Ernest Hill has always been a writer of great power and psychological depth, creating characters that resonate brilliantly beyond the boundaries of gender and race. Cry Me A River is a remarkable book. It runs deep and it runs fast. --Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain An absentee father from a "no good" family, Tyrone Stokes was imprisoned for shooting a man in a convenience store. His wife saw her chance to end their marriage and raise their son, Marcus, on her own. Now Tyrone has returned to Brownsville, Louisiana, to discover that his boy needs help--help that Tyrone is desperate to give, if he can only figure out how. Marcus has been convicted of the rape and murder of a young white girl. An execution date is set, and it's rumored that the Governor will refuse clemency. Tyrone is convinced Marcus is innocent, despite a stack of evidence against him--but he is also wracked by knowledge of all the ways he has failed his son. Against all odds, Tyrone sets out to keep Marcus alive--and perhaps put his family back together again. "Hill is a skilled storyteller." --New York Times Book Review "I couldn't put it down. . .Would fit well on the shelf with the works of Richard Wright and Chester Himes." --Ernest J. Gaines, bestselling author of A Lesson Before Dying
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"A police officer is found brutally murdered in a small southern town, his head so disfigured by bullet wounds that he can only be identified by the distinctive smell of his hair tonic. A fellow officer vows to find the killer. Accompanied by a whisky-addled sidekick who functions as a backwoods Dr. Watson, the investigator assembles clues, interviews suspects, proposes and discards theories, and in the process paints the portrait of an entire community. Part of the considerable humor of this novel derives from its hilarious dichotomy of form and content. Pearson's meandering prose style, full of folksy digressions and extended reminiscences, is completely at odds with the hard-boiled, no-nonsense approach a murder investigation would seem to demand. A few paragraphs into the book it is clear that "whodunit" is not really the issue." ... Library Journal.
Claire Eppington feels unfinished. Her mother died when Claire was young. Her father raised her in a home suffused with grief and loneliness. When she was an adult, her father left her with a gift from her mother: a journal full of memories, hopes, and regrets. Claire can barely bring herself to open the porcelain-encrusted memorial. She is full of resentment, a fear of death, and a nagging sense of incompletion. It is ironic, then, that Claire chooses a career overseeing the final rites of people whose families want their ashes spread at exotic or distant locales. On a trip to Colombia to bring the remains of a client to a remote village on the Rio de Magdalena, Claire finds that her job may be more deadly than she expected. Her assignment allows her to work with Manny Villareal, a handsome and rugged photographer. What Claire does not know is that Manny used to work as a security chief for his family's cartel. When Manny's brother becomes threatened, Claire becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Pursued by an assassin and pressed by military groups, a rogue DEA agent, and a greedy relative seeking to overthrow the cartel, Manny is forced to make a choice. Does he save his family, or the woman he is beginning to love? Claire is faced with her mother's legacy, a dangerous assignment in a country full of beauty and romance, and the possibility that her greatest fear may become a reality.
Vietnam veteran Luke Ballard returns to his roots in the Deep South to take on the job of sheriff in his Alabama hotel, only to become caught up in a growing mystery involving bootlegging, high-level corruption, the KKK, greed, violence, and death. Reprint.
A wonderful novel based on the nationwide hit cable television series Saving Grace In the shadow of past misfortune, Oklahoma police detective Grace Hanadarko lives life hard and fast. After Grace’s drinking and driving leads to tragedy, an uncharacteristic angel named Earl answers her prayers and hopes to guide her back on the right path. But saving Grace is about to become a hell of a ride. Ever defiant and rebellious, Grace does have a soft side, especially for kids. The body of a teenage boy dredged out of the Oklahoma River appears to be a suicide. But Grace soon discovers that the boy, Zack Lacey, may have been murdered, the victim of a brutal hate crime. As Grace digs with her typical driven style, she uncovers shocking secrets in young Zack’s life, forcing her to wrestle with questions of faith, hope, and justice. She’ll deliver justice for the boy. As for faith–well, she’s working on it. From the Paperback edition.
Destiny - It's not Mayberry… Isn't it just like a man to exit a relationship when he finds out a woman has a few little secrets? The last time I'd seen Jack Lang, he'd gotten his first glimpse of my Paramortal talents—a few measly bolts of lightning aimed in his general direction. Sheriff Lang is finally on board with our search for my brother, but time is running out with the Chaos approaching. River had been kidnapped, and due to my rejection of my Tempestaerie heritage, I fear I'm partially responsible. In the course of the investigation my relationship with Jack has gone from attraction to suspicion, support to friendship, and romance to oh-my-god-get-away-from-me revulsion. Jack's an ex-Navy pilot. He says he wants to know "everything". Dylan, my ex-lover, says after we answer Jack's questions, he'll either join us, or grab his daughter and take the first jet out of Middle Earth. He may stick around, help me save my brother and discover the whereabouts of my parents, but I doubt he'll still want to take me to the Mardi Gras ball, once he knows "everything". There's a lot of everything…
To set the mood for each story in her collection Marjorie Darling Ward has taken a song to accompany it. Our emotions are influenced by our music choices and certain songs mark milestones in our lives; these stories offer compelling words telling how we try to deal with the complexities, joys and tears that life offers us. This thirty story collection is dedicated to those who understand that the music of life is often played off-key.
This matte 6"x9" daily breakup journal is a perfect accompaniment for anyone who wants to write down and reflect on their past relationship. With a beautiful cover and 30 guided prompt pages (with facing lined pages where you can continue writing or come up with your own writing theme), you can do a little ex bashing and a little bit of personal growing.
Remember the lyrics to an old Bee Gees tune called “Tragedy? How about rearranging them slightly to “When your pants fall down, flashing all of the town, it’s a tragedy!” It is a tragic incident for Stella O’Brien, who is new to town. Losing your trou down the catwalk wasn’t part of her vision, if you know what I’m saying. And speaking of visions, she didn’t exactly visualise herself having to visit her mother in the local psychiatric hospital, Sunny Haven. “Sunny Haven for the Stark Ravin’” is what her family jokingly called it. This is no joke; in fact, jokes and fun hadn’t really been a big feature in Stella’s life for a while now. Stella’s mum gets diagnosed with the big “D” word, depression. But Stella thinks she knows what the real “D” word is: disappointment. Stella is into fashion and design (hence the trouser incident) and her mum’s into nature and saving the world. Stella sees the conflict, and she sets out to make her mum proud. The thing is, Stella doesn’t do things by halves. What Stella has planned not only involves her and her best buddies but the whole community!