex runs off, and Suzze – at eight months pregnant – asks Myron to save her marriage, and perhaps her husband’s life. But when he finds Lex, he also finds someone he wasn’t looking for: his sister-in-law, Kitty, who along with Myron’s brother abandoned the Bolitar family long ago.
As Myron races to locate his missing brother while their father clings to life, he must face the lies that led to the estrangement – including the ones told by Myron himself. If we thought we knew Myron Bolitar, Coben now proves we didn’t. An electric, stay-up-all night thriller that unfolds at a breakneck pace, Live Wire proves that Harlan Coben still has the ability to shock us anew.
Harlan Coben - Hold Tight
Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become spying, overprotective parents. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant and aloof lately, and after the recent suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill, they can't help but worry. They install a spy program on Adam's computer and within days they are jolted by a strange message to their son from an unknown correspondent: "Just stay quiet and all safe." Meanwhile, browsing through an online memorial for her son, Betsy Hill is struck by one photo in particular - it appears to have been taken on the night of Spencer's death...and he wasn't alone. She thinks it's Adam Baye standing just outside the camera's range, and when Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community. Uncovering the secrets and lies at the heart of Spencer's death may be the only thing that can help Betsy move on - and perhaps save Adam's life.
Harlan Coben - Végakarat
Myron Bolitart ezúttal egyik ügyfele, a korábbi teniszcsillag, Suzze T keresi fel, hogy a segítségét kérje. Suzze gyereket vár, ám egy rosszindulatú komment a Facebook-oldalán megkérdőjelezi az apa kilétét, és a nő attól fél, nemcsak férjét, Lexet, a híres zenészt veszítheti el, de egész élete romba dőlhet. Myron a tőle megszokott elánnal veti magát a nyomozásba, ám hamarosan nem várt akadályokba ütközik. Kiderül, hogy az ügy szálai egy olyan múltbéli eseményhez nyúlnak vissza, amely nemcsak Suzze, hanem Myron életére is hatással lehet…
Patricia Cornwell - Cruel and Unusual
"Killing me won't kill the beast" are the last words of rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell, written four days before his execution. But they can't explain how Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds Waddell's fingerprints on another crime scene -- after she'd performed his autopsy. If this is some sort of game, Scarpetta seems to be the target. And if the next victim is someone she knows, the punishment will be cruel and unusual...
Patricia Cornwell - Red Mist
With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell—the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer—once again proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall in this remarkable novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out. Scarpetta has both personal and professional reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings: the murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace. Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.
Patricia Cornwell - All That Remains
A serial killer is loose in Richmond, specializing in attractive young couples whose bodies are inevitably found in the woods months later -- minus their shoes and socks. After months of exposure to all the elements, all that remains of this killer's victims has in every case left Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta unable even to determine an exact cause of death. Frustrated that her high-tech forensic skills have apparently proved useless, Kay enlists the help of and ace crime reporter and a psychic whose powers have been vouched for by the FBI. Racing against time, Kay finds she must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer skilled at eliminating every clue. All that remains to her now is her courage and intuition and the will to stop a killer before he can strike again.
Patricia Cornwell - Unnatural Exposure
Always packed with unrelieved tension and constant surprises, a new novel from Patricia Cornwell is cause for celebration. Virginia's chief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, is called in to examine the remains of a woman found in a landfill, her body dismembered in the same expert way she'd seen before. And while Scarpetta is investigating, the bold killer contacts her through the Internet, inviting her to download the police photos, and signs off with the chilling name, deadoc. When Scarpetta and her niece discover that the victim was exposed to a rare smallpox-like virus before she died, she realizes that they re up against a killer with access to an incredible arsenal of deadly force -- and now it's directed at her!
Patricia Cornwell - Postmortem (angol)
Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within and someone wants her dead.
Patricia Cornwell - Ein Fall für Kay Scarpetta
Ein Serienkiller treibt in Richmond, Virginia, sein Unwesen. Drei Frauen wurden bisher brutal ermordet ? und kein Anhaltspunkt weit und breit, der auf ein Motiv hinweist. Als hätte Dr. Kay Scarpetta nicht schon genug Ärger, bekommt sie noch beruflich und privat Schwierigkeiten: Die Männerriege in der Staatsanwaltschaft sieht es nicht gerne, dass eine Frau die Gerichtsmedizin leitet; der Polizeibeamte Pete Marino, zuständig für diesen Fall, kann dieser Tatsache auch nichts abgewinnen und macht daraus keinen Hehl; und Kays neuem Liebhaber ist seine politische Karriere wichtiger als die Beziehung. Dr. Kay Scarpetta arbeitet Tag und Nacht, aber das Einzige, was nach den Obduktionen der Opfer zu finden ist, sind fluoreszierende Partikel auf allen drei Leichen und an den Schnüren, mit denen die Frauen stranguliert wurden. Doch Kay Scarpetta lässt sich nicht beirren. Sie setzt alles daran, den erbarmungslosen Killer zu überführen ? und begibt sich dabei in allergrösste Gefahr ...
Patricia Cornwell - Scarpetta
"Az agyszövet nedves, szürke darabokban tapadt dr. Kay Scarpetta sebészköpenyére, aminek az elejét vérfoltok tarkították. Felsírtak a Stryker-fűrészek, folyamatosan mormolva csordogált a víz, és a csontpor úgy szállt a levegőben, mint a liszt. Mindhárom boncasztalon hevert egy-egy holttest. És még több várakozott. Kedd volt, január elseje, újév napja." Miután otthagyta törvényszéki kórbonctani praxisát Dél-Karolinában, Kay Scarpetta New Yorkban vállal megbízatást, ahol a rendőrség felkéri, vizsgáljon meg egy sebesült beteget a pszichiátriai osztályon. A megbilincselt, láncra vert páciens, Oscar Bane kifejezetten Scarpettát kéri. Amikor a doktornő megérkezik, a férfi elkezd beszélni - és az általa elmondott történet a legbizarrabb, amit Scarpetta valaha is hallott. Bane állítása szerint a sérüléseket egy gyilkosság során szerezte, amit nem ő követett el. Vajon Bane elmebeteg bűnöző, akinek mániákusan csak Scarpetta jár a fejében, vagy paranoiás meséje igaz, és ő az, aki után kémkednek? Scarpetta csak egyetlen dolgot tud biztosan: egy nőt megkínoztak, majd megöltek, és még több erőszakos gyilkosság követi majd az elsőt... Patricia Cornwell napjaink egyik legsikeresebb krimiszerzője. Könyveit 36 nyelvre fordították le, és több mint 50 országban forgalmazzák. A bonctani krimi műfajának megteremtőjeként számos rangos elismerésben részesült. Egyik legnépszerűbb karaktere dr. Kay Scarpetta igazságügyi orvos szakértő, akiért világszerte milliók rajonganak.
Don DeLillo - Cosmopolis (angol)
It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end. The booming times of market optimism - when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments - are poised to crash. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. Today he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors - experts on security, technology, currency, finance, and a few sexual partners - as the limo sputters toward an increasingly uncertain future. _Cosmopolis_, Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of the spectacular downfall of one man, and of an era.
Daniel Keyes - The Touch
Karen and Barney Stark were an ordinary young couple. More than anything they wanted a baby of their own. Finally, after months of waiting, Karen discovers she's pregnant. Suddenly a radiation accident turns their happiness into an endless nightmare.
Lawrence Block - The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn't generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He's good at it, it's addictively exciting—and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period. He might well ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea brownstone of Herb and Wanda Colcannon, which is apparently burgled three times on the night Bernie breaks in: once before his visit and once after. Fortunately he still manages to lift some fair jewelry and an extremely valuable coin. Unfortunately burglar or burglars number three leave Herb unconscious and Wanda dead . . . and the cops think Rhodenbarr dunnit. There's no time to get all existential about it—especially after the coin vanishes and the fence fencing it meets with a most severe end. But Bernie is going to have to do some deep thinking to find a way out of this homicidal conundrum.
Michael Connelly - The Poet
The apparent suicide of his policeman brother sets Denver crime reporter Jack McEvoy on edge. Surprise at the circumstances of his brother's death prompts Jack to look into a whole series of police suicides and puts him on the trail of a cop-killer whose victims are selected all too carefully. Not only that, but they all leave suicide notes drawn from the poems of writer Edgar Allan Poe in their wake. More frightening still the killer appears to know that Jack is getting nearer and nearer. An investigation that looks like being the story of a lifetime, might also be Jack's ticket to a lonely end.
Patricia Cornwell - Book of the Dead
The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace-not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsies to communities that lack local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run her out of town. And that's even before the murders and other violent deaths begin. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own. The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.
Karen Rose - Vigyázz rám
Gyermekrablás Sue Conroy bosszúra szomjazik. Nemrég szabadult a börtönből, és eltökélte, hogy mindenkit kézre kerít, aki annak idején a rács mögé juttatta. Elrabol egy tizenegy éves siket kisfiút, de ez csak az első felvonás a gondosan kitervelt hadjáratban. Titkok Sue Chicagóba menekül, és a Hanover-házban, egy bántalmazott nőknek fenntartott menedékben húzza meg magát. Dana Dupinsky féltve őrzi a körülötte élő nők titkait, és sosem nyújtana védelmet egy gyermekrablónak. Csakhogy fogalma sincs arról, hogy ezúttal kígyót melenget a keblén… Gyilkosság Dana csak akkor döbben rá, mekkora veszély fenyegeti, amikor egyik pillanatról a másikra Sue gonosz játékának kellős közepén találja magát, és a körülötte levők sorban halnak meg – és gyilkos nem válogat a módszerekben. Karen Rose világhírű sorozata a romantikus thriller műfajának legjobbja, díjnyertes könyveit számos nyelven kiadják, olvasótábora lelkesen várja az írónő bestsellereit.
Patricia Cornwell - The Scarpetta Factor
It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast she receives a startling call - in from a former psychiatrist patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package - possibly a bomb - waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionaires with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.
Caleb Carr - The Alienist
The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night _New York Times_ reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over. Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, _The Alienist_ conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.
Anne Tyler - Digging to America
Anne Tyler’s richest, most deeply searching novel–a story about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdan, who, after 35 years in this country, must finally come to terms with her “outsiderness.” Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport – the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate: an “arrival party” that from then on is repeated every year as the two families become more and more deeply intertwined. Even Maryam is drawn in – up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by Bitsy Donaldson’s recently widowed father, all the values she cherishes – her traditions, her privacy, her otherness–are suddenly threatened. A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that immerse us in the challenges of both sides of the American story.
Patricia Cornwell - Blow Fly
The world's number-one-bestselling crime writer is back with another scorching thriller featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in quest of peace but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida. There she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.