A széles ívű cselekmény a háború előttől napjainkig vezeti el az olvasót, akit bizonyára nem ér meglepetésként, hogy az író élesen veti föl, és körültekintően igyekszik megválaszolni a hősei sorsában rejlő történelmi és egyben hétköznapi – mindnyájunk mindennapjaihoz tartozó – kérdéseket. Családi-rokoni és munkatársi kapcsolatok, barátság és szerelem fűzi egymáshoz a regény hőseit és hősnőit, akiknek viszonyait mégsem a véletlen alakította csupán, hanem társadalmunk fejlődésének törvényszerűségei is. Maguk a hősök is fejlődnek, változnak: ezért is volna nehéz kiragadni valamely problémát az ábrázoltak közül, s rámondani, hogy “az író ezúttal ezt állította műve középpontjába”… Önfeláldozás és családi zsarnokoskodás, barátság és árulás, szerelem és hűtlenség? Mindez együtt: a hazafiság és a szocializmus, a nemzedékek ellentéte, az érvényesülés módjai és lehetőségei – mindezeket a problémákat hordozzák Berkesi regényalakjai. A cselekmény izgalmas, kalandos, de az író azt szeretné, hogy az olvasó ne csupán izguljon hőseiért, hanem töprengjen, gondolkodjék is sorsuk alakulásán…
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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.
Iain Pears - The Bernini Bust
British art historian Jonathan Argyll has just sold a minor Titian to an American museum for a highly inflated price. But as he complacently awaits his cheque in the Californian sunshine, trouble erupts: the museum's billionaire owner is murdered, a dubious art dealer disappears, and a Bernini bust, apparently smuggled out of Italy, is missing. Things could hardly be worse, and the situation calls for assistance from his friends General Bottando and Flavia di Stefano of the Italian National Art Theft Squad, especially as things do get worse - the killer's attention turns to Jonathan himself. Cleverly mixing murder with art, _The Bernini Bust_ is a witty and intriguing mystery from the bestselling author of _An Instance of the Fingerpost._
Harlan Coben - Shelter
Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew. First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. With this new series, Coben introduces an entirely new generation of fans to the masterful plotting and wry humor that have made him an award-winning, internationally bestselling, and beloved author.
Harlan Coben - Promise Me
Whether you discovered him with his New York Times bestselling stand-alone novels or you fell in love with the award-winning books that preceded them--or you've never read him at all--anyone who loves a thriller will love international literary superstar Harlan Coben's latest, Promise Me. It has been six years since entertainment agent Myron Bolitar last played superhero. In six years he hasn't thrown a punch. He hasn't held, much less fired, a gun. He hasn't threatened or been threatened. He hasn't called his friend Win, still the scariest man he knows, to back him up or get him out of trouble. In the past six years, none of his clients have been murdered--a real positive for his business. But all that is about to change. Because of the simple urge to protect two neighborhood high-school girls from the all-too-dangerous and all-too-common mistake of getting in a car with a drunk driver, Myron has them make him a promise: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they should call him rather than get in a car with someone who's been drinking. Several nights later, the call comes at 2:00 am, and true to his word, Myron picks up one of the girls in midtown Manhattan and drives her to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she says her friend lives. The next day, the girl's parents discover that their daughter is missing. And that Myron was the last person to see her. Now, in a desperate attempt to fulfill a well-intentioned promise gone nightmarishly wrong, Myron must become a hero again to save a young girl's life.
Harlan Coben - Long Lost
Myron is summoned to Paris at the behest of an old lover, Therese. She is in unspecified trouble and needs his help. When he gets there, he discovers that her ex-husband has been murdered and she is the main suspect. The interesting thing is that more than one blood-type has been discovered at the scene - and the other blood can only be attributed to the dead man's daughter. But she died 10 years before. So far, so Harlan. But there is a twist on his usual twists! Did the daughter really die? Did Therese's husband have a further child with someone else? All those are covered, but when the truth is actually revealed we suddenly reach a stunning new level, on par with Robert Ludlum.
Harlan Coben - Seconds Away
This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father - all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school. When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their classmate Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey need to keep himself and his friends safe from the Butcher of Lodz, but he needs to figure out who shot Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, but with danger just seconds away, it is going to take all of his determination and help from his friends to protect the people he loves, even if he does not know who - or what - he is protecting them from.
Harlan Coben - Live Wire
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 - No Second Chance
No Second Chance is yet another of Harlan Coben's terrifying explorations of the worst of fears--Marc Seidman wakes in hospital after narrowly surviving a shooting in which his wife died and their baby daughter went missing. The handover of a ransom from his rich in-laws goes wrong and Seidman realises that he is not only without wife and daughter--and the sister who may have been an accomplice--but he is also the principal suspect. The reader knows even more than Seidman just how much jeopardy he is in--Coben does a brilliantly disturbing job of introducing us to a pair of psychotics who are in charge of the ransom plot and who plan to take Seidman and his in-laws for another ride into insecurity and hell. Marc turns to the one person he thinks can help him--the ex-girlfriend who still has a place in his heart and used to be a senior Federal agent. The problem is that Rachel comes with baggage, and enemies, all of her own...
Harlan Coben - Six Years
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out. As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.
Sandra Brown - Fat Tuesday
Burke Basile is a cop with nothing left to lose. Haunted by his partner's death, his marriage and his career over, he focuses on his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant attorney who helps killers evade justice. Burke's shocking revenge centres around kidnapping Remy, the lawyer's trophy wife. But Burke hasn't planned on the electric attraction he will feel for this desperate woman, who rose from the slums of New Orleans to marry a man she can never love. Nor can he predict the fierce duel that will explode as the clock ticks towards midnight on Fat Tuesday, when all masks will be stripped away - and Burke must confront his own terrifying secret.
Stephanie Barron - Egy boszorkány portréja
1804 karácsonya táján Miss Austen, aki meglehetősen unalmasnak találja Bath városát, végre érdekes megbízást kap régi ismerősétől, Lord Harold Trowbridge-től. Az úriember arra kéri, hogy tájékozódjon unokahúga, Lady Desdemona esetleges szívügyei felől, a hölgy ugyanis megszökött és nagyanyja védőszárnyai alá menekült kérője, a kétes hírnévnek örvendő Lord Swithin elől. A hölgy diszkrét szemmel tartása az özvegy hercegné házában megrendezett estélyen venné kezdetét, amikor azonban váratlan esemény kavarja fel a város nyugalmát: mialatt a társaság szórakozik, az egyik szobában holtan találják a helyi színtársulat vezetőjét. Lord Harold és Jane, akit segítségül hív a nyomozáshoz, egyetlen nyomon tud elindulni – meg kell tudniuk, kinek a szemét ábrázolja az a titokzatos miniatúra, amelyet gyilkosa a leszúrt férfi mellkasára helyezett. Az idő pedig igencsak sürgeti őket: ha nem bukkannak a gyilkos nyomára, a lord ártatlanul gyanúba keveredett unokaöccsét vonják felelősségre a tettért. „Akik sajnálták, hogy Jane Austennak oly rövid élet adatott, vigaszt meríthetnek a tudatból, hogy kedvencük e lapokon tovább él.” – Drood Review of Mystery
Claire McGowan - The Dead Ground
A stolen baby. A murdered woman. A decades-old atrocity. Something connects them all... A month before Christmas, and Ballyterrin on the Irish border lies under a thick pall of snow. When a newborn baby goes missing from hospital, it's all too close to home for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, who's wrestling with the hardest decision of her life. Then a woman is found in a stone circle with her stomach cut open and it's clear a brutal killer is on the loose. As another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula is caught up in the hunt for a killer no one can trace, who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Claire McGowan - The Lost
_Not everyone who's missing is lost..._ When two teenage girls go missing along the Irish border, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire has to return to the hometown she left years before. Swirling with rumour and secrets, the town is gripped by fear of a serial killer. But the truth could be even darker. _Not everyone who's lost wants to be found..._ Surrounded by people and places she tried to forget, Paula digs into the cases as the truth twists further away. What's the link with two other disappearances from 1985? And why does everything lead back to the town's dark past- including the reasons her own mother went missing years before? _Nothing is what it seems..._ As the shocking truth is revealed, Paula learns that sometimes, it's better not to find what you've lost.
Agatha Christie - Az elefántok mindenre emlékeznek
"Vajon az anyja ölte meg az apját, vagy az apja ölte meg az anyját?" Mrs. Ariadne Oliver kivételesen részt vesz egy irodalmi banketten, de azt kívánja, bár ne tette volna. Egy különösen utálatos nőszemély azt követeli, derítse ki, hogy keresztlánya, Celia Ravenscroft szülei miért haltak meg. Mrs. Oliver Hercule Poirot-hoz fordul, és együtt kezdik üldözni az elefántokat, vagyis azokat a vénségeket, akik ismerték Ravenscroftékat. És az elefántok nemcsak nem felejtenek, mint az angol mondás tartja, hanem valóban mindenre emlékeznek. A könyv másik fordításban, másik kiadónál már megjelent _Az elefántok nem felejtenek_ címen.
Agatha Christie - The Mysterious Mr. Quin
Harley Quin is an enigma. Even his friend Mr. Satterthwaite can’t understand how the man seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. When he does appear it’s usually in the sparkle of sunshine, or surrounded by a spectrum of coloured light pouring through a stained glass window… The only consistent thing about the mysterious Mr. Quin is that his presence is always a harbinger of love … or death!
Luana Lewis - Don’t Stand So Close
_What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help? If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone? What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave? What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?_ Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too. But the night that Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her…
Harry Grey - Volt egyszer egy Amerika
Szenvedélyes harc pénzért és hatalomért. Moziban látni, vagy olvasni a Volt egyszer egy Amerikát – nem ugyanaz az élmény. Sergio Leone filmjét Robert De Niro (Noodles) sugárzó személyisége tartja mozgásban, s a majd’ négy órás maffia-történetet elképzelni sem tudjuk nélküle. A film alapjául szolgáló regény, Harry Grey műve viszont éppen abban erős, amiben a mozgókép esendőbb: a belső történések finomságában. Az eposz és a sorsregény furcsa keveréke. Hősei az alvilág mitológiájának héroszai, akiknek igazi nevük fölé nőtt a gúnynevük. Közben pedig csóró zsidó utcagyerekek, akik szeretnének nagykanállal meríteni az élet fazekából. Rajongjunk értük, vagy sajnáljuk őket? Döntsd el tenmagad, nyájas olvasó! Réz András
Dashiell Hammett - The Maltese Falcon
A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.