Set in the wild, seamy and extremely strange America of the nineteenth century: a historical novel so richly involving and so touching that you never want it to end. Young Ren is missing his parents and a hand and doesn't know what happened to any of them. So he is beginning to fear that he will never be claimed from his cold New England orphanage: that his dream of a family - of a life - will come to nothing. But one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the orphanage. To Ren's astonishment, the charming Benjamin Nab says he is his brother, come to bring him home. And even when his stories grow more and more extraordinary, when he puts Ren's life in danger again and again and sets him first to theft and then to grave-robbing, Ren cannot quite abandon hope. That one day all the hunger and danger and unwanted excitement will be worth it, that he will find a family. But whether Benjamin is to be trusted is another story...
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The heralded debut collection of poems by the author of What the Living Do (Norton, 1997). Selected by Margaret Atwood as a winner in the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, this unique collection was the first sounding of a deeply authentic voice. Howe's early writings concern relationship, attachment, and loss, in a highly original search for personal transcendence. Many of the thirty-four poems in The Good Thief appeared in such prestigious journals and periodicals as The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Agni Review, and The Partisan Review.
TO SOLVE A BRUTAL MURDER AT A FRANCISCAN MISSION NEAR SANTA FE, MORGAN WESTPHAL TRACKS THE KILLER FROM THE HIGH-STAKES HORSE RACING WORLD OF SARATOGA, NEW YORK, TO THE REMOTE WILDERNESS OF 1917 NEW MEXICO. The murdered body of Thomas Whelan is discovered at the Franciscan Mission of San Sebastián del Valle located on an Indian reservation north of Santa Fe. A recent arrival in New Mexico, nothing is known about the victim’s past or if his name is even Whelan. When Morgan uncovers clues to Whelan’s past linking him to the famous race track at Saratoga, New York, he goes there accompanied by Arianna Beltrane to find out more about the victim, the motive for his murder and who may have killed him. By the time Morgan learns the truth of who killed Whelan and why, Morgan and Arianna will risk their lives and reach an unexpected turning point in their relationship. “Preston Holtry has done it again. The Good Thief lives up to the promise of the other Morgan Westphal mystery novels. In fact it is the best so far. Set in the years just before the First World War, the plot connects a brutal murder on a New Mexico Indian reservation to criminals in New York. Detective Westphal is more at home on horseback in the desert but is forced to follow the clues from Santa Fe to Saratoga and back again for a final resolution of the mystery and a stunning climax. Well researched, memorable characters and a cunning plot-The Good Thief is a great read.”-Charles H. Hayes, author of The Briefcase. “Holtry is a master at creating characters that become a part of us, lingering afterward, and leaving us wanting more. The story is expertly crafted, clever and fast-moving, keeping readers guessing and pages turning. The Good Thief has become my new favorite in the Morgan Westphal Mysteries, but I urge mystery lovers to discover the other wonderful books if they haven’t already.”-Steve Brigman, author of The Orphan Train and Into Those Woods. “The Good Thief opens with an action-packed prologue of horse racing drama reminiscent of a Dick Francis story. Jumping forward into the early years of the twentieth century near Santa Fe, a tortured body is found at a Franciscan mission on an Indian reservation near Santa Fe. Morgan Westphal’s investigation takes him to Saratoga Springs in New York and back again to Santa Fe. As in a Thomas Pynchon novel, a cast of dozens of quirky characters move on and off the stage in dizzying succession. Characters and settings are obviously well-researched, and the writing is clean and easy to follow. Most importantly, in the end, loose ends are tied up and the reader feels satisfied that the journey has come to its proper end.”-William A. Adams, author of Hunter & Hunted and It Wasn’t Me. "Holtry’s The Good Thief, the latest installment of his Morgan Westphal series, brings another satisfying chapter to the saga of the New Mexico private detective. Holtry’s great gifts are scene painting and character building, and he uses both to great advantage, weaving a compelling tale of horse racing, gambling and family drama against the backdrop of both New York and the desert southwest. Holtry adds to the series with a bang."-Gary Ettari, author of Sentimental Over You.
When the case is as potentially explosive as that of an Athena student's abduction, Lindsey Novak never enters a negotiation without knowing just who to trust. She thrives on black–market deals with shady characters even when she has to steal from the thieves themselves. But this time every weapon in her arsenal including the enigmatic and all–too–sexy bodyguard hired by her father may not be enough. For recovering the missing girl is only the first phase in thwarting a plan so evil it could change humanity forever.
Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realise how costly a mistake he might have made. The police think he killed the American. Others think he knows the whereabouts of the elusive third monkey. But for Charlie only three things matter: Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And, can he solve the briefcase-shaped plot-hole in his latest novel?
Charlie Howard, gentleman thief and famous crime-writer, has gone straight. But holing himself up in a crumbling palazzo in Venice in an attempt to concentrate on his next novel hasn't got rid of the itch in his fingers. And to make matters worse, a striking Italian beauty has just broken into his apartment and made off with his most prized possession, leaving a puzzling calling card in its place.It looks as though kicking the habit of a lifetime will be much more of a challenge than Charlie thought. Sneaking out into Venice's maze of murky canals, and trying not to relish being back on the job too much, Charlie's efforts to be reunited with his treasured first-edition of The Maltese Falconquickly embroil him in a plot that is far bigger and more explosive than he could ever have imagined. But by the time he finds himself bundling his first ever hostage into a trunk on a speedboat and on the run from the poliziahe has to admit that he is in way too deep.
Charlie Howard - mystery writer and professional thief - is flush with the success of his Paris book reading when he agrees to show a novice the basics of the trade by breaking into the man's own apartment. Trouble ensues when it turns out the apartment belongs to someone else. The next day, Charlie's fence hires him to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting - from the same address. Mere coincidence? Charlie reckons there's no harm in finding out - until a dead body turns up in his living room. Hiding in a Montmartre hotel, Charlie tries to work out how to save his skin, while also placating his agent Victoria, who has arrived unannounced in the mistaken belief that Charlie actually looks like the author photo he provided.
Take a fresh look at the Bible while you experience a new translation. The Common English Bible is relevant, readable, and reliable. The result is a new version that the typical reader or worshipper is able to understand. 115 leading biblical scholars from 22 faith traditions and 77 reading specialists in 13 denominations worked on this translation.
An endless wealth of nights leads to endless boredom. The new immortal Faith Luvena hasn’t tired of her new existence when her older vampire lover decides to play a new game with a couple of old friends. The game involves a high-security home, a priceless jewel, and three unusual companions who Cruor charges with stealing the fabulous trinket. The team is gathered and Faith is enlisted as an unwilling member when things go awry. Now she’s on a desperate run to save herself and her newfound companions before Cruor gets them all killed. Permanently. The Blood Thief series is an episodic serial where each book contains a conclusive story within an over-arching tale of sensual fun. KEYWORDS: new adult, mystery, paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, folklore, folktale, folk tale, legend, legends, myth, myths, action adventure, action, adventure, second chances, comedy, humor, horror, free, freebie, free book, free books, book, books, free ebook, ebook, free novel, rich, quick read, read, short, serial, series, college, funny, female protagonist, novel, secret, suspense, thriller, alpha male, literature, story, stories, hero, fiction, box, box set, boxed, boxed set, romance, free romance, free romance ebook, free romance ebooks, free romance book, free romance books, billionaire, wealthy, millionaire, women's fiction, racy, legal, free romance novel, free romance books, billionaire romance, urban, contemporary, 21st century, current, historical, past, monster, creature, vampire, undead, immortal, revenant, demon, devil, werewolf, shifter, shapeshifter, transform, wolf, occult, secret, demon, devil, holiday, Halloween, sensual, ghost, spirit, undead, holiday, phantom, poltergeist, zombie, workplace, office, boss, work, death, magic, sorcery, witch, wizard
Take a fresh look at the Bible while you experience a new translation. The Common English Bible is relevant, readable, and reliable. The result is a new version that the typical reader or worshipper is able to understand. 115 leading biblical scholars from 22 faith traditions and 77 reading specialists in 13 denominations worked on this translation. Contains Apocrypha books.