A Spot of Folly

Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem

Author: Ruth Rendell

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504054814

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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A spine-tingling anthology by the New York Times–bestselling author and master of “psychological insight . . . and, not infrequently, teeth-chattering terror” (The New York Times). These never-before-collected stories by Ruth Rendell—the three-time Edgar Award–winning mistress of dark suspense and one of the most celebrated thriller writers of the twentieth century—are “deliciously riveting, all the more so because Rendell’s extraordinary ability to delve coolly and forensically into the dustiest nooks of the human psyche is amplified, not diminished, by the short story form. . . . Often the reader is taken by the throat” (The Guardian). In “The Thief,” a chance encounter with a stranger triggers the most destructive impulses in a vindictive pathological liar. A family shares an unnamable feeling of dread and a necessary denial to make it through the night in “Trebuchet.” In the title story, a caddish boor can’t help but boast of his infidelities. A historic murder weighs heavy on the unholy reputation of a quaint local landmark in “The Haunting of Shawley Rectory.” And in “Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror,” Rendell delivers a masterstroke of gasp-inducing brevity. Here are tales of mystery, madness, terrible crimes, and chilling perdition, all dispatched with a wit so knife-edged and deviousness, so impeccably cool that it’s little wonder Joyce Carol Oates hails Ruth Rendell as “one of the finest practitioners of her craft.”

A Spot of Folly

Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem

Author: Ruth Rendell

Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thri

ISBN: 9781504054829

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A spine-tingling anthology by the New York Times-bestselling author and master of "psychological insight . . . and, not infrequently, teeth-chattering terror" (The New York Times). These never-before-collected stories by Ruth Rendell--the three-time Edgar Award-winning mistress of dark suspense and one of the most celebrated thriller writers of the twentieth century--are "deliciously riveting, all the more so because Rendell's extraordinary ability to delve coolly and forensically into the dustiest nooks of the human psyche is amplified, not diminished, by the short story form. . . . Often the reader is taken by the throat" (The Guardian). In "The Thief," a chance encounter with a stranger triggers the most destructive impulses in a vindictive pathological liar. A family shares an unnamable feeling of dread and a necessary denial to make it through the night in "Trebuchet." In the title story, a caddish boor can't help but boast of his infidelities. A historic murder weighs heavy on the unholy reputation of a quaint local landmark in "The Haunting of Shawley Rectory." And in "Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror," Rendell delivers a masterstroke of gasp-inducing brevity. Here are tales of mystery, madness, terrible crimes, and chilling perdition, all dispatched with a wit so knife-edged and deviousness, so impeccably cool that it's little wonder Joyce Carol Oates hails Ruth Rendell as "one of the finest practitioners of her craft."

A Spot of Folly

Ten Tales of Murder and Mayhem

Author: Ruth Rendell

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 178283429X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are ten (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time. In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be lead inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife's kidnapping than meets the eye. Atmospheric, gripping and never predictable, this is Ruth Rendell at her inimitable best. The stories are: Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror; A Spot of Folly; The Price of Joy; The Irony of Hate; Digby's Wives; The Haunting of Shawley Rectory; A Drop Too Much; The Thief; The Long Corridor of Time; In the Time of his Prosperity; and Trebuchet. Introduction from Sophie Hannah.

A Bright and Guilty Place

Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age

Author: Richard Rayner

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385530110

Category: History

Page: 240

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Best Book of the Year The Los Angeles Times • The Washington Post Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and celebrity scandals. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of two men, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who were caught up in the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day. Over a few transformative years, as the boom times shaded into the Depression, the adventures of Clark and White would inspire pulp fiction and replace L.A.’s reckless optimism with a new cynicism. Together, theirs is the tale of how the city of sunshine went noir. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sleep No More

Six Murderous Tales

Author: P. D. James

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525520740

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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No one gets inside the head of the murderer—or makes it a more thrilling read—than the late, great P. D. James. Fast on the heels of her latest best seller: a new, fiendishly entertaining gathering of previously uncollected stories, from the author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Private Patient. It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.

Blood Royal

A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

Author: Eric Jager

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316224537

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 1925

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A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation. On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer--and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.

Murder at the Brown Palace

A True Story of Seduction and Betrayal

Author: Dick Kreck

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 1555918727

Category: True Crime

Page: 224

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On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver's history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver's grand old hotel, the Brown Palace.

The Girl on the Velvet Swing

Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Author: Simon Baatz

Publisher: Mulholland Books

ISBN: 0316396672

Category: True Crime

Page: 400

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From New York Times bestselling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of the murder that shocked the world. In 1901 Evelyn Nesbit, a chorus girl in the musical Florodora, dined alone with the architect Stanford White in his townhouse on 24th Street in New York. Nesbit, just sixteen years old, had recently moved to the city. White was forty-seven and a principal in the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. As the foremost architect of his day, he was a celebrity, responsible for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. That evening, after drinking champagne, Nesbit lost consciousness and awoke to find herself naked in bed with White. Telltale spots of blood on the bed sheets told her that White had raped her. She told no one about the rape until, several years later, she confided in Harry Thaw, the millionaire playboy who would later become her husband. Thaw, thirsting for revenge, shot and killed White in 1906 before hundreds of theatergoers during a performance in Madison Square Garden, a building that White had designed. The trial was a sensation that gripped the nation. Most Americans agreed with Thaw that he had been justified in killing White, but the district attorney expected to send him to the electric chair. Evelyn Nesbit's testimony was so explicit and shocking that Theodore Roosevelt himself called on the newspapers not to print it verbatim. The murder of White cast a long shadow: Harry Thaw later attempted suicide, and Evelyn Nesbit struggled for many years to escape an addiction to cocaine. The Girl on the Velvet Swing, a tale of glamour, excess, and danger, is an immersive, fascinating look at an America dominated by men of outsize fortunes and by the women who were their victims.

Deadlier

100 Crime Stories Written by Women

Author: Sophie Hannah

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784975463

Category: Detective and mystery stories

Page: 800

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100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by Sophie Hannah. From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been drawn to criminal acts. Here, award-winning author Sophie Hannah brings together 100 of her favourite examples. Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442441011

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

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A sweet little cat drives a man to insanity and murder.... The grim death known as the plague roams a masquerade ball dressed in red.... A dwarf seeks his final revenge on his captors.... A sister calls to her beloved twin from beyond the grave.... Prepare yourself. You are about to enter a world where you will be shocked, terrified, and, though you'll be too scared to admit it at first, secretly thrilled. Here are four tales -- The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher -- by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The original tales have been ever so slightly dismembered -- but, of course, Poe understood dismemberment very well. And he would shriek in ghoulish delight at Gris Grimly's gruesomely delectable illustrations that adorn every page. So prepare yourself. And keep the lights on.

The Mistletoe Murder

And Other Stories

Author: P. D. James

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0451494156

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time--swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment." The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is "pure Agatha Christie." . . . A "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalgliesh's godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfather's mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the author's sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. James's legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit. From the Hardcover edition.

A Twist in the Tale

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429954297

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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No one can weave a web of suspense, deliver a jolt of surprise, or teach a lesson in living like bestselling author Jeffrey Archer. From Africa to the Middle East, and from London to Beijing, Archer takes us to places we've never seen and introduces us to people we'll never forget. Meet the philandering husband who thinks he's committed the perfect murder; the self-assured chess champion who plays a beautiful woman for stakes far higher than cash; and the finance minister who needs to crack the secrets of a Swiss bank. Jeffrey Archer's collection of twelve spellbinding stories, A Twist in the Tale, will sweep you on a journey of thwarted ambition, undying passion, and unswerving honor that you'll never forget.

Hear Me Out

Author: Armando Iannucci

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN: 1408709899

Category: Music

Page: 320

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A celebration of music from the creator of Alan Partridge, The Thick of It, Veep and The Death of Stalin. All my days, I've felt pressurized by the anonymous Keepers of the Cool who tell us what we should be wearing this year, what digital boxsets we should bunker ourselves in to enjoy, what amazing app is the only one we should be shrieking emotions at our recently acquired friends with. Thankfully, I have the one consolation that if I don't quite fit into all of this, everyone else probably feels the same way. So, I say defiantly, I get more moved and excited by classical music than by any other musical genre. I believe that it is there for us all, inviting us to reach out and touch it. In Hear Me Out Armando Iannucci brilliantly conveys the joy of his musical exploration, each discovery suggesting a fresh direction of travel, another piece, another composer, another time.

Careless People

Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby

Author: Sarah Churchwell

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 0143126253

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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Originally published: London: Virago, 2013

Dark Corners

A Novel

Author: Ruth Rendell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501119427

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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"When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father's bizarre collection of homeopathic "cures" that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling fifty of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead. Dermot seizes a nefarious opportunity and begins to blackmail Carl, refusing to pay rent, and creepily invading Carl's space. Ingeniously weaving together two storylines that finally merge in one shocking turn, Ruth Rendell describes one man's spiral into darkness--and murder--as he falls victim to a diabolical foe he cannot escape."--

Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks

The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry

Author: Cathy Cobb

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 9781616140472

Category: Science

Page: 420

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When one of Randi Conway's psychotherapy patients is found dead of a gunshot wound, the investigation is turned over to Lieutenant Anthony Walker. Formerly a New York City cop, Walker now serves on the police force of an affluent community in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He lives among the privileged gentry, where he understands that appearances are often far removed from reality. This certainly proves to be true in the death of Elizabeth Knoebel, when Walker discovers that she had been keeping a private journal entitled "SEXUAL RITES". In her diary, Elizabeth was recording the explicit details of her sexual adventures with various men, many of whom were married to the women in her therapy group. Elizabeth was a predator bent on seducing and, in some instances, humiliating these men, obsessed with a perverse mission that Walker believes led to her murder. As Walker uncovers the secrets of Elizabeth's memoir, he becomes convinced that her killer is another of Randi Conway's patients. But which one?

Good Friday

A Jane Tennison Thriller

Author: Lynda La Plante

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1499861451

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Before Prime Suspect there was Tennison - this was her story In the race to stop a deadly attack just pray she's not too late . . . March, 1976. The height of The Troubles. An IRA bombing campaign strikes terror across Britain. Nowhere and no one is safe. When detective constable Jane Tennison survives a deadly explosion at Covent Garden tube station, she finds herself in the middle of a media storm. Minutes before the blast, she caught sight of the bomber. Too traumatised to identify him, she is nevertheless a key witness and put under 24-hour police protection. As work continues round the clock to unmask the terrorists, the Metropolitan police are determined nothing will disrupt their annual Good Friday dinner dance. Amid tight security, hundreds of detectives and their wives and girlfriends will be at St Ermin's Hotel in central London. Jane, too, is persuaded to attend. But in the week leading up to Good Friday, Jane experiences a sudden flashback. She realises that not only can she identify the bomber, but that the IRA Active Service Unit is very close to her indeed. She is in real and present danger. In a nail-biting race against time, Jane must convince her senior officers that her instincts are right before London is engulfed in another bloodbath.

Upside Down

Madness, Murder, and the Perfect Marriage

Author: Jerid M. Fisher

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781455618378

Category: True Crime

Page: 176

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The dark inner world of Tim Wells exposed. Dark psychological forces dwelt inside the mind of meek college professor Tim Wells, driving him to shatter his perfect marriage and leave behind a wake of death and destruction in a suburban community turned upside down. When Wells strangled his wife in their Rochester, New York home, the murder dominated the media. Forensic psychologist Dr. Jerid M. Fisher intensively interviewed the incarcerated murderer and the couple's family and friends, searching for answers.

Peril in the Cotswolds

Author: Rebecca Tope

Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd

ISBN: 074902173X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Thea Slocombe, formerly Osborne, is trying to settle into normal family life with Drew and his two children in the village of Broad Campden. But any sense of cosy domesticity is shattered when Thea finds the body of a neighbour. No longer a house-sitter, Thea has no choice but to stay in the village and deal with whatever happens next, even when this risks damage to her marriage. Unconvinced that the swift conclusion made about the death by the police is the right one, Thea is compelled to follow her nature and investigate herself. But what repercussions might there be for her, Drew and those with whom they share this corner of the Cotswolds?

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.