Mystery and wonder
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The Black Painting
There are four cousins in the Morse family. Their grandfather summons them to his mansion at Owl’s Point.
None of them has visited the family estate since they were children, when a prized painting disappeared: a self-portrait by Goya, rumoured to cause madness or death on viewing.
The family split apart after its theft.
Any hope their grandfather plans to make amends evaporates when they find the old man dead, his horrified gaze on the spot where the painting once hung.
It is 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die.
Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes.
We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune teller gave them that day.
This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make.
The Time of Mute Swans
Ankara, the capital city in the heart of Turkey, is a hotspot in the Cold War. In the summer of 1980, tensions are building. Two children form an alliance.
For the first time in generations, mute swans have migrated from Russia to a park at the centre of Ankara.
For the generals, their wings must be broken so they can’t fly away. But if the children can save one swan, won’t they have saved the freedom of all?
A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a disturbing ransom call. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.
Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a sociopath — the FBI’s last resort. But this time, Blake might have met his match.
The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he's faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget.
When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then takes his own life, Detective Harry McCoy is sure it isn’t a random act of violence.
With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead the investigation but soon runs up against a secret society run by the wealthy Dunlops. McCoy’s boss doesn't want him to investigate.
But McCoy has other ideas.