Between a Rock and a Hard Place
non-fiction - travel writing
It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday afternoon. For Aron Ralston, a 27-year-old mountaineer and outdoorsman, a w <more...>alk into the remote Blue John Canyon was a chance to get a break from a winter of solo climbing Colorado's highest and toughest peaks. He'd earned this weekend vacation, and though he met two charming women along the way, by early afternoon he finally found himself in his element: alone, with just the beauty of the natural world all around him. It was 2:41 P.M. Eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged boulder when the rock suddenly, and terrifyingly, came loose. Before he could get out of the way, the falling stone pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. And so began six days of hell for Aron Ralston.
A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. Driven by instinct and experience, John Rebus searches for connections, against o <more...>fficial skepticism. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish elite, Inspector Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins, knowing it's reallly himself he's trying to save.
Malcolm Fox works in the Complaints and Conduct Department of the Lothian and Borders Police. No one likes people who work here, not even his own kind <more...>: these cops investigate other cops. When Fox is given a new task he is a little reluctant. There is a new cop, Jamie Breck, who is corrupt but no one can prove it. But soon he learns there's more to this cop than people think. This proves dangerous to know, especially when there is a murderer killing people a little too close to Fox for comfort.
The Naming of The Dead
World leaders descend on Scotland for an international conference. During a dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate falls to his death. While authoriti <more...>es attempt to keep the incident quiet, Inspector Rebus has only 72 hours to find the answers.
Tooth & Nail
Scottish homicide detective John Rebus has been sent from "North of the Border" to help London police catch a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. Team <more...>ed with a London cop he wants to trust but can't, Rebus lets a beautiful psychologist into the case develops a bizarre portrait of a killer who leaves bite marks and tears on each victim's body. Now it's only a question of who is going to get busted first: the cop with the accent who breaks all the rules or the pyscho painting London with blood...
I Should Have Stayed Home
In this hilarious anthology 50 top travel writers, novelists and journalists, including Isabel Allende, Jan Morris, Barbara Kingsolver, Paul Theroux, <more...>Mary Morris, Dominique Lapierre, Eric Hansen, Rick Steves, Tony Wheeler and Helen Gurley Brown, tell the stories of their greatest travel disasters. Most of the writers of these original essays are contributing their royalties to Oxfam America, the international relief organization. Guaranteed to whet your appetite or make you cancel your reservations.
movie tie-ins - non-fiction
On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passeng <more...>ers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable... This is their story, one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century.
Dark, edgy and unbearably tense, this extraordinarily accomplished first novel is both a love story and a gripping psychological thriller of immense p <more...>ower. Debbie Sykes is a young college lecturer whose ordered life is about to be changed forever. One stormy winter's night, waiting for the late train home, Debbie is acutely aware of being alone, the woman who usually shares her evening vigil is not there. Vulnerability turns to fear, though, when she turns to see a sinister figure looming between her and the safety of the street. The next day, she hears that the missing woman has been found murdered by the man they call the Strangler, a brutal killer who dumps his victims on isolated stretches of railway track. The police renew their efforts to find the murderer before he strikes again, but how much time do they really have? When Debbie's story is publicized by an unscrupulous journalist, it seems as though the jaws of an invisible trap are beginning to close around her, strange things start to happen and the foundations of Debbie's life subtly shift.
"Down time" is not a phrase in Tempe Brennan's vocabulary: in the midst of a sizzling North Carolina summer, a string of disturbing cases puts her vac <more...>ation plans on hold. A fiery plane crash, a newborn's remains, a mysterious cache unearthed on a remote farm... all hide secrets that Tempe must extract from the bones of the dead. But X-rays and DNA can't tell her what she needs to know most urgently: who is closing in on Tempe and her family, and how far they will go to keep her from uncovering the truth.